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Flight Planning: FAA Sectional Charts

SkyVector is a great online resource to understand FAA Sectionals (aeronautical charts) for flight planning (staying out of airport zones). Just punch in your airport code near…


Added by Mike on May 3, 2012 at 7:26am — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Flapping bot can perch on a hand

From IEEE Spectrum:

There are lots of innovative ways of landing robotic aircraft, from cables to parachutes to…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2012 at 10:20pm — 8 Comments

No kites near airports

Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Under little-known federal regulations passed in 1963, moored balloons and kites cannot be flown within five miles of an…


Added by Mike on May 2, 2012 at 2:46pm — 3 Comments

Announcing the RTF Arduplane Solution from Event 38

I’m pleased to announce the release of the first major product from Event 38, model E382, a Ready to Fly Photomapping UAS. Based on the APM 2.0, the E382 is designed to make aerial maps quickly and easily for those not interested in cutting, gluing and programming a plane from the basic components. …


Added by Jeff Taylor on May 2, 2012 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Shielded hexacopter is safer than the rest

Full carbon frame with sexy color   , 6 ducted propellors, semi-waterproof, enough room for 4 5A 4s lipo's. maximum prop size is 12".

Props are fully protected, can bump into wall, tree, person, without breaking props or hurting people.

Empty weight is 3,7kg. Current set-up Axi 2804/22 and graupner 11x5" props. Still looking for a better combination though, for increased flight time. …


Added by AirviewLive on May 2, 2012 at 1:00pm — 27 Comments

Searching for airframes for unmanned surveillance heliopters

Hi all, I wonder what is the availability on the market of semi-industrial grade RC helicopter bodies.

For example like this one, Aquila UAV from UAVS Poland.

Is it possible to buy something resembling this off the shelf, with holding space for a gimbal cam in the nose?…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on May 2, 2012 at 12:17pm — 21 Comments

Underwater Glider Completes First-Ever Unmanned Ocean Crossing

Scarlet Knight . . . The future of deep-water oceanography?

On December 9, officials from NOAA joined scientists from Rutgers University and other overseas institutions in a celebration highlighting the first-ever trans-Atlantic ocean crossing of an unmanned, underwater glider . . . 



Added by Mike on May 2, 2012 at 8:48am — 12 Comments

VR Multipilot32F4, (Arm Cortex M4) the most powerful Auto Pilot in the world with STM32F4 compatible with arduino. It's ready to Fly.

First early Flight Video only for test that all work fine ... a windy day and need to setup PID because with more power the old one is not good:

Dear Friends,

i'm happy to inform you that our new product Multipilot32F4 and NAVY 2012 is ready

for beta testing for a…


Added by Roberto Navoni on May 2, 2012 at 6:30am — 10 Comments

APMRover 2, a fun UGV project for full autonomous recon missions...

[UPDATE: This project is now being ported to a proper Google Code repository and manual. For instructions, start there. You can also join the ArduRover User Group here.]

Hello to ALL, the new…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on May 2, 2012 at 2:30am — 772 Comments

Initial flights/experience with my Skywalker UAS

Just posted photos and video of my Skywalker.  After the third(last) flight, the fuselage is a write off.  Lots of work went into it.  On the brighter side, the only electronic (expensive) item damaged was the $30 video camera for the video downlink.  The ContourHD camera in the nose not only captured great HD video but also survived the crash (actually two crashes, two deployments to Afghanistan and the Warrior Dash on Saturday).

Added by Mike Thorlin on May 1, 2012 at 2:36pm — 18 Comments

Confessions of a gadget addict...

I am probably going to get hate mail for this, but a clear warning to any future addicts needs to be made. So here goes.

I was doing some spring cleaning and those darn DIY gadgets just kept on coming out of the woodwork. I knew I had a lot of stuff lying around, but this time I even surprised…


Added by John Arne Birkeland on May 1, 2012 at 12:40pm — 32 Comments

Acceleration compensation: flight testing


I have recently performed flight tests on a major change in the way acceleration is accounted for in performing roll-pitch drift compensation from accelerometer measurements. The theory behind the idea was recently published in a…


Added by William Premerlani on May 1, 2012 at 9:30am — 20 Comments

Pigeon Post Smart Case Update

Following on from the Tacocopter post I thought I'd update you on the Pigeon Post Smart Case design.

So I received some feedback from the last version (V 0.1.4) and have added it to my own…


Added by Nathan Rae on May 1, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Tacocopter flies! (sorta)

Star Simpson, the MIT grad who started the Tacocopter site/stunt, has been living in Hong Kong and she's decided to build on the media attention by actually working on a copter. As the…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 30, 2012 at 12:56pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Astounding new nanocopter: the Walkera QR Ladybird

I just got the Walkera QR Ladybird nanoquad and it's just frankly amazing. For $140, you get the quad, a 7 Channel 2.4 digital Devo…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2012 at 8:30pm — 42 Comments

APM 2.0 Attitude Accuracy

I am wondering if anybody has been able to do any sort of characterization of the attitude estimation accuracy of the APM 2.0. I asked on the Blog Post 'Great lecture on the Outback Challenge by APM developer Andrew…


Added by David on April 29, 2012 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
An air traffic control system for model aircraft

Andrew Hazelden has a cool project!

This is a concept design for a handheld air traffic control system for model airplanes. This project is designed to allow a small handheld device…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2012 at 1:35pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Nanocopter coming along nicely!

John Morgan's nanocopter, which he's doing for this university research project, is coming along nicely! MPU-6050 sensors, MultiWII…

Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2012 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Terrain Following using FLEXIPILOT - milestone flight report

2012-04-23 at 19PM GMT+1, FLEXIPILOT (my own closed-source development) with special Terrain Follower firmware, controlling EasyUAV, has made its first long duration loiter at 1.5-3m AGL above sloped terrain. Loiter diameter was around 110m.

10m Flight took place in steady weather, while…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on April 29, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Strain Relieving Case for 3DR ground module

Prompted by Andreas M. Antonopoulos' comment regarding the possibility of breaking off the USB connector, I made a strain relieving case that also makes it easy to conveniently mount the module on the back of my laptop.

Details here:…


Added by Mark Harrison on April 29, 2012 at 12:28am — 7 Comments

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