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My experience GIS Mapping a mountain for Border road Organisation

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hey guys,

It been a very long time i haven't been punctual for writing blog posts but this time i would like to share my experience with you which was just awesome the climate the place and everything that happened there.

Well a short brief of what you will get to read in this blog post of fpvcrazy is as follows : I would be writing about my experience mapping a 2km span of mountain surface with a DJI phantom 4 pro drone for BRO "Border Road Organisation"  for maintaining and repairing the roads and avoiding land slides. It is very risky to work in such environments and very difficult in such climatic conditions various factors to be count in the battery temperatures and the cold weather and the next thing would be risky roads to travel 🙂 .

This project is been executed by team members of Brainwing and ThinkAerial.

Chalo then Lets start the story telling :

So this project came to us with some of our colleague who wanted us to use UAV's for mapping the landslides and give them analytics results which we expertise in. These guys are very experienced and have been into GIS industry since a very long time executing various projects of GIS and city management and irrigation department and wanted to experiment with us the use of UAV as it is fast and easy to deploy and acquire data then to risk humans and costly equipment's so inshort its about replacing or trying our new photogrammetry tech with the traditional total station and lazer scanners.

Well coming to the point again... the journey was amazing and difficult too. Our iternary had 1full day of travel 17hours i must say... We took a flight from Mumbai to Delhi has to wait there for 2-3 hours for our connecting flight to dehradun and as you know carrying drones in flight is another level of task... i neva had issues though but at delhi airport its a bad place to argue on anything or say anything complex just accept what ever they say and you will be through 😛 ... What happened at the transfers was we started moving towards our next gate for dehradun and at transfers security check security was idle as i guess no one travel at 2am 😛 I forgot to mention we took a flight from mumbai at 2am ie: i was awake the whole night as always 🙂 well those guys started looking at my drone like its some Lamborghini and started asking me the same questions how much is the range and flight time also for what purpose are you taking this ??? whom do you work for ? and when we answered their questions to keep his ego alive he asked me to remove the battery from the drone and keep it in my bag 🙂 which made no sense but yes i am not sure if the drone can automatically get powered on and start flying if this is what he was thinking  as you know the project was risky and tough has to manually fly in such areas without any auto flights without using any apps.

I am going to answer a very often asked question- How to carry drones in flight in India?? answer is below..

I carried about 6 batteries with me 3 in the drone bag and 3 in my bag back everything is always cabin luggage as i do not want them to throw my drone here and there while loading. Batteries are always to be carried in cabin with a bag pack and if needed a lipo safe bag.

My story is going to be in detail i have already uploaded lot of stories and pics on my social media handle to follow me on such projects and learn more about drones do follow :

THINKAERIAL INSTAGRAM

ROHIT FPV INSTAGRAM

This blog post is going to be a long long post 🙂 stay tuned more exciting things are going to come up.

So we reached Dehradun airport and waited for our driver sir for half hour 😛 and then was a long travel on a very difficult road small roads with both side cars and big trucks road constructions going on.

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I dont remember much of the trip as i passed out and slept for 10hrs 🙂 yes the road journey from dehradun to our base camp was 10hrs ride and our drive should be given a salute as he drove all the way one straight ride without any break except breakfast and he has just came from some other trip continuous driving 🙂

We visited our base camp that house was rented by the company as the project is gonna be a long time thing so feasible that way. Well it was a 2bhk and awesome furnished room . water was 24hrs hot and chilled cold 🙂 i would fill my bucket and put in cold drinks to freeze when we were out as fridge wasnt needed there temperatures were about 18degree and less first night it reached 3 degrees i had no idea as we all were tired and slept for long and early.

We were staying at Joshimath and everything you find there is only VEG no nonVEG.

Our team had me and my friend Akshay Uchil who is leading our company for business development and expertise in electronics system and our of our sir.

Well we were obvsly young 25 years of age and one very experience guy aged 40 years.

We had fun went in the market found shops and places to eat and drink well one thing was common in all was menu was same with everyone you will get to eat prathas and all there. Amazingly we also saw dosa there 😛

well on first day akshay wanted to eat pizza we did found a board saying pizza and nonveg together 😛 lol we went to find it but didnt get it as it was our first day we didnt went to far didnt wanted to get lost.

Next day we went to the site and inspected the area and the mountain it was very diverse almost very big truck sized stones were already ready to fall..... 🙁 and atleast me standing down was concerned.

