App note: Bring a “CAN-DO” attitude to your industrial drone design

Tech note from Maxim Integrated on using the proven robustness of CAN Bus to drone’s internal parts communication. Link here (PDF) Providing predictable and error-free communications, CAN bus networks have been the workhorse of the automobile industry for over thirty years. However, they have recently found a new lease on life in other industrial applications, […]

SkyJack open source drone hacking project

SamyKamkar developed this seriously cool project to wrest control of civilian drones away from their owners. SkyJack is a drone engineered to autonomously seek out, hack, and wirelessly take full control over any other drones within wireless or flying distance, creating an army of zombie drones under your control. Using a Parrot AR.Drone 2, a […]

NASA Centennial Challenge to test civilian drone/aircraft avoidance systems

If you need any more confirmation that drones are destined to become a part of everyday civilian life, here it is. NASA has announced the selection of Dayton, Ohio based Development Projects Inc. to manage a new Centennial Challenge prize competition involving unmanned aircraft systems in 2014. The purpose of the contest, known as the […]

Notacon 9: Pwn the Drones

In this video from the recent Notacon 9 conference, EFF activists Trevor Timm and Parker Higgins present on the widespread and increasing use of drones by government. Aspects of recent drone hacks are highlighted, security flaws noted, as well as the growing popularity of DIY civilian drones. For more information on the use of drones […]