I have not posted up anything in a month so thought I should give an overview of what I've designed. Unfortunately I have hit a LARGE snag in that BatchPCB is basically broken for international orders as no shipping options appear and so you cannot buy anything (its been like this since January). 5 months of waiting to produce…Continue
The FY21AP is a stand-alone autopilot system with FY-AFSS algorithm, GPS receiver and barometric sensing equipment. It is fully upgradable with OSD, telemetric digital communication, Data Modem and Ground
Station Control (GCS).
The flexible layout makes this the most versatile autopilot system in the market, designed for beginners, UAV operators and professional RC aerial…Continue
All in one (4)ESC's and PDB, $89http://www.infmetry.com/xaircraft-x650-quadcopter-parts…
A: They're both examples of "multi-agent AI scripting". MIT postdoc Frans Oliehoek has been developing some powerful methods for swarms of autonomous objects (software or hardware, like UAVs) to communicate with each other and distribute tasks by following simple policies. One of the simulations his colleagues have tested this on is the videogame Starcraft, as shown in the demo above.
It apparently doesn't weigh more than 85g, can take up to 1080p and it looks like a easy camera to fit on a plane compared to a bit more bulky GoPro.
The FY-90 Controller is purpose built for Quadcopter use.
The Attitude flight stabilization system (AFSS), which is the heart of the FY-90Q, is an integrated 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer. AFSS forms a comprehensive inertial based navigation platform that calculates 3D flight attitude using proprietary FeiYu Tech algorithms.
When in full balance mode, the…
I have a digital photocamera mounted on my plane for aerial photography. It's just a simple camera, Fujifilm A170, cheap and provides pretty good quality of photos for this price - about $70, nothing sophisticated. I liked everything but the servo is used to take a photo. I know, it's the simplest way to do aerial photos…Continue
As someone who never really got the hang of sketchup, this looks interesting. Free solid modeling tool, billed as a stripped down version of Inventor and keeping feature such as assemblies, constraints and .STL export.
Downloading a copy now.
Antonio Liska, who has won the Sparkfun AVC for two years with a homebuilt autopilot, is now selling a commercial version of that hardware. It's called the "Goose" and it's just airplane-only at the moment and closed source, but it has impressive…Continue
I bought a cheap RC Futaba T7CP on ebay, but I spent 3 days in order to understand the right configurations of switches to enable 6 flight modes.
Here, my solution. Hope useful for the community.
(I used some hints from other blogs)
1. I used SWE and SWA. SWE is a 3-position switch. while SWA is on the left and it is a 2-position switch
2. You have to set End Point, SubTrim and RT in MIX. First, set the ENDPOINT for CH5 to be 50%(UP) and 52%(DOWN). You can tune…Continue
I thought it would be fun to have an 'inverted flight' switch on my transmitter. With an APM, it's easy! I just added a check for a PWM value above 1700 on channel 7 in read_control_switch(), and when it is above 1700 it sets a inverted_flight boolean. That adds 180 degrees to the nav_roll, which is the target roll for the stabiliser, and it switches the…Continue
I did a flight with Ben Levitt's code to track a moving target with a UavDevBoard.
Here is the video
Many thanks to Ben for the code and to all the core team (Bill Premerlani, Pete Hollands, Ben Levitt), for continuous support.
This week I took the Modular Test Platform (MTP) for it's maiden flight, I can't tell you how nervous I was to give it it's first throw, or how excited I was when I saw flying through the air! You all probably know what I mean.
I got 2 or 3 "OK" flights in (20-30 seconds) before it had gotten beaten up enough to not really fly anymore. With each crash though, I was expecting more damage, but those wooden dowels really add a lot of strength…Continue
If you update to the latest Mission Planner (1.05) you'll see a cool new feature Michael Oborne has just added: integrated OSD video! Just select your video input device from your aircraft's camera feed from the Configuration screen (Planner tab) and it will replace the background of the artificial horizon on the GCS,…Continue
This week SparksFun has a new Imax6 charger for RC batteries.
They will also start stocking the shelves with LiPo batteries next week. SWEET!…Continue
Jason, Gigio and I just got back from a day of test flying four ArduCopters, which is the most we've ever had out at one time. These were of different designs, with different props, motors, ESCs, batteries, frames etc. The point was to try to see why some people have great-performing ArduCopters and others have issues. We…Continue
My last blog post on this subject was incomplete. Now I have photos I actually built and tested it. …Continue
Not much in details but the Star Press Article is available…Continue
This little sketch lets you use an Arduino to read the output signals from your RC Rx and displays them to the terminal window.…Continue