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Took some test flights and processed the data in trail version of pix4d jusst to check if it worked alright results were out at night though and yes it worked 🙂 experince mattered here as i have already done some similar 3dmodels mapping like buildings and all hence it worked well in mapping you also need to understand the way the software work ie: the processing algorithm and need to have backup of a very technical guy who can guide you ... i have my friend tabish to back me up 🙂

We all make a great team here .. At thinkaerial and brainwing we have all kind of talents and we have been known for fast and precise data capture.

So the 1st day of work was 2nd october and everyone had holiday there officers were resting and hence we decided to do it on 3rd october and hence we were free and decided to go to Badrinath temple.

Well we were very lucky to reach there on time and get out of there in time as gates are strictly closed to travel no night travel is allowed as roads arent safe and you could fall off anytime.

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well temple doors are opened at 3pm and we were just on time went in and had blessing and all and left as soon as possible as we had to reach our base camp orelse we would have to stay there only as i said roads would be closed.

Now the next day.....After anaylizing the outputs and reports we decided to put up markers on road and hence we had to reach there on time.

We woke up at 8 and went to meet the cheif of BRO responsible for all the roads in the area SIR was great and very technical it was a amazing meet and a great guy i must say.

Went to the location took one of the guys he was very helpful gave us paint yellow and black we had to walk 2.25 km to and fro to put the markers.

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Well now the time is 12pm and everyone is tired even me and we took 10mins break i did setup a base there too for my laptop and charging dock we started our drone flying.

Well took various angles and nadirs and as said i had to go full road which was zigzag everything was assumption and experience based work as there is no such method to follow in such projects.

i think i finished the whole road at 3pm totally and atlast i got some free time to fly free.

Majorly we need to check for the lights as lights is very important at this locations we need to be very concered abt the execution time mountains have a shadow problem.

So data need to be done early good time is from 8am to 2pm.

After doing this kept for preprocessing and travelled back to base camp.

Funny thing was uptill now it was 3 days we been staying here amazing view out side the door and windows it was very chilled at night and we would walk down like half a km to eat and on the last day we got to know there was a restaurant just besides our stay hardly 2mins and they offered nonveg too.. lol i wondered why didnt we see it before.

It was fun on the project and we left on the 4th day at 5am as there was some strike of local tourist vechiles and we wanted to avoid it due to our flights we had similar patterns of flight location - dehradun-delhi-mumbai.

But on the way back due to work going on the roads we had to stop in traffic and a bad event u may say bt everyone was safe.

2 cars behind us was a bus full of passenegers and a rock sized same as our innova fell and banged into the bus everyone paniked we saw people running infront of our car when i turned back off shittt a big rock slammed into the bus we were lucky we were ahead if it was a small car like innova we would have been down the cliff....

but lucky enough and then full way down no one slept 🙂 lol we stopped at the same location where we did while coming to the base camp ate parathas and tea i had limbu pani also where in the uncle mixed jaljira into it,it was releif as usually i have gas filled up due to travel and food some soda did the work.

Now towards mumbai well we had to wait for 4 hours at dehradun airport and the plane was a twin engine one and mind it dehradhun has its last flight at 7pm i think ours was the second last flight from dehradun.

we reached delhi again has to wait for 2 hours and our bad luck we had to wait more due to some technical issues we went twice to the food court nthng to do we had to just seat and watch people .

at last at 2am we were in Mumbai airport and we took a cab reached home by 3am and thats where our journey concluded.  I have kept the data for processing and soon will upload the results to this post.

Hope you liked to read the story if you want to read more of the project stories pls. do comment which will motivate me to write the live blogs too while on project.

It was an amazing experience also i would upload the images soon.

Do visit us at : BRAINWING & THINKAERIAL

 

 

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Install OpenCV and Python (UBUNTU)

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In this post, we will provide step by step instructions for installing OpenCV 3  (Python) on Ubuntu.

