May 2007 Blog Posts (3)

3D Robotics
Lego Autopilot first flight

My kids and I actually had the first successful test flight of the sub-$1,000 UAV two weekends ago, but I haven't had time to edit the video properly until now. The good news is that a) it didn't crash, and b) it works. We tested stabilization, autonomous navigation (only using compass headings this time, although GPS is in the works), and the real-time video downlink. Everything worked well enough that we're able to see what we have to improve, which is the definition of a successful…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 28, 2007 at 8:25am — No Comments

3D Robotics
First test flight

May 13th, first test flight of both the Lego UAV and the stealth "minimum" UAV at Alameda Naval Air Station. Video coming soon.


Subsytems tested:

--Flight stabilization: Worked. a little rocking, but nothing too serious

--Autopilot: Sort of worked. Rudder throw needs to be increased. Heading change induced expected counter force by stabalization, which increased rocking. As a result the turning was very gradual. That needs to… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on May 15, 2007 at 10:32pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
GeoCrawler 4 (Picopilot off-the-shelf autopilot)


Description: This UAV, which uses an off-the-shelf autopilot, is the reference platform against which we benchmark the more innovative (and cheaper) custom UAVs that are our main focus at DIY Drones.

The video system listed below, which streams realtime video via a 2.4 GhZ wireless…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 12, 2007 at 11:00pm — 6 Comments

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