@Garcia: Atmel AVR based design tools are free and very complete too!! -- I'm sure you can use it over the Arduino boards
I haven; tused them, but my understanding is that you are correct -- the Atmel tools can be used to program the Arduino ... on the other hand, the Arduino IDE is 100% geared up to the Arduino, so why not stick with that?
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.