Step 1: Update packages

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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2: Install OS libraries

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Remove any previous installations of x264</h3>
sudo apt-get remove x264 libx264-dev
We will Install dependencies now
sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall cmake pkg-config yasm
sudo apt-get install git gfortran
sudo apt-get install libjpeg8-dev libjasper-dev libpng12-dev
# If you are using Ubuntu 14.04
sudo apt-get install libtiff4-dev
# If you are using Ubuntu 16.04
sudo apt-get install libtiff5-dev
sudo apt-get install libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libswscale-dev libdc1394-22-dev
sudo apt-get install libxine2-dev libv4l-dev
sudo apt-get install libgstreamer0.10-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev
sudo apt-get install qt5-default libgtk2.0-dev libtbb-dev
sudo apt-get install libatlas-base-dev
sudo apt-get install libfaac-dev libmp3lame-dev libtheora-dev
sudo apt-get install libvorbis-dev libxvidcore-dev
sudo apt-get install libopencore-amrnb-dev libopencore-amrwb-dev
sudo apt-get install x264 v4l-utils
# Optional dependencies
sudo apt-get install libprotobuf-dev protobuf-compiler
sudo apt-get install libgoogle-glog-dev libgflags-dev
sudo apt-get install libgphoto2-dev libeigen3-dev libhdf5-dev doxygen

Step 3: Install Python libraries

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sudo apt-get install python-dev python-pip python3-dev python3-pip
sudo -H pip2 install -U pip numpy
sudo -H pip3 install -U pip numpy

We will use Virtual Environment to install Python libraries. It is generally a good practice in order to separate your project environment and global environment.

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# Install virtual environment
sudo pip2 install virtualenv virtualenvwrapper
sudo pip3 install virtualenv virtualenvwrapper
echo "# Virtual Environment Wrapper"  >> ~/.bashrc
echo "source /usr/local/bin/virtualenvwrapper.sh" >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc
 
############ For Python 2 ############
# create virtual environment
mkvirtualenv facecourse-py2 -p python2
workon facecourse-py2
 
# now install python libraries within this virtual environment
pip install numpy scipy matplotlib scikit-image scikit-learn ipython
 
# quit virtual environment
deactivate
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############ For Python 3 ############
# create virtual environment
mkvirtualenv facecourse-py3 -p python3
workon facecourse-py3
 
# now install python libraries within this virtual environment
pip install numpy scipy matplotlib scikit-image scikit-learn ipython
 
# quit virtual environment
deactivate
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Step 4: Download OpenCV and OpenCV_contrib

We will download opencv and opencv_contrib packages from their GitHub repositories.

Step 4.1: Download opencv from Github

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cd opencv
git checkout 3.3.1
cd ..

Step 4.2: Download opencv_contrib from Github

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cd ..

Step 5: Compile and install OpenCV with contrib modules

Step 5.1: Create a build directory

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      -D CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr/local \
      -D INSTALL_C_EXAMPLES=ON \
      -D INSTALL_PYTHON_EXAMPLES=ON \
      -D WITH_TBB=ON \
      -D WITH_V4L=ON \
      -D WITH_QT=ON \
      -D WITH_OPENGL=ON \
      -D OPENCV_EXTRA_MODULES_PATH=../../opencv_contrib/modules \
      -D BUILD_EXAMPLES=ON ..

Step 5.3: Compile and Install

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sudo sh -c 'echo "/usr/local/lib" >> /etc/ld.so.conf.d/opencv.conf'
sudo ldconfig

Step 5.4: Create symlink in virtual environment

Depending upon Python version you have, paths would be different. OpenCV’s Python binary (cv2.so) can be installed either in directory site-packages or dist-packages. Use the following command to find out the correct location on your machine.

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It should output paths similar to one of these (or two in case OpenCV was compiled for both Python2 and Python3):

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############ For Python 2 ############
## binary installed in dist-packages
/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/cv2.so
/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/cv2.so
## binary installed in site-packages
/usr/local/lib/python2.6/site-packages/cv2.so
/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/cv2.so
 
############ For Python 3 ############
## binary installed in dist-packages
/usr/local/lib/python3.5/dist-packages/cv2.cpython-35m-x86_64-linux-gnu.so
/usr/local/lib/python3.6/dist-packages/cv2.cpython-36m-x86_64-linux-gnu.so
## binary installed in site-packages
/usr/local/lib/python3.5/site-packages/cv2.cpython-35m-x86_64-linux-gnu.so
/usr/local/lib/python3.6/site-packages/cv2.cpython-36m-x86_64-linux-gnu.so

Double check the exact path on your machine before running the following commands

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############ For Python 2 ############
cd ~/.virtualenvs/facecourse-py2/lib/python2.7/site-packages
ln -s /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/cv2.so cv2.so
 
############ For Python 3 ############
cd ~/.virtualenvs/facecourse-py3/lib/python3.6/site-packages
ln -s /usr/local/lib/python3.6/dist-packages/cv2.cpython-36m-x86_64-linux-gnu.so cv2.so

Step 6: Test OpenCV3

We will test a red eye remover application written in OpenCV to test our C++ and Python installations. Download RedEyeRemover.zip and extract it into a folder.

