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3D Robotics
Update on the DARPA UAVForge competition

From IEEE Spectrum:

UAVForge is a DARPA-sponsored contest designed to get teams of anyone who wants to, to produce an advanced, highly…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 13, 2011 at 1:28pm — 5 Comments


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X8 flying wing

New wing from Skywalker factory >>X8 UAV platform

For those who want Long range / Long flying time / High payload the new X8 wing will get you there..…

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Added by Robert Krogh (hooks) on December 13, 2011 at 11:30am — 181 Comments


JDrones
Joystick fun @ jDrones airfield with ArduCopter

Joystick flying with ArduCopter

Awhile ago I promised a more postings and so here we go. I know that many of you have been waiting this fun to be true... Now it is.

One our friend came to visit today at jDrones and they wanted to see latest software and other improvements…

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Added by Jani Hirvinen on December 13, 2011 at 5:38am — 33 Comments

Configuration tool preview

A number of people have expressed interest in building quads based on mine, and using my software.  In order to help get them set up quickly, I've started working on a real-time diagnostic and setup tool that interacts with my quad flight software.  My flight software looks like it'll be compatible with at least one commercial board (the HoverFly Sport) as we use the same MPU and gyro sensor, so you'll be able to buy their hardware and try my flight controls if you…

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Added by Jason Dorie on December 13, 2011 at 3:18am — 2 Comments


3D Robotics
ArduCopter makes the Wirecutter gift guide

I was delighted to see that the cool new gadget site Wirecutter (formed by Gizmodo's former editor) selected ArduCopter as one of its top recommended gifts for the year. That's the great thing about open source…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 12, 2011 at 11:43am — 3 Comments

My second quad FPV flight.

Second FPV flight with my OpenPilot Quad. Just a short flight testing some tiny PID tweaks. Flight is mostly in acro.…

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Added by Kevin Vertucio on December 10, 2011 at 10:30pm — 12 Comments

Outdoor test video of my latest quad

Here's a better video of my latest quad / code. I doubled the maximum angular rates in anticipation of some stunt flying. I probably still have to bump them higher, but I wanted to see how it handled, if it affected stability, and so on. It's just as stable, but much more nimble.

Added by Jason Dorie on December 10, 2011 at 9:37pm — 6 Comments

Engineering Insights - Lesson 1: Problems with Prototypes!

Seraphim is our sensor board for the quadcopter, it includes accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer, GPS and micro-SD card slot.  With the exception of the GPS unit, all of these components are a complete pain in the backside to solder properly, and there are some consequences of not…

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Added by Henry Fletcher on December 10, 2011 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Presentation about multicopters

A couple of weeks ago I have made a presentation at university about multicopters on the whole and ArduCopter in particular and showed a little demo…

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Added by Kirill on December 10, 2011 at 2:22pm — 5 Comments


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ArduCopter V2 in Action - Full navigation in AUTO mode

Here a video of a full autonomous navigation in AUTO mode of the QRO (Quad Rotor Observer) with the firmware Arducopter v2.0.56a. The waypoints have been recorded in flight with the Switch on Ch7.

Successful tests of modes: ALT_HOLD, LOITER, AUTO, WP_SAVE, STABLE, SIMPLE.

The heading is locked with the help of a 3 axis magnetometer, the altitude is only locked by a barometric pressure (no…

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Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on December 10, 2011 at 1:57pm — 13 Comments


3D Robotics
More "drone journalism"--this time from a Moscow rally

A Google translation of the text (I have no idea what "the process several times to no avail was fired from the pistol" means):

December 10 in Moscow at the Swamp area held a protest rally in the all-Russian action against…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 10, 2011 at 10:43am — 13 Comments

Rock ESC - a new, open source, high performance Electronic Speed Controller project

Hello everybody,

My name is Adam Miłosz and I'm on of the guys working on Rock ESC.



Just to give you the idea of the ESC that we want to develop, here are the highlights of the planned features:

• super fast motor response time,

• overcurrent protection,

• open source software,

• high current handling -…

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Added by Adam on December 10, 2011 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

New UAV airframe available and a little bit about us...

 

BACK IN THE RACE!  for those considering UAV airframes for their aerial photography and photomapping applications we now have available the AeroMapper UAV.  A high performance electric glider integrated with  a UAV Payload Bay Module that offers great room and protection…

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Added by Mauricio on December 10, 2011 at 9:58am — 2 Comments

Building the Nova

Finished the Nova this week! Everything went as planned, CG appears to be a little further back than I planned, but I'll have to wait to get it in the air to really determine its location. I'm not totally sold on the way the wing is held down (with velcro tape) and I've got a few ideas on how to improve it...

Not sure what else to say! It's going to be a great FPV/AP…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on December 10, 2011 at 8:25am — 3 Comments

Super-Zippy AC2 - modded ESCs

Many of you probably know about this.  Jason explained it's about removing the low pass filter from the ESC firmware.  Pretty fiddly procedure, but looks to be very worth it.  See links under video.

 Most stable, responsive Arducopter vid I'm yet to see...  

 

 

Added by Nick Mann on December 9, 2011 at 10:30pm — 11 Comments


JDrones
ArduCopter Factory update: December 2011

ArduCopter Factory update: December

 

Again it’s been really really exhausting time here at jDrones in past 6 months. Earlier this year we moved to our new location at BangNa area in Bangkok. When we moved to our current location there were only 3…

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Added by Jani Hirvinen on December 9, 2011 at 3:06pm — 10 Comments


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First Concept Frame proposal for MP32F4: From idea to ready to fly frame.

In the last two years i fly my electronics with different kind of frame :

This was my first frame Fox One:

 

My second frame wasFox TWO :

 

 …

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Added by Roberto Navoni on December 9, 2011 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments


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Multipilot32F4 Project Update: board and VRIDE PRO with VR OS 0.0.1 Available for developer

Dear Friends ,

I'm happy to present the new revision of Multipilot32.

This new revision of product use STM32F4 as micro controller. This is the most powerfull Arm Cortex M4 available on the market . The Benchmark in Coremark is 469 . Standard Arduino is 18 . A lot of power for your  new…

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Added by Roberto Navoni on December 9, 2011 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

MikroKopter Okto XL frame arrived!

The frame set and some other goodies arrived today!

1x MK okto XL frame.

1x Altigator dome

2x bubble levels

10 x glass fibre 12x4.5 prop sets

1x 5A BEC

and a few other thingys.

Im very impressed with Altigators service! 

They even included some altigator stickers, a battery strap and a Chrismas hat! lol

The altigator hood is a little bit flimsy to say the least... But other than that, alls…

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Added by Gareth Rens on December 9, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments


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ArduPilotMega (ArduBoat) Sailboat Autopilot Heading Hold Test

This is a heading hold test for the ArduPilotMega based (ArduBoat) sailboat autopilot. The boat is sailed manually on a reach and then heads downwind holding a heading of 0 degrees and performs a jibe.We have waypoint guidance working in hardware-in-the-loop, so we expect to do waypoint testing soon. We might have to figure out a better solution for our digital wind…

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Added by James Goppert on December 9, 2011 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

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