I read in Aviation Week (Nov 16th issue) about the International Astronautical Federation and the Minseeker Foundation teaming up to study landmine detection from space. Landmines are a terrible leftover from war in many developing countries. There are an estimated 100 million landmines in the world, and they kill or maim 15,000 to 20,000 people each year. Many international organizations are working on ways to efficiently remove these landmines.
There it is. The coveted $3.30 14.7456Mhz crystal. With that & a small bugfix installed, the C328 works perfectly at 115200, the pictures stream continuously from the microcontroller & we're up to XBee lockups.
Even 1 way communication locks up in this high interference environment because the ACKs collide. Your only option is… Continue
My UAV build has officially started. In order to make the whole process easier, I am taking one system at a time. First up is the camera setup. Not necessarily a logical starting point but I have the camera and I can always use it on an RC aircraft until the UAV is done. Also, this gives me a chance to practice with it and tweak.
I used a Webbie for the camera. Just remove three screws and carefully pop the back cover off to gain access to the photo and video buttons.…
I know what I'll be doing over the holidays (other than ArduPilot projects and the T3-4 contest): assembling my new MakerBot. An open source 3D printer for less than $1,000. I can make ABS plastic objects… Continue
These are dream internships, at Xerox PARC in Silicon Valley:
Autonomous robotics - summer
The intern will develop autonomous capabilities for mobile robotic platforms such as unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The focus of this effort is on probabilistic algorithms for sensor processing, motion planning, and vehicle control. The overall goal is to… Continue
here is my antenna tracker. A simple BCAC (brain controlled analogic cut :D) wood case. Simply, cheap, working.
In the video a first test with an EZ* flying autonomous, this way I can record the AT working.
Here is something that might peak some intrest. I plan on selling my autopilot in the near future and would like to see if there is any intrest in my product.
The autopilot world is hard to attract the hoby level audience because of the steep price jump in higher performance systems. The cheaper approach is to buy the DIY kits and depend upon the opensource code to carry you along. My product is a happy medium between the… Continue
Hi everyone, I'm looking for some volunteers to test some code that's part of the 2.5 release of Ardupilot.
I'm looking for a wide range of radios and here's the trick: You need to solder a jumper from input 3 to Pin 13 on your ardupilot.
I'm sure some people will have issues, so better to catch them now versus the final release. I'm also going to be posting more code snippets to test in the coming week.
I have completed ground testing on the new firmware I have written for ArduPilot to use ArduIMU in place of the thermopiles. It has been snowing here and I probably won't get to fly the code for a bit, but figured others might be interested in giving it a try at this point. This firmware will probably exist on a temporary basis, with the code getting incorporated into the regular ArduPilot firmware in the future. If there is sufficient interest in this approach I will consider working on a… Continue
The ArduFGControl is a PC application which allows you to test and tune your Ardupilot CPU board with the Flight Gear Simulator. FlightGear is a free and an open source flight simulator developped by Curtis Olson.… Continue
Here's the latest from some of the Dev Team leaders:
First, the core ArduPilot team is close to a beta release of ArduPilot 2.5, which is a huge clean-up of the code, with top to bottom improvements. As always, you can get a preview by watching the activity on the Google Code development repository. This team is also creating the code architecture foundations for ArduPilot Mega.… Continue
Its means to be interfaced to a PC over USB, but it appears to provide 9 DOF (accelermeters, gyros, and magnetometers). The device apparently can output the raw sensor values and/or Kalman filtered quaternions
I found this company while searching for homemade plane ideas. I've always the "rugged" look of agri-planes so the planes on this site really caught my eye. The cool part is they are built with foam board and are very stable slow-flyer planes. I've included another link to a guy's vimeo site who's big into FPV. He uses Mud Duck inspired planes and tosses up HD video camera. He's got some really nice video posted.