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Teleoperating an Hexacopter

Hi everybody, i would like to show you my advance with the teleoperation topic, the main objective is use the Novint Falcon to operate the copter, avoid collisions and feel the velocities and distance to an obstacle by the force feedback. The firmware is for the pixhawk, based on some of the ArduCopter 3.2 libraries.

Also the copter is able to fly in external or internal environments, so if the gps signal is good to fly with it, it flies with gps, if not, i use the optical flow PX4flow to try to maintain the position.

To avoid the collision an ultrasonic sensor is used, but have some issues i think because the noise of the motors,
Still is not fully tested, but at this moment is functional. Greetings

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Colin Guinn Testifies in Congress: Why the FAA Should Integrate Small Drones Today

This afternoon 3DR CRO Colin Guinn testified at a hearing held by the House of Representatives’ Science, Space and Technology Committee, laying out a strategy for the rapid integration of small drones into the National Airspace. During Colin’s testimony an actual drone flight was demonstrated inside the hearing room, presumably the first ever inside the Capitol. Welcome to the future, America.

The thrust of Colin’s argument was that small drones are a perfect regulatory compromise: “By integrating the smallest, lightest weight drones, we’re advocating a proportional, risk-based system for regulation.”

In other words, small drones (under 2 kg) don’t pose a serious public safety hazard. In fact, drones in this class weigh much less than a frozen turkey, which airlines use as the standard to test an aircraft’s ability to take a bird strike. Relegating these small drones to a few test sites or to certified pilots won’t achieve much, in terms of public safety, yes, but also in terms of enabling research and development. However, opening the National Airspace to small commercial drones would deliver untold benefits for the economy, operational safety and commercial innovation, with minimal risk. Equally importantly, this would also create an enormous virtual R&D lab for the crafting of future legislation. On the FAA’s side they’d be able to gather data from thousands and thousands of flight hours, then use that data to better inform their decisions about the eventual integration of larger and truly dangerous drones and the regulation thereof. On the industry side, companies developing drone technology, like Amazon for instance, could use small drones for research today, then apply what they learn in the interim to make their large craft all the more safe and capable when it comes time to meet the FAA down the road.

Or as Colin so inimitably posed it, “How do we bridge that gap between the chicken and the egg?”

Click here to watch his verbal testimony, and here for his written testimony.

Watch clip: Drone flying in Congress

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Microsoft’s HoloLens will bring the optimal experience for FPV flying?

Its very early to judge, whether Microsoft Hololens is going to be a good product, but from what i see it could be the ultimate FPV solution. Just imagine Telemetry, video screen and a natural view of the drone all on a holographic, augmented reality glasses. The setup should also be fast, because its Windows! Just setup APMplanner and a screen from light bridge and you are ready to go. No laptops or tablets, no fpv monitors, just your goggles and a radio in hands. I think we might see some review of that setup in the next several months.

Here's an article:

Microsoft's HoloLens headset is a holographic display for Windows 10

Microsoft is building support for holographic displays into Windows 10, so it only makes sense that the company would make one of those displays, wouldn't it? Meet HoloLens, an official headset with see-through lenses that merges digital content with the physical. It includes spatial sound so that you can hear things happening behind you in the virtual world, and it even has a dedicated Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) to make sure everything works smoothly. The company is shy about just when it'll start selling HoloLens, but it should be available "in the Windows 10 time frame."



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Drone pilot agricultural awareness course launched at LAMMA

Drone pilot agricultural awareness course launched at LAMMA
BASIS has launched an accreditation for pilots of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drones in response to the increasing use of this technology in agriculture. The new BASIS Agricultural Awareness for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Operators module, launched at LAMMA…

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Commercial Drone Licensing in Great Britain

Writing at the Washington Post’s Innovations blog, Matt McFarland reviews the approach to small, commercial drone licensing in Great Britain, where the “Civil Aviation Authority — an equivalent to the FAA — has approved three companies to provide training on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that weigh less than 45 pounds.”  The training and licensing regimen is notable in that, unlike the FAA’s requirements in a number of Section 333 exemptions and in its pending rules, Britain does not require operators to hold a pilot’s license for manned aircraft.

One of the approved training companies, Sky-Futures,

sends trainees a ground school manual to gain an understanding of how airspace operates and how to read an air map. Newbies are given a month at home with the manual, but experienced manned aircraft pilots are required to spend far less time with it.

Sky-Futures then puts trainees through two days of ground school and three weeks of actual flight training in Spain. Aside from much of the summer, the British group heads to Spain for the drier conditions and clear skies. Lessons take place at an approved test site. Students learn everything from how to navigate around objects to how to operate a camera on a drone safely.

And who wouldn’t enjoy three weeks in Spain, especially when looking to escape the (mostly) crappy weather in the UK?  That might, of course, assume that you can spare the time.  Good luck monitoring your business if you’re a real estate broker.

Then there’s the other catch:  the cost is roughly $12,000.  The director of training at Sky-Futures, himself a Boeing 747 pilot, calls this a “gold-plated standard.”  Gold-plated or not, it might put the training out of reach for aspiring freelancers.

The downstream requirements are much less onerous.  Once a pilot is certified, he needs to submit an operations manual and proof of insurance.  But otherwise, the regulations are fairly minimal, and reasonably risk-based (operators of drones over 15 lbs have to notify air traffic control before flying).

We see a danger of regulatory capture, here.  Training schools like this will of course have a vested interest in lobbying for greater – but not too much – complexity.

Still, we think that this is better than nothing, and it seems far more reasonable than what is rumored to be in store from the FAA.  But three weeks of training, at a cost exceeding $10k, still seems like something that is going to create unreasonable barriers to entry for operators of small drones.

We give this regulatory framework a B+.

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