June 2011 Blog Posts (124)

Setting up the Spektrum DX 8 mode switches


This is what I found . The Spectrum radio seems to be very similar to the JR. the PWM values needed are here, the centre ones are what I came up with.

Flight Mode # -- Min. PWM -- Ideal PWM -- Max. PWM

#5 -- 1750 -- 1763 -- >1815

#4 -- 1620 -- 1683 -- 1749

#3 -- 1490 -- 1507 -- 1619

#2 -- 1360 -- 1428 -- 1489

#1 -- 1230 -- 1251 -- 1359

#0 -- <1165 -- 1172 --…


Added by Nick Wadman on June 30, 2011 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

My Arducopter Experience


So here the setup;

  • Jakub's quad…

Added by madhuran wilson on June 30, 2011 at 3:40pm — 5 Comments

Primary Stage of "Winging It"

We are making quick progress on design, feature, and purpose ideas for our new autonomous concept aircraft. After sketching 4 possible models of planes that we could build, we have decided on one design that we are currently building out of insulation foam. After testing this much simplified version of our plane, we will propose changes that should be made to the design which should improve our final product.


The design we selected for our concept plane (picture of the sketch…


Added by GSET "Winging It" on June 30, 2011 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
ArduCopter makes an appearance in PBS Newshour report on Maker Movement

A great report on the Maker Movement from the PBS Newshour, with lots of shots of Maker Faire. ArduCopter makes a flying appearance around… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 30, 2011 at 11:03am — No Comments

Perching Glider

Some very interesting research done by Rick Cory that uses a single control surface to land a glider on a cable.  Check out this link for more information and videos:



Added by GBASK on June 30, 2011 at 10:49am — 3 Comments

Quad fails - GRASP Lab / University of Pennsylvania

You have to break some eggs to make omelet :P This video is a collection of fail quad manoeuvrings from GRASP Lab / University of Pennsylvania, via Automaton blog - IEEE…

Added by IKE on June 30, 2011 at 5:58am — 6 Comments

Blimp Drone Project

The DIYDrone Blimpduino's have been MIA for some time. A new version is promised so it will be interesting to see what those guys come up with next.   In the meantime some buddies and I have been building up our own arduino based  blimp drone. 

Added by Berto on June 30, 2011 at 3:40am — 6 Comments

ACM2 tricopter AUTO and ALT_HOLD test


Added by hsucliff on June 29, 2011 at 10:30pm — 25 Comments

Rutgers students using APM: "Winging it: the Plane of the Future"

We are a group of 5 students attending the New Jersey Governor's School of Engineering and Technology. The Governor's School is a prestigious program at Rutgers University offered to students the summer before their senior year exposing them to many different applications and varieties of engineering. Students are nominated by their schools to apply for the competitive program, which is provided at no cost to them due to funding from multiple companies, Rutgers University, and the NJ State…


Added by GSET "Winging It" on June 29, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

AutoQuad ver 5.6

The distributors finally got in some of the new ST Micro STM32F2 series uControllers and I grabbed a few.  I was able to "shoehorn" one into a ver5 board as the pinout is close to compatible with the performance STM32F1 series.  Spent a few days rewriting the device drivers and am very impressed with this…


Added by Bill Nesbitt on June 29, 2011 at 10:44am — 42 Comments

MatrixPilot 3.1 Released


MatrixPilot 3.1 is released. The project continues to mature, with a fantastic IMU that is still moving ahead with deep research from William Premerlani. Ben Levitt continues to add amazing features such as the built-in firmware for the OSD hardware that can be attached to the UDB3.…


Added by Pete Hollands on June 29, 2011 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

Interesting YAW on Quad

I found this picture of a quite unusual quad. This model has no counter rotating props, it uses some kind of servo controlled levelers on two sides of the booms. Never seen this before!

This heavy weight quad doesn't come cheap, prices starting at 29.542,90 EUR excl. Tax and camera mount.…


Added by Arachnida on June 29, 2011 at 4:05am — 12 Comments

APM flying HDwing at FL1000...

...well, in my dreams and in X-plane only so far.



It's been quite interesting trying to get a flying wing to fly at such high altitudes.  There are all manner of complicated instabilities to overcome.  So far, the biggest improvement was adding a motor and propellor, not as any form of…


Added by Andrew Rabbitt on June 29, 2011 at 3:52am — 9 Comments

Yet another antenna tracker



Now that I got a couple of weeks' vacation from the army I finally had the time to work on some new hardware. Last week I made directional antennas for my UAS: thanks to IBCrazy for his fabulous BiQuad tutorial on RCGroups. Only an antenna tracker was missing.


Paparazzi GCS includes an antenna tracker -controller but as I've recently been…


Added by Sami Finnila on June 28, 2011 at 8:30am — 22 Comments

Arducopter 2.0.25 - High altitude visit

I decided to see how high I would have the nerve to fly today.


Started in Simple mode, default PID values. Motor to motor distance of the quad is 64 cm, Turnigy Plush 18 A ESCs, DT750 motors, 1045 EPP props. When I tried to start descending I hit a snag - lowering the throttle in Altitude hold mode seemingly did nothing! If I'm reading the log right, the descend did not start until I switched to Simple mode. I increased the throttle before…

Added by Helldesk on June 28, 2011 at 5:30am — 7 Comments

Autopilot semi-physical simulation

STA3X Autopilot's Semi-physical simulation consisting of JSBSim flight dynamics model and FlightGear flight simulator.



Added by Pan zhigang on June 27, 2011 at 6:04pm — No Comments

My Tricopter FPV fly with ACM2 code


ACM2 makes my tricopter the most stable FPV flying experience I'd tried.

RTL mode was turned on at 3 min 28 sec in this film and turned back to stabilized mode around 3 min 49 sec.

log data…


Added by hsucliff on June 27, 2011 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments

ArduCopter 2.0.28 Holy Shmoly!

Before going out for another late night test flight I decided to check for updates.  I saw the Arducopter 2.0.28 was already up.  I couldn't resist, so I went ahead and downloaded.  I knew from the previous nights flights I had a bit of tweaking to do.  I was really expecting to have to adjust some PIDs' after my first run.  However,  to my surprise I didn't have to adjust a single PID.  Excellent high and low level altitude hold.  Excellent Loiter hold for first flight.  Cam stabilization… Continue

Added by Todd Hill on June 27, 2011 at 1:05am — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
New: Configuration file repository for ArduCopter and APM

One of the cool features of the Mission Planner is that you can load and save configuration files. So you can not only have different files for…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2011 at 7:27pm — 36 Comments

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