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How many brushless motors do you need to lift a man? Try 18

Scientific American reports on plans for "volocopter", a human-carrying multicopter from Germany:

Inventor and physicist Thomas Senkel …


Added by Chris Anderson on July 8, 2012 at 3:12pm — 10 Comments

Add functionality to your UAV like you've dreamed with the Re-Mote!

The Re-Mote is a new product by FAST Robotics.  With the Re-Mote, you can trade out…


Added by David Gitz on July 8, 2012 at 12:40pm — 6 Comments

Software Defined Radio

Recently Ars Technica did a piece on software defined radio, using the Phi product as a centre piece, it got me thinking about its applications for drones.

Software defined…


Added by narwhal on July 8, 2012 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

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Current issue of The New Inquiry all about drones

The current issue of online/iPad magazine The New Inquiry is all about drones. It's a bit arty/academic/political, but pretty interesting all the same. The content is subscriber-only, but it's just $2/mo to get and you'll have instant access. Yes, DIY Drones is…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2012 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

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Arduino projects for RC cars

RC Arduino is a cool site that documents how to add an Arduino with gyro sensor to a RC car to make it more more controllable, basically "driving by wire", rather than directly, with the Arduino making sure it doesn't spin out. 



Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2012 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Tips & tricks: eliminating spaghetti with 8 channel ribbon cables

I am sure we have all been there; there must be a servo connector loose somewhere, you firmly press each one with fingers too large to press just one connector, you wondering whether the wires in each connector are well-crimped, you stare in dismay at at the spaghetti…


Added by Robert M on July 7, 2012 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

DIY WKM Hexa first flight test with Cinestar 2 axis

Here's a little vid of my DIY WKM Heavylifter Hexa

Please Enjoy!


Added by SynDrones on July 7, 2012 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

GPS Interference Testing

We wanted to start narrowing down the reason's for why we keep losing the Shrike! We are starting with understanding which materials placed over the GPS module affect reception.  We placed clear plastic, tape, a phone book, dow foam, aluminum foil, static brushless motor, powered and turning brushless motor, powered tx 2.4 GHz, and powered vtx 5.8 GHz…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on July 7, 2012 at 4:26am — 9 Comments

A year of research - From absolute noob to my first aerial video.

Hello fellow droners.

(I believe) I am a fast learning noob. It all started a year and a half ago when I was watching videos of monowheel vehicles and I saw this strange looking flying machines in one of the suggested. That was it. First time I saw a flying quad I fell in love and decided that this was the interest/job I had been looking…


Added by George on July 7, 2012 at 3:30am — 6 Comments

Sonar revival

 Further progress requires starting to desolder the Heroine 2200 boards.  That was the 1st robot.  The ages from 25-30 were spent purely devoted to that 1 thing, while everyone else was clubbing & getting…


Added by Jack Crossfire on July 6, 2012 at 4:15pm — 2 Comments

Ardupilot Failsafe for Turnigy 9x / FrSky module

Somebody mentioned on a previous post that they would like to see some notes on this.  Here's mine!

Added by Mark Harrison on July 6, 2012 at 4:11pm — 9 Comments

The perfect match for the new ublox LEA-6H maybe...

Found this on priced at USD 119 shipping included.
Sure looks familiar to me and with no GPS it is a good fit for the new 3D Robotics product: u-blox LEA-6H GPS.…


Added by RC on July 6, 2012 at 12:11pm — 17 Comments

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Latest extreme heavy lift multicopter entries in HobbyKing competition

Hackaday has the latest on the cool extreme lifting designs for the HobbyKing competition:

If you have a…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 6, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

DJI WKM New Features Coming Soon.....


Today I had notification that there will be some new features coming in a firmware update for the DJI Wookong WKM, the latest V5.10 will be out in the…


Added by Martint on July 6, 2012 at 1:00am — 12 Comments

Testing/Training APM2 Data Logging

This episode we focused on getting the APM's data logging feature working, as well as integrating the results with Google Earth and the Mission Planner. It works really well! We're looking forward to putting it on the Shrike and start recording our flights.

See you Saturday,

-Trent & Nick


Tx: Flyer9x with er9x firmware by ParkeFlyer …


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on July 5, 2012 at 1:22pm — 1 Comment


A partnership between and

Search images with bringing new…


Added by Rafael on July 5, 2012 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

EasyGlider Pro for aerial photography with APM2

We are working in several airplanes adapting them to take ortophotography like professionals, we have already tested and working fine the first prototype based on EasyGlider by multiplex. This is a very good plane that forgives to bad pilots with a big problem it has few space but enough to carry a good battery and the…


Added by Daniel Portillo on July 5, 2012 at 4:30am — 16 Comments

First steps FPV Team fly

Our first FPV team flight try.…


Added by kitegruppe on July 4, 2012 at 9:15am — 13 Comments

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Robots and Dubstep: how can I resist?

Tomorrow's a holiday in the US, so I'm going off topic for this bit of fun. 

Via Mashable: "Produced by Fluxel Media with beats from musician Andrew “Nostalgia” Hill, the “Dubstep Dispute” video is…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 3, 2012 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

PC joystick to 8ch Tx conversion

I've been looking at my unused twist grip joystick for a while now thinking about hooking it up to a transmitter via the PPM trainer port.

I might go a step beyond this and get a new 2.4GHz Tx module and add that to the joystick to make it a transmitter.

Fly-Dream make an affordable and reliable…


Added by John Grouse on July 3, 2012 at 8:00pm — 30 Comments

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