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|Founders||Chris Anderson, Jordi Muñoz|
|Products||Drone software, drone data analytics|
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Prior to 2016, the company designed and marketed commercial and recreational unmanned aerial vehicles. Specifically, produced consumer drones, ready-to-fly quadcopters for aerial photography and mapping, and fixed wing UAVs based on the Ardupilot platform. As of September, 2016, 3DR and the major open source Ardupilot development community separated due to disagreements over the license of the open source code which 3DR products are based upon.
The company was co-founded as 3D Robotics in 2009 by author and entrepreneur, Chris Anderson, and Mexican engineer Jordi Muñoz. The pair met online through the DIY Drones community, which was originally started by Anderson for aerial vehicle enthusiasts. Muñoz, at the time a 20-year-old Mexican immigrant who had just arrived in the United States, was waiting for a green card, so he passed time by building a drone prototype in his garage out of a video gaming console's remote controls. When Anderson read the online updates and was impressed by the prototype's designs, he sent a $500 check to Muñoz and began to collaborate with him.
3DR currently employs approx. 70 people, with headquarters in Berkeley and an office in Tijuana, Mexico. 3DR is one of the founding members of Dronecode.
Solo Drone. Released in May 2015 and marketed to the consumer and professional aerial photography market. It is powered by two computers and designed specifically for the GoPro Hero camera. The aim with the SOLO drone is simplicity for both flying and taking professional aerial photos and video.
IRIS+ Drone. Released in September 2014 and is designed for the recreational drone market. With the GoPro camera fitted, it can capture some aerial photos and videos. This UAV comes ready to fly, is much faster than other RC drones and has a much longer range. It can travel at 40 miles per hour and reach distances of up to 3,280 feet. This quadcopter has some advanced technology including Follow Me, Auto Mission Planning, Geo Fence and Live View.
X8 Quadcopter. Released in November 2014, the X8 quadcopter has a modular design and comes in 2 versions. The X8+ with gimbal and GoPro camera is aimed towards aerial photography and cinematography. The X8-M quadcopter is for mapping. The complete X8-M package comes with Canon SX260 camera and the Pix4DMapper software. Both X8 versions feature advanced waypoint navigation technology.
AERO-M Fixed Wing UAV. Released in November 2014, the Aero-M is a fully automated mapping platform. It uses the Canon S100 high-resolution 12 MP camera and the image processing Pix4Dmapper Mosaic 3DR Edition software, to create highly accurate, georeferenced and orthorectified mosaics. This fixed wing drone has a flight time of up to 40 minutes and is able to photograph an area of up to 250 acres per flight. The Pix4D software allows for the creation of georeferenced, photogrammetry and orthorectified mosaics from the images. The Aero-M is a commercial UAV with industries such as farming, construction and conservation benefiting from the creation of geo-referenced maps.
Note: As of March 2016, 3DR announced that they no longer produce any drones.
In addition to its Site Scan platform, 3DR makes professional flight controllers intended for multi-rotor stabilization control of various platforms or heavy payloads in aerial photography, mapping, and personal fun and enjoyment. In addition to the main Pixhawk flight controller model, there is also the less robust APM 2.6 model. Pixhawk is an advanced autopilot system designed by the PX4 open-hardware project and manufactured by 3DR. It features advanced processor and sensor technology from ST Microelectronics® and a NuttX real-time operating system. The APM 2.6 is a complete open source autopilot system. It allows the user to turn any fixed, rotary wing or multirotor vehicle, including cars and boats, into a fully autonomous vehicle; capable of performing programmed GPS missions with waypoints.
3DR is a founding member of the Dronecode Consortium, a non-profit organization governed by the Linux Foundation. It was formed in 2014 with the goal of using open-source Linux for the benefit of users with cheaper, better, and more reliable UAV software. Other notable members are Intel, Qualcomm, Parrot SA and Walkera with funding increasing as new sponsors join.
Since 2012, 3DR has received funding for research, development and expansion from venture capitalists, technology firms, and angel investors:
On 1st of August 2017, 3DR announced a partnership with DJI, the global leader in drone manufacturing. 3DR integrated its Site Scan software with DJI's drones.