Diy Drones Newspaper  

Volume 2

Diy Drones News - Bringing you the News Today of the World of Tomorrow

October 12th , 2013

"Canadian filmmaker and doctor imprisoned in Egypt for possessing drones"

Blog by Chris Anderson


Two Canadians, a filmmaker and an emergency room physician, have been held in an prison for almost three weeks now for possessing what the Egyptian government calls "surveillance drones."

The two men, John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, have been on a hunger strike to protest brutal conditions at the prison, according to The Toronto Star.

Greyson, who teaches film  theory at York University, and Loubani, who practices  emergency medicine in London, Ont., were arrested after Egyptian police found two small quadcopter drones in their hotel room.

The men claim that the drones are used for the quick transport of medical supplies. According to one of Loubani's colleagues interviewed by The Star, the small aircraft would be programmed by hospitals to deliver small amounts of urgently-needed medicine.

Loubani reportedly demonstrated this technology at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, and at London’s Fanshawe College.

This detention shows that while drones can put photographers, journalists, and others out of

harm's way, there are still risks for those who might wish to use the technology.

Ian Hannah, a Canadian drone pilot and photographer who operates the aerial photography service Avrobotics, wrote in an email that "it shows the danger that may exist even being caught with a drone in certain countries."

"The authorities perceive them as some kind of threat," wrote Hannah, a member. "It's an important lesson for anyone going to these types of locations that there is clearly a great suspicion of this technology."

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DIY Drones at 44,000 Members!

Cool feature for front page of DiyDrones?!

Blog by Thomas J Coyle III

Blog by Joshua Johnson

It's customary and a tradition that we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 44,000!!!!

There were 1.7 million page views in the last month! (we get around 57,000 pageviews a day on average). It took us just 31 days to get this latest 1,000 members--

we're averaging one new member every 45 minutes. Thanks as always to all the community members who make this growth possible, and especially the moderators who approve blog posts and otherwise answer questions and keep things ticking here.

How to open the door at a hipster coffee shop

Blog By Chris Anderson

Click Here to go to the Diy Drones News Center

I added a visitor globe to the Diy Drones News Center page under the Video's tab at the top of the page.  I'm curious if you folks think it would be a cool feature to add on the front page of DiyDrones.  If you click View Large map you can view all kinds of visitor statistics and lots of different maps to view the global spread of DiyDrones Users.  

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Chris Anderson weighs in on New York Incident

Intel’s new processor based development board "Galileo"

Blog By Joshua Johnson

Blog By Jason Haines

A businessman walking through the East Side of Manhattan Monday was startled when a 3-pound helicopter drone crash landed a few feet from him. The man recovered a memory card from the downed craft and passed it along to a local ABC News station, which broke the story of the accident this afternoon.

The man, concerned that he could have been injured by the falling drone, contacted local police, who told him that no law had been broken and did not pursue the pilot. FAA rules state, however, that hobbyist drones must fly below 400 feet and keep away from airports and heavily populated areas like city streets. The Verge contacted FAA spokesman Les Dorr, but reached the following voicemail message: "I am out of the office due to a lapse in funding. Please call back after news reports advise a resumption of services for all federal agencies."

Chris Anderson, founder of the drone company 3D Robotics and the online community for enthusiasts, DIY Drones, confirmed that this kind of flight was illegal. "The FAA has very clear guidelines on this, and such flying over built-up areas is clearly in violation of those rules (and has been for decades)," said Anderson. "One of the things we created DIY Drones for was to inform people about such regulations and principles of responsible flight. But clearly the message needs to get out better."

In November Intel will release this Quark (IA-32 x86) based development board named "Galileo" targeted for the education and hobbyist markets. Both hardware and software are open source.

Arduino supported and I believe it has the necessary IO for it to be a very nice flight controller.


Links for more marketing details...


Best link for programmers to get detailed HW and SW documentation:

Hope to see this community adopt this board and do some great things with it!