Krzysztof "Chris" Bosak made some important and interesting points regarding the effect of open source on the overall health of the industry in a comment on another thread yesterday, and I thought they deserved to be discussed more fully (although there are many good comments in that thread, and I'd encourage you to check out that, too). So I'll give them their own thread, starting with my own… Continue
So some time has passed, and I have a nagging in the back of my mind - why couldn't we field an Outback Challenge Team? We are already working on several projects, and combined we have a PILE of UAS time in the air. We could even purpose-design the entire system; airframe, autopilot, all of it from ongoing projects or designs here on DIYDRONES. I have no doubt we could raise a little money and could field a competitive team. I know we are spread all over the world, and that this is all… Continue
My aim is to make a simple Ardupilot setup on a EasyStar for strictly £400 or $650 (but shipping is expensive globally as I'm in the UK). I have the Fidi programmer and reasonable Arduino experience so thats not a problem but I want to know, for instance whether the 4Hz GPS is worth the extra $100 etc. (I already have the 32 Channel LS20031 GPS 5Hz Receiver carried by sparkfun) and a Spectrum DX5e w/ receiver.
Any mods to the EasyStar worth doing to start with? (I can get it for £80 inc.… Continue
We are developing a unique, patented VTOL [Vertical Take-Off & Landing], UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] specifically targeted at urban, mountainous and maritime environments. Full details of the concept and business case can be found in a slide presentation under the SlideShare section of my LinkedIn profile… http://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleycbryant. There is also a video which can again be accessed from my LinkedIn profile or from You… Continue
The GPS Emulator v1.2.0 that's part of Remzibi's OSD Configuration software now supports uBlox emulation. It has the option to enable NAV-VELNED, NAV-POSLLH and NAV-STATUS (which are the 3 messages ArduPilot uses for positioning).
ArduIMU+ V2 (flat version) is now priced at $99, which is $30 less than its orginal price. It was already the cheapest IMU/AHRS on the market, but no there's no excuse not to get one (or more!)… Continue
Folks, you may have seen that the price of DIY Drones' increasing traffic and Page Rank is that the spammers are now targetting us pretty regularily. As a result, I've had to turn on moderation for blog posts. That means that when you post, it won't show up until a moderator (there are a couple dozen of them) approves it. Hopefully, that will always be within an hour. Sorry for the inconvinence!
(This doesn't affect the discussion forum, which the spammers don't seem to target)
Been hanging around here for quite a while now and gleaning as much information as i can, maybe its time to give something back.
One of the biggest problems we found was that when in the field, its hard to get all the information where you need it, re-sizing all the windows, if you touch the pad, you can lose the window you want, always the GS, hard to find the pointer to bring it back, when you have one eye on the… Continue
Cool WSJ coverage of our chosen platform, which has won the open source hardware stakes so far. Excerpt:
"The Arduino represents an early entrant in the emerging open-source hardware movement, which like Linux and other open-source software projects is driven by the belief that allowing duplication is a better way to spur innovation than keeping designs… Continue