So, having spent the last couple of years experimenting with UAV systems I felt the need to try something that would stay on the ground. I have been fascinated by rock crawlers, the latest RC off-road trend. They seem the be the ideal platform for a land based all terrain rover system. Traction and maneuverability is…Continue
MMM time to combine Adru copter and and fix wing code ? Found this. Thought might be interesting to see if its…Continue
Here a video of the new Quad Rotor Observer (QRO) v6 with a GoProHD Wide on board.
Flight controller hardware:
KKmulticontroller "BlueBoard" from Minsoo Kim's
( http://kkmulticopter.kr ) and based on the board of Rolf R Bakke…
Inspired by the news about some HAB projects last year ("150$", iPhone4), I decided to start my own high altitude balloon project in November 2010. The goal was to take some HD video and 12MP images reaching around 30’000m resp. 100’000 feet. Finally it reached 21'300m. A real challenge was that Switzerland is a hard…Continue
For those intrested in having one of these low cost radios here is your chance!
According to a flight advisory just issued by the FAA, which warns pilots that their GPS signal "may be unreliable or unavailable" due to "GPS tests" that the Department of Defense will be conducting between January 20th and February 22nd. Details are fairly light beyond that, but the FAA does note that when the "tests" occur they will be active for 45 minutes, and be followed by 15 minutes of off time -- additional notices to pilots will apparently be issued at least 24 hours prior to any…Continue
I would like to "formally" announce two open source projects related to optical flow / programmable vision sensors. These are based on some of the optical flow techniques developed at Centeye, but in the spirit of "open source" are meant to be hacked/modified/copied any way a user deems fit. In both cases, the…Continue
I've now gone around one full circle on the UAV wheel: I built her, flew her, and crashed her. It has been great fun so far and I can't wait to get in the air again. Before I do, however, I thought I would write something so that other beginners could learn from my mistakes.
Anticipation and Assembly
I decided sometime last April to buy an ArduCopter spent several months in breathless…
Entries for Sparkfun's 2011 Autonomous Vehicle Competition are now open. The event is on April 23rd in Boulder, Colorado at Sparkfun HQ. This is the third year of the AVC. In the first year a DIY Drones team came in first, in the…Continue
Preventative measures needed before "neighborhood nutjob mounts a weapon onto his personal drone" . . . Attack of the Personal…Continue
I was not able to find anything about this ont he blog so far, but as I was browsing Hackaday this morning, I saw a link to the Vicacopter site. http://vicacopter.com/vika1.php
It looks very similar to the ArduCopter, but seems to only have 2 accelerometers rather than…
You will find below my maiden flight successfully done with my quadcopter (QRO v5) with a GoPro HD Wide camera. This video has been done on january 16, 2011, early in the morning.
My setup is:
A hands made Quadcopter (QRO v5) with a Minsoo Kim's KKmulticopter (Blue board version).