From the MIT news report:
Aircraft-carrier crew use a set of standard hand gestures to guide planes on the carrier deck. But as robot planes are increasingly used for routine air missions, researchers at MIT are working on a…
I joined this community over 2 years ago and have watch it grow both in technology and users. I bought the first AP then the mega, GPS, XBee, etc. but either time or technology was moving too fast. After 2 years of on and off tinkering, I've finally completed a project and guess what, it works as advertised!
Thanks to all of the super smart people…Continue
Fun with my friend Cedar from Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Flying in various sites of Highway 1 on our way from San Francisco to Las Vegas.
A new white paper at sUAS News by Leonard Ligon and Tim Adelman, Attorney at Law might be of interest to all here.…Continue
We're continuing to fly the Foamaroo and are constantly amazed by what it will do. I wanted to try using a flat spin as a failsafe/abort system for the plane and actually tested by spinning it until it impacted the ground. My suspicions were correct - I was able to pick up and relaunch the plane after every flat spin and impact. Only damage was a slightly loose…Continue
I have been building a variable pitch tricopter and wanted to share my results so far.
Basically - I chose a tri and not a quad, because the tri geometry is the same as a traditional heli 120 deg swash plate. Since I can't…Continue
One of the features of extreme high altitude flight is the high true airspeeds that are needed to generate the dynamic pressure required for airborne flight. To minimise these extreme speeds for my high altitude glider project, I wanted to increase the flyable operation envelope closer to the airframe's stall speed, helping the reign-in the stratospheric true airspeeds!
As I was playing…Continue
My original blog post offering a bounty on software for the ArduIMU v3 to make it into a very good standalone camera gimbal stabilizer attracted alot of criticism and at the same time alot more support. There are many people who have joined my cause, and pledged to either match my bounty or contribute towards…Continue
I'm experimenting with a downward-facing point and shoot camera for aerial photography & mapping.
I had a (very turbulent) flight with APM and called an early abort because of high wind. After looking at the footage, it seemed not bad, so I ran it through hypr3d:
Some awesome software they…Continue
I made this simple script to control a MultiWii copter with a joystick and a PC over XBee (or some other serial transceiver pair). Please try it out and let me know of any issues.…Continue
From Smithsonian Magazine:
Water management researchers have been experimenting with unmanned drones that can fly over an orchard and record heat levels across vast…
Over the water with a hexa and GH2 while on the last leg of a road trip:
I think that we need to restart the blog on this.
This guy built a 40 mm ball turret that would work great in small UAS's. He said that he would not sell it but i think having him post details of how he built would be nice.
Here is a video of tit working.
If anyone has other turret systems to share of Pan and tilt systems please post... I am…Continue
Hi Guys, could not help it but had to post it
Although it could be more stable it still brought a smile to my…Continue
Having had my curiosity peaked by a recent DIY Drones post, I decided I would go ahead and purchase the Turnigy Integrated PCB Micro-Quad from HobbyKing, along with all the accessories necessary to complete the unit.…Continue
There were more than 1.41 million page views this month, which is a record. It just took us four weeks to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging about one new member every 43…Continue
What a journey the past nine months have been. At university, a classmate built an Arduino-based quadcopter for our senior capstone design project, but I was already committed to a 4WD Mars-type rover robot project. I was toying around with some RC helicopters, but I had my eye on the quad...
Moved to Canada after graduation and went to work specifying a quad frame, motors, ESCs and such. So much has happened in the quad industry in the past 9-12 months. Coming…Continue
For the past 4 months I have been designing and developing a UAS system mainly for entertainment purposes but the future could hold potential business opportunities. My research has led me to several potential paths and products to experiment with in order to accomplish my goal.…Continue
Manely conrolling a USB device from a microcontroller, something we hated when it was our day job, but now suddenly need.
Also in this issue, home made JTAG is now flashing 3.7kbytes/sec. The latency is so bad when changing data direction in a USB device, bitbanging the reads in the JTAG protocol is…Continue