(above: crashes and near crashes at the competition)
From the press reports: TOOWOOMBA man Simeon O'Neill and his best mate used their patched-up 30-year-old model plane to beat teams of university aerospace engineers at the UAV Challenge in Kingaroy. Mr O'Neill and his high school buddy Aaron Donaldson, from Geelong, won the main event, the Search and Rescue open category,…Continue
I mentioned in a previous post that we plan to make ArduPilot compatible with both 1Hz and 5Hz GPS modules. The problem is that the 1Hz EM406 that we're currently using is a 5v device and all the 5Hz devices we're looking at are 3.3v. So to be compatible with both, we'll have to put a power regulator on the board (right now it just uses the RC receiver as its power supply), and that will delay us another month for board fabrication and testing.
This has nothing to do with UAVs, but it's cool all the same. SpaceX, the Elon Musk company that aims to be the first private effort to make it to orbit, is scheduled to launch their fourth attempt this afternoon, sometime after 4:00 PST. All details and live webcast as soon as they start the countdown… Continue
Nothing every works exactly the way you'd hoped. We're testing the new ArduPilot boards and it's looks like we'll need to tweak a few more things. One stems from our decision to run the CPU at its top speed, 20Mhz. That's the best way to get maximum performance (it gives us 20 MIPS), but it introduces some incompatibility with the standard Arduino bootloader and libraries, which for legacy reasons run at 16Mhz or… Continue
So cool: the final production ArduPilot boards are in--they're really tiny! We just have to burn the bootloader and upload the ArduPilot code to check all the components. Assuming everything works, we'll just give our production partner the green light and three weeks… Continue
Just been reading the latest BMFA News (British Model Flying Association); they've got a small article about European UAS Seminar 2008 they presented at - essentially they're saying that the UAS guys needs to get their act together! Apparently they're unhappy that the UAS community don't have an umberella organisations, and don't appear to be taking safety seriously...
The other article that caught my eye was entitled "First Person R/C". It summarises their safety concerns, and lists… Continue
Woot offs are great! I am hoping to buy a recorder like the one i posted for sale the other day :)
Okay...here we go...
We're no longer loading down that poor little predator. Infact, it's role has be relegated to a training machine versus the final project. The main board has changed to something else, lower powered, but, still fun. No programming will be changed, and the basic idea of a network based remote controlled UAV will still be in that plane. The full project isn't… Continue
Hi, I would like to present my project, i know there are a lot of uav projects but i think it is a amazing balance of price, performance and simplicity! It is based on OLIMEX E2468 board and Sparkfun sensors.
4 Layer board with ground plane for high noise immunity I/O Connectors:
- 8 x Servos - Standard pitch 2.54mm
- 4 x speed input (for sensors, motor RPM, or PPM capture)
- 2 x CAN BUS with transceivers - Header 2.54mm
- 10 x Analog… Continue
No i'm not done, nor have i given up. but a few things have changed, and almost all for the better :). in the middle, and almost done with upgrading almost every computing system in my network. New components have arrived and need to be tested. Also have been learning linux, which i have decided is going to be the main OS of the my project. I have until Februray to finish off this project and get my frist autonomous flight logged. If it is not done by then, that will be very… Continue
I found a link for building your own 2.4ghz Patch Antenna to extend the range of your remote projects.
The details can be found on this page: http://www.rc-cam.com/gp_patch.htm
Which is a sub-project page from (http://www.rc-cam.com) which is included within this post in accordance with the wishes of the the operator of the RC-CAM website.
I have also found this antenna listed on the 'Geeks' web (www.geeks.com)
Dean Goedde's highly-anticipated Attopilot, in Pro, Basic and RTL form (estimated costs: $800, $400, $100), will have a proper home in ten days, when his site goes live. [UPDATE: Dean doesn't have an exact date for availability, but as he notes in the comment below, he expects to start taking order in 4-6 weeks, with units shipping around… Continue