PX4/Dronecode Developer Conference full house today in Zurich

More than 200 attendees at our first PX4 developer summit in Zurich! Nearly 600 developers are now contributing to the project And no drone developer conference is complete without a flight day! More than 200 attendees at our first PX4 developer summit in Zurich! Nearly 600 developers are now contributing to the project […] Read More

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PX4-based tailsitter VTOL

From Hackster: “Engineers at the University of Toronto have designed a fully open sourced dual-rotor tail-sitter MAV using readily available electronics and 3D-printed parts. The Phoenix drone is based on the PX4 autopilot platform, PX4 middleware, and is equipped with a Pixracer flight computer, supporting both flight control and ArduPilot’s SITL simulation. “Our open source package, available on GitHub, includes mechanical design documents, component lists, a carefully tuned and verified dynamics model, control software, and a full set of simulation tools — in short, everything necessary to understand, construct, test and verify a prototypical tail-sitter MAV.” On the hardware end, the Phoenix is outfitted with a flight computer that packs an STM32F427VIT6 SoC loaded with a Cortex-M4F microprocessor (256Kb of SRAM), and a series of sensors — an Invensense ICM20608 (accel/gyro), an MPU-9250 (accel/gyro/mag), a Measurement Specialties MS5611 barometer, and a HMC5983 magnetometer (with temp compensation). The drone’s frame was constructed out of a cast polyurethane foam core and 3D-printed plastic parts, making it extremely light. Driving the Phoenix are a pair of Gemfan 8-inch diameter 4.5-inch pitch propellers, powered by TMotor 2208–18 1100 Kv brushless DC motors and a 2200mAh Li-Po battery. On the software side, the engineers tasked custom flight-control software based on the Pixracer autopilot platform with PX4 support, along with ESC firmware (based on BLHeli), and the MAVROS robot OS, which they use to tie in the Phoenix to a ground station for control. They also included a MATLABSimulink system and SITL Gazebo to compile and test flight code on a desktop PC. The team states that the

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Unusual Solvers Competition on Drones/AI: Over $200K in prizes

Dear All,   We’ve just launched an international competition in partnership with the Omidyar Network and would very much value your kind help in sharing this new opportunity far and wide.   As the name — Unusual Solvers — suggests, we are not looking for the same, usual suspects to pitch their solutions. Our hope with this competition is to connect with local, talented individuals from the Global South, and specifically those who are rarely if ever part of such competitions. This is why we need this opportunity to be communicated far and wide, i.e., well beyond our own immediate networks.   UnusualSolvers.org   Many thanks for your kind support.   With gratitude, Patrick Dear All,   We’ve just launched an international competition in partnership with the Omidyar Network and would very much value your kind help in sharing this new opportunity far […] Read More

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Amazon’s New Prime Air Drone Features a Weird Tailsitter Design

Amazon’s New Prime Air Drone Features a Weird Tailsitter Design

Amazon is finally starting to address some of the actual challenges with drone delivery, making us slightly less skeptical Amazon has been working away at its Prime Air urban and suburban drone delivery for years. Many years. It’s been at least half a decade now. And for the entire time, we’ve been complaining that Amazon has been focusing on how to build drones that can physically transport objects rather than how to build drones that can safely and reliably transport objects in a manner that makes economic sense and that people actually want. At its re:MARS conference today, Amazon showed off a brand-new version of its Prime Air drone. The design is certainly unique, featuring a hybrid tailsitter design with 6 degrees of freedom, but people have been futzing with weird drone designs for a long time, and this may or may not be a.) what Amazon has actually settled on long-term or b.) the best way of doing things, versus other techniques like Google Wing’s dangly box.  What’s much more exciting is that Amazon seems to now be addressing the issue of safety, and has added a comprehensive suite of on-board sensing and computing that will help the drone deal with many of the complex obstacles that it’s likely to encounter while doing its job. We should point out right away that Amazon’s pleasant piano music means that you cannot hear what this drone sounds like in flight, and noise is turning out to be one of the biggest problems

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ARX-R V2 world’s fastest and ligthest 5/6" frame : anyone tried with Arducopter yet ?

ARX-R V2 frame is the fastest 5″/6″ class quadcopter currently on the market. It is a beautiful piece of engineering that has been developed by Ryan at https://quadstardrones.com/ Flight videos of Ryan here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_NXj… The kit provides an option to assemble a 6″ true X quadcopter or a hybrid 5″/6″. Note: this frame has been purchased and was not provided for review. I am not affiliated to quadstardrones. […] Read More

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