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Bot Thoughts / Data Bus - Sparkfun AVC 2012

I had a heck of a time pulling it together in the final days before the competition with a nerve-wrecking mix of failure and triumph. Ah good times! :D


Added by Bot Thoughts on June 21, 2012 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

RC Camera Zoom and stability test...


no deshaker
no postprocessing
no camera gimbal

Added by vis.asta on June 20, 2012 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

Quads in SciFi

Cory Doctorow just released the cover of his new book Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother, a cyberpunk/cipherpunk dystopian novel. In the first book, the protagonist fights "the man" in a totalitarian future US. In the second…


Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on June 20, 2012 at 5:03pm — No Comments


I was thinking about an idea of a redundant UAV with 2 x APMs, 2 x RXs, Dual Servos/surfaces, 2 x ESCs and 2 x motors. The plane should be designed so that it could fly with only one motor if needed.

The idea of functionality:

  • If something in APM(A) network fails or works…

Added by Veikko Vierola on June 20, 2012 at 2:20pm — 40 Comments

Drone RC 18 kg 250 km/h GPS + Autopilot


In 2001 I built a plane with an autopilot.

To take off the driver uses the remote control.

Then when the plane is high in the sky the pilot shut down the remote.

The autopilot captures and stores the GPS coordinates.

Then the plane turned around GPS coordinates in…


Added by Michel COULON on June 20, 2012 at 1:30pm — 11 Comments

Solar Acitvity Monitor - a Open-Source Android Widget

I have written a small Android-Widget to easily have an eye on the current solar activity to be aware of possible GPS-Problems when there is a sun-storm. You can get it on Google-Play for free:

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Added by mister ligi on June 20, 2012 at 1:21pm — 8 Comments

New product: New generation KK multi copter board with LCD

Rolf Bakke, designer of the widely used KK multi copter boards, has done it again. An improvement in many ways to the original KK board is the V2 version that is available now from Hobbyking.

The original KK gyro system has had had an update to an incredibly sensitive dual chip 3-axis gyro and an additional…


Added by CrashingDutchman on June 20, 2012 at 3:30am — 20 Comments

Canadian Team VAMUdeS wins AUVSI sUAS Student Competiton

VAMUdeS group achieved the first position at the AUVSI SUAS Student Competition which was held in St-Inigoes, Maryland. This event gathered more than…


Added by William Lemaire on June 19, 2012 at 8:02pm — 9 Comments

Minuteman AVC 2012

This is another write-up of my Sparkfun AVC experience. This year I worked closely with Roadrunner, who ran a similar vehicle and the same code. We collaborated using google code and SVN, which made us feel like "real"…

Added by Nathan on June 19, 2012 at 6:30pm — 12 Comments

"T Drone "Power Plant

Hi guys I decided to make the "T Drone an EDF and if it doesn't fly? well ? I will suck it up and maby try a glow engine on a pylon .I got a 80 mm  Delta 32 EDF out of a Habu  The brochure says  in a static lab test it puts out 5.4 pounds of thrust and a lab test in a Habu 4.8 pounds of thrust . I don't plan on zipping all over the sky like the guys with the jets do even though I will be the same weight . My plane has a very efficient high lift high aspect ratio air foil it…


Added by Carl La France on June 19, 2012 at 5:30pm — 9 Comments

Bad news for 2.4GHz

It looks like AT&T is looking to use 2.3GHz bands reserved for Sirius radio.  Those in the WiFi space know that Terrestrial repeaters of Sirius radio signals are a major source of outdoor interference - but those repeaters only existed in dense cities.  Now with that spectrum moving to 4G Basestations we will see much more interference in on open areas (like…


Added by Adam Conway on June 19, 2012 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

Loc8tor Emergency Beacon for your Drone

After almost losing my Quadrocopter in our grass field I decided to equip it with a locator tag. Loc8tor is not a new product and I read a test of it in Ezone magazine 4 years ago (Loc8tor Lite review). But I did never order because I…


Added by Joakim M on June 19, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Awesome use of drones creates Egypt flyover

I came across this while stumbling today. Hope others enjoy it too. Remarkable footage.…


Added by Maxwell Wheeler on June 19, 2012 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
ROS Java interface for the AR.Drone

Pablo writes

I'm a student at UT Dallas, and we have a ROS driver for the AR.Drone. It is an early version, and it has almost the same functionality as the…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 19, 2012 at 8:28am — 1 Comment

ArduPilot Purple + Skywalker X8 + FPV = Summer Loving

So I have some vacations coming up and already have some quads and a hex I figured I needed a fixed wing to round out my aerial camera fleet. (for now) heh. So I took the plunge and picked myself up an X8 to fill up with electronics. …


Added by Alexander LeBrun on June 19, 2012 at 12:56am — 169 Comments

3D Robotics
Open SCAD model of an octocopter

Just uploaded here:

OpenSCAD file showing my OctoCopter. Parametric design so you can change it into a Tri/Quad/Hex/Y. Design based on the AGL Hobbies carbon fiber frame. I created it so that I could try…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 18, 2012 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

diydrones in the news

"If you have an iPhone or an Android, you have all the sensors and technology necessary to fly an airplane," Chris Anderson says. Anderson is editor-in-chief of Wired magazine. He started a popular drone website and founded a company that sells drone parts. He says business is growing 50 percent a year. "Right now, the vast majority of people are doing it for fun, education, learning, you know, just the sheer thrill of having a flying robot," he…


Added by Mark Harrison on June 18, 2012 at 10:12pm — 2 Comments

DogfightOSD: Adding 2-way radio to minimOSD and RemzibiOSD

DogfightOSD is a custom firmware for the popular Remzibi and MinimOSD boards that allows your plane to broadcast its own position data (lat/lon/alt) and receive and display information received from a second aircraft onto the display. To this end, a RFM12 short range radio board is connected to the OSD board via some simple hardware modifications.…


Added by David Mobach on June 18, 2012 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Successful APM2 Failsafe Test


This week on MyGeekShow we tested the APM2's failsafe protocol. We approached this very carefully as a failure of the failsafe could result in damage or loss of the aircraft. We first ground tested the APM2 at various stages to determine when the APM2 would control the aircraft, as well how it responded to loss of control signal.


After determining the APM2 took control as predicted, we took the Shrike to the sky and put it to the real test;…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on June 18, 2012 at 9:40am — 9 Comments

DM9 spectrum JR compatible module has a problem with 9X & failsafe


New DM9 spectrum JR compatible module has a problem failsafe will not work when using a JR radio with the throttle channel on port 3.  Failsafe is handled by the receiver & it only handles throttle drop on port 1 of the DSM2 DSMX Rx. In…

Added by OG on June 18, 2012 at 8:37am — No Comments

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