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This community is the birthplace of ArduPilot, the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:
Here's a better photo showing the tail boom linkage - basically a pair of printed gears.
This design has fewer parts than a conventional linkage, less things to break so hopefully more reliable.
There's a 2:1 gearing ratio between the servo and the tail boom. The servo moves +/- 60…Continue
When we got started ten years ago, the annual AUVSI student drone competition was dominated by commercial autopilots, such as Piccolo. Now it's almost entirely open source autopilots, led by ArduPilot (15 of top 20) and Dronecode/PX4 (4 of top twenty, including #17 below). I'm super proud of this…Continue
The distance between motors is 450mm so obviously the arms need to be cut down.
A PixFalcon goes on top, the GPS/Compass module will either go directly on top of the PixFalcon or have its own mount at the front of the drone.
Printing almost complete 13 hours later.
Not sure about the 'lurid purple' colour, for some reason it was the only filament left at the shop.
This version doesn't have a camera gimbal, I want to see what the all up weight is without any 'extras' and have some fun flying it…Continue
For RC/UAV uses, a balsa core laminated with carbon fiber makes an ultra light construction panel with very high stiffness. While you can buy ready made panels (usually expensive), this video shows how easily you can make it yourself with no special tools.
This video does not pretend to show the best way of doing these panels. It is…
We have reached the long-awaited episode in our autopilot precision series in which we finally test Pixhawk. All drones are tested by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS mission planning software. In this video Pixhawk was mounted on 3DR IRIS platform, the same…
Should drone owners be able to fly their drones wherever and however they want to? This is the question increasingly asked by the consumer drone community as drone giant DJI tightens flying restrictions on its customers.
This was the…Continue
Getting down to target weight has been challenging.
This version is lighter, stronger, and stiffer than its predecessors. Only airtime and hard landings will show if its good enough.
I'm printing in PLA with 60% infill, 0.2mm layers and slow print speeds which seems to give the strongest parts.
I'll post photos when its…Continue