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3D Robotics
ArduPilot 2012 Software Roadmap

About once a year we post our software roadmap for the next 12 months. Last year, we promised we would take ArduPlane and ArduCopter into their 2.x generation, with full two-way MAVLink control and a full featured ground station…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 16, 2012 at 10:00pm — 46 Comments

Tricopter based on ArduCopter, yaw-issues and solutions


I just build a Tri based on ArduCopter. I had some issues with yaw and did some changes in the code. In this post I want to share my experience and I would like the developers to take my changes into the official release, that it will be easier for others to build a Tricopter.

First of all, this is the result:…


Added by Igor van Airde on January 16, 2012 at 1:47pm — 54 Comments

[Slightly Off-Topic] Rubiks cube solved in 5 seconds with lego!

CubeStormer II solves the Rubik's Cube puzzle faster than the human world record.

This ARM Powered robot was designed, built and programmed by Mike Dobson and David Gilday, creators respectively of CubeStormer …


Added by Gareth Rens on January 16, 2012 at 11:47am — 5 Comments

[OFF-topic] Meanwhile in Brazil...

don't forget to watch the video in the linked site :D

This guy was arrested by the police for piloting his R/C plane on a busy highway, while on a bike driven by his girlfriend.

According to the reporter the news crew spotted the couple…


Added by Gian Carlo M. on January 16, 2012 at 6:30am — 12 Comments

Ideal Motors for Quadcopters:

While searching for the Ideal motors I figured out few things which will give smooth flight and long battery life

1. Should be low Kv

2. Should have enough torque. May be the motors with more outer dia are better

3. Should have very low weight

4. Should be using very low current while on low load. but spinning bigger props

5. CNC light weight casings

6. Should be using Neodmium high temp magnets

7. High quality lamination 0.2mm stator sheet…


Added by Farooq Niaz on January 16, 2012 at 6:05am — 12 Comments

RCTP, a Directed Airflow Controlled Vehicle

After going over a lot of projects here on DIYDrones I realized that there are not a lot of projects involving thrust vector vehicle control.

Inspired by among others the guys at Armadillo and by following my local heroes at CopenhagenSuborbitals I decided to master the technique of balancing a vehicle on a column of exhaust, wither it…


Added by dzlonline on January 16, 2012 at 3:00am — 10 Comments

Birth of Octocopter :)


Added by Gareth Rens on January 16, 2012 at 2:43am — 17 Comments

Finally one of my project comes to an end !!! All in one UAV controller !!!!

Well this took me a while, I've been too busy travelling to complete in time.

Some of You may remember my earlier post:


Well I must say it is done! And it came out pretty nice! This is an all in one UAV controller:…


Added by Radoslaw Kornicki on January 15, 2012 at 7:12pm — 9 Comments

Richard's BlimpDuino at Melbourne Mini Makers Faire Sat 14th Jan 2012

Video of my BlimpDuino at Melbourne Mini Makers Faire

More about the event:…


Added by Richard Cox on January 15, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments


One of the protagonists of the movie is the truck Slash VXL Ultimate and some of

shots were taken with a multicottero / drone RC!

Found this at…


Added by Paul on January 14, 2012 at 6:29pm — 10 Comments

QuadControl - A cheap, expandable controller

Over the past couple of months I've been working on the QuadControl MCU, the intention of this is to have a cheap, easy to use and expandable control board for Quads and Hexacopters. The features are as follows:

ATMega640/1280/2560 Processor, dependent on needs, the first…


Added by Rob Watkiss on January 14, 2012 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Connecting the FPV System Together

This week I connected and ground tested my FPV system. Its a very basic FPV system, cheap and won't be a long term solution, but I just wanted to get started in FPV and learn from mistakes/learn what I like/don't like etc. And there isn't as much at stake if I crash/lose it!

FPV System:…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on January 14, 2012 at 6:38am — 4 Comments

Death of a Feigao


Added by Jack Crossfire on January 14, 2012 at 1:13am — 6 Comments

RCAPA petitions the FAA, now its time to act.

Let the battle commence, people will be getting bored of me pushing this issue. But if you ever want to turn a dime with a UAS in the USA or have sensible rules for flight you had better start making a noise.

Patrick Egan starts his article in…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 12, 2012 at 11:46pm — 12 Comments

Getting six fly modes on Futaba T10CAG transmitter

We use for example CH5,switch C-3positions and switch D-2positions.


1. Transmitter END POINT menu-GEAR -100%

2.SUB-TRIM menu-GEAR -0…


Added by Wattas on January 12, 2012 at 1:59pm — 25 Comments

9 Reasons why you should start with a cheap foamie....

Its now been a whole year since I got addicted to the crazy hobby of Autopilots.

What a wild ride!!!

There has been some fantastic moments and some of total frustration, but it has been an exciting and rewarding journey.

There are a lot of people who ask about getting into the hobby and have somewhat ambitious ideas about building a drone to do X…


Added by Toby Mills on January 12, 2012 at 1:34pm — 16 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones demo at Tokyo hackerspace draws a crowd

Randy MacKay and Jiro Hattori did an ArduCopter demo at Tokyo Hackerspace and according to the Robot Dreams report it set an attendance record! See the full article for more pictures…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 12, 2012 at 12:56pm — 3 Comments

ArduWot returns to flight, Simulink in control

2011 didn't end too well for the ArduWot, incorrectly fitted undercarriage made for instant nose over on throttle up which broke the prop and fried the ESC. A new ESC arrived Monday which was quickly fitted only to reveal it to be useless at powering the aircraft and APM, luckily we'd also ordered a BEC (for a different project, but ArduWot takes…


Added by Owen McAree on January 12, 2012 at 2:03am — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
ARF ArduPlane price cut to $675!

Looks like the guys at Udrones listened to the community feedback on their pricing for the ARF ArduPlane. They cut the price by a third to…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 11, 2012 at 10:30pm — 8 Comments

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