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Nitro Arduplane Gets NAV and Landing Lights!

I know that putting NAV Lighting on Drones is common here, but I have not heard of anyone doing it to their nitro models, aside from scale modeling. So I…


Added by Archangel06 on December 25, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Merry Christmas to all

This was the first drone that we made. It's the world's first 1:1 Hunter killer drone. If you don't know what a Hunter killer drone was,tap this link    

More details will coming soon :p  



Added by Jiaqi Hu on December 25, 2012 at 8:54am — 2 Comments

The Engineer Article


Added by Dr Stephen Prior on December 25, 2012 at 6:00am — 15 Comments

Finally Got the maiden flight of APM 2.5+ done

I waited until I was able to get the Bixler Chassis installed before I went out on a flight with my APM 2.5+.  Once I turned it on, the uBlox got position really fast.  It was really windy today.  I took off in manual mode, flipped the switch to "Stabilize" and it leveled off like a champ.   I alternated between Manual and Stabilize for a while, then I switched to RTL and it performed perfectly!  Really glad I got the Chassis, because it made attaining the CG super simple. …


Added by John OBrien on December 24, 2012 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Boxing Day Sales at


I know Christmas is not done yet! But the deal is on NOW!  


Meanwhile let me wish you a fantastic time with family and friends, share the coupon code and the love. 


See you again next year (sorry will not monitor this much... vacation time is great, once in a…


Added by Dany Thivierge on December 24, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

New Turnigy 9XR Open Source RC

$49 without TX/RX modules (available separately). Looks impressive!

From the product listing:

The greatly anticipated Turnigy 9XR has arrived!



Added by Celal ÖNEN on December 24, 2012 at 8:00am — 22 Comments

A must have for all DIY people.

The new Cube 3D printer is a must have for all DIY people.

Yes! I know you can get a makerbot and yes it's maybe more in the spiret of DIY. But I must say the Cube is awsome easy to use. save your drawings in STL file and boom it's printet. No setup! just more or less PnP.

Price 1299…


Added by Robert Krogh (hooks) on December 24, 2012 at 4:28am — 13 Comments

Techpod production sample

Hey guys Check out the picture the factory just send me. They are going to send it to me for approval ASAP.

So if all goes well, they will be done manufacturing the batch in about 3-4 weeks.Then they will be shipped to the US for distribution to all my wonderful supporters. I should have them about the second week of February. Go to…


Added by wayne garris on December 24, 2012 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones now on Google +, too

There's now a DIY Drones community on Google +, too. If you're a Google Plus user (I am), this is another way to integrate DIY Drones into your regular streams and share content easily from Google +. It will likely have some cross-posts from here, but mostly be news and comment from others in the Google + community.  You can sign up …


Added by Chris Anderson on December 24, 2012 at 12:18am — No Comments

Open Grabber Electro Permanent Magnet Kickstarter Project ends on the 26 of December


There has been a lot of support from this community for this project, a lot more than I expected initially. The kickstarter funding periods is set to end in three days. It has been a very interesting ride so far and this is what we already have taken care of:

Importing of Chemicals for PCB fabrication, everything from Iron(|||) chloride to Silkscreen and conformal coding to Electro…


Added by ctech4285 on December 23, 2012 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

QuadroQuad - Quadcopter plus four horizontal motors / props = Stable Flight - I Hope!

The Picture above is of my FlameWheel 450 with one added propeller motor Unit. It is for testing the feasibility and potential value of providing 4 opposed motor propeller units for providing position control instead of copter pitch and tilt. For testing purposes the horizontal motor / ESC is controlled…


Added by Gary McCray on December 23, 2012 at 3:30pm — 44 Comments

World first 3D Quad !

Hi all,

Just to let you all know that Curtis Youngblood Ent. (well known in 3D heli world) is going to release on next spring/summer, the world first 3D capable quad !

You should take a look here :

Added by Tristan on December 23, 2012 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

RC system on 868MHz based on OpenLRS


About year back, I found OpenLRS. When looked on schematics I discovered it's really simple. I checked local parts supplier and found out 433Mhz and 868Mhz RFM22B modules to be about 9$ Then calculated that price would be half if I do it myself. So I ordered 433Mhz (868 was not in…


Added by kolin on December 23, 2012 at 11:35am — 21 Comments

3D Robotics
Want to work at 3D Robotics?

Come join an exciting and fast-growing technical team at the 3DR headquarters in San Diego. It's the opportunity to work on the next generation of products coming from 3DR. 2013 is going to be a huge year for us, and you can be part of it!

From the …


Added by Chris Anderson on December 22, 2012 at 11:00pm — 12 Comments

3D Robotics
Kickstarter project for interface board to connect X-Plane to commercial avionics gear

This is more adjacent to the drone space than right in it, but it's similar to what we do with our Hardware-in-the-loop simulator. 

From the Kickstarter…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 22, 2012 at 8:27pm — No Comments

New Project - H-Quad

With the non-stop rain around here, I haven't been able to do any flying, so I decided to start a new project. Since I want to do FPV eventually, I went with an H frame layout. Not much to show yet, but all the bits are collected, so it should go together fast.


Decided to make the arms a bit longer than needed to act as prop protectors.

Components right now:

3/4" Square aluminum tubing for arms

1/8" G10 Fiberglass body…


Added by Scott Berfield on December 22, 2012 at 6:00pm — 12 Comments

Dome on a Drone

I decided that my Drone looked a bit "naked" with all the electronics and flight controller exposed, so decided to have a dome made for it.


Made to measure and a perfect fit having been made from smoked acrylic so you still get to see those all important LEDs…


Added by Tissy on December 22, 2012 at 5:00pm — 15 Comments

GPS case?

So far 3dR puts out some cases for the APM2.x. However I haven't seen any cases for the GPS. So far I've ripped the battery backup off the newer GPS and ripped the module apart with the older module. Sadly I don't think this is covered under warranty. As much as I'd like to say I'm 'hard' on equipment, this is just normal flying.. Anyone have any suggestions on a GPS case for these…


Added by Scott Fuller on December 22, 2012 at 3:30pm — 12 Comments

Coptercam used in a cricket match

The coptercam hovers over the pitch, Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat, Big Bash League, Docklands Stadium, Melbourne, December 22, 2012.

@Hai Tran, would this be used in international matches as well? :-)

For those who are not…


Added by Ruwan on December 22, 2012 at 6:00am — 17 Comments

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