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Pixhawk Log: Maybe a battery issue?

Any help would be appreciated. I tried a mission just going up to 100ft to see how long it would…See More
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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, 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:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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New NGB Filters and Higher Resolution Camera at Event 38

Posted by Jeff Taylor on August 21, 2014 at 12:09pm 0 Comments

We've been hard at work improving our popular NGB filter glass over the summer and the latest design is finally in! This design cuts off higher wavelength NIR light around 770nm. That reduces the amount of light crossing over to the Green and Blue channels which are also sensitive to NIR light,…

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NASA's electric plane achieves vertical takeoff

Posted by Aym Altorra on August 20, 2014 at 8:00pm 6 Comments

Engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., are studying the concept with models such as the unmanned aerial system GL-10 Greased Lightning. The GL-10, which has a 10-foot wingspan, recently flew successfully while tethered. Free-flight tests are planned in the fall of…

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NMSU, FAA pursue sought-after drone research

Posted by Joseph on August 20, 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

I am the Sr. External Pilot on the Aerostar UAS. Here is a link the the article that the local news paper wrote about our program...

Here is the sUAS link.…

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UAS Directory Growth

Posted by Eric Kubicka on August 20, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

We are up to 250+ firms on our directory. We are planning to do a check on hiring soon to see where the industry stands. If you have any comments send a note to eric@uascareercentral.com we look forward to hearing from you.

It would be great to get…

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Refurbish a damaged 4S battery - Do not try this!

Posted by Jorge Brites on August 20, 2014 at 7:30am 42 Comments

I purchased a 5000mA Turnigy Nano-Teck 4S 35C, at Hobbyking for my quad-copter in build.

After a small error, i fried out one the "ground side" cell of my battery with 5 or 6 recharge cycles.

So i decided that i dont need right now a 3S battery, so i purchased a 1S Turnigy Battery bundle to repair my damaged one.

So first thing first, remove the…

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Complete Spanish Latin American translated documentation for APMCopter and APMPlane

Posted by enzo vinko criado on August 20, 2014 at 5:30am 14 Comments

AERODRONE OCTAQUAD TAROT TIGER U7 420 KV PIXHAWK 40 MINUTE FLIGHT TIME

 

Dear Comunity, I am working in a complete!, Yes, a complete…

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Man Creates Flying Hexacopter Drone With 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen

Posted by Bob on August 19, 2014 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

The body of DeRosa's first hexacopter (source: Plasticity Productions)

The body of DeRosa’s first hexacopter (source: Plasticity Productions)

When 3D printing pens burst onto the scene…

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First flight of ArduPilot on Linux

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on August 19, 2014 at 8:59pm 35 Comments

I'm delighted to announce that the effort to port ArduPilot to Linux reached an important milestone yesterday with the first flight of a fixed wing aircraft on a Linux based autopilot running ArduPilot.

As I mentioned in a…

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Vulture 2 spaceplane hits 100km/h - strapped to a van roof

Posted by Lester Haines on August 19, 2014 at 7:18am 10 Comments

We're obliged to Linus Penzlien (seen above in boffin pipe mode) and Andrew Tridgell for all their hard work last week working on the custom APM:Plane parameters/commands for our Vulture 2…

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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

CU-Boulder leads international unmanned aircraft testing event at Pawnee Grassland

CU-Boulder leads international unmanned aircraft testing event at Pawnee Grassland

An international research effort organized by the University of Colorado Boulder conducted the first multiple, unmanned aircraft interception of a telltale rush of cold air preceding a thunderstorm known as a “gust front” as it rolled across the Pawnee National…

Guards foil jail delivery

 Guards foil jail delivery

Police in Larissa were on Sunday seeking the unknown operator of a remote-controlled toy helicopter which landed on the grounds of the prison in the central Greek city on Friday bearing five cell phones. The toy flew over the barbed…

Testing Electric Propulsion

Testing Electric Propulsion

On Aug. 19, National Aviation Day, a lot of people are reflecting on how far aviation has come in the last century. Could this be the future – a plane with many electric motors that can hover like a helicopter…

Delivery by drone

Delivery by drone

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of…

Promise of UAV as Crop Scouting Tool Highlighted at Ohlde Seed Farms Field Day

Promise of UAV as Crop Scouting Tool Highlighted at Ohlde Seed Farms Field Day

Bill Spiegel Shane Ohlde, manager of Ohlde Seed Farms in Palmer, Kansas, had a company called RoboFlight fly-over wheat fields to determine the effectiveness of fungicide on winter wheat for the 2014 crop. He sees promise in using UAVs as…

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