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Gary McCray replied to Ted Byers's discussion What is the relation between the motors in a quadcopter, the propellers, the battery, and flight time?
"Hi Ted, It was really an exercise in making a high endurance copter with (mostly) inexpensive…"
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William Wegenast replied to Aaron Wiedenfeld's discussion Trex 800 gasser in the group ArduCopter (traditional heli) user group
"I have the same size gas heli and I'm wondering exactly the same thing. I've flown a 700…"
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The Sun commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post Part 2: How to build a High-Definition FPV UAV using a Rasperry PI with HD camera, using a high speed WiFi link
"More questions: As far as frame rate during movement is there any frame dropping or…"
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Ted Byers replied to Ted Byers's discussion What is the relation between the motors in a quadcopter, the propellers, the battery, and flight time?
"Thanks Gary, I had no idea he'd made junk. I was just astonished that he'd obtained a…"
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Welcome to DIY Drones!


Welcome to the largest community for amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles! Use the tabs and drop-down menus above to navigate the site.

 

This community is the home of ArduPilot (now known as APM), the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk and APM 2.6 autopilots run a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:

  • APM:Copter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • APM:Plane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • APM:Rover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                   Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

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Spaceplane Project Trials

Posted by RocketMan on October 19, 2014 at 8:30am 2 Comments

Chris Courtois has been working the trials on the Condore spaceplane project with Team Prometheus for several years now. After all his wonderful work we are gaining experience needed to proceed ahead.

  In conjunction Jetmanhuss at VskyLabs has been developing the model for X-Plane allowing us to try different configurations and develop the model…

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DVD Delivery By DRONE

Posted by AKRCGUY on October 18, 2014 at 8:42pm 11 Comments

Netflix joked about it, I thought I'd give it a try since my brother in law wanted to borrow one of my DVD's.  Here are the results.

Air Traffic Control for Drones - MIT Technology Review

Posted by Marco Sterk on October 17, 2014 at 1:41pm 7 Comments

Repost from MIT Technology Review:

How do you keep small drone aircraft safe in the world’s busiest national airspace? One idea is to have them use cellphone networks to feed data back to an air traffic control system made just for drones.



A startup called Airware is working with…

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Air bag parachute for drones as extra safety feature?

Posted by Winfried Rijssenbeek on October 16, 2014 at 2:00pm 5 Comments

Due to the safety aspects of the man drone we "invented" a combination of airbag and parachute with the purpose of opening the parachute in a spit second. We made a small testing sample. and we think it can work. So the idea is that a drone in an emergency situation would ignite a rocket parachute and that this one would open by airbag at the the top. Think that for normal drones (_tumble bee_ ) this might also be interesting. Anyone interested in such development, or sees…

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A day at the beach... FPV compilation

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on October 16, 2014 at 9:40am 2 Comments

This is a quick compilation video of a few FPV flights in Alt Hold, Sport and Drift flight modes earlier this week while on the beach. The wind was quite a factor and it shown in some of the bobbles, then again it is probably my poor piloting skills. 

Discussing “The D Word”

Posted by Andrew on October 16, 2014 at 8:54am 0 Comments

That which we call a drone…

On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal ran a story called “Why Some Drone Makers Hate the Word ‘Drone.'” It’s a well-written piece that outlines why opponents of the term don’t like it and ends with an appropriate assessment…

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Update of the man drone project

Posted by Winfried Rijssenbeek on October 16, 2014 at 5:30am 38 Comments

Dear All,

As I announced on this forum we are aiming to build a man carrying drone; it is a multicopter. we have made quite some progress. Have a look: 

www.thehummingmanproject.com/blog

best regards Winfried

Security Tee-shirt

Posted by uavgear on October 16, 2014 at 12:41am 6 Comments

have you ever been bothered while flying ?

I did.

I m really passionate about uav and love to share my job with walkers.

But there is days when you've got only a small lapse of time, weather for example....

So, i designed a tee shirt in order to avoid…

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How To Choose Your First Quadcopter

Posted by AKRCGUY on October 15, 2014 at 10:26pm 16 Comments

This question gets asked a lot on the forums and Facebook so I thought I'd make a video with some of the answers that I give to new pilots.  Feel free to add your own advice too.

 
 
 
Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Board Eyes Unmanned Aircraft Testing at County Airport

Board Eyes Unmanned Aircraft Testing at County Airport

ERMA – Freeholders had a resolution on the Oct. 14 agenda to authorize an agreement with American Aerospace Advisors Inc. of Wayne, Pa. “for expert and consultative services to integrate UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) operations into the County Airport and…

Attorney: Drone Flew Over Larkinville Concert

Attorney: Drone Flew Over Larkinville Concert

Jeff Preval, WGRZ BUFFALO, NY – It’s certainly a bizarre story… A local attorney tells us he believes a drone was flown over a concert last month at Larkin Square. “I’ve never seen anything quite like that before in my…

Football stadium drones put ‘lives at risk’

Football stadium drones put ‘lives at risk’

Flying drone cameras over football grounds poses a safety risk and could endanger lives, a business that specialises in aerial filming says. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is investigating after remote-controlled aircraft flew over stadiums in Nottingham and Derby during…

Football stadium drone flights investigated by aviation authority

Football stadium drone flights investigated by aviation authority

Drones spotted flying over English football grounds are being investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The remote-controlled aircraft flew over stadiums recently in Nottingham and Derby as games were under way. The flights could be in breach of legislation…

Small UAC coalition challenges safety comments by FAA official.

Small UAC coalition challenges safety comments by FAA official.

The following statement has been issued by Michael Drobac, executive director of the Small UAV Coalition: “The Small UAV Coalition is extremely disappointed with the comments of the FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety related to unmanned aerial vehicles…

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