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Raptor Flight Testing: A New APM Platform?

This week we adjusted the control surfaces on the Raptor to get it all balanced and flew it a few times to get more experience and test the airframe's performance. I've got to say, flying wings, and the Raptor specifically, have far exceeded my expectations... it flies great! 


Its very, very stable, has an excellent power to weight ratio that allows it to climb indefinitely, enough control surface and authority to allow a perfect…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 7, 2012 at 3:18am — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
APM Mission Planner now has a proper installation utility!

One of the priorities of the APM team is to continue to find new ways to make it easier to use. The Mission Planner is a big part of that, with it's one-click firmware loading, but author Michael Oborne has now done it again with a great installation utility (64-bit Windows …


Added by Chris Anderson on April 6, 2012 at 10:56pm — 41 Comments

3D Robotics
Autodesk creates a 3D model of its headquarters with an octocopter

DIY Drones friend Gonzolo Martinez has a beautiful $12,000 Cinestar 8, which he used to image the Autdesk HQ, where he works. 

Gizmag has the story:

Take one piece of software that can stitch 2D photos into a 3D model, one…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 6, 2012 at 4:52pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
New product! The 3DR Radio Telemetry System

Hi everyone, I'm very happy to announce something that 3D Robotics has been working on since late last year in cooperation with a few very talented developers. Today we are announcing the 3DR Radio telemetry system, an open-source alternative to XBee telemetry set-ups, with superior…


Added by Sam Kelly on April 6, 2012 at 1:00pm — 133 Comments

Unidentified flying..... wut?!

But what is it?!

Added by Mike de Landgraaf on April 6, 2012 at 6:25am — 10 Comments

Tarting up Facebook

Just to let you folks know, if Facebook is your social platform of choice we have started to try and make the sUAS News page look a little better

We would welcome any build images that you have…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 6, 2012 at 1:30am — 5 Comments

UAS Competition Team

Hi, I'm starting a team at Embry-Riddle in Arizona to go to the UAS competition in Maryland this year.  We're using APM on a custom built airframe, but we're still learning the ins and outs of Ardupilot and Mission Planner.  I've got a few questions:

We're tuning the PID's, and the aircraft pitches down in stabilize and FBW A&B. Should I fix this with RC trim, one of the gains, or initialize the aircraft in a slightly pitch-up attitude?

We're building a…


Added by Stephen Rayleigh on April 5, 2012 at 11:17pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
"The Future of Robotics and Artificial Intellegence is Open"

William Hertling, an HP strategist and science fiction writer, has a good opinion piece at IEEE Spectrum that argues that open innovation…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 5, 2012 at 6:16pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Futaba SBUS RC protocol reverse engineered

From Hackaday:

In the world of model aircraft, Fubata’s SBUS system is a big deal. Instead of having one servo per channel, the SBUS system allows for 16 proportional controls and…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 5, 2012 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

Total misconception___Drone use in the U.S. raise privacy concerns

Drone use in the U.S. raise privacy concerns

A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle from the 432nd Wing out of Creech Air Force Base, Nev., takes off from the Rafael Hernandez Airport outside Aguadilla, Puerto Rico for a mission.



Added by estebanflyer on April 5, 2012 at 6:40am — 8 Comments

MorpHex - Art, Technology and Innovation

I'm a big fan of Kare Halvorsen's work from biped to multi-pod spiders. His robots are always pretty well tuned to work on his customized RC control with lots of buttons.

This awesome project above is titled MorpHex which is Kare's entry on "BOCA BEARINGS 2012 INNOVATION COMPETITION".

More infos about the competition (and to give him your vote)…


Added by Sandro Benigno on April 5, 2012 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

Cars in the sky. The Dutch are amazing.



Added by OG on April 5, 2012 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Xbee Telemetry Kits are in stock

Just wanted to drop a line to let everyone know that I have Xbee Telemetry Kits back in stock.


They will be sold in two flavors:

As a kit:



Added by Charles Wolfsandle on April 5, 2012 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Las Vegas (TBS @ USA Road Trip 11/13)

In this episode we take our custom-built prototype quadcopter down the strip, meet some interesting - and less interesting - people and generally have a great time. Here's the video:

For those of you unaware, there is an airport right next to the strip. There is also a lot of RF emissions. This is why we played it safe and did not fly the Zephyrs down the…


Added by trappy on April 5, 2012 at 2:23am — 26 Comments

Quick and Easy Rover

In between aircraft I built this rover.  It is a Traxxas Slash frame with a piece of 1/8" aircraft plywood on top for an electronics platform.  The plywood measures 16.5" x 6.5".  It was super easy to build.  In the next few days I will finish configuring the electronics, update and confirgure the software and test it out. …


Added by John Hestness on April 4, 2012 at 8:21pm — 40 Comments

UberTaco! Join the revolucion! - Death to Tacocopter

Tacocopter never made it off the ground.  We've created UberTaco to pick up where they left off.  We are delivering food to those in need all over the country.  Proof above!

Added by LemaLife on April 4, 2012 at 8:00pm — 12 Comments

HobbyKing Beer Lift 2012

Looks like the folks at HobbyKing has fully embraced the Multicopter revolution.  To that end, they've created a contest for 2012, the goal of which is to lift our favourite beverages, BEER!  They don't say whether the beer cans need to be full or empty.  I think the goal is to lift as much weight as possible.  So there may be the obvious incentive of lifting many…


Added by Ellison Chan on April 4, 2012 at 8:31am — 13 Comments

DIY Drones & Hobby UAVs in the News

DIY Drones and Chris Anderson in the news yet again.  You're getting around, Chris!  Well done.




Added by Paul Marsh on April 4, 2012 at 4:34am — 4 Comments

Martin Jetpack - Flight Video



Just thought I would share the latest flight testing video of the Martin Jetpack. It is now actually showing a useful level of performance.


Added by DuctAR on April 3, 2012 at 7:58pm — 7 Comments

A new "FPV model" by HobbyKing (RQ-4B Global Hawk)

While SkyWalker is out-of stock in almost everywhere, new big size foam models are popping out in many places out there. I just can't stop looking at this one... looks so nice!

The question here is, are those beautiful models really useful for FPV or being our Drones? I would be afraid of breaking such a beautiful thing... and the 2360mm wing…


Added by Sandro Benigno on April 3, 2012 at 2:00am — 25 Comments

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