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100$ discount on Gopro in US stores cheap rates for GoPro

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hey guys so below are some direct links for gopro i just recieved a mail from gopro that 100$ is waved off juss check the below links amazon.com has awesome combos too pls. check out the link below :

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New quad build log racing drone

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Where to buy the parts from and parts i used in this build:

4x RS2205 2300KV

4x FLYCOLOR 30AMP 2-4S ESC

OR

RACERSTAR TATTOO 30AMP ESC

LT210 FRAME

DAL CYCLONE PROPS 5046

NAZE 32 6DOF

HUBOSD POWER DISTRIBUTION

So, for now i have just introduced and kept all parts together will soon start making the kwad/drone.

I wont be making any build video of this as they are boring and pretty much the same i have some videos on building and all you can check out the below youtube channel:

Also will keep the images and all posted on this blog do check the youtube channel also and subscribe to get the updates for this project.

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Here’s the First 81-Megapixel Photo by the Light L16 16-Camera Camera

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Here’s the First 81-Megapixel Photo by the Light L16 16-Camera Camera

 

 

Ten quality images fused together

When the L16 takes a picture, 10 or more cameras fire simultaneously, capturing slightly different perspectives of the same scene. The L16 intelligently chooses a combination of its 28mm, 70mm, and 150mm modules to use in each shot, depending on the level of zoom. These individual shots are then computationally fused together to create an incredibly high-resolution 52MP photograph.

 

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5x Continuous Optical Zoom

The L16’s robust optical engine allows you to zoom continuously from 28mm to 150mm with outstanding detail at every focal length. As you zoom in or out, the L16 intelligently chooses the best combination of 28mm, 70mm, and 150mm camera modules for your scene, adjusting its mirrors to support various fields of view. When a scene is captured, sophisticated algorithms overlay exposures from higher focal lengths (i.e. 70mm) on top of those from lower focal lengths (i.e. 28mm), producing a photo with exceptional quality and detail throughout.

 

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check out the camera here : LINK

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DIY Drone kit by Indian Startup Drona Aviation

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Pluto Nano-Drone DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Quadcopter Kit with Rechargeable Battery Smartphone Controlled

 

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So guys i came across this company named "Drona Aviation" a colleague of mine they have been doing awesome work in making drones available for all students and developers for programming and using their very own Flight Controller.

This is a only Rs.7000/- kit which can be very easily assembled in less than 10mins. and to be flew with a android or Ios app  named "Pluto".

Pluto is a mini drone kit Drona aviation has been developing with their flight controller. Developer version is been provided or might be provided i guess only by contacting them directly you can check out their website : DRONA AVIATION

 

Small description of PLUTO is as follows:

Pluto is the perfect Nano-Drone for beginners and enthusiasts alike. It comes in the form of a DIY kit with all the joy of building it yourself and is very easy to get used to because it is controlled by a smartphone app which connects to the drone's portable WiFi hotspot which is on board the drone's Flight Controller. Its firmware is kept open source, giving you the freedom to experiment with its source code and achieve unique results from your Pluto Flight Experience. It weighs a mere 54 grams and can fly up to 100 metres with relative ease. Pluto's flight control boasts of four advanced sensors. An Accelerometer, Barometer, Magnetometer and a Gyroscope. Pluto is a product that has been completely developed and designed by Indians in India. Contents of Box: 1) Frame Base, 2) Brushed 7mm Motors (4) 3) CW and 4 CCW propellers (4 each) 4) LiPo Battery 5) Prop Tool 6) Propellor Guards (4) 7) Pluto PCB, 8) Manual 9) Pluto Stickers (3)

 

You can buy PLUTO from here :

 

 

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How to install flytsim on ubuntu|FLYTBASE using Docker

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So as you guys would know that i have been using flytpi since a while now i wondered if i can test the apps that i make without risking my setups… so i came across “flytsim” by flytbase.

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Now if you havent seen the previous blog posts about flytpi,flytbase,drones applications check the below links:

unboxing review: here

connections : here

You can visit FLYTBASE and check the product and their work here : FLYTBASE

And you can visit : FLYTBASE STORE

 

Coming back to ubuntu installation :

Step 1: Visit this url and read all the documentation : HERE 

Step 2: Download the source files recently posted from here : FLYTSIM

After you have downloaded the files extract them to any place you feel appropriate i always keep all files on desktop on which i am working on.

