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3D Robotics
Yet another Kickstarter quadcopter drone project

This one is called, er, the "Bad Ass HoverWASP RC Quadcopter". It's created by a team who call themselves "Two Silicon Valley Engineers" but seem to actually live in Reno, Nevada ;-) They want $1050 for the…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 11, 2012 at 9:30pm — 21 Comments

3D Robotics
"Mind-controlled" spherocopter on Kickstarter

Another cool project on Kickstarter. This one is $149 with EEG headband.

Puzzlebox Orbit features a unique spherical design that protects helicopter blades from…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 9, 2012 at 9:30pm — 13 Comments

Windows 8 and how to get your APM2 working on it

This first part only happens to some..... so skip it if it does not apply


My first problem with this started when downloading it. it apparently didn't recognize the .inf driver file so it associated it with notepad and gave it a .txt extension. of course you normally cant see it because know extensions are hidden. anyways,, after you fix that that, how to get it to run? the old tricks dont work, and I want a permanent I read…


Added by Will Snodgrass on November 9, 2012 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

Custom laser-cut and etched acrylic APM 2.0 mount

When you're working for a grant to improve K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, a surprising amount of work must go into presenting your work to the public.

How will you let parents, teachers, administrators and the public know how you're helping education? What kind of…


Added by Matthew Schroyer on November 9, 2012 at 11:19am — 4 Comments

Maybe we will no longer need batteires soon ? Scientists unlock nature's hydrogen secrets!

The secret of photosynthesis

Two researchers at the ANU have used computer modelling to discover a natural method of producing cheap and limitless hydrogen. The chemists have identified the molecular process by which plants photosynthesise, that is, use light to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugar.





Added by Paul on November 9, 2012 at 10:30am — 19 Comments

3D Robotics
Raspberry Pi in the Sky!

From Makezine, a good use of a RaspberryPi board to capture and stream video from a balloon:

PublicLaboratory is a fantastic citizen…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 8, 2012 at 4:19pm — 5 Comments

Yet Another Fully 3D Printed Multicopter.

Still in the works, but can't resist putting some pictures up.

Key features are:

  1. Fully 3D printed arms.  Using a truss design, it's very stiff vertically, and resistant to twisting.
  2. Arms are printed in sections, so can be extended to allow for almost any sized…

Added by Ellison Chan on November 8, 2012 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Canada Drones, Year 1

Hi everyone, I am happy to report that Canada Drones store has just completed its first year of business! YEAH!
I must say it was a very nice and fun year.  Lots of things to learn and do but do you know what? 
I would do it again in a…

Added by Dany Thivierge on November 8, 2012 at 1:41pm — 16 Comments

How I got Loiter to work (reflashed firmware)

The solution is a bit of an anti-climax so in short:

I got Loiter to work by re-flashing the firmware.

The longer version:

I built the quad which was a 3DR ArduCopter Quad-B. Everything seemed to work like a charm. It flew like a dream in…


Added by Jon von Weymarn on November 8, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lesson from crash: check your power connections!

Check the video first:

So I'm flying up at 120m. What then happens is every RC pilots nightmare! Power cuts off from the APM!

Quad drops to about 90m before it wakes up again, then I take it down crazyfast but controlled to 20m, then at 20m it dies again and drops like a rock... hits pavement...3 broken props, all landing gear, 2 bent…


Added by Jon von Weymarn on November 8, 2012 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Quadrocopter air racing - Flying Machine Arena team / ETH Zurich

Angela Schoellig and the Flying Machine Arena team at ETH Zurich have developed and implemented algorithms…


Added by IKE on November 8, 2012 at 5:06am — No Comments

MAVProxy - Now Windows Compatible

MAVProxy is a open source minimalist and plugin-based GCS for Mavlink based autopilots (such as the APM). Until recently, it was only able to run on Linux systems. It has since been updated by Tridge and myself to include full compatibility for Windows systems.

MAVProxy can be found at and an installation and user's guide is available at…


Added by Stephen Dade on November 8, 2012 at 3:30am — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
3D Mapping With Your Drone



Making a 3D model of something with pictures isn't something new to most of us, but there have been a lot of people getting into drones recently and I wanted to show something useful you can do with your drone. Autodesk's 123D Catch has a very useful feature not everyone knows about; Once you have your 3D…


Added by Alan Sanchez on November 7, 2012 at 11:30pm — 17 Comments

3D Robotics
iPhone transforms into a drone ;-)

My fantasy realized!

(thanks to Robert Lefebvre for the find)

Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2012 at 6:31pm — 10 Comments

Finally got around to posting pics

Finally got around to taking pics of my two quads.


The first is my original unit. The frame is an X525 from a kit from GoodLuckBuy. The kit came with everything including a KK board, but I built it with the APM instead. I have since replaced the motors, landing gear, and ESCs. Current…


Added by Scott Berfield on November 7, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Allegro acs756 current sensor for arducopter

allegro current sensor

The sensor is galvanically isolated from the…


Added by Alexey Kozin on November 7, 2012 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments

3D Robotics
Cool micro UAV on IndieGogo

Gizmag reports on a cool new IndieGogo project:

Given their impressive flight capabilities, it’s not surprising to see…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2012 at 9:36am — 8 Comments

OpenESC one step closer or reality

We have been working lately with Jason.J and few other people to create first real Open Source ESC that is based on STM32 RISC processors. Just moment a go courier delivered first PCBs to my desk here at jDrones and we are thrilled to see how they start perform after assembly has done for these. 

OpenESC pcbs are 35 x 25mm and 4 layers PCBs. Power range…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on November 7, 2012 at 8:17am — 7 Comments

APM2.5 on Condor Skywalker for Mapping at Intel Global Challenge 2012 at UC Berkeley

Dear fellow DIYDrones and UAV enthusiasts,

Avetics (Singapore) develops safe and autonomous UAV technology with responsive interface, intuitive software and smart algorithms for providing affordable, on demand, high resolution aerial imagery for…


Added by k.rusydi85 on November 6, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

UAV fuselage 3D Printed in Nylon for Lightweight and Strength

     I’ve started designing and 3D Printing UAV fuselages for a friend that’s starting out in the hobby.  He uses the “Bixler” type frames with some horizon sensors to get started.  As we all know, there seems to be a greater number of tall obstacles as we start flying and it’s been no different for him. 



Added by taulman on November 6, 2012 at 12:08am — 12 Comments

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