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MQ9 camera housing

I've read a lot about the NitroPlanes/ProJet MQ-9 Reaper, and mostly about how to outfit it with a camera.  Before I received my plane from some ignoramus who packaged it like a 2-year-old might do, I thought that I could cram a GoPro camera into the "ball".  And yes, a GoPro will fit inside the "ball"... but not the way one might like.

The 3D rendering above shows how badly the GoPro fits into the stock MQ-9 camera housing.  The lens is far left and high...…


Added by Clint K. Campbell on May 22, 2015 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

My MQ-9 Reaper... the neverending story

On May 2nd of 2015, I sent $500 via MoneyGram to a man in Florida who had a fully-built ProJet MQ-9 Reaper for sale.  It cost me $45 to wire him the money... and yes, I knew that it could be a huge risk, but we had spoken on the phone MANY times, and he seemed like a very respectful person.

On May 14th (12 days later), I was informed that he had shipped the Reaper to the plant where I work.  He called me and reassured me that everything was wonderful.  I was…


Added by Clint K. Campbell on May 22, 2015 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Transport Canada to investigate ''Roman Candle Attack''

Transport Canada will investigate the use of a Quadcopter for shooting fireworks. It is again people giving unmanned vehicles a bad reputation. Shooting fireworks on someone is plain stupid, I think we can agree. However, should Transport Canada be handling this case? What if they were shooting from a radio-contolled boat or car? The danger is from…


Added by Charles Blouin on May 22, 2015 at 8:46pm — No Comments

SPARK, the italian drone recognized by ENAC (Italian FAA ) for professional aerial work.

Drones and aerial work in Italy. Despite some difficulties of a regulatory and bureaucratic, dictated by the regulation on unmanned…

Added by Roberto Navoni on May 22, 2015 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Man sized *copter

Added by Ioan Ghip on May 22, 2015 at 12:42pm — 5 Comments

A new OSD for FPV - PlayuavOSD

Hi,I want to share a new OSD - the PlayuavOSD. It is new but not totally unfamiliar. It is created by integrating a variety of excellent open-source projects. Many thanks to the developers for their efforts and dedication.

This project is licensed under CC 3.0 BY-SA and GUN v3. You can find all information about this OSD at…


Added by rentt on May 22, 2015 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Lynx M: 3 Hour Mapping Endurance

Greetings all. About a year ago, we introduced you to the Lynx. Lynx was our first system developed as an affordable, fixed-wing UAV for mapping. The Lynx design was…


Added by Matthew - Swift Radioplanes on May 21, 2015 at 7:30pm — 15 Comments

Rover goes full size followme - actually its XL!

You're all having a lovely time with your little copters and planes.  Over on Rover - were going full size!!!!  Check out this tractor performing FollowMe!

Added by Grant Morphett on May 21, 2015 at 5:00pm — 13 Comments

NEW Drone Recovery Parachute System Looking For 20 Beta Testers!

Hello Diy Drones Universe,

Here at CAD Drones LLC we are currently looking for 20 Beta Testers of the Drone Parachute System we are now currently selling. To get this affordable product to the Drone Industry we have to have video from people sharing their success with our product! Currently…


Added by Joshua Johnson on May 21, 2015 at 2:39pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations

Sorry to see this notice from AirDroids, who had launched the PocketCopter on Kickstarter, but glad to see their list of "lessons learned". Manufacturing is really, really hard, and they were not the first or last Kickstarter project to get in over…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm — 37 Comments

Cularis 7 Channel Glider With Crow Flaps and Washout Taranis Config EEPE

Here is my pixhawk run Cularis Motor Glider with a very custom Taranis Setup.

Complex Taranis configuration can be time consuming, so I'm sharing my config so that others can re-use it.

Mine allows you to setup your flaps asymmetrically where they go down more than up, or only down. You decide how you want…


Added by Marc MERLIN on May 21, 2015 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Multiplex Cularis FPV build with ardupilot

After spending quite a while building a pixhawk based Multiplex Cularis with FPV, and lots of foam cutting to fit everything (including 3 cameras), here is the result:

Fitting all the APM and FPV gear in there is kind of tight, but it's…


Added by Marc MERLIN on May 21, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

2D LIDAR (Laser Range Finder) prototype working

2D LIDAR (Laser Range Finder) prototype working, measuring distance upto 50 meters with angle 0 to 359 degrees. Can be used in CAR to avoid rear and front ended bump, can be interface with UAV or Robot. It's done uisng UNO. Its not done yet.…


Added by FAKHRE ALAM on May 21, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Redefine the flying camera-SimToo Drone



Added by Ning shu on May 20, 2015 at 11:00pm — 13 Comments

Belated pictorial AUVSI recap

Note: The image formatting is a little difficult and the number of images per post appears to be limited on DIYdrones, so I mirrored this whole post to my website where it looks a little nicer and the rest…


Added by Daniel McKinnon on May 20, 2015 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

3DR Pixhawk- powered DJI S1000

For the past several months we have been working closely with an infrastructure inspection firm to develop a multirotor system for them.  There were…


Added by matt.koestner on May 20, 2015 at 9:27am — 8 Comments

CAD Drones - NEW Drone Recovery Parachute System

Our Drone Parachute Products:

The Parachutes and Packs are made out of a durable fabric that allows you to mount a recovery parachute on your Quadcopter, Fixed Wing Plane, Model Aircraft, and even R/C Boats! They come in…


Added by Joshua Johnson on May 20, 2015 at 2:51am — 9 Comments

APM:Plane 3.3.0 released

APM:Plane 3.3.0 released

The ardupilot development team is proud to announce the release of version 3.3.0 of APM:Plane. This is a major release with a lot of changes. Please read the release notes carefully!

The last…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on May 20, 2015 at 1:27am — 78 Comments

SteamVR's "Lighthouse" to be applied as a precision-landing technique.

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Norm from interviews Alan Yates from Valve about the tracking technology behind the new SteamVR head-mounted…


Added by Nick McCarthy on May 19, 2015 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

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