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Balloon #6 7-27-12 OOPS !

You always have that ONE flight where nothing goes right. 7-27-12

The balloon slipped off the filling neck and got away. We had a backup balloon ! The second helium tank was EMPTY.

Dang..what luck.

Soooo... I will show pictures of the X8 wing we will try to launch Friday 8-3-12.

The Big…


Added by Earl on July 30, 2012 at 9:33am — 16 Comments

First quad flights successful.....pretty much.

I built my first quad from scratch.  It's based on the ArduCopter.  I used aluminium towel rods for the arms and some sixteenth inch aluminium plate for the support and sixteenth by half inch strips for landing gear.  The motors are A2217-9 950Kv, APC 10 x 4.7 props, Hobby Wing 18A ESCs, Hyperion 4000mAh 3s lipo,  and an APM…


Added by Tony Heaton on July 30, 2012 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

ArduCopterNG v2.7 tested on All In One Pro (AIOP) with a F450 Quadcopter

Here a video of a test flight of the ArduCopterNG v2.7 with the All In One Pro IMU board (AIOP). The official release of the ArduCopter v2.7 firmware for APM has been ported and tested successfully in flight on a quadcopter with an All In One Pro (AIOP) v1.0 full IMU on board by Jean-Louis…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on July 29, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Target audiences

It may be that the blog reaches more people on RCGroups than DIY Drones.  The audience of both tends to be the same RC pilots, not electronics designers, but RC Groups tends to be frequented by more electronics designers while DIY Drones is frequented by more absolute beginners. 

Because of the lack of jobs, the Marcy class…


Added by Jack Crossfire on July 29, 2012 at 1:30am — 22 Comments

3D Robotics
New drone model at HobbyKing

Looks cool and costs just $72. From the Hobby King product listing:

The Target Drone is a great little FPV platform that has been specifically designed for the job…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2012 at 8:00pm — 9 Comments

Robot Control course from Coursera featuring quadrotor control

I thought some of you might be interested in this:

Control of Mobile Robots

Magnus Egerstedt (Georgia Tech)

About the Course

This course investigates how to make mobile…


Added by Roy Brewer on July 28, 2012 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

Chris Anderson, Commercial Drone Disruptor!

Chris speaks DEFCON...

"The do-it-yourself (DIY), open-source drone movement is turning into a real business that could disrupt the commercial and military drone industry. It’s another case of how exploiting the curiosity of hackers can turn into a commercial opportunity.

"That’s the view of Chris Anderson (pictured), editor of Wired magazine and a drone…


Added by Mark Harrison on July 28, 2012 at 12:52am — 20 Comments

3D Robotics
3DR Customer support nightmare (Our bad, sorry!)

Last week we implemented a fancy ticketing system that will enable us to properly track issues among customers and be able to supervise the time response of our representatives but at the same time give them access to a set of tools that will help them be a lot more efficient.

Unfortunately the systems blow up last Friday (the 20th) so we were receiving emails from customers but any of our responses made it out, they were probably sent to the

The system…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on July 27, 2012 at 11:00am — 10 Comments

Some FPV from my Bixler

Just got some recording software for FPV figured out and I figured I'd post a video of me and some friends flying the Bixler in a park. The conditions were pretty windy so there wasn't any fancy flying, but still some nice views :). The battery dies so the motor cuts off at the end of the flight. The sound was coming from my laptop's mic not the mic on the plane so…


Added by Nate C on July 27, 2012 at 10:03am — 1 Comment

Bixler. The sad story of my maiden RC flight.

I've spent last couple of days preparing my Bixler. I did some mods listed here like reinforcing wing spar and fuselage with additional carbon fiber rods and changing prop to 6x4. Even my tail was detachable using …


Added by Marooned on July 27, 2012 at 6:00am — 18 Comments

Quadcopter first flight

This week I tested my quadcopter. Some while ago I replyed to a blog and showed my homemade super cheap motor vibration dampers. Some poeple where sceptic. But totday I can show you that my multicopter can fly



Its's build from scratch. Wifi controlled and has aruidno compatible control board.…


Added by Wipo on July 27, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Invensense releases licence to allow use of the MPU-6000 DMP processor

Good news: Invensense has finally released a licence that allows open source projects such as ArduCopter/Plane to use the built-in sensor fusion processor in the MPU-6000 gyro/accel chip used in APM 2.x!

This processor, called the Digital Motion Processor (DMP), has been in the APM 2.x sensors from the…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 26, 2012 at 11:00pm — 26 Comments

3D Robotics
Announcing APM 2.5!

I’m pleased to announce the new APM 2.0 revision, better known as APM2.5!

But before you start screaming that you just got an APM 2.0, let me explain that there’s NO difference in performance at all between the two, the board is still the same in terms of functionally and it runs exactly the same code as…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on July 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — 151 Comments

3D Robotics
Visit to new 3D Robotics Tijuana plant

I've given a quick tour of the big 3D Robotics factory and R&D center in San Diego before (here), but as some of you may know, we've recently opened a second manufacturing facility 30 minutes across the border, in…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 26, 2012 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

PX4 Flight and Features Video (Introduction post #2)

This platform overview video shows quadrotors in flight, fixed wing hardware in the loop simulation and a novel experimental aircraft. It also introduces all PX4 hardware modules (available…


Added by PX4 on July 26, 2012 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

Drone-maker Parrot invests $7.5 million in two EPFL spin-offs

Interesting development. The company behind the Parrot AR drone is investing in Sensefly and Pix4D. What can we expect? When will our kids be making ortho's with their smartphones?

From …


Added by Kris Nackaerts on July 26, 2012 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

USAV - The Unmanned Social Aerial Vehicle is born!

Introducing the USAV.

(Disclaimer - I'm not an english speaking person from birth, but thru endless re-runs of predator, Total Recall and Terminator - I have perfected my english skills.... not)

On the outer skin it's a standard 450…


Added by Jesper Andersen on July 26, 2012 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

Battery Holy Grail on the Horizon

This might not be news to some, but for those that it is...  Amazing.  Imagine a super light material that could be both frame AND battery.  Imagine hours of electric flight time with a quad.  Or even one hour.  …


Added by Nick Mann on July 26, 2012 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

Converting antennas between different XBEE PCB styles.


I was able to obtain certain number of XBEE PRO modules at 50mW with wire antenna, no chance to get them with SMA antenna. However I would like to solder a specific connector. Unfortunately, the PCB layout is different:

Type A is for SMA, uFL and WIRE     

Type B is for Small PCB patch antenna,…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on July 26, 2012 at 4:08am — 5 Comments

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