This community is the home of ArduPilot, 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:
This is a quick demo of how we vibration-test our next-gen autopilots at 3D Robotics labs. Two big bass speakers are programmed to generate vibrations at a range of frequencies, and the autopilots are mounted on a structure that's driven by them in two dimensions. We then measure the output from the autopilots to look for aliasing and harmonics, which helps us design the…Continue
This summer Jesse Casana will fly a drone over northern Iraq—in the name of archaeology. “It’s definitely not something a lot of civilians do,” he acknowledged with a laugh.
Casana, a professor and researcher with the University of Arkansas Department of Anthroplogy, recently made news after using a drone to reveal a buried prehistoric Puebloan community in New Mexico. The…Continue
Mikrokopter UAV are very common in Germany. They use their own Brushless ESCs, controlled with i2c by their own Flightcontrol.
From now on, it is easy possible, to convert a Mikrokopter UAV into a fully featured ArduCopter with a Pixhawk or PX4 only by…
I finally getting the APM installed in my Bixler 2 this week. After a bit of tuning and configuration I ran my first aerial photography mission.
The image below shows the composite image overlaid in satellite imagery in Google Earth.
This image shows the difference in quality between Google Earth's satelite imagery and my render…Continue
I wanted to do a few real world hover tests with different prop sizes to satisfy my curiosity.
I tested 3 sizes of some commonly used props, the RCTimer Carbon 10x4.7, 11x4.7 and 12x3.8, all carefully balanced. There are other very similar props branded differently.
The 'copter is a carbon…Continue
Frsky have finally delivered on a 6 position mode switch for the Taranis. Unfortunately info is scant at this stage. What I can say is we start to ship these late next week. Installation instructions will be available around…Continue
I have not seen this posted on DIY Drones yet so I thought I'd throw it out as interesting.
Somewhat safer than a quadrotor I imagine but somewhat less maneuverable.
Still interesting though :)
FLYING drones fitted with heat-seeking cameras are being used by criminals to find cannabis farms in Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Oldbury so they can steal the crops.
The explosion in the number of cannabis farms has led to countless violent robberies as the intruders know the victim will not call the police.
However, the use of drones in…