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    Drones for Education

    @Mike CoddingtonI just found out about this new challenge that you might find interesting. https://www.cnydrones.org
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    Curious about drones

    Since you are located in Mexico this may help. https://uavcoach.com/drone-laws-in-mexico/
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    Curious about drones

    Welcome to this forum. Will it be a hobby or do you have plans to fly commercially ?.
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    2018 Predictions for the Drone Industry

    Apart from the certainty of a lot of folks having to renew part 107 certification none of my predictions for 2018 were correct. Even the word "renew" was not entirly correct as I learnt from this forum that the part 107 certification never expires unless the FAA revokes it for a good reason but of course in order to continue to fly commercially the recurrent test has to be passed if its 24 months or more since passing the initial test. So what about 2019 ?. Maybe need to start a new thread for that but thought it would be good to first see if any of our predictions were correct for 2018.
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    New Pixhawk Flight Controllers and HereLink GCS

    Another video with more information on the new flight controllers from the makers of the Pixhawk 2.1. It looks like they are dropping the Pixhawk name in favor of the "Cube". The interesting thing here is the Blue Cube for those that don't trust the ones built in China as its entirely built in the USA but of course costing about twice as much.
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    DJI Prop Balancing

    @ThunderBot - I have that same prop balancer and it worked fine for me but more recently I've purchased my props from these guys as they claim that the props are factory pre-balanced. https://www.masterairscrew.com/pages/mr-drone-propellers https://www.masterairscrew.com/pages/factory-balanced-propellers Also they are manufactured here in Northern California, in fact not far from where I live.
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    Drones for Education

    Hello @Mike Coddington I don't if this is part of AMA's UAS 4 Stem program but one nice feature of Ardupilot is the ability to create a development and test environment without any drone hardware. This is achieved by using Ardupilot's SITL (Software In The Loop) simulator. http://ardupilot.org/dev/docs/sitl-simulator-software-in-the-loop.html Instead of the flight controller software running on the Pixhawk hardware its downloaded from Ardupilot's github repository onto a PC, complied and run with the SITL. Even a ground control station (GCS) like Mission Planner can be connected so its a great way to became familiar with the Ardupilot environment at no cost (apart from the PC of course). I also agree with @Av8Chuck comment's that its not just about building a drone these days but more about their applications. As I mentioned in a previous post Ardupilot is able to interface to a companion computer which is where applications like computer vision can be developed. I admire you for introducing drones to you students. I recall my high school maths teacher creating a computer club but this was in the late 60s and so the school didn't actually have a computer, instead we wrote our programs on paper forms and sent them to a nearby college main frame and one week later received a printout. For me this lead to a 40 year career in the computer industry. I am an AMA member and build and fly both drones and fixed wing aircraft but until you posted this I was unaware that they ran a program like UAS 4 Stem. I will try to get some more information from them and see if its something I can help them out with in my area. Richard
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    Drones for Educatio

    I see that you submitted this to 3 forum categories but that's not really necessary, I added a reply in the one in Pilot Talk.
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    Drones for Education

    I am not an educator or involved with any STEM program but as an UAV builder I was interested in what sort of hardware and software that those programs provide in their kits. I noticed that the PCS and Parallax kits don't include a GPS module so it kind of rules out any sort of autonomous flying which I believe would be more relevant to an advanced robotics class. In my opinion the AMA made the best choice of hardware and software by using the Pixhawk flight controller and Ardupilot open source software. Now I maybe somewhat biased as I've used those in my DIY builds but I believe they provide a very flexible and advanced platform. Apart from being able to program flight missions from a ground control station like Mission Planner or QgroundControl more advanced customization can be achieved by adding a companion computer like the Raspberry Pi and run, for example, ROS. It looks like you would get more drones with the PCS program but these seem to be more like toy FPV drones and although the AMA suggests one Quadzilla UAV for up to 10 students it forces them to work on building the drone and planning flight missions as as a team.
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    Adopt me please!

    That's really interesting, I was unaware such a device existed so thanks I learnt something today. It looks like this device is small WiFi module that connects to the FlySky transmitter using its trainer port. The drone protocol is set by a stick position combination when powering up the transmitter. I don't see the F181W listed though. http://img.banggood.com/file/products/20170629020647TOY-MTX_Instructions (2).pdf
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    Adopt me please!

    Firstly no question is dumb, we are all here to learn from each other. Without some detailed documentation of the F181W's components and internal wiring it will be difficult to know if its possible to use the FlySky receiver. I doubt it as I suspect that it uses regular WiFi which is typically the case for small low cost drones.
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    Adopt me please!

    Its likely the Holly Stone F181W came with its own transmitter/controller and so not necessarily compatible with any other make of transmitter. Some small drones just use regular WiFI protocol whereas a transmitter like the FS-6x uses a different protocol and so must communicate with a compatible receiver on the drone. Did you find some documentation that indicated these were compatible ?
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    The ION drive

    Its early days but maybe one day we will have UAVs that don't have moving parts........ http://news.mit.edu/2018/first-ionic-wind-plane-no-moving-parts-1121
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    International Drone Standards to be implemented

    Sorry for the later duplicate post on this news but only just read this thread.
  15. Interesting........although I can't see a way to read the text of these standards that are under development https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/26/drone-use-standards-international-organization-for-standardization/