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James tate replied to James tate's discussion PixHawk Install, The use of FrSky X8R aand a Fatuba T8FG Radio in the group PIXHAWK
"My other concern is will the X8R work with the Fatuba T8FG Radio TX. The T8FG is a S-Bus Radio. "
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David Kershaw replied to David Kershaw's discussion Fell right at the start... in the group PIXHAWK
"Now that's something I've never heard of! What ans how is "cryo"??? I did…"
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Clarence Casper replied to Andrew Chapman's discussion X8 coax thrust induced vibration
"How stiff are your props? Perhaps you can try stiffer ones, or smaller diameter 3 bladed ones."
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Tomi Mizya replied to takashi masaki's discussion compassキャリブレーションとフェールセーフの設定 in the group Japan ArduCopter Group
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X8 coax thrust induced vibration

Started by Andrew Chapman in Arducopter 3.x (Multicopter). Last reply by Clarence Casper 53 minutes ago. 3 Replies

Long Endurance

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Hover with a 3D acrobatic plane?

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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
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MultiSpek Sensor Overview

Posted by MultiSpek on February 28, 2015 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

MultiSpekSensorOverview from MultiSpek on Vimeo.

The MultiSpek team is proud to announce our first product video release.  This video is an overview of the…

BrushedSparky - TauLabs integrated frame FPV brushed microquadcopter

Posted by James Cotton on February 28, 2015 at 5:27pm 1 Comment


OsoGrande got me into brushed microquadcopters recently. Sparky2 has some buffered outputs so at first I was just slapping it on frames and jury rigging things together. Very quickly, I wanted something more elegant.…


A Rather Enchanting Combination of Puppetry and Quadcoptery

Posted by Mark Harrison on February 28, 2015 at 2:28pm 0 Comments

I don't know any more than what 777BlueAngel notes on his Youtube page:

Showtime Nandlstadt 2015 - Harry Potter
Not only the kids loved Dietmar Metz's radio controlled Harry Potter.

A Microsoft Vision of the Future...

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on February 28, 2015 at 8:30am 4 Comments

Microsoft’s vision of the future: Everything is a screen, and thin is in

Redmond shows us a…


Drones flying at Oshkosh! Part of EAA AirVenture's Aviation Gateway Park

Posted by Dick Knapinski on February 27, 2015 at 2:34pm 1 Comment

Wanted to pass this along as an FYI.…


Pacificbots - Update

Posted by PacificBots on February 27, 2015 at 12:30pm 4 Comments

Finally was able to get one of the bots out onto the water. For this test, I chose an area of San Francisco Bay that is subject to strong currents during the tide changes. As the tide was going out, the current was about 3 knots. The bot did fine. There were plenty of settings to tweak and a few adjustments of the Pixhawk PID had things working smoothly.

Some takeaways from the test.

Turn radius: Once I threw the switch into autonomous mode, I notice some…


Drone Maker 3D Robotics Raises $50 Million In Latest Round

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on February 26, 2015 at 3:34pm 20 Comments


By Frank Bi and Ryan Mac

Less than two weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled its proposed regulations for commercial drones, one California-based drone company sealed its latest…



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

Drone companies entering Wild West phase

Drone companies entering Wild West phase

By Scott KirsnerGLOBE CORRESPONDENT Andrew Kehlenbeck pulls up a shirtsleeve and exposes a few linear scars on his forearm. They’re slashes from the plastic propeller of a small drone — a very modern sort of workplace injury. Kehlenbeck is cofounder and…

RTÉ Interactive Video: Drones in Ireland – The do’s and don’ts for hobbyists

RTÉ Interactive Video: Drones in Ireland – The do’s and don’ts for hobbyists

Patricia O’Callaghan There is something about drone footage. In the past few years, drone images have shown us the inside of volcanoes, a frozen Niagara Falls from above and new points of view of familiar lands. The Irish Aviation Authority has…

Ground rules needed as S.F. drone use skyrockets

Ground rules needed as S.F. drone use skyrockets

By C.W. Nevius San Francisco’s Dolores Park is known for many things: sunbathing, hipsters and weekend picnics. But lately it has a new designation — drone airport. “If you go to Dolores Park, there’s pretty much a drone overhead all the…

AdNear logging WiFi in LA

AdNear logging WiFi in LA

Not the first time this has happened but the first time a company has announced it on their blog. AdNear are a location based marketing firm from Singapore. They aim to deliver adverts to you as you walk past a…

NWUAV:- First Commercial UAV Propulsion System Approved For Export

NWUAV:- First Commercial UAV Propulsion System Approved For Export

NWUAV announced today the initial shipment of their NW-44cc Fuel Injected engine to an undisclosed foreign customer. This is the first of three customers that have signed up for the COTS 44cc Multi-fuel engine that has been in development for…

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