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Good primer on control theory and machine learning in UAVs

ArsTechnica has a good primer on UAV control theory and machine learning. The good stuff starts around page 2. Here's an excerpt (citing this Stanford…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2012 at 11:07am — 1 Comment

APM test flight of the Ace Quad Copter

  This is my first real test flight of the APM 2.5 on my Ace Quad copter.


Its a pretty good demo of what it can do. During the manual control I switch back and forth between stabilize and loiter modes.


0:00 - 1:30 warm up

1:30 start auto mode following waypoints

2:30 max altitude of about 60 meters

3:00 start heading…


Added by captaingeek on November 28, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

A very good reading for successful PCB grounding

Hi guys,

Please find hereafter some very usefull links for "Succesful PCB grounding". I think it is a very good "know how" on how to design groung paths on your PCBs.



Added by Nick Arsov on November 28, 2012 at 3:27am — No Comments

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TMZ: Drones are awesome, but we're not getting one (yet)

From Gawker:

TMZ today responded to a widely circulated report …


Added by Chris Anderson on November 27, 2012 at 12:41pm — 14 Comments

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Make Magazine's Holiday Gift Guide on Drones

Today's installment of Make Magazine's great geek gift guide is on aerial drones. Lots of ArduCopter/Plane/Pilot in there, along with accessories and cheap options of the…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 27, 2012 at 10:59am — No Comments

Electro Permanent Magnet for reliable cargo lifting on a quad (kickstarter)

Small light Open Source/HW electro-permanent 10kg (ideal) cargo holding magnet for the DIY multicopter drone and robotics communities

I stumbled upon this idea by reading this great article by Travis Deyle about electro-permanent magnets. These magnets are programmed (on off) with a current pulse. No static energy is…


Added by ctech4285 on November 27, 2012 at 9:30am — 15 Comments

Quadrocopter Rebuild

Hello Community, After a crash from 600 meters, i needed to rebuild my small Quadrocopter.


it's based on:

APM 2.0

ESC: Mystery Blue Series 20A Flashed with WiiESC

Motors: robbe roxxy 2827-35 (760kV)

Props: Graupner E-Props 11x5 (to small for…


Added by Silvio on November 27, 2012 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

the First Generation Prototype of HeX

After hard working for several months, we're finally able to announce the birth of a prototype of HeX

The hexagonal frames are made by a 3D printer. They cost us nearly 1300 USD.…


Added by Hex Air Robot on November 26, 2012 at 9:34pm — 12 Comments

Gopro 3 axis camera mount.

There is not a great selection of decent 3 axis camera mounts for gopro sized cameras so I have started building my own. The first one will be a ‘nose mount’ and I may later consider a belly mount for quads etc. It will have one standard sized digital servo for roll and 2 micro sized ones. The belt drive gearing is…


Added by Vince Hogg on November 26, 2012 at 10:00am — 16 Comments

ArduPlane on Microsoft Channel 9

Microsoft and Arduino are normally worlds apart but on Friday of last week, ArduPlane was used as an example on "Channel 9". You can read the full article here

Today's Hardware Friday…


Added by Visual Micro on November 26, 2012 at 6:28am — No Comments

"Drones for Hire" Air & Space Smithsonian Magazine

Drone article in January 2013 issue of Air & Space Smithsonian magazine.  Lots of application info in this one.

Click HERE to read…


Added by Paul Marsh on November 26, 2012 at 6:13am — No Comments

Funjet Settings


I have just finished building a Multiplex Funjet. I have added the APM 2 in the Funjet.

The motor is a 2830 4000KV with a 40 A ESC.

6x4 prop

I am looking for any suggestions on setting up the PID’s. I see the Skyjet’s para file is in the download area.

Will this work on the Funjet ?

I would like to have the APM working nice before maddening the Funjet, because I know it is very fast.…


Added by Louis on November 26, 2012 at 5:15am — 7 Comments - propellers


~1000 propellers was added to the database on last week.

You can search propellers using several filters, for example: material, length, pitch etc

Some items contains several propellers, for example: selected item contains 4 propellers.



Added by Alexander Novikov on November 26, 2012 at 2:07am — 4 Comments

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Examples of Non-Military, Non-Police use of Drones (please add your own)

One of the things I get asked most often about by the press is for examples of non-military, non-police use of drones. Part of our function here at DIY Drones is to educate the public about civilian and peaceful uses of drones, so I'm always happy to reel off some examples, from agriculture to…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 26, 2012 at 12:00am — 37 Comments

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ArduCopter/ArduPlane on the curriculum at NYU

From the Spring 2013 Course Schedule of New York University's ITP program:

Flying Robots


Flying robots, aka Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones, are growing in number and influence in military use. In parallel, the hobbyist community is developing DIY methods, making flying robots more…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2012 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Really, first ! ?

The LA100 is priced at €990 (US$1,275) and will come ready to fly from December, 2012. Lehmann Aviation says it plans to roll out hardware and software upgrades for the LA100 on a regular basis.

I guess its all about PR…


Added by Max Levine on November 25, 2012 at 8:30pm — 12 Comments

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Just what we need for autolanding: researchers develop "fingernail-sized radar chip"

From Gizmag. Autolanding is easy with multicopters using ultrasound, but hard with planes, since ultrasound is too noisy. Maybe radar would be better?

Excerpt from the…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2012 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

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Predator Case Repurposed as Protest Symbol

From Wired Design, a story of a group of protesters who were able to buy a used Predator carrying container for $300 and turned it art piece to protest drones. Also, check out the picture at the…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2012 at 12:01am — 3 Comments

Slipping trees!

One awesome thing about the APM and FPV is the wind correction check box. When flying through these trees you have about two feet on each wing tip. Usually it's a pretty strong cross wind at the field as well. I've attempted with another stabilization unit, but it's no match..


Added by Scott Fuller on November 24, 2012 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

ADDED: APM Mission Planner enhancements! Colored backgrounds and UNITS in the FlightData labels...

2012-11-24 MV to All:

I've only just joined the ArduPilot-Mega Opensource Project, and am only just beginning to dig into the codebase.

My goal is to implement a host of enhancements to our beloved APM Mission Planner application.

My cloned repository is named "markevogt-pcl-experimenting".

My first enhancements have now been coded, tested and pushed up to my repo:

1. Flight Data Panel: each of the (6) quickView panels now has black text on a colored…


Added by Mark Vogt on November 24, 2012 at 6:37pm — 18 Comments

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