December 2010 Blog Posts (118)

New airframe for the New Year...

Hello people, this is my new airframe to play with my ardupilot equipment!!!!!


It is a modified gentle lady from Carl…


Added by diego colonnello on December 30, 2010 at 7:00pm — 13 Comments

First Easy Star Setup/Purchase Suggestions

Hello everyone!  This is my first post to the site though I've been following for over a year.  I'm finally to the point where I would like to begin purchasing equipment for my first Easy Star Drone.  

Background: I have successfully built and flew my Blimpduido kit.  I've also been flying around for a a couple months the Hobby Zone Champ (RTF).  This has been the extent of my RC/Drone background though I have been playing around with Arduino on other projects for over a…


Added by Stan Underhill on December 30, 2010 at 12:56pm — 11 Comments

Creating Digital Elevation Models from Low Altitude Photographs

A free tutorial on creating Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) from Photosynth point clouds is now available online.  The tutorial focus on using mostly free and Open Source software to create detailed georeferenced 3D models from low altitude aerial photographs that have been processed…


Added by Mark Willis on December 30, 2010 at 10:11am — 12 Comments

copterLoader - firmware uploader

This program downloads precompiled firmware for the arducopter and automatically uploads it to APM. No need to install arduino, libraries etc.

Hopefully this program will make it easier for those of you who fly the arducopter, but don’t have an interest in…


Added by geir on December 30, 2010 at 1:30am — 22 Comments

Arduzagi update

I received my airspeed shield today along with the pitot tube kit and…


Added by Duncan Greer on December 29, 2010 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

3D Robotics
$300,000 for a Raven?

The latest US purchase of Raven UAVs was announced:



Added by Chris Anderson on December 28, 2010 at 11:00pm — 34 Comments

Lipo Batteries Exploding - has anyone ever experienced this? (+ what do you recommend)

Hey guys -

As I'm waiting for my first real model airplane to arrive, the ProJet RQ-11 Raven from NitroPlanes, I can't help but ask, has anyone ever experienced a Lipo battery explode?

Here's a video of one doing just that:

From what I read so far, it's pretty easy to overcharge/overdischarge Lipo batteries and they are… Continue

Added by Robert Godlewski on December 28, 2010 at 9:00pm — 18 Comments

JPO/AMA - sUAS Rulemaking Webinar video 12/15/2010


















Here is the video of the JPO -AMA webinar on FAA sUAS rulemaking.

The Q&A portion of the webinar was not made…


Added by Duane Brocious on December 28, 2010 at 7:00pm — 18 Comments

Flight of the Micro Multicopter by Jean-Louis Naudin


I have successfully built and tested in flight the Micro Multicopter based on a Minsoo Kim's quadcopter kit.

Tested setup:

- hardware: KKmulticopter flight controller v0.2

- firmware: Quadcontroller v4.5 (asm code version can be downloaded here) by Rolf R Bakke.

- 4 brushless motors 925 KV FlyCam 925

- 4 ESC turnigy PLUSH-6

- 2 propellers…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on December 28, 2010 at 11:31am — 11 Comments

3D Robotics
New version of APM 1.0 code -- fixes MediaTek setup


UPDATE: Looks like some bugs snuck in. I've withdrawn this version. Please Dec 13 instead.



Added by Chris Anderson on December 27, 2010 at 11:00pm — 22 Comments

Making headway with first Quadcopter.



Well, here's the first photo of my quadcopter.

Weighing in at 590g as it sits, with a span of 25".  I plan on adding some litening holes in the body plates and landing gear to reduce the weight a little.

Cutting the bolts will lose a few grams, but this is just a dry fit, so…


Added by Chris Cashmore on December 27, 2010 at 5:53pm — 4 Comments

Arducopter NG first try and success



We have been working on this copter for about 3 weeks. First one was made out of plywood and broke while maidening. (Actually never get in the air.) So we decided to build one using U shaped aluminum profiles.



Setup as follows :


4 Turnigy SK35-36 910kV…


Added by Levent Komurcu on December 27, 2010 at 5:00am — 8 Comments

New Arducopter survives maiden flight, with grace and style.

My DIYDrones Arducopter survived its first few flights without incident!  This is my first quadcopter, and first Ardupilot project, so I'm actually a little surprised it flew so well.

Very stable.


This is the FahPah "all up" kit, with an added XBee Tx and Futaba R6008HS.

Arducopter NG…


Added by Ground Loop on December 26, 2010 at 11:30pm — 20 Comments

3D Robotics
ArduCopter NG with ultrasonic sensor for low-level altitude hold


GPS altitude hold is good for +-5m, but what if you want more precision than that, closer to the ground. ArduCopter team member Randy Mackay. He explains what it takes (this is also in the manual):


    To give it a go do this:…

Added by Chris Anderson on December 26, 2010 at 1:00pm — 21 Comments

Ardupilot goes into the water Part 16 -- X-MAS Special --

Criminals often come back to the place of the crime scene. Divers too.
Maybe some of you remember the starting of this blog. In Episode 1, the project started on a small mountain lake in the south-tyrolian Alps more…

Added by Harald Molle on December 26, 2010 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
New Arduino dev environment out (0022)

Arduino 0022 is now out. Mostly bug fixes and optimization. A few additions/improvements of interest to us:

  • Fixed EEPROM library on Mega 2560.
  • Adding an SD card library based on sdfatlib by Bill Greiman and the MemoryCard library by Philip…

Added by Chris Anderson on December 25, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

New quad frame


450 tube`s .

the new setup.…


Added by michel pet on December 25, 2010 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

New record was set for the absolute duration of an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV) flight

The UK-built solar-powered Zephyr aeroplane has been confirmed as a record-breaker following its non-stop two-week flight earlier this year.



Added by ionut on December 25, 2010 at 12:00pm — 13 Comments

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