Modern quadcopter flight controllers perform a delicate dance of balancing pitch, yaw, bank, and throttle. They can do this thanks to modern MEMS gyros and accelerometers. The job is easy when the motors, propellers and speed controllers are relatively well matched. But what if they’re not? That’s the questions [SkitzoFPV] set out to answer by building Frankenquad.  Frankenquad is a 250 sized FPV quadcopter with 4 different motors and 4 different propellers View original article at Hack A Day

No, the Karma drone still hasn’t yet relaunched following a recall, but when it does, crashed drones will be easier to replace. The Karma Core is a replacement drone for pilots left with a controller, camera, and a broken drone. The post Still under recall, GoPro quietly creates a cheaper way to replace crashed Karmas appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

Ever wanted to build your own drone? It’s easy thanks to a new Kickstarter campaign from Kitables, which lets users construct their own basic UAVs out of Lego and some simple electronics. The post Cheap-to-buy, easy-to-build mini Lego drone is the stuff of childhood dreams appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

Drones may have exploded in popularity over the past few years, but there are a few barriers delaying mass appeal — a high price tag and a learning curve can do that. Hagay Klein wants to break those barriers with the Selfly. The post The Selfly is a photo-taking drone that doubles as a phone case appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

(credit: Lee Hutchinson) A doctor and drone enthusiast from Newton, Massachusetts, has sued his hometown, arguing that a new local ordinance restricting drone flights is unconstitutional. In the suit, Michael Singer v. City of Newton, which was filed in federal court in Massachusetts last Tuesday, the plaintiff argued that the city has effectively banned drones over the entire town. In short, he argues that Newton, which sits about seven miles west of downtown Boston, doesn’t have the authority to regulate drones in this manner and that his First…

Drones have been smashing into a crash test dummy’s head at Virginia Tech to allow researchers to learn more about the kind of damage quadcopters can cause in the event of an unfortunate impact with a human head. The post Crash test dummy gets it in the head in the name of drone safety appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

The US Air Force has sent some of its largest aircraft to battle the Islamic State, including B-52 bombers and RC-135V/W Rivet Joint spy planes. On top of that, the service has sent its biggest drones to help set up attacks on the terrorist group. On January 12 at least one RQ-4 Global Hawk sat ready to go at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. Designed to fly at high altitudes taking photographs and monitoring enemy communications, the unmanned spies have a wing span comparable…

It’s a good bet that Japanese company Zero Tech was unaware of the Harry Potter connection when it named its pocket-sized drone Dobby. While that tiny house elf won us over with his tenacity and heroics, the little Dobby drone is mostly a disappointment. It’s not all bad. In fact, there’s a lot of promise in Dobby. The little quadcopter folds up into a pill-like-shape and easily fits in most pockets and small bags View original article at Mashable

Enlarge / The landed Falcon 9 rocket that launched the Iridium satellites on Jan. 14, 2017. (credit: SpaceX) After successfully returning to flight on January 14, SpaceX will make its next launch from Cape Canaveral no earlier than January 30. With this mission from a new pad at Launch Complex 39A, SpaceX will loft the EchoStar 23 communications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit. This is a heavy satellite, weighing 5 View original article at Ars Technica

Almost two years ago graffiti artist and self-described vandal KATSU used a drone equipped with a spray can to paint red streaks—quite illegally—across the face of Kendall Jenner on one of New York’s largest billboards. He had to pilot the so-called Icarus One himself at the time, which made tracing out any recognizable characters a chore from so many yards away. Now, though, he’s modded another DJI quadcopter to support an articulating arm that can spray letters and words on its own after the user enters the message…