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This week we adjusted the control surfaces on the Raptor to get it all balanced and flew it a few times to get more experience and test the airframe's performance. I've got to say, flying wings, and the Raptor specifically, have far exceeded my expectations... it flies great!
Its very, very stable, has an excellent power to weight ratio that allows it to climb indefinitely, enough control surface and authority to allow a perfect…
One of the priorities of the APM team is to continue to find new ways to make it easier to use. The Mission Planner is a big part of that, with it's one-click firmware loading, but author Michael Oborne has now done it again with a great installation utility (64-bit Windows …Continue
DIY Drones friend Gonzolo Martinez has a beautiful $12,000 Cinestar 8, which he used to image the Autdesk HQ, where he works.
Gizmag has the story:
Take one piece of software that can stitch 2D photos into a 3D model, one…
Hi everyone, I'm very happy to announce something that 3D Robotics has been working on since late last year in cooperation with a few very talented developers. Today we are announcing the 3DR Radio telemetry system, an open-source alternative to XBee telemetry set-ups, with superior…Continue
But what is it?!
We would welcome any build images that you have…Continue
Hi, I'm starting a team at Embry-Riddle in Arizona to go to the UAS competition in Maryland this year. We're using APM on a custom built airframe, but we're still learning the ins and outs of Ardupilot and Mission Planner. I've got a few questions:
We're tuning the PID's, and the aircraft pitches down in stabilize and FBW A&B. Should I fix this with RC trim, one of the gains, or initialize the aircraft in a slightly pitch-up attitude?
We're building a…Continue
William Hertling, an HP strategist and science fiction writer, has a good opinion piece at IEEE Spectrum that argues that open innovation…Continue
In the world of model aircraft, Fubata’s SBUS system is a big deal. Instead of having one servo per channel, the SBUS system allows for 16 proportional controls and…
I'm a big fan of Kare Halvorsen's work from biped to multi-pod spiders. His robots are always pretty well tuned to work on his customized RC control with lots of buttons.
This awesome project above is titled MorpHex which is Kare's entry on "BOCA BEARINGS 2012 INNOVATION COMPETITION".
More infos about the competition (and to give him your vote)…Continue
Just wanted to drop a line to let everyone know that I have Xbee Telemetry Kits back in stock.
They will be sold in two flavors:
As a kit:Continue
In this episode we take our custom-built prototype quadcopter down the strip, meet some interesting - and less interesting - people and generally have a great time. Here's the video:
For those of you unaware, there is an airport right next to the strip. There is also a lot of RF emissions. This is why we played it safe and did not fly the Zephyrs down the…Continue
In between aircraft I built this rover. It is a Traxxas Slash frame with a piece of 1/8" aircraft plywood on top for an electronics platform. The plywood measures 16.5" x 6.5". It was super easy to build. In the next few days I will finish configuring the electronics, update and confirgure the software and test it out. …Continue
Tacocopter never made it off the ground. We've created UberTaco to pick up where they left off. We are delivering food to those in need all over the country. Proof above!
Looks like the folks at HobbyKing has fully embraced the Multicopter revolution. To that end, they've created a contest for 2012, the goal of which is to lift our favourite beverages, BEER! They don't say whether the beer cans need to be full or empty. I think the goal is to lift as much weight as possible. So there may be the obvious incentive of lifting many…Continue
DIY Drones and Chris Anderson in the news yet again. You're getting around, Chris! Well done.
Just thought I would share the latest flight testing video of the Martin Jetpack. It is now actually showing a useful level of performance.
The question here is, are those beautiful models really useful for FPV or being our Drones? I would be afraid of breaking such a beautiful thing... and the 2360mm wing…Continue