Last month 3DR’s own Colin Guinn testified in Congress on the topic of FAA regulation and the integration of small drones into the NAS. Just this morning the FAA released their proposed updates for small (under 55 lbs) drone usage. And while these new rules are a great start, the FAA will soon be proposing even more reasonable regulations governing “MicroUAS” or drones under 2 kg; many of the most popular consumer drones fit this category, and they might require registration but not a full certification like other copters up to 55lbs. Brief Summary: Apply to aircraft under 55lbs Must maintain visual line of sight (unaided) … Read MoreRead more... →
Above: Informal chart comparing the regulatory policies that different countries have applied to commercial sUAS (drone) operation. A little hazy on what America’s drone laws actually are? You’re not alone. But there’s good news: We can help. The above chart is really useful—as long as you don’t live in the US. As you can tell from this conspicuous absence of a “US” column, the FAA is lagging far behind other countries in integrating commercial drones (i.e., flying drones for profit) into the national airspace. So while we’d like to add that column ourselves, we can’t. And like just about anyone else, we’d like to see this change … Read MoreRead more... →
We’re very excited to announce the release of our new open source flight control app, Tower. Tower not only extends the simple and feature-rich flight experience legacy of our DroidPlanner series, but it also gives anyone the ability to build new features into the app or customize existing ones. We want to encourage people around the world to use their creativity and programming talents to further the power, usability and fun of drones.
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To get the best links delivered to you weekly, subscribe to the Drone Download. This week the drone industry really got into the safety dance: Crash-proof drone wins million-dollar prize… NoFlyZone.org purports to protect your private property… NASA gets sense-and-avoid right… White House crasher faces criminal charges… Plus: Check out Apple’s new spaceship campus, a lethal volcanic lake and, yes, 3DR’s latest flight control software, Tower. Here are the links that matter: Drones for good: Crash-proof search-and-rescue drone carries away $1M in the UAE’s “Drones for Good” contest. (Engadget) Drones for geeks: Watch this DIY Millennium Falcon drone take to the skies … Read MoreRead more... →
This week 3DR launched DroneEDU, an initiative to sponsor and support high school and university programs around the world who are interested in researching or using UAV technology. DroneEDU offers universal discounts on products, as well as classroom support and free autopilots and full drone systems on a per-case basis. Why we’re doing it “UAV technology can have an incredible impact in scientific study, with real-world applications in solving both historical mysteries and modern global challenges,” said Brandon Basso, VP of software engineering at 3DR. “This program is designed to provide access to these exciting, engaging and versatile tools to students … Read More
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