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50km motorway mapping flight in Poland by FOTOMAPY

An example of our current mapping operations...

Things have evolved a little since August 2010.

Historically we did that:…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on July 22, 2013 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

Successful Cross Country Flight! (Take off and land at different locations)

We did it! With your help over the last few years, I finally completed a cross country flight (take off and land at different locations). Executed the mission flawlessly, all that preparation paid off.…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on July 22, 2013 at 9:22am — 21 Comments

Self-assembling multi-copter demonstrates networked flight control


As the united band of robots hovers and climbs off the ground, each robot module is using inertial sensors to detect tilt and roll.

Researchers at ETH Zurich have demonstrated an amazing capability for small…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on July 22, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Arducopter HEX with round arm replacement, UPDATE: It Flies!!

In my last post, I mentioned that I was working on replacing the square aluminum arms with round carbon fiber ones.  I am back to say that it works!

I was having a little trouble with the PDB, but I finally figured out how to get all of the cabling into the body without leaving cable…


Added by Sean Tierney on July 21, 2013 at 4:51pm — 1 Comment

Mugin 2600 platform

The new "smaller" Mugin 2600



Added by Robert Krogh (hooks) on July 21, 2013 at 9:22am — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
VTOL aircraft project on Kickstarter

Nice looking design, but the Kickstarter campaign is just for PDF plans. Very, very DIY. Four styles are planned:…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2013 at 7:42am — 8 Comments

Control an ESC (via Adafruit PWM) using a DSMX Receiver with RPi GPIO

My previous post was about how to receive serial signal data from a (pre-bound) SPM9645 remote receiver with RPi's GPIO. Now I will show you how to control an ESC based on the received remote control data using an Adafruit 16-Channel 12-bit PWM driver. Maybe this information can be useful to you or it can save you some time. I am happy for…


Added by Jan Wagner on July 21, 2013 at 1:23am — No Comments

Arducopter 3.0 TradHeli Demonstration

I've been working on testing and making a few changes to AC3.0 lately, and did a whole bunch of test flights today which went very well. AC3.0 is simply amazing, and there's more good things to come, including a real acro mode that myself, Leonard and few other people have been working on.  Hopefully it should be released in 3.1, along with the changes I'm making to the…


Added by Rob_Lefebvre on July 20, 2013 at 8:00pm — 37 Comments

Arducopter Quad-C Frame and Electronics CAD

While working on my Tiltrotor project I had a need to have CAD files of the Arducopter.  Since I could not find a good source for these I ordered the Arducopter and CAD'd them all in Autodesk Inventor and put them on GrabCad here:  I was going to do all the Electrical wiring too, but time got away from me and I…


Added by David Gitz on July 20, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Temperature Changes Can Cause Uncontrolled Roll

Short Story:

As this video shows the APM gyro is sensitive to heat changes after it is powered on. Be careful that you allow your APM to acclimate to the flying conditions before powering it up for the first time. This doesn’t seem to take more than 5 minutes but this is only for my specific quad…


Added by J B on July 20, 2013 at 3:58pm — 13 Comments

SmartAP is fully autonomous autopilot

Now SmartAP Autopilot is a fully autonomous autopilot. In this video a quadcopter equipped with SmartAP Autopilot performs autonomous take off and waypoint flight. After that it returns to home and demonstrates an autonomous landing.

More information about the project you can find on the website:…


Added by Kirill on July 20, 2013 at 2:00pm — 11 Comments

APM anti-vibration floating plate

It looks nice, so I hope it does the job :-)

Its effectively a floating plate on specific anti-vibration grommets.  The APM then sits on anti-vibration pads.

The jDrones telemetry expansion board is also mounted onto this plate for its close proximity to the APM.

The plates are made…


Added by Tissy on July 20, 2013 at 11:00am — 17 Comments

Safety is no accident!

Are model planes dangerous? Are multicopters dangerous?

Below is a link to a thread showing what happens to…


Added by Graham Dyer on July 19, 2013 at 11:30pm — 16 Comments

Blade QX 350 Agility Mode Demo

Wait for the end...:)

Added by AKRCGUY on July 19, 2013 at 7:54pm — 1 Comment

Successful Failsafe and Full Telemetry Control!

After flying 15 missions and traveling over 150km to establish the APM's reliability, I completed this final test of key failsafe and telemetry control functionality.

Specifically, I proved the APM and Raptor's ability to:

1. Conduct an unlimited loiter at the end of a mission

2. Changing altitude, throttle rate and…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on July 19, 2013 at 3:51pm — 8 Comments

Fake Signs On Bay Area Highways Say Drones Looking For Speeders

Someone's having a little fun in the bay area.

According to this Bay Area CBS Article:

Several signs have cropped up on Bay Area highways, telling drivers that drones are enforcing speed limits. The…


Added by Mike Machado on July 19, 2013 at 2:51pm — 4 Comments

Arducopter HEX with round arm replacement

After reading another conversation here about adding round tube arms to an Arducopter, it got me thinking: first, can I non-destructively accomplish this, and second what would be the impact to its weight and flight abilities.

I began by finding some round arms and mounts that might…


Added by Sean Tierney on July 19, 2013 at 2:15pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Report from Multi-UAV conference in Austria

RoboHub has a good summary of the Multi-UAV conference in Austria earlier this month. It's always interesting to see what the leading academics are working on, and some of the lectures can be seen on the RoboHub site 

For some applications, it is beneficial if a…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 19, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

3D Robotics
"DJI censoring where you can fly" (no Tiananmen Square)

According to this RCGroups post:

The WKM upgrade now has a no fly zone built into it 15km around Tienanmen Square . I love the idea of being able to impose your own no fly zones through software,for safety reasons, airports etc. I not not think it right that govts can now…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 19, 2013 at 5:00am — 10 Comments

New SplineNav Version 0.2 on a 63 km/h Tour of Chinese Lotus Pond

I've now finished coding up SplineNav version 0.2. It's almost a complete rewrite from version 0.1. Besides flying smoother and using processor resources more efficiently, it now restricts maximum speed to prevent lag. For example, if you're flying fast into a strong headwind, then altitude may…


Added by David Dewey on July 19, 2013 at 3:52am — 33 Comments

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