Now you need to browse the folder and choose the OS that you are using in my  case i am using UBUNTU 17.04 so i opened Ubuntu and then choose the graphics that you are using i am using Intel graphics you can check that in software update section or “about this computer section” on the top right corner.

Software update section.

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After clicking on the about this computer section.

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As you see my laptop uses graphics based on Intel i will use Intel folder.

Step 3: Open a new terminal, and go to the directory where you have unzipped our latest release.

 

  • Get to intelgraphics directory inside linux directory.

    $ cd Desktop/flytsim-docker-0.2.0/linux/intelgraphics

    Copy paste this command if you are following the same way that i am doing it if your extracted folder is on the Desktop also you can rename the folder which you extracted to keep it simple.

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  • If you are running Ubuntu, execute the setup.sh script with sudo permission which would install docker and docker-compose on your machine. In case you are using any other flavour of Linux, please install them manually by following their individual guides from Docker installation guide

    $ sudo ./setup.sh
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  • Once setup is completed (or you have manually installed docker and docker-compose), start a sample docker example to make sure it is indeed setup correctly.

    $ sudo docker run hello-world
    
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    STEP 4:

  • Start your FlytSim session by executing start.sh script, with sudo permission. This script would start a docker container running FlytSim app and also open a tab in browser pointing to http://localhost/flytconsole, once it detects a successful launch.

    $ sudo ./start.sh
    
    

    Note:

    Since, FlytSim is running in its default configuration, you won’t get to see any Gazebo environment.

    Why don’t I see Gazebo GUI when I launch FlytSim?

    FlytSim is by default configured to run APM-SITL which is NOT Gazebo based. You would have to configure FlytSim to run PX4-SITL to get Gazebo GUI. Click here to know how.

    Suggestion to Users using JIO network for Internet:

    "If you are in India and working on a Jio connection i would suggest pls. switch to some other network or visit a friend who has a unlimited plan for internet i personally am trying this after returning home and my broadband plan is over and i didnt had any connectivity other than JIO.
    
    Well this start.sh does check for latest image on the server and downloads it roughly about 1gb of data is downloaded and as you know we only have 1Gb of data usually used by JIO users, so keep a check on that."

    So after the download procedure is compeleted give the terminal about a minutes time it will boot up FlytOS  and you will see a browser popup with new window opened in url : https://localhost/flytconsole.

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    Now that its a simulator you cannot use all of the settings as its a simulation of actual drone connected to flytos so you can you some of the navigation api’s after activating your free copy by making a account @ www.myflytbase.com

So now thats for todays post will update how to use it and get the GUI console in the next blog post stay tuned and you can subscribe to get new updates from the blog in the pop-up that you see while browsing the blog.

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[Tutorial] FlytPi Kit | Calibration and First Flight

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In this video tutorial, you will learn about Calibrating your drone and getting it ready for first flight. The video shows – Connecting to FlytPi Access Point – Opening FlytConsole – FlytOS CE Update settings – Frame Select – RC Calibration – Flight Mode settings: RC Manual, Altitude mode, Position Control Mode | RC-Manual, API-mode(Offboard or Guided) – Sensor Calibration – Accelerometer, Mag, Gyro, Level – GCS for Waypoint missions, HUD, Messages

FLYTPI REVIEW : HERE

CONNECTION VIDEO : HERE

 

You can visit FLYTBASE and check the product and their work here : FLYTBASE

And you can visit : FLYTBASE STORE

 

So thats all for the Look and feel of FLYTPI am enjoying the experience you can grab yours from below link
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FlytPi Kit | Unboxing, Mounting and Connection

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FlytPi Kit | Unboxing, Mounting and Connection

To read blog about how to do it : FLYTPI SETUP

So thats all for the Look and feel of FLYTPI am enjoying the experience you can grab yours from below link
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FlytPi Review: Start Building Drone Applications With Ease

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Hey Guys!!

So today i got my FLYT PI sent to me for testing by FLYTBASE. Its a awesome board for all DIY Hobbyist and Commercial Use.

FLYTPI is a Raspberry-Pi preconfigured for the using various autonomous functionalities via Web console or IP based applications, there are various use-cases and applications platforms supported by FLYTOS.

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So basically it is a layer on the Flight controller inorder to extend its features like autotake, Follow me, Vision positining,Object detection,etc. Lot of features and wide variety of applications.

