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Techwing update and maiden

Hey everyone,

 The newly updated techwing design has achieved its maiden flight.…


Added by wayne garris on September 21, 2014 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Our latest GCS build, The Beast

GCS build highlights

  • Intel Core i3-i7 PC hardware for Win7-8 or Linux operating systems, 2-328Gb RAM, 60-256GB SSD, Gigabit LAN, 4 external USB 2.0, optional 3.0, WLAN, etc..
  • Dual 10” 1920x1200 600nit IPS panels with low reflectance gloss or matte surfaces
  • 300-460Whs of fully managed LiFePO4 battery, balanced cells, protected against overcharge, overdischarge and short circuit,
  • external charge and power supply from…

Added by Azjeg on September 21, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Arducopter Flies Gas Powered Helicopter

Now we're cooking with gas!

I have just completed a project to build a helicopter with a gasoline engine, controlled by Arducopter (of course!)  This helicopter serves as a test bed for future gas heli development work for a client of mine.  The goal was to prove out that it could be…


Added by Rob_Lefebvre on September 20, 2014 at 11:20am — 24 Comments

AUAV-X2 ( the revised version of X1 ) is alive


Added by Nick Arsov on September 20, 2014 at 9:00am — 21 Comments

Build configuration of my FX-61 Phantom Flying Wing (part 2)

Continuation of my FX-61 Phantom build configuration. (this part has the BoM at the end)

The other wing is just stock. Look at that horrible stock servo, it’s transparency only serves to taunt me by showing the horrible plastic gears that are dying to eat each other to bits. I would like to…


Added by Hamish on September 20, 2014 at 8:47am — 5 Comments

Build configuration of my FX-61 Phantom Flying Wing (part 1)

This is a description of the configuration of my FX-61 Phantom FPV Flying Wing EPO Airplane 1550mm (PNF) V2

The whole reason…


Added by Hamish on September 20, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments

Announcing Aeriality Version 1.1

Aeriality version 1.1 is out now, check it out at

But, first things first, thanks everyone at DIYD for your support. I've had over 100 downloads of the Aeriality software so far, and lots of great interactions…


Added by Taylor Glenn on September 19, 2014 at 12:30pm — 17 Comments

3DR IRIS gets approved in France by DGAC (french FAA).

After a few weeks of administrative processing it is finally here, the "Attestation de conception de type" (Type certificate) allows the 3DRobotics IRIS to fly legally in France in scenarios S1, S2 and S3. S3 meaning it can fly in urban areas as well !…


Added by Nicolas on September 19, 2014 at 6:57am — 18 Comments

Vulture 2 spaceplane launch hits Kickstarter target

Our £30k Kickstarter campaign to take our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission to Spaceport America…


Added by Lester Haines on September 19, 2014 at 6:52am — 8 Comments

An Algorithm That Decodes the Surface of the Earth

...Study published last week in the Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, that describes an algorithm that can classify land cover types with minimal nudging from humans.

The problem, from a computational standpoint, is that…


Added by Greg Dronsky on September 19, 2014 at 2:29am — No Comments

Simple set up for Turnigy 9XR (or similar) 6 position mode switching - No Hardware/Flashing Required

Until recently my main TX was a Turnigy 9X and I (like many others) was using a hacked in 6 position POT switch to select modes on my various aircraft. Unfortunately the 9X has died so has been replaced by a shiny new 9XR. Rather then hack apart the 9XR (too pretty) I wanted to experiment with using the…


Added by Ben Dellar on September 18, 2014 at 7:40pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Humanoid robot learns to fly a flight simulator!

This is both adorable and really cool. From IEEE Spectrum:

As much trouble as humanoid robots are to build and control, we keep on trying to make it work because it's easiest to operate in a human environment if you can…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 18, 2014 at 3:34pm — 4 Comments

Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops

Many of us recreational, semi-pro, and pro RPAS operators here on are fortunate enough to have had great dialogue with the public, sometimes even taking time off from our normal schedules or responsibilities to show others the wonders of robotic flight. Still, we are all to familiar with those few stories where the public has become confrontational with civilian and commercial…


Added by Matthew Schroyer on September 18, 2014 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Google Glass, civilian drones, and space for reflection

A friend outside of DIYD passed on a link to a thought-provoking post by Michael Sacasas. His observations are around people and Google Glass. However as I read…


Added by John Githens on September 18, 2014 at 12:14pm — 2 Comments

An Autopilot in the clouds - part 3

This article is part three in a series, describing some of the inner workings of an autopilot system - even though the description is specific for this particular system, a lot of principles are generic and can be used to describe a variety of auto…


Added by Jesper Andersen on September 18, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

3D Robotics
How 3DR tests camera gimbals

With our partners AES. This is a great way to really quantify performance!

Added by Chris Anderson on September 17, 2014 at 9:09pm — 21 Comments

Screamy: A durable lost UAV alarm

Hello pilots!

I'd like to introduce you all to Screamy, our lost aircraft alarm. We launched a kickstarter campaign today to get this special product into your hands:

Put this on your valued multirotor or model aircraft and make sure you never lose it!



Added by Kelly Miller on September 17, 2014 at 10:30am — 32 Comments

What a simple orthomosaic and DEM can do

Using Orthomosaic and Digital Elevation Model to create 3 D model is nothing new. But normally it will require lots of computing power and knowledge. Skyline's TerraBuilder and TerraExplorer make it easy for the average people to make 3D video from an orthomosaic…


Added by keeyen pang on September 17, 2014 at 2:00am — 15 Comments

ArduCopter RSSI voltage modification

i am flying a long range quadcopter with APM 2.6 external compass question is how can i modify RSSI voltage reading of the APM since my RX at maximum signal is 1.5volts..? and in full parameters list it seems to have only 3.3V and 5.0V ..

It ll needs to have buffer…


Added by Babis HatziIoannou on September 17, 2014 at 12:30am — 11 Comments

ABDIAS testing video

We tested ABDIAS before and while a concert. 

The goal was to test altitude autopilot (with a lot of people below and draft air) and autonomy, but also wireless control (using xbee modules) from my laptop.

  • Autopilot worked well,…

Added by Henri Bernard on September 17, 2014 at 12:13am — No Comments

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