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What can happen when your GoPro falls out of the sky (=:

Started Feb 14 0 Replies

Maybe a little off-topic but if you haven't seen this YouTube clip  of a GoPro falling from a plane it will make your morning. Continue

FrSky Taranis Transmitter Connectivity Question

Started Feb 14 0 Replies

There's a lot of enthusiasm about the new FrSky Taranis R/C transmitter/controller and the associated open-source firmware. I'm considering switching to this system to go along with my new Pixhawk as…Continue

Tags: FrSky, 9DX, Taranis

Scary Unexpected Motor Startup After Arming; Also Yaw Behavior Issue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Oliver Jan 7. 22 Replies

After nearly two years of putting around with no nasty surprises my heavy Hex, "The Witch" has been behaving badly and yesterday gave me a fright.A couple of weeks ago I moved up to 3.1 from 3.0.1…Continue

We're Doing It Wrong!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Josh Oct 3, 2013. 1 Reply

Chicken-powered camera stabilization!!http://i.imgur.com/kE7xE2P.gifContinue

 

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Oliver replied to Nathaniel Frosland's discussion Iris crashed after screws fell out... in the group IRIS
"With all this talk about thread lock compounds, keep in mind that it's only to be used on metal-to-metal connections. Don't apply it to screws that thread into synthetics. Not only will it not do any good, it will attack and thus weaken…"
12 hours ago
Oliver replied to Nathaniel Frosland's discussion Iris crashed after screws fell out... in the group IRIS
"Not having seen an Iris in the flesh I'm rather taken aback by the remark that 3DR is mounting motors with only two screws rather than four. Really? To save the weight, assembly time, and price of 8 screws? Or?? IMHO: FAIL."
12 hours ago
Oliver commented on Vindolin's blog post Tech-savvy criminals now using heat-seeking drones to target cannabis farms
"All you folks who believe this tale (Mommy, Mommy, I know it's true, I saw it on the Intra-Net!!) please send me all of your money and I will send you a notarized title to all of my rights to the Brooklyn Bridge."
17 hours ago
Oliver replied to Nathaniel Frosland's discussion Iris crashed after screws fell out... in the group IRIS
"For those of you new to R/C and the world of ARF/RTF  (Almost Ready to Fly/Ready To Fly): It matters not if your new treasure was assembled in the US, China, Mexico or by your mother-in-law. You must go over the fasteners, at the least checking…"
yesterday
Oliver commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"I will repeat myself in what has turned into quite a swamp here. The fact that a "drone" was involved in this incident is insignificant. Only very few people, those who like us here are focused on drones, put the aircraft at the center of…"
Wednesday
Oliver replied to William's discussion Update.... really?
"Nothing is wrong with recent updates. Regarding that link, people who fly cheap HK clone boards on exotic-geometry homemade aircraft (Y6) are likely to have a few issues, wouldn't you think? And as can be seen from the last post by the OP in…"
Wednesday
Oliver commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"Wow this starts to look like a YouTube comment thread. Look, this guy is not in trouble for his flying or his motives or his opinions or his haircut. He's in trouble for not obeying an order of a public safety official at an emergency scene.…"
Tuesday
Oliver commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"I like the headline ..."drone user"... not pilot, operator, hobbyist, etc. but "user."  You know, like "meth user" or such... But this is a great example of how existing laws are almost always all that's…"
Tuesday
Oliver commented on Ying Hong's blog post DIY Monocopters
"Super, congrats and thanks for sharing the evolution of your project. Hard to tell with shuttering effect from the cameras, what's roughly the RPM that it flies at?"
Tuesday
Ken Gaines commented on Oliver's blog post Drone flyby reveals ancient village buried in New Mexico
"ANYTHING FLIR is gonna be expen$ive. I'd love to get one. My wife would kill me THEN divorce me if I spent that kind of cash on a FLIR system."
Tuesday
Ken Gaines commented on Oliver's blog post Drone flyby reveals ancient village buried in New Mexico
"ANYTHING FLIR is gonna be expen$ive. I'd love to get one. My wife would kill me THEN divorce me if I spent that kind of cash on a FLIR system."
Tuesday
Jack Crossfire commented on Oliver's blog post Drone flyby reveals ancient village buried in New Mexico
"That's a real FLIR Tau 2 640x512 30fps cam with wide angle lens, not a hacked point & shoot.  It costs mega bucks & isn't exported."
Tuesday
Ken Gaines commented on Oliver's blog post Drone flyby reveals ancient village buried in New Mexico
"This is REALLY cool and represents EXACTLY the kind of stuff I want to do with my UAVs! GREAT WORK!!!!!"
Monday
Sam Curcio commented on Oliver's blog post Drone flyby reveals ancient village buried in New Mexico
"And, the Gestapo boldly remarked, "Dr. Jones, you do not seem to have the proper documents to conduct those flybys.""
Sunday
Oliver replied to Mark Van Haze's discussion Kerosene jet with Arduplane crash analysis
"Could you please share with us the context of your project involving autonomous high-speed low-level flight of turbine-powered aircraft? Thanks! "
Sunday
Pedals2Paddles commented on Oliver's blog post Drone flyby reveals ancient village buried in New Mexico
"And tomorrow, the FAA will send him a nasty letter and attempt to fine him for violating their non-existent regulations."
Sunday

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Transitioning from conventional helis to multirotors for hobby photography. Also scale/sport flying.

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Drone flyby reveals ancient village buried in New Mexico

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 8:26am 8 Comments

An interesting article on Mother Nature Network "Thermal images captured by a small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing…

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Renault Concept Car With Built-In Multicopter

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 10:30am 11 Comments

       For your Saturday morning amusement, from a BBC automotive blog :
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Major Robotics Move By Google - With Bozo In The Stew

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 8:07am 4 Comments

Here we go again. BBC this morning reports a major further move into robotics by Google's acquisition of seven robotics companies. But the headline to the report references the Amazon drone publicity stunt, as though it is an established part of the landscape. I fully expect to hear the word "Amazon" the next time I…

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A $109 GoodLuckBuy Brushless Gimbal for the H3 GoPro

Posted on August 18, 2013 at 12:52am 97 Comments

Here's a short clip, somewhat adulterated by YouTube, of a test of this inexpensive gimbal and controller that I bought from goodluckbuy.com. The Goodluckbuy SKU is 98952, you can look at it by entering that in their search engine. It's made to mount on a Phantom but it's not hard to work up a mount for most any copter.

Here I'm flying it on my DJI 550 Hex…

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