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Fitting Graupner Xoar Zinger Props to DJI Phantom

You just got some great Graupner, Xoar or Zinger props for your DJI Phanton and they don't fit the motors, don't panic as this video shows you whats needed to fit the props. The stock prop works great for what it is, but I notice in the more aggressive flying the prop flexes. This is not bad thing, however for on board video footage it is. The GoPro camera hates vibration and I notice when playing back the video footage I can see some jello when I push the Phantom to it's limits. The good quality props should do the trick. They are a lot stiffer and does not flex as much. The props will fit the Phantom, but a little drilling is need and all you need is an 8mm or 5/16in drill bit to ream it out to fit the DJI motor shaft. Viewing from the UAS, buy your DJI Phantom and Get Free Overnight Shipping at DroneFly.com

DJI Phantom Error Codes Guide

A list of error codes you could have from the DJI Phantom and what they mean. Light sequence- red-green-orange This is also known as the Acc Y ERROR - ERR{26} The Fix: This type of error is caused by the NAZA unit inside the Phantom being subject to a crash or a shipping handle jarring and sudden G force. The fix involves removing the NAZA unit from the body of the Phantom ; disconnecting all wiring - apply a sharp G force to it (tapping it once briskly against a table top) - re-install the naza unit, test all systems and then fly. Sharing Naza-M Assistant Software Error Code List here so that you can get a good knowledge of the errors and how to fix it! CFG-ERR Configuration error, this may cause by firmware upgrade from old version. or abnormal Tx calibration. Re-calibrate your transmitter, and power cycle your controller and check all of the parameters. VOL-LOW Voltage low SN-ERR Your S/N is not available, Please contact our support! VOL-LOW Voltage low IMU-ERR IMU ERROR,Please contact dealer or DJI for repair. X1-ERR You’ve chose parameters tuning by X1/X2 channel with Tx Knob, but no signal detected on X1/X2 input channel, or Tx didn’t powered on. X2-ERR You’ve chose parameters tuning by X1/X2 channel with Tx Knob, but no signal detected on X1/X2 input channel, or Tx didn’t powered on. PMU-ERR Please check the connection among battery, MC and PMU. RX-ERR Please may sure you select the right receiver type in the RC page or check the receiver connection, after that power cycle your controller to take effect. COMPASS-ERR Compass data is abnormal, please restart your Controller, if you still get this error, please contact the agent. ERROR IMU initialization failure, may caused by crash. Please contact dealer or DJI for repair. ERROR Please perform Advanced Calibration. ERROR GPS not calibrated, or magnetic field interference. Please calibrate GPS again in good condition.

DJI A2 Set up Flight Controller Video Tutorial

DJI A2 multi-rotor stabilization controller is a complete flight control system for various multi-rotor platforms, for commercial and industrial AP applications. It opens an unprecedented era of precise positioning and perfect flight control in harsh environments for flight control systems. DJI A2 Setup Video Tutorial DJI A2 Setup hardware connection For more tech info goto here, DJI Wiki

20 ton attack drone under development in Russia

Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP - Getty ImagesRussian Sukhoi T-50 stealth fighters perform during August's MAKS-2013 air show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on August 27, 2013. Sukhoi says it's working on a 20-ton drone that will be based on the T-50 design.Russia is developing a new 20-ton attack drone that may be used to carry out strikes on stationary and moving targets over land and sea, according to news reports. Sukhoi, a Russian aircraft manufacturer, is building the massive drone, whose prototype could be ready by 2018, reported Pravda, a political Russian newspaper based in Moscow. The specific capabilities of the new vehicles have not been discussed publicly, but are expected to rival similar American attack drones. The developments signal Russia's commitment to establishing a strong drone program, Russian officials said. "From the point of view of theory, engineering and design ideas, we are not in the last place in the world," Vladimir Anokhin, vice president of the Russian Academy of Geopolitical Issues, told Pravda in this translated quote. Still, Anokhin said Russia has a long way to go. "We have wonderful teams that have spent decades working on this," he said. "But we do not have enough hands. We do not have the industrial base, we do not have skilled workers who could produce a massive amount of those drones that we need so much now." Until now, drone development had been largely neglected in Russia, said Denis Fedutinov, a Russian expert on unmanned systems. "Currently, the Ministry of Defense of Russia is working to remedy this situation by initiating and funding a program to create a range of of different types and class," Fedutinov told Pravda. The U.S. military uses drones to collect surveillance and to carry out attacks. Recently, U.S. and Japanese officials finalized an agreement to allow American drones to fly out of Japan to spy on North Korea. Maintaining a fleet of drones will improve Russia's defense capabilities and bolster the country's Air Force, Anokhin said. "Drones can be sent to combat zones, to explore and carry out regular observations, without risking human lives," he said. "This is the next step in the development of aviation that has a future." http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/20-ton-attack-drone-under-development-russia-8C11351266

