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APM-1 Ride-Along HAB Flight to 86688 ft (Dual Launch, also from Albuquerque)

On 5/20/12 North Texas Near Space (NTNS) and Project Soar collaborated on a dual launch during the annular eclipse. Albuquerque was directly in path of the eclipse. The NTNS payload had most of the electronics that I had intended for a guided flight. That airframe is no more, but I have some data that I'd like to share with the group as a result. The dual launch was a great target of opportunity…


Added by Larry Grater on May 29, 2012 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

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LEGO NXT-based quad!

Long time readers here will know of my love for LEGO Mindstorms NXT, and my first NXT autopilot many years ago. So I was delighted to see…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2012 at 12:25pm — 5 Comments

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OpenROV in the New York Times

From Boing Boing:

"In the New York Times today, Brian Lam (formerly of Gizmodo, now the…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2012 at 12:20pm — 14 Comments

How a MEMS Accelerometer is made.


Pretty interesting video on the basic principles of these chips.

Added by John Moore on May 29, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Australian miners send drones to work

A Slashdot user aesoteric writes "Australia's top miners have opened a new front in their march to automation, flying unmanned aerial vehicles in increasing numbers at remote sites across the country. They've been used to inspect a fire-damaged oil rig, perform aerial photography and stockpile surveys.

There is also a trend towards non U.S.-built UAVs, due to the lag in receiving export approvals for the aircraft and spare parts."…


Added by Paul on May 29, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

One for Jack Crossfire, got an iPad? Fly a drone.

“Fly a UAV. Learn about robotics. Explore the universe. LM Tomorrow is a science and engineering app that provides insight into some of Lockheed Martin’s most innovative technologies and how they work. From flying a micro-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and human exoskeleton design to some of the company’s more well-known products such as air and…


Added by Gary Mortimer on May 28, 2012 at 2:26am — 6 Comments

APM-eye's view of News Interview

Here's an interesting bit from a recent news interview with me and Andreas... for my segment, I had parked the quad so that it would be visible in the background over my shoulder as I talked to the interviewer.  While he was recording the quad, the quad was recording him!

If I would have planned ahead a bit I would have framed the shot better, but I…


Added by Mark Harrison on May 27, 2012 at 10:03pm — 3 Comments

Working on an IMU

I decided to work on a new IMU, and I decided to design my own so I could get a higher update rate, higher processing power, some more noise immunity, and I like designing my own systems as opposed to buying them :)

 Here is what I have on board:

-500 MIPS XMOS L1 Processor

-12bit 1MSPS ADC

-3x ADIS16060 Gyros

-ADXL335 Accelerometer

-HMC5843 Magnetometer

-Ports for…


Added by Ravi Gaddipati on May 27, 2012 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

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New York Times comic strip on police drones

Found here

Added by Chris Anderson on May 27, 2012 at 10:48am — 11 Comments

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Anonymous pwns a drone company site

See it here before it's taken down. Found by Gary Mortimer at…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 27, 2012 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

Windsock - Wind speed and direction iPhone app

I've been a DIY drones member since at least 2009. I have a couple of sites I likes to fly at but packing the flight gear and driving down to the park only to find it's too windy to fly can be frustrating. Instead I built this app to drop windsock markers down on a map and get the latest wind readings for a…


Added by Richard Warrender on May 27, 2012 at 9:11am — 10 Comments

12 Rotor from SmartDrones

Added by Simon on May 27, 2012 at 2:23am — 21 Comments

APM2 conversion to Naza

Morning everyone!

So i decided to try the whole Dji thing. It took all of about 20mins to swop the APM2 with the Naza.

The setup is as simple as it gets. That took no more than 10 mins.

After installing the hardware and software I took it outside and attempted the first flight.

All I have to say is wow! A truly awesome…


Added by Gareth Rens on May 27, 2012 at 12:06am — 38 Comments

techpod prototype

I finally have a prototype of the molded epo Techpod ! i will have it in my hands in a couple weeks .

when i receive it…


Added by wayne garris on May 26, 2012 at 2:00pm — 14 Comments

Flying Wing Testing - No Stabilizers and Expos

While adding the AMP to the Shrike, we wanted to understand Flying Wings a little better and explore expos.  We incrementally increased expose to 0%, 30%, and 60%, then flew the Raptor with the existing vertical stabilizer at 100%, 50%, and 0%. We were surprised to find that it flew just fine with 0% stabilizer! This test was in low wind, however, so it will…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on May 26, 2012 at 4:04am — 4 Comments

Future products and lower summer prices from Arsov RC Technology

Hi pilots,

I'd like to introduce some products comming soon, developed by Nick Arsov with the invaluable assistance of Bill Premerlani, Robert Dickenson, Ben levitt, Peter Hollands, Riccardo Kuebler,…


Added by Nick Arsov on May 26, 2012 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Downward facing camera


Added by Jack Crossfire on May 25, 2012 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

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MicroFly, a Wifi-controlled nanoquad project, makes its Kickstarter goal

MicroFly, an open source nanoquad, hit its Kickstarter funder target of $5,000 and will be funded. From the project page:

I've been inspired by the crew at …


Added by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2012 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

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One piece 3D-printable glider

Just a hint of what's to come. You'll need to use PLA, not ABS plastic, and it's a challenging print, but just imagine what will be possible as 3D printing technology improves. The design files are here.

Video of printing and…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2012 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Mould Plug CNC Machining for HDwing4

Since the topic of CNC mills has raised its head here, I thought I'd share this with the DIYDrones community.

One of the things those who are considering this need to be aware of is that the toolpathing of complex shapes isn't a trivial exercise.  I would be interested to know if anyone has experience with any open-source surfacing toolpathing packages - please comment below! 

I am fortunate to have access to MasterCAM V9 - old-fashioned as it is - but…


Added by Andrew Rabbitt on May 24, 2012 at 10:03pm — 5 Comments

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