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Lightware SF11/C Laser Altimeter and [ultra] Bright Sun


In December we had a great chance to test the M600 Pro system with a terrain following module in sunny Peru!

In general, SF11/C works perfectly. There was one annoying issue: under extremely bright sun over some surfaces it can miss readings for a long time. Fortunately, a solution was found quickly: during the trials we used improvised lens hood.

.. from short distance:

These altimeters are quite popular in the industry and among DIYers, so be warned if you use them to fly over very low altitudes.

Now we use modified holder for standard lens hood for Nicon lenses, but any similar ones should work as well.

I must say that Peru is a very interesting place in many ways. Especially the rich history of the Incas and earlier settlers, the ruins and other remains of their civilisation. As one of our hosts put it, “you can dig in any place in Peru and will probably unearth some ancient debris”. A lot of artefacts and skulls were lying just like that in the middle of the desert where we were testing our system..

Safe flights,

Alexey Dobrovolskiy


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Drone Consortium is Making North Dakota Skies Safer

A consortium of university and corporate UAS players just made the skies safer for drones over North Dakota and their achievement is likely to soar into the global community. The University of North Dakota, in cooperation with aerospace company Harris Corporation and the  Northern Plains UAS Test Site, last month conducted inaugural test flights over […]

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IXI EW’s DRONEKILLER Impresses NATO Countries at NNTEX-18C

DRONEKILLER, a handheld Software Defined Radio created by IXI EW that can be used anywhere in the counter UAS kill-chain, participated in a NATO non-lethal technology exercise of counter-UAS at the Marine Corps Base Quantico. Over ten countries and United States Marine officials including Commandant Neller attended NNTEX-18C. During this week-long event, the DRONEKILLER showcased […]

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AirSelfie Takes Flight With New Aerial Cameras at CES 2019

AirSelfie, the smallest, easiest and most enjoyable hands-free way to capture and share stunning, panoramic, high-definition photos and videos from the air in any environment, today announced it will unveil three new aerial camera models at CES 2019: AIR 100, AIR ZEN and AIR DUO. The cameras set a new standard in consumer aerial photography […]

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Impressive multicopter wing hybrid

Finally, a novel wing rotor design which actually looks like it should fly.  It might only be the finished look instead of the usual carbon fiber rods & duct tape.  There's obviously still a torque problem on the wings, as it approaches higher speed.  It seems like a safer & more scaleable way of attaching many rotors than having a web of them right next to the payload.  Getting in doesn't require traversing a sea of propellers.  There's less danger of a human passenger falling on a propeller.  But the wing is heavier than a nest of carbon fiber rods.  

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