Edinburgh university pulls £2 million investment from UK Drone makers

Officials at a Edinburgh university in the UK have bowed to public pressure and withdrawn the school’s investment in U.S. drones software maker Ultra electronics. The University of Edinburgh had a $2 million (£1.2 million) stake in Ultra Electronics, a British firm that manufactures navigation controls for Predator and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles and ground control stations. Investing in drone development was deemed not “socially responsible” by the university as well as students and campaign groups that lobbied Edinburgh to pull out of the business. “The covert US drone program has killed hundreds of civilians and traumatized populations in Pakistan and Yemen,” Catherine Gilfedder of the human rights group Reprieve told The Guardian. “In divesting from Ultra Electronics, Edinburgh University has demonstrated its disapproval of companies profiting from such killings, and the importance of socially responsible investment.” American drones have been used on covert missions in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other countries. The Bureau for Investigative Journalism says more than 430 strikes have occurred since 2002, killing at least 428 civilians, of whom 173 were children. In Afghanistan, British drones have been more than three times as likely to lead to strikes as American drones, according to the Bureau’s analysis of drone data recently released by the British government.

Hawaii to become test hub for drones

Hawaii may soon become a hub for unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. A controversial program that both the state and military are pursuing. We see drones in many military and spy movies, but it’s a technology that is making its way into civilian hands. That’s why the Federal Aviation Administration is looking to select 6 regional test sites, to see how drones can be integrated into national air space. If Hawaii is selected as one of FAA’s drone test sites, we may see unmanned aircraft taking off from one or more of our state airports. “When people hear the word ‘drone’ they think ‘oh my God’ what is the state up to? The key is to think of drones as robots,” says Representative Gene Ward, (R) Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley. Ward says the drones he’s talking about wouldn’t be used for surveillance and security purposes, but can help with monitoring our traffic conditions, tracking wildlife at sea, or even with search and rescues. “If we get this contract, it’s helpful for our economy,” adds Ward. He hopes the drone industry could help generate cutting edge jobs and draw new tech companies to Hawaii. The drone is the wave of the future, the same way subways are run, airplanes in the air, they run on automatic pilot,” says Ward. “I’m kind of excited about it to see how drones and pilots will be together,” says Michael Tevper, a helicopter pilot. Other pilots think mixing drones with civilian, military, and commercial aircraft is an accident waiting to happen. ” I don’t want to be flying around with those things … with some guy in some remote location looking at a screen without situational awareness,” says John Pitre, a helicopter pilot. And he’s worried about the potential uses of the drones.. “I’ve got very mixed feelings about drones…flying killer robots, how about that,” he adds. But drones have already flown in Hawaii airspace. A military base on Oahu has confirmed they’re used sporadically. Still drones are highly unregulated at a federal level. “Right now, it’s the wild west. There are no regulations about unmanned vehicles,” adds Ward. Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii confirmed they are working on their own drone program, and there are dozens that are projected to arrive on the island in the next two to three years. “Clearly, we have to be aware of national security, personal privacy. But right now, it’s no mans land and that’s where the legislature has to pick up and run with it,” states Ward. Senator Sam Slom introduced legislation last session that would have created a task force so that guidelines and reporting requirements would be set up in Hawaii. That bill was deferred. The FAA is expected to announce by the end of the year the 6 regional sites that will be selected for this drone program. Hawaii has partnered with Oregon and Alaska, to present a stronger bid and has a one in-six chance of getting selected.   http://www.khon2.com/news/hawaii-may-soon-become-hub-for-drones

Robotics Company Offers $25K To Whomever Can Build A Poacher Tracking Drone

The Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge is offering a $25,000 reward - and a 10-day trip to South Africa's Kruger National Park - to whichever team can develop a low-cost poacher-tracking aerial RTF drone capable of following African rhino and elephant poachers. The organization hosting the competition, Kashmir Robotics, challenged teams of engineers to design drones on a budget of just $3,000, Popular Science reports. The Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge Video from a possible entry. That means the software and hardware costs can't exceed the budget. The goal is to find a cheap design for a drone, which could prove useful in countering rhino and elephant poachers who operate in remote places in Africa's parks where law enforcement has trouble getting to. The deadline for entries is December 1. The winning team will be asked to develop their poacher-tracking drone design by next year, when they'll be invited to test their aerial drone at Kruger. According to South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs, poachers, armed with an array of weapons, have slaughtered 265 rhinos in Kruger National Park this year alone. An additional 143 have been killed in other areas of the county. In Zimbabwe, poachers are even poisoning elephants' water supplies with cyanide to fell the giant land mammals. The stakes are high, but the payoff is great for those in the illegal trade of animal parts. It's an industry worth $7 billion to $10 billion annually, according to The Atlantic. Popular Science notes that a single horn from a rare rhino can fetch upwards of $300,000 in Vietnam. Drones offer an alternative to tracking poachers in Africa because of their ability to spot activity on the ground from high up in the air, and transmit that data to law enforcement. But most drones, like military drones, are too expensive to be used for tracking poachers. The Kashmir Robotics competition is by no means the first attempt at using drones to stop illegal poaching. In 2012, Google donated $5 million to the World Wildlife Federation to develop a fleet of surveillance drone program for tracking poachers in Africa. According to Vice's Motherboard, the drones are hand-launched, can travel around 20 miles and stay in the air for about an hour. Already successfully used in Nepal, the drones have sent back date that has helped rangers capture poachers, and also serve as a deterrent to poaching activities. Enter here, Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge

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