You can visit FLYTBASE and check the product and their work here : FLYTBASE

And you can visit : FLYTBASE STORE

Coming to What we get in the FLYTPI KIT.

So the contents of FLYT PI KIT are as follows :

  • 1x Raspberry Pi3 Model B
  • 1x Plastic Enclosure
  • 1x 32GB uSD Card Class 10 with FlytOS Commercial Edition
  • 1x Attached UART-to-UART cable
  • 1x Power Module 5V 4A (Powers both FlytPi and Autopilot, provides battery out for ESCs)
  • 1x Wall Adapter (Micro-USB)
  • 1x HDMI Cable
  • 1x Ethernet Cable

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To visit the official instructions for using FLYTPI : FLYTPI DOCS

VIDEO : FLYTPI UNBOXING

Lets get started:

First step is to remove all the contents out and explore them.

Later after removing all the packaging and all i could see a raspberry pi with sd card preconfigured and installed with “flytos” by flytbase.

Now i took my pixhawk which is also new for this only setup, you can buy yours from any website or CLICK HERE

So coming to the connections

As you see RPI comes preconfigured with flytos and with a nice case and all wires required, you will find a molex cable coming out of the RPI case so that goes to your Pixhawk Telemetry port 2 for communication between (RPI)FLYTOS and PIXHAWK.

So you are all set when you order a FLYTPI. You get all ready to go device thats plug and play.

You just simply have to connect this cable as shown below :

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Now that you can browse wifi settings on any of your mobile device or laptop and connect to flytpi.

SSID: flytos_WiFi
Password: flytos123
And now you can browse all settings in the FLYTOS and use your drone, you can now do the following features wirelessly (just connect FLYTPI and Pixhawk on your drone) NO NEED OF ANY USB.
So that also means no wire tangling when you are calibrating your drones all sensor calibration can be done via the webconsole : you can type in – localhost/flytconsole  once you have connected to the FLYTPI.
Also the Ip assigned is 10.42.0.1 you can even connect to this ip.
So lets get a overview of what all is actually there in the Flytconsole and how does it looks like.

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This is a image of FLYTPI been booted up and in ready mode.

Now that you are in the link : 10.42.0.1/flytconsole/ in your browser you can see something like this:

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NOTE : While powering on your FLYTPI remember to power on your Pixhawk so as the Flytos detects Pixhawk.

So as you see your license is already activated from flytbase. Just and Plug and Use.

Commercial Edition: FLYTOS

FLYTPI COMBO: FLYTPI

Frame selection is as follows :

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So lets check out some more things like calibration:

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So all the features that you see above arent available with FLYTPI as of now but then you can use the sensors calibration tab and RC calibration tab easily.

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Coming to the PLUG AND PLAY POINT again you can connect camera or any USB devices and use them easily check out some features for camera below:

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RC PARAMETERS:

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So to get the maps functioning properly you will have to connect a dongle to FLYTPI to get the maps downloaded which it doesnt all on its own if you are planning to use auto-missions.

 

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Now that you can see the GCS:

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If you do not have internet connected it might look something like this:

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But is totally workable if you are just to explore it and not use it.

Battery status checking

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So thats all for the Look and feel of FLYTPI am enjoying the experience you can grab yours from below link
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Killer Competitor for DJI MAVIC GDU O2 Drone

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Hey guys so i came across a post about GDU O2 drone they have a series of drones but specifically O2 is a DJI MAVIC Killer.

GDU O2 has mostly all the features with some extra gestures all you can check below:

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O2 Plus and O2

So they have 2 products you can visit the links below  for details specs and all :

GDU O2                      GDU O2 Plus

 

This Drone is way cheaper than DJI although i havent used it seems a good design and all features seems nice … might turn out to be a DJI Mavic killer soon…

 

 

 

 

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Drone BAN News in India| Drones In India

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To Let Drones Fly In The Sky, Home Ministry Says Law Round The Corner

Till the time the government did not ban drones anyone could buy one and operate it. But once the act is enforced, officials say things would streamline.

All India | Written by Neeta Sharma | Updated: August 31, 2017 00:41 IST
NEW DELHI:  The Home Ministry is planning to bring in a draft policy next month that will regulate the usage of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones in the country instead of completely banning them.

“We are working on a draft drone act, which will focus on regulating the use of drones instead of banning. It should come out in public domain by September after which comments will be taken from stakeholders,” Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said on Wednesday.

Currently, the use of drones is being regulated only through an executive order. Whenever someone is caught violating the law they are booked under the aircraft act.

“There is an entire act for planes which regulates their operation and as of now if someone is caught operating drones they are also booked under aircraft act,” said a senior official.

There are no radars to detect the presence of a drone or its path. So the government says it feels it does need some basics which need to be worked out, which will be addressed in this new act.

Till the time the government did not ban drones anyone could buy one and operate it. But once the act is enforced, officials say things would streamline.

“Essentially the act will spell out the mechanism to police a drone i.e., a procedure who all can buy for what purpose they can buy, which all areas they can fly a drone and lastly how much punishment will a person get who flies an unlicensed drone,” explained an officer who is dealing with drafting the act.

Earlier this month, the pilot of an Air Asia flight complained of getting distracted by drones while landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. Following the pilot’s report, operations at Delhi airport were shut for two hours.

According to rules, the airport security force have been told to treat drones as possible security threats, but there is no guideline as to how to react when a drone is spotted in the vicinity of an airport.

Every month, six to seven cases of pilots getting distracted by different objects while landing/taking off are reported from Delhi airport.

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Civilian drones may account for bulk of 40,000 UAVs in Indian skies despite ban by regulator

MUMBAI: Only defence forces, law-enforcement agencies and a few select government companies are allowed to use drones, but that is not stopping civilian ‘droners’ from hitting the skies. Over the past two years, Indians have spent close to Rs 40 crore buying civil drones, as per estimates of the Consortium of Unmanned Vehicle Systems India (CUVSI). Civil drones, which also include toy drones, bear price tags in the range of Rs 2,000 and Rs 50,000; a rough calculation hints at the presence of 40, ..

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Civilian drones, despite ban, flying in India; time to relook ‘blanket prohibition’

 

Despite a blanket ban on the use of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the country, civilian drones worth Rs 40 crore were bought by Indians in the last two years, reported Economictimes.com.

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Although the rules prohibit the use of commercial drones, the daily reported that their sale is not banned per se.

Talking about the trend, Huzefa Tavawalla, who heads international commercial law practice at Nishith Desai Associates, says to Firstpost : “As per Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) rules any civilian use of drones in India is illegal, but people still use them by taking permission from local authorities, which is also according to me not legally acceptable.”

According to Tavawalla, the blanket ban on the use of commercial drones is reactionary and lacks a long-term vision of incorporating drones in achieving goals of socio-economic development.

Apart from defence and reconnaissance, drones have several commercial use. They could be used for the quick delivery of donated organs, enhancing agricultural efficiency by identifying factors such as moisture content and nutrient soil availability. Remote sensing through drones can be of significant use in disaster-prone areas for pinpointing and fighting fires or detection of theft and pilferage of goods meant for public utilisation, or in detection of LPG gas leaks which can save several lives.

Presently, people mostly use drones for aerial photography in weddings and for hobby flying. Drones are also used to take aerial shots in movie and documentary making. These drones typically include toy drones which cost between Rs 2,000 and Rs 50,000.

Drones have been used in India for some time, however, their use caught public attention when a pizzeria in Mumbai delivered a pizza by a UAV to much fanfare in May, 2014. The police, realising that there were no regulations on drones, banned their use.

This was followed by the DGCA issuing a public notice on 7 October, 2014, imposing a blanket ban on the use of civil drones in the interest of national security.

While the ban has been imposed due to ‘national security’, the DGCA acknowledged that drones have potential for a large number of civil applications.

“It’s perfectly fine to regulate advance drones as these can be misused by unscrupulous elements…But a blanket ban is unfair. Drones have enormous commercial possibilities,” says Pritam Sahu of Edall Systems, a Bengaluru based drone maker, to Economictimes.

Talking to Firstpost, Sahu says that there should be a guideline from the government in terms of the use of drones for civilian purpose.

“Currently people are importing drones illegally from abroad and using them. What I think is the use of the UAVs can be regulated here,” Sahu says.

Drones are quickly becoming cost effective and more capable and have been widely adopted by the law enforcement agencies in India. Currently, India accounts for the highest percentage of the world’s UAV imports (for defence purposes) at 22.5 percent. The government of India has recently entered into an arrangement to purchase armed drones from Israel and the US.

“With India’s innovation flight taking off with the launch of key initiatives such ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’ and a strong focus on IT start-ups, the government must use this opportunity to make India the global manufacturing leader for drones,” Tavawalla said.

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NOTE : This is a repost much intresting to read about it …

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DJI NEWS

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A Whole New Way To Experience The Spark

 

Spark is an easy-to-use, fun-to-fly mini camera drone that lifts off from the palm of your hand to capture and share those special moments on the go. Spark is the first consumer drone that users can control by hand gestures alone, whether it’s sending it up and away, taking a selfie or shooting a video, or calling it back.

    

With the newly added Paper Plane flight mode, users now have more ways to enjoy the Spark. This new mode allows users to launch the drone in a forward motion, just like flying a paper plane. The camera will automatically begin recording a Dronie video using user-defined distance with a fixed angle and speed. When filming is complete, the DJI Spark will automatically return to the pilot and the footage can be quickly and easily edited and shared.

    

In addition, a new Sphere mode will be added to the Panorama photo feature, enabling users to produce a panoramic photo with a fisheye lense effect. Both features will be included soon in the forthcoming DJI Go 4 mobile app and Spark firmware updates.

    

For more info about the Sparkhttp://www.dji.com/spark.

 

DJI  Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian: The professional drone photographer’s perfect tool

 

The iconic Phantom 4 Pro drone which made professional aerial imaging easier for everyone is back with a new professional appearance; a sleek matte-gray Obsidian colour shell featuring a magnesium, electroplated and anti-fingerprint coated gimbal which requires a higher standard manufacturing technique.

    

For professionals who demand excellence while capturing images and video for a commercial client or documenting a wedding, the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian has a large 1” CMOS sensor and a 4K 60fps recording capability to ensure a professional outcome in any situation.
 

    

The Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian offers intelligent performance and a powerful imaging system for any serious drone photographer.

For more info about the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian: http://www.dji.com/phantom-4-pro

DJI at IFA 2017

Visit the DJI booth at IFA to experience the new devices and see DJI’s entire lineup of handheld and aerial imaging products. Located at Messe Berlin inside Exhibition Hall 3, Level 2, Booth #105, the DJI booth is open daily from 10:00-18:00, Sep 1st-6th.

 

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The New And Improved Mavic Pro Platinum

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MAVIC PRO PLATINUM

From USD $1,099

August 31, 2017 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today introduced two new drones, the Mavic Pro Platinum and Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian and will also demonstrate the Spark with newly added features at IFA 2017 in Berlin.

“DJI continuously look for ways to improve its products and introduce new features, many of which are the result of the positive feedback and requests we received from customers around the world,” said Paul Pan, DJI Senior Product Manager. “Starting with our Osmo Mobile Silver handheld stabilizer, DJI has been expanding its product variations to meet the different lifestyles and needs of consumers. Similarly, we’ve done the same with two of the most iconic DJI drone products, the Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro. The newly added features of the Spark will also introduce new ways for people to experience flight and the fun of aerial photography.”

The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum takes all of the advanced features of the Mavic Pro which revolutionised personal flight and builds on them.  It is ideal for travellers, amateur photographers and outdoor sports enthusiasts

    

With an 11 percent gain in flight time taking it up 30 minutes coupled with a 60% noise power reduction[1], the Mavic Pro Platinum provides the best portable drone experience yet.  Additionally, the drone’s compact and powerful body has also been created with an attractive platinum coloured shell.

    

The increased flight time and quieter operation has been achieved by integrating new electronic speed controllers (ESC’s) and freshly designed propellers which are also compatible with the current Mavic Pro.

    

Furthermore, pilots of the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum benefit from a portable, powerful and easy-to-use camera drone that features a 4K stabilised camera, 4.3 mile (7km)[2] range, innovative FlightAutonomy technology to sense obstacles up to 49ft (15m) away and a range of intelligent flight modes that make it extremely fun and easy to fly.



The Mavic Pro Platinum features a sleek design and compact body that is both powerful and alluring. A new and improved 30-minute flight time coupled with 60% noise reduction makes the Mavic Pro Platinum DJI’s best portable drone yet.

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Conclusion: Paying $100 you get around 4 mins extra and some sound reduction…. Although with that $100 you can get a new battery and fly for more 25mins and have no issues if you dnt mind the sound that the drone makes…

As per my experience with DJI drones its very silent compared to inspire and p4pro so it atleast doesnt matters for me so i have a mavic pro those who always wanted a silent drone can go for the pro version also more drones are going to be launched check out DJI NEWS.

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