California Police Agency finally gets UAVs

4 Dec , 2014  


The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office just got delivery of 2 brand spankin’ multirotors, more specifically the AirCover QuadRotor QR425, but won’t start flying them until they get approval from the FAA. About the capabilities of this UAV:

AirCover’s website, however, specifically states that this model has the capability to be used for surveillance purposes, touting the fact that this model is “designed for perch mode operations in order to monitor areas for up to several hours of full motion video in EO, IR, and HD modes.”

The sheriff noted that the ACSO had purchased a FLIR infrared camera to attach to the drone.

“We have data retention where it tracks the flight of the unit and it is given a mission number and refers back to that,” he told reporters. “It has capability to attach other devices, it’s light enough to meet requirements of the FAA and already has been approved in other areas of the country.”

Check out the full article below for all the details.

County sheriff finally gets the drone he wanted, ignores privacy concerns | Ars Technica.


Several “Drones” Spotted around JFK

20 Nov , 2014  


There have been several reports by commercial airline pilots of rogue “drones” around the JFK airport in New York. They report that they are seeing “commercially available drones”, which probably means DJI Phantoms. The danger is that these multirotors could get sucked in into a jet engine and cause problems to the aircraft that have hundreds of people aboard. The article claims that this is why the FAA is taking their sweet time in providing comprehensive regulation, but a bit of common sense, like not flying around an airport, or perhaps an avoidance system, could help alleviate some of these concerns.

The other question that comes to mind is, how much damage could a Phantom do to a jet engine? I’ve seen frozen turkeys being chucked into an operation jet engine, that continue operating without a hitch, but a multirotor composed of plastic, copper, and explosive lithium batteries, how would that turn out?

Virgin Atlantic plane’s near miss with drone could have had ‘catastrophic consequences’.


What do you get when you cross and RC car and a quad?

7 Nov , 2014   Video

What do you get when you cross and RC car and a quad? You get this Kickstarter project, the B Flying car. The project is still far from their £25,000 goal (about $40,000 USD) but you still have until December 3rd 2014 to pledge your support. For around $700 USD, and if the funding is successful, you *could expect the own B Flying car by Mar 2015. So, what are you waiting for?


Check out the project and if it tickles your fancy, whip out that credit card.

[B Flying Car – Kickstarter Page]


3D Printed, Sparky-powered, Gimbal equiped Quadcopter

7 Nov , 2014  


Check out this impressive project by James C, a self-designed and 3d printed quad copter frame that uses the Sparky2 board for a flight controller with an integrated Mobius camera gimbal. He details everything about the project and he even made the STL files available for free from Thingiverse so that anyone can print his frame.



Drone shows airport operations from new cool perspective

5 Nov , 2014   Video

This is what you get when you get permission to use a multirotor to film at an airport. Amazing footage. Taken at the Mexico City Internation Airport.

Via: Drone shows airport operations from new cool perspective.


Ambulance Drone Delivers Defibrillators

31 Oct , 2014   Video

Introducing the Ambulance Drone, the creation of a Dutch engineer and its purpose is to deliver a defibrillator, which is built-in to the multirotor, for medical emergencies. Check out the full link below.

This Ambulance Drone Can Fly Into Trouble With First Aid | TechCrunch.


Hawk Attacks Quadcopter! – YouTube

10 Oct , 2014   Video

What happens when you invade the space of a hawk? Well, you get attacked. Pretty crazy video of a hawk attaching a quadcopter


Drones and Everything After — NYMag

10 Oct , 2014  


Here’s an excellent piece about “drones”, everywhere from the military kind, to the hobbyist type that anyone can buy at the local hobby store. Its a long read but I promise you, its well worth it.

Drones and Everything After — NYMag.


Meet Goliath – A Gas Powered Quadcopter

23 Jun , 2014  


Ever wondered what a gas powered multirotor would be like? Well, wonder no more! Check out the Goliath, a massive multirotor project that uses belts for achieveing the right mix of CW and CCW rotating props. What about control? Variable pitch is so 2013! A vane system is being incorporated for this purpose. How about props? Those are cnc’ed out of pink insulation foam and they will be laminated on composite cloth.

This is project that is definetely worth keeping track of.

Goliath – A Gas Powered Quadcopter • Hackaday Projects.


Very Talented Musical Hexacopters

23 Apr , 2014   Video

Takes a lot of patience and talent to set this up. What do you think?