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  1. News regarding the aeronautical knowledge test for recreational drone pilots https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=94325
  2. Interesting PBS Newshour report on the worlds declining bee population, its affect on food production and the technologies that may help including the use of drones. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/as-bee-populations-decline-can-technology-help-fill-the-gap The drone company that was mentioned https://www.dropcopter.com
  3. I believe that Bobby did say that the video breakup could have been due to the proximity of the electrical power lines.
  4. Version 2 of the rules published and team registration form is now available. https://uavchallenge.org/medical-rescue/
  5. If this drone is PNP (plug and play) it will not come with a receiver and transmitter/controller. If its a BNF (Bind and fly) then it comes with a receiver but not the transmitter/controller. Which one do you have as it will determine what radio you need ?. Also if its BNF what model receiver does it have ?. Personally I prefer FrSky radio products that run OpenTX software and I've noticed that a lot of FPV racers use their controllers. You will also need to add goggles or a monitor to view the video but you could do without one of those to get started.
  6. Looks like they are available to order for $819 or $929 https://store.dji.com/product/dji-digital-fpv-system
  7. Looks like the "HereLink" does have some sort of encryption although no real details https://discuss.cubepilot.org/t/support-for-encryption/1370
  8. I got introduced to drones back in 2013/14 after backing this kickstarter. I opted to purchase the DIY kit and a few months later received a box of cheap parts without instructions and little support from the creator but eventually after a lot of googling and help from some other backers I did get it to fly although not quite as well as in the video. The positive outcome from it was I was hooked and since then have built several drones. With the help from DPGS I obtained my Part 107 back in September of 2016 and although I have yet to build a drone business I am an avid follower of the commercial UAV industry with a particular interest in the enabling technologies. For this reason it would be great for me to attend InterDrone for the first time. Cheers Richard
  9. I now understand why you didn't provide this as your quad uses DShot ESCs and those fields don't show up. Instead the field "motor idle throttle value" appears.
  10. It looks like ArduCopter has introduced some limited object avoidance code but I have not used it. http://ardupilot.org/dev/docs/code-overview-object-avoidance.html Of course you would need more sensors if you wanted all round detection. For example I see that TeraBee make a multi-directional array using their Evo sensors. https://www.terabee.com/shop/lidar-tof-multi-directional-arrays/teraranger-tower-evo/
  11. If the Pixhawk is being powered by the power module I don't see any reason to have a capacitor. Now the Pixhawk can also be powered by the servo rail which could be used as backup power if the power module voltage drops too low. Mainly though the recommendation is to add a zener diode to this rail to limit the voltage although I've seen some also recommend a capacitor but according to the Ardupilot wiki the diode is all that's needed. http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-powering-the-pixhawk.html
  12. Its normal for the motors not to spin-up after arming and increasing the throttle when the drone is connected to the BetaFlight Configurator. Its a safety precaution but you can spin them up with the motor test providing you enable the "I understand the risk....". In BF Configurator select "receiver" from the left menu and check the min and max values by moving the throttle. For example on my quad (not the same as yours) the minim throttle value is 988 and the max is 2012. Also in the "configuration" under ESC/Motor Features what is the minimum throttle value ?. On my quad its set to 1000. This is the value the throttle needs to be at for the motors to spin. When you power up are you getting video on your monitor or goggles as it could be the video transmitter getting hot Is the Permanently enable Airmode off in the configuration menu ?
  13. I am beta testing the new FAA's B4FLY mobile app and assuming I have the correct location of the park here is a screen shot from my iPhone. I would check again by calling the state park administration and don't go by just one park employee's word.
  14. @Dawson Fernandes @Av8Chuck I don't know how this compares with the "HereLink" but they look very similar. The HereLink also has an integrated Android tablet and runs QGroundControl. Its available from various distributors including these guys. https://www.getfpv.com/herelink-2-4ghz-long-range-hd-video-transmission-system.html It was designed by the same folks that developed the Pixhawk 2.1 "Cube" which is now called the "CubePilot" Bobby Watts, the founder of Watts Innovations recently tested this controller.