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October 10, 2015

Tricopter vs Quadcopter: Efficiency, Flight Time, And More

The tricopter uses 3 motors and propeller propulsion units with servo which rotate one of the propellers to compensate for the adverse yaw. They were popular earlier when brushless motors and propeller units were scarce. The copter suffers from lower performance and they don’t scale well to the larger sizes. […]
October 8, 2015

Utility For Merging Mapped Areas In Google Earth

One of the great things about using drones to map areas is that you can do the same mapping mission many times, showing change over time. But it’s sometimes hard to merge that data into Google Earth for viewing. Thankfully, the team at the Google Earth blog have created a […]
October 4, 2015

Amazing Stanford Work On Adding Cinematic Camera Control To APM-Powered Drones

[embedded content] SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Niels Joubert*, Mike Roberts*, Anh Truong, Floraine Berthouzoz, Pat Hanrahan Cameras attached to small quadrotor aircraft are rapidly becoming a ubiquitous tool for cinematographers, enabling dynamic camera movements through 3D environments. Currently, professionals use these cameras by flying quadrotors manually, a process which requires much […]