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First Endeavors: New to RC to Building First Quad to First Flights of Unit.84

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…

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Added by Scott Thompson on March 11, 2012 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

DIY UAS Project Design and Development

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.…

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Added by Hunter Parris on March 11, 2012 at 4:30am — 19 Comments

The truth about the STM32 USB core

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…

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Added by Jack Crossfire on March 11, 2012 at 3:12am — 5 Comments

Bottle Drop Updates

Hi All,

Just a quick update to the bottle drop mechanism ahead of the looming Deliverable 2.

More pics and description here.

Cheers,

-Adam

Added by Adam Amos on March 10, 2012 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

My new UGV in alpha

This is what I've done to my Dagu Rover 5!

As it comes out of the box.

I was shipped the 4 motor version.

I live out here in the "boonies", so I get to talk to guys that use and maintain earth moving equipment.

There is even a guy that restores old tractors, stationary engines and such.

Talking with them was great, they all said powering…

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Added by Andrew Helgeson on March 10, 2012 at 5:35pm — 5 Comments


Developer
Aircraft saved by MinimOSD

I just got this video from André Kjellstrup.

It shows the importance of an OSD with instruments in hard FPV flight conditions.

From his own words: "lost visual far out over water when a sudden and passing snow shower with wet, heavy snow clogged lens". Fortunately his craft was equiped with ArduPilot Mega and…

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Added by Sandro Benigno on March 10, 2012 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

A new Scratch Built Flying Wing: The Raptor

 

The Nova is grounded while I figure out the APM troubles I'm having, see these posts for the details:

http://www.diydrones.com/group/apmusergroup/forum/topics/apparent-acceleromter-error?xg_source=activity…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on March 10, 2012 at 4:53am — 22 Comments


3D Robotics
FPV with the AR.Drone with head-up display

The Epson Movereo BT-100 is an Android-powered transparent video goggle, with interesting hacking potential. This 16-year old kid decided to show what they can do by flying an AR.Drone in FPV mode.



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Added by Chris Anderson on March 9, 2012 at 12:41pm — 2 Comments

Paralel Tasks Executed by 3 kind of robot (hand, foot, flying) (Swarmanoid)

Really cool and instructable movie about connective robots. it's Friday guys !!!!!!

Added by patrice.rance on March 9, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

FAA seeking public's input on UAS test site selection

As part of an ongoing "effort to safely and efficiently integrate UAS into the NAS [national airspace system]," the FAA is working to develop six test sites for autonomous aerial systems, and would like input from the public: http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/uas/.  It appears they are taking suggestions on all aspects of site requirements, making this a very exciting opportunity for this community.  See the following link for more…

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Added by N. Eisen on March 9, 2012 at 7:23am — 1 Comment

Robot that can walk and fly

Here is a cool project i've found on the net... it can walk and fly :)

Added by patrice.rance on March 9, 2012 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Lake Powell (TBS @ USA Road Trip)

This one was one of my favorite places to fly in the USA. Lake Powell really is amazing, the people there are friendly and welcoming, and the scenery is out of this world.

Added by trappy on March 8, 2012 at 3:34pm — 7 Comments

3D Printed quadcopter parts on ShapeWays.com

Motor 12mm Tube mount in stainless steel!



What do you guys think?



what parts would you like me to…

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Added by ctech4285 on March 8, 2012 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

DroneMapper.com Update! MAVinci UAV Aerial Imagery Processed, Beta Update



Thanks for all the interest and support so far. I should have the site up and running in the next week! Still trying to figure out the most cost effective hosting solution. :) I'll definitely contact everyone who has contacted me with interest in beta testing when it is ready. I took a few days off from coding to try…

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Added by JP on March 8, 2012 at 9:53am — 14 Comments

APM works great with the X8

I present my X8 test with APM on board ... and modification for parachute landing ... the APM worked wonders with this wing, only I will have to make small adjustments to the PID's ..

I want to know if someone launched the camera tracking code? I'd like to try it in this wing X8 .... if anyone can help would greatly…

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Added by jim C. on March 8, 2012 at 8:00am — 9 Comments


3D Robotics
New free Xbee configurator

For those of you frustrated with Digi's X-CTU Xbee configuration software, there's now an alternative. Massimo Banzi, the Arduino team leader (who I'm having dinner with tonight in Rome!), …

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 8, 2012 at 7:57am — 9 Comments

Turnigy Integrated PCB Micro-Quad

This tiny  Micro-Quad features an integrated PCB frame, Simply bolt on the motors then solder your choice of 6amp ESC directly to the frame!

An integrated power distribution system is also included making for one of the neatest electronics installs around. All mounting hardware…

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Added by CrashingDutchman on March 8, 2012 at 3:00am — 8 Comments


Distributor
Sun storm expected to hit Earth on Thursday

 

Just a quick heads up, GPS might not be working so well over the next day!

"Keep your eyes on the northern sky Thursday night and be prepared for the  unexpected as a strong geomagnetic storm races from the sun toward Earth, says a  B.C.-based solar physicist.

The expected arrival Thursday of the strongest solar storm in six years could  affect power…

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Added by Martint BuildYourOwnDrone.co.uk on March 8, 2012 at 1:29am — 4 Comments

Scout Hexa really stable with Arducopter 2.4.1

I have been working on a hexacopter for aerial videography and photography.   The hexacopter is equipped with a ArduPilot Mega with sonar, gps, magnetometer and a camera gimbal.  After hours of tuning, I got the Scout Hexa really dialed in.

I really happy with the stability of the Arducopter code.  Here is a video demonstrating some of the ArduPilot…

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Added by Russell - ScoutUAV.com on March 7, 2012 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments


3D Robotics
For want of one "line replaceable unit", a $73m drone was lost

We don't cover military drones here, but I'll make an exception for this fascinating accident report. We've all lost drones due to technical malfunctions, so we can sympathize with this. At least ours didn't cost $73 million.

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 7, 2012 at 5:28pm — 33 Comments

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