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The PRE-Flight Virtual RC Controller

I would like to announce my latest free App - the PRE-Flight Virtual RC Controller (for PRE-Flight Drone Simulator).

Convert your Android Smartphone or tablet to a full-featured, 12-channel, wireless Controller for PRE-Flight Flight Simulator. This free downloadable app will allow you to control PRE-Flight models without the bother of cables, configuring, or even waiting for your controller to be delivered to you.

Operate the Virtual RC Controller with your thumbs on the control pads - as you would a normal 2-stick controller. An optional, on-screen (in PRE-Flight) transmitter display shows your control stick positions. All controls are fully user-cutomizable - you can move them around the screen and even re-size them to the most comfortable configuration.

You'll quickly find that the PRE-Flight Virtual RC Controller is more accurate and faster than your old USB Controller (actual performance is dependent on your hardware specifications).


Wireless operation (via WIFI) Runs on Android devices with touch screen and WIFI Fully integrated with PRE-Flight, no calibration required No special drivers for PC required Visible Transmitter (in PRE-Flight) shows control stick positions Easy to install, just download the app and use Smooth operation, low-latency, and High-precision Controls Up to 12 proportional Channels Supports Mode 1 and Mode 2 operation (user selectable) Trim on all channels Multiple programmable rates Multiple Heli Modes (Normal, Idle-Up, Stunt, and Autorotation) 5-point Throttle and Collective smooth curves for all modes Fully User-configurable Quick Auto Configure for basic channels Dedicated Reset button for PRE-Flight operation Dedicated View Cycle buttons for PRE-Flight FPV and Line-of-sight operation Dedicated Zoom in/out View buttons Dedicated Display Visible TX button Dedicated Display Zoom Window button and more...   See the PRE-Flight Main Page: http://www.preflightsim.com/ for more details.

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Getting Started With Camera Drones: How One Small Rig Can Add So Much Production Value

Getting Started With Camera Drones: How One Small Rig Can Add So Much Production Value
by Mike Wilkinson Aerial videos that have been shot by drones have been flooding YouTube for the last few years, especially as the cost and expertise needed to get into it has come down. A birds-eye point of view can add…

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The Master of Science in Unmanned Systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

News reports of professional sports teams, media organizations and commercial enterprises engaging unmanned aerial systems to take photographs have become commonplace. Driverless cars may have once been a far-fetched idea, but now auto makers and technology developers are in the early stages of testing these autonomous vehicles for commercial use. And while military and government …

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OpenExplorer, a new way to tell mission stories with multimedia

Our friends at OpenROV have launched OpenExplorer, which is a site that combines maps, photos, videos and text to tell the story of mission in a fantastic timeline-based way. It mashes up MapBox maps and Crowdmap multimedia widgets into a really engaging whole. This is a model of where we'd like to take Droneshare, too. 

Makezine has a good writeup on it here. 

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3DR Platform Update: The Five Coolest Pixhawk-based Kickstarters


The Pixhawk is 3DR’s world famous flight control technology. It’s a flying neurosystem that automatically manages and controls UAV position, direction, orientation and speed, and can autonomously pilot your drone wherever you tell it to go along paths of virtually unlimited waypoints. Its 32-bit processor can manage all of these complex inputs, including controlling camera angle, while automatically adjusting for constant and unpredictable environmental variations in real time. While keeping a robot in the air. We secretly like to call it Skybrain.

The Pixhawk’s processor is so capable that it offers cathedral-like headroom for adding other sensors, inputs and commands, and the APM flight code that it runs is, thanks to years of selfless dedication from the world’s largest community of UAV developers, totally free and open source.

And it all fits in your palm, and costs less than $300.

For these reasons, the Pixhawk is the platform for all of 3DR’s drones. It’s also the platform of choice for some of the most successful UAV projects and companies around the world. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorites that have popped up on Kickstarter just this year.


1. AirDog, by Helico Aerospace

Follow Me technology particularly well-suited to action sports and athletic training. 3DR has recently announced a formal collaboration with the AirDog team to develop the next generation of Follow Me technology. From 3DR’s CEO Chris Anderson:

“The talented team behind AirDog have a clear technology and business vision. We’re delighted to welcome them as a premier adopter of the 3DR platform and look forward to working with them to combine our technologies for an unprecedented flight and video experience.”

AirDog raised $1,368,177, and had an initial goal of $200,000.

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