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First flight of ArduPilot on Linux

I'm delighted to announce that the effort to port ArduPilot to Linux reached an important milestone yesterday with the first flight of a fixed wing aircraft on a Linux based autopilot running ArduPilot.

As I mentioned in a…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on August 19, 2014 at 8:59pm — 43 Comments

Vulture 2 spaceplane hits 100km/h - strapped to a van roof

We're obliged to Linus Penzlien (seen above in boffin pipe mode) and Andrew Tridgell for all their hard work last week working on the custom APM:Plane parameters/commands for our Vulture 2…


Added by Lester Haines on August 19, 2014 at 7:18am — 10 Comments

Aerial Survey in Uganda

Mark Wijnberg Land Surveyors recently completed an aerial survey of a river valley in a remote section of Western Uganda. The area is found on the Eastern slopes of the Rwenzori…


Added by Luke Wijnberg on August 19, 2014 at 6:27am — 19 Comments

An AutoPilot in the Clouds - part 1

In our RC world, autopilots are typically some kind of software/hardware combination that is physically located on the craft flying/driving/sailing etc.. This has some disadvantages since autopilots are expensive and singular,…


Added by Jesper Andersen on August 19, 2014 at 12:01am — 8 Comments

My company is producing a ground station

It Is a mini itx amd quadcore with a high bright lcd a solid state harddrive 2 front mounted usb built in 3dr radio dual video  RX with diversity video input for the onscreen HUD an additional 7" lcd with Output for your fpv googles it has 10ah of battery witch will run everything for around 3 hrs…


Added by Todd Urban on August 18, 2014 at 10:00pm — 17 Comments

3D Robotics
Coordinated docking of copter and rover

The two robots communicate their positions, converge to a common docking location and the dock successfully, both indoors and out.

From …


Added by Chris Anderson on August 18, 2014 at 7:48pm — No Comments

A Fully Automated Taranis OpenTX SAPI5 Voice Pack Generator

Hey fellow OpenTX users!…


Added by Luke Nyhof on August 18, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Follow-Me Mode Test: Success!

Hey guys, I just did my first test with Follow-Me mode on my quad. It worked really well.  Huge thanks to the 3DR team and DroidPlanner developers.  Rock and roll.

Frame: Lumenier QAV400G

Motors: Tiger 1100kv

ESCs: Lumenier SimonK 30A

Props: APC 8x4.5

Battery: Lumenier…


Added by Brennan Zelener on August 18, 2014 at 7:00pm — 24 Comments

Huge quadcopters can be attractive alternative to fixed wing for mapping and survey

The sUAS market for surveying applications are dominated by fixed-wing aircraft instead of multicopters. The reason is obvious, the multicopters have very short flight time and can not run long flight…


Added by Jose Luis Cortes on August 18, 2014 at 1:00pm — 50 Comments

New multicopter power distribution board+Buck regulator+Current/Voltage sensor

Hi guys,

I'm thinking over new multicopter power distribution board which will integrate also 4 current sensing shunts, two dual current/voltage/power sensors, a 42 Vin 3A DC-DC Buck regulator. The current,voltage and power measurements will be carried out over I2C interface. I think it's time to place aside…


Added by Nick Arsov on August 18, 2014 at 10:39am — 24 Comments

BE Tech Club Kickstarter: Almost done!

Hello DIY Droners! My Name is Tim Vrakas, and I'm a student at Brookfield East High School. I'm working with my friends raise money for the BEