On 5/20/12 North Texas Near Space (NTNS) and Project Soar collaborated on a dual launch during the annular eclipse. Albuquerque was directly in path of the eclipse. The NTNS payload had most of the electronics that I had intended for a guided flight. That airframe is no more, but I have some data that I'd like to share with the group as a result. The dual launch was a great target of opportunity…Continue
Long time readers here will know of my love for LEGO Mindstorms NXT, and my first NXT autopilot many years ago. So I was delighted to see…Continue
Pretty interesting video on the basic principles of these chips.
Added by John Moore on May 29, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments
A Slashdot user aesoteric writes "Australia's top miners have opened a new front in their march to automation, flying unmanned aerial vehicles in increasing numbers at remote sites across the country. They've been used to inspect a fire-damaged oil rig, perform aerial photography and stockpile surveys.
There is also a trend towards non U.S.-built UAVs, due to the lag in receiving export approvals for the aircraft and spare parts."…Continue
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“Fly a UAV. Learn about robotics. Explore the universe. LM Tomorrow is a science and engineering app that provides insight into some of Lockheed Martin’s most innovative technologies and how they work. From flying a micro-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and human exoskeleton design to some of the company’s more well-known products such as air and…Continue
Here's an interesting bit from a recent news interview with me and Andreas... for my segment, I had parked the quad so that it would be visible in the background over my shoulder as I talked to the interviewer. While he was recording the quad, the quad was recording him!
If I would have planned ahead a bit I would have framed the shot better, but I…Continue
I decided to work on a new IMU, and I decided to design my own so I could get a higher update rate, higher processing power, some more noise immunity, and I like designing my own systems as opposed to buying them :)
Here is what I have on board:
-500 MIPS XMOS L1 Processor
-12bit 1MSPS ADC
-3x ADIS16060 Gyros
I've been a DIY drones member since at least 2009. I have a couple of sites I likes to fly at but packing the flight gear and driving down to the park only to find it's too windy to fly can be frustrating. Instead I built this app to drop windsock markers down on a map and get the latest wind readings for a…Continue
So i decided to try the whole Dji thing. It took all of about 20mins to swop the APM2 with the Naza.
The setup is as simple as it gets. That took no more than 10 mins.
After installing the hardware and software I took it outside and attempted the first flight.
All I have to say is wow! A truly awesome…Continue
I finally have a prototype of the molded epo Techpod ! i will have it in my hands in a couple weeks .
when i receive it…Continue
While adding the AMP to the Shrike, we wanted to understand Flying Wings a little better and explore expos. We incrementally increased expose to 0%, 30%, and 60%, then flew the Raptor with the existing vertical stabilizer at 100%, 50%, and 0%. We were surprised to find that it flew just fine with 0% stabilizer! This test was in low wind, however, so it will…Continue
I'd like to introduce some products comming soon, developed by Nick Arsov with the invaluable assistance of Bill Premerlani, Robert Dickenson, Ben levitt, Peter Hollands, Riccardo Kuebler,…Continue
MicroFly, an open source nanoquad, hit its Kickstarter funder target of $5,000 and will be funded. From the project page:
I've been inspired by the crew at …
Just a hint of what's to come. You'll need to use PLA, not ABS plastic, and it's a challenging print, but just imagine what will be possible as 3D printing technology improves. The design files are here.
Video of printing and…Continue
Since the topic of CNC mills has raised its head here, I thought I'd share this with the DIYDrones community.
One of the things those who are considering this need to be aware of is that the toolpathing of complex shapes isn't a trivial exercise. I would be interested to know if anyone has experience with any open-source surfacing toolpathing packages - please comment below!
I am fortunate to have access to MasterCAM V9 - old-fashioned as it is - but…Continue