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A $109 GoodLuckBuy Brushless Gimbal for the H3 GoPro

Here's a short clip, somewhat adulterated by YouTube, of a test of this inexpensive gimbal and controller that I bought from The Goodluckbuy SKU is 98952, you can look at it by entering that in their search engine. It's made to mount on a Phantom but it's not hard to work up a mount for most any copter.

Here I'm flying it on my DJI 550 Hex…


Added by Oliver on August 18, 2013 at 12:52am — 97 Comments

SF Drone meet-up report

SF Drone meet up

 I just came home from the SF drone meet up. It was a blast! Here are some videos and pictures I took there. Thank you Bryan Galusha for organizing this awesome event. Please comment if you attended.

Hexacopter with paintball gun.…


Added by Graham Pollock on August 17, 2013 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

My 97minute:06second record quadcopter flight

Quadcopter details:

-Custom CF frame built from 12mm tubes and 1m~3mm CF plate.

- RCTimer 17x5.5 CF Props

- Turnigy Plush 12A ESC's running BLHeli firmware

- RCTimer 5010 - 360Kv motors

- Panasonic NCR18650 13,600A battery pack

- Bareduino Arduino FC with…


Added by Ian on August 17, 2013 at 3:00pm — 92 Comments


Flying a DJI F550 from Starlite in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Added by John Tomelevage on August 17, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Tuning the TechPod

I was delighted when Mark Bolt of BoltRC rang me up recently and offered to send me a TechPod to review. I'd been looking at the TechPod as a possible…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on August 16, 2013 at 10:53pm — 30 Comments

Take off and landing with VTOL in the forest

Tried just for fun to start and land with my Wingcopter in the forest :)

Here is the onboard video:

To see the whole VTOL here one picture:

It is the…


Added by Jonathan Hesselbarth on August 16, 2013 at 1:00pm — 24 Comments

CAUTION ..I REALLY mean it !

3 years charging these lipo battries and no problem. 8-16-2013 my luck ran out. I was charging a 3 cell 2200 mah lipo while I worked at the computer.<br /
3 years charging these lipo battries and no problem. 8-16-2013 my luck ran out.

I was charging a 3 cell 2200 mah lipo while I worked at the computer.

It caught FIRE near me. Got it out the door just in time.

It burns HOT and long.
Could have burned the place down to the ground.



Added by Earl on August 15, 2013 at 11:30pm — 60 Comments

A $38,000 piece of Styrofoam



Added by elad orbach on August 15, 2013 at 10:11am — 5 Comments

Ground Station Concept

OK, it's not a concept. I built it, it's nearly ready to go.

However, until it works, I will call it a concept.

Fieldview 777 screen, Boscam 5.8GHz VRx with ImmersionRC circular polarised antenna. 

3S 1000mAh battery not shown, but will hang underneath. 

It's a bit heavy,…


Added by Aran Fitzgerald on August 15, 2013 at 6:30am — 11 Comments

Using Drones to Stop Poachers in Africa

Professor Tom Snitch recently spoke with the the DC Area Drone User Group about his trip to South Africa where he ran a pilot project using drones and predictive mapping techniques to help local rangers in their fight against poachers…


Added by Timothy Reuter on August 15, 2013 at 3:31am — 3 Comments

Spiri kickstarter takes care of safety issues

It's great to see people taking safety into consideration with these flying lawn mowers.

Not only is there physical safety with the carbon fibre prop ribbons but the developers intend to take care of safe autonomous flight.

It has an ARM Cortex A9 running linux as well as a separate flight processor, 4GB of on-board storage and tons of…


Added by Ian Lyons on August 15, 2013 at 3:09am — 3 Comments

DIY Drones VodCast X8 Build Preview


Hello all,


We have done a preview of what we are planning to do the Skywalker X8 build during the course of the…


Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on August 15, 2013 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

VR Copter X4 the new Frame for your VRBrain 4.x or APM by VRI First Flight Video

Dear Friends

in this video I present the first flights made ​​with the new frame designed by Virtualrobotix.

The frame drawn using last generation 3D Cad , is made of carbon fiber and aluminum.

The frame is designed for users who want to have a frame strong, lightweight, reliable and easily customizable.

The version…


Added by Roberto Navoni on August 14, 2013 at 2:46pm — 2 Comments online

Hi all,

I've created a new site, which I hope will become the repository for all Drone Laws and regulations around the world. My aim is to welcome credible posts on Drone* Laws for all the countries we fly in. The idea being is the local knowledge publishes their information here in easily readable…


Added by Euan Ramsay on August 14, 2013 at 1:30pm — 23 Comments

Testing a cheap(ish) brushless gimbal...

Been testing a brushless gimbal on my quad, it's an own-design laser-cut Liteply gimbal which uses a Foxtech AIO (Martinez) controller…


Added by Graham Dyer on August 14, 2013 at 11:18am — 19 Comments

The way back machine, and looking forward.

While the vehicle featured in the video above is a rehash of the original, my first autonomous vehicle was the Big Trak. It was an amazing piece of engineering courtesy of Milton Bradley, and mine came to me thanks to my Dad's work cleaning out some old junk.

You see, in the mid-80's my Dad worked as the assistant director of a science museum. Let me tell you,…


Added by HeliStorm on August 13, 2013 at 9:05pm — 10 Comments

TBS Discovery Build - In Progress

Here's the build finally assembled... (I'd say complete but we all know none of these projects are ever complete!)

Included Parts/Accessories:

TBS Discovery frame

APM 2.6 w/ external compass and uBlox GPS…


Added by Michael on August 13, 2013 at 9:00pm — 12 Comments

Menu of the day : A quadcopter's failed auto mission as our apetizer, followed by our main course the flyaway of the chef...

Menu of the day:

A quadcopter's failed auto mission as our apetizer, followed by our main course the flyaway of the chef, & our special search and rescue mission for dessert.

The auto mission was more simple as that you could die:

1-take off to altitude 40 meters



Added by Hugues on August 13, 2013 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

Droneshare back online thanks to 3DR and Mongolab

Hi ya'll,

So yesterday the 'free' database I was using for droneshare filled up (wow!  some days you are uploading 100 flights a day).  3D Robotics was already providing the web hosting (yay!) and now…


Added by Kevin Hester on August 13, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Florida Keys turns to UAVs to take on mosquitoes


August 13, 2013

Florida Keys authorities are turning to unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with infrared cameras in their ongoing battle to control…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on August 13, 2013 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

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