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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:
I've been working on a universal pod, to carry additional equipment on drones. While I was playing around with my 3D program of choice (Shade 3D) I got the brilliant idea to add a set of small wings to my pod.…Continue
It's a coaxial rotating VTOL setup that is more efficient than a quadcopter because of larger, fewer, rotors and is ofsimilar mechanical complexity. The catch is that the hub needs to be custom though but seems doable (was 3D printed in this example but probably needs to be machined for larger scales) and requires a custom motor driver that allows PWM access…Continue
This is a work in progress.
It's a rather quadcopter conventional but with a few tweaks.
The goal of this project is to make a small, transportable, waterproof, sturdy quadcopter that can carry go-pros and similar cameras.
Here's where we are so far:
A distributed and scalable autopilot architecture is attractive to me due to space and sensor positioning demands on my airframes. The existing range of autopilots simply doesn't fit. The uNode (microNode) is the result of my desperate attempts to fix this. uNode is a very cutdown…Continue
I finally got around to writing a review for this little drone I've had for a few months now. I bought it for about $17 and it still seems to be flying even after it got slightly chewed by my dog (pictures taken before that happened!). It's a pretty cool drone.. and pretty safe to fly too. I can't envision much going wrong unless if you lack common sense and fly it into a group of people/ animals. It's great for learning the ropes for any new flyers - …Continue
I still need to buy batteries 4 6S 25C 16000mah batteries and 16 18x6.5 CF propellers, I don't want to be in the middle of nowhere without spares. I will run 2 6S 16000mah batteries or more.The batteries $370 each propellers $100 per pair from…
Part 1 .. DIY Giant Octocopter Build designed for Magnetometer Surveying
Here is my first attempt at building an octocopter. I will post images as I build it.
I built a budget 960mm hexacopter in my spare time last year while working for uranium, copper and…