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If you want to see flights by others...

It seems the most of the bugs have been worked out, so I'm taking droneshare out of beta.  If you'd like to give it a shot it is now a standard feature of Andropilot, just pick a username and password in settings.

For instance, in the table…


Added by Kevin Hester on May 12, 2013 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Never say never!

Now it is time for the SNL side of DIY Drones. Sometimes when you think that you have the biggest UAV on the block, you get surprised:-)

Added by gcm70 on May 12, 2013 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Passenger plane flies 800 kilometres without a pilot

Passenger plane flies 800 kilometers without a pilot


Added by elad orbach on May 12, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Changing DT750, DT700, DT900, DT1000 motors shaft

After an accident with the octo, i've got 2 motors shaft broken. Since there isn't a replacement shaft, i bought one of the following shaft and use it with the DT750. The steps for DT700, DT900 and DT1000 are similar:

Ф4.0x67.0mm Motor Shaft for A3548 Series Motor…


Added by Bernardo M. A. on May 12, 2013 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

3D printed quadcopter with detachable arms - Part2: Flight test

The last post I show you pictures of my 3D printed quad. It took me more than thought to test it in flight.  The climate and labor, plotted.

Test flight was successful. It flew solid, pretty stable, less noisy than my other models (May…


Added by Alejandro Martin Pirola on May 11, 2013 at 9:00pm — 11 Comments

Cat toys and PCBs

So what does a cat toy and a PCB have to do with UAVs?

Very easy: One of my dogs had taken my cat's pole toy and left little but the handle stick. I was wondering what to do with that now. At that time, my MF450 frame was on my desk waiting to be completed and I shortly before read about external LED indicators. I also mounted my APM on top of the frame and was worried about…


Added by Stefan Gofferje on May 11, 2013 at 4:48pm — 9 Comments

Google Maps for sharing flying locations (San Francisco example)

Hi ya'll,

So the Google maps 'My places' feature is a great way to share locations where UAV hobbyists can fly their vehicles.  Just have someone in your local club create a new 'my place' and then plop down a few markers with descriptions.  Once they have created the place, they…


Added by Kevin Hester on May 11, 2013 at 10:06am — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
Sticky drone perches on ceilings

From Gizmag:

Micro UAVs that have the ability to slip into tight spaces, including inside buildings, have wide ranging military and search and rescue…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2013 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

After 4 months of Hard Work the VR Copter Frame is here on my table :) We need help for going in production.


Dear Friends,

after 4 months of hard work the first Virtualrobotix RTF frame is ready , we received…


Added by Roberto Navoni on May 10, 2013 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

Arducopter + Razor9DOF maiden flight

X-Quad frame controlled by Arducopter v2.5.3 on a seeeduino mega 1280 board and a razor9dof imu.

Can it fly?

Yes it can :)

Need some more pid tuning. But for now. I'm happy that I got this…

Added by Wipo on May 10, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Thirty Days (#8): Just some good 'ol boys flying the back 40

3DR's Friday Flyday -- ballcaps and intent looks all around.

Kevin Hester, Developer; Chris Anderson, El Jefe; Andy Jensen,…


Added by Joshua Ott on May 10, 2013 at 11:00am — 10 Comments

KamKop BL Gimbal for Sony NEXn Cameras

I would like to present to you a new BL Gimbal designed and build by KamKop Systems. The gimbal is available as a D.I.Y. kit and it includes all the frame parts needed to build the gimbal to fit Sony NEX cameras with SEL-16F28 or SEL-P1650 lenses. The gimbal consists of 6 machined aluminum plates, 3 GFK plates, a camera screw and couple of 3 mm screws needed to mount all the parts together. The gimbal can be adjusted on all axes and allows the mounting of the camera in the…


Added by Peter Koppendorfer on May 10, 2013 at 3:30am — 14 Comments

FPV learning set

As I'm starting off with FPV I didn't want to sacrifice my 'good' quad so I build a smaller one based upon the DJI330 frame.

This is how it looks like

It is a quick and maybe dirty solution but to learn FPV with low cost, it will certainly do.

The FPV setup is powered from a separate 1S lipo.

The TX I got here

The camera…


Added by Jan on May 10, 2013 at 1:30am — 8 Comments

Homemade Plane for GoPro: foam + depron

To watch the flight, go to: 2:33

I wanted to carry my GoPro (with housing) in a plane but without expending too much, so I built it by myself, using foam, depron and barbecue sticks.

The fuselage was done with EPS foam 12g/dm3 (isopor P0, comum de papelaria). Wings, ailerons, elevator and rudder with depron 4mm. I…


Added by Bernardo M. A. on May 9, 2013 at 7:00pm — 14 Comments

Royal Canadian Mounted Police use UAV and FLIR to locate lost man.

Mounties in Saskatchewan are crediting a high-tech drone for the rescue of a man who had walked away from his vehicle after a rollover crash and could not be found.

Sgt. Doug Green, who deployed the drone in the search, told CBC News the machine was built and designed by a Saskatoon company, Draganfly…


Added by Rob_Lefebvre on May 9, 2013 at 6:51pm — 9 Comments

Lipo powered telemetry

Wanted to have a self powered telemetry pack in order to save up the battery of my tablet.

So I tried this:

Hooked up the 3DR radio to a 2S lipo via a ubec.

This pack is then to be fixed to the back of the tablet.

The battery leads are external for charging purposes.

The ubec is to be changed by one with a build in lipo alarm.

This is still a work in progress and requires some fine tuning…


Added by Jan on May 9, 2013 at 12:00pm — 12 Comments

Thirty Days (#7): Zip ties + math = ?

Added by Joshua Ott on May 9, 2013 at 11:30am — 10 Comments

RCTimer Brushless Gimbal and Controller

It's amazing how quickly BLGs went from a novelty and costing thousands (zenmuse) to something you can get for $172 shipped!

I received my RCTimer Brushless Gimbal (BLG) and…


Added by Andreas on May 9, 2013 at 10:00am — 113 Comments

UAV degree: Colleges offer courses in drone design, marketing

By MARY SHINN  Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Stephen Rayleigh and Matt Lyon thought they were done with careers in drones after they left the Army in 2010 and enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott.

Until they met Professor Ray Bedard.

Rayleigh wanted to…


Added by Stephen Rayleigh on May 9, 2013 at 1:47am — No Comments

2013 Sparkfun AVC entry video

I put together a short video of Data Bus driving in autonomous mode in the rain. Hopefully I got the video in before the deadline. We'll see...

Data Bus is configured to drive between four waypoints outside my house at a much slower pace than during the 2012 AVC due to the much smaller area and the danger of collision with moving or stationary cars :)

Added by Bot Thoughts on May 8, 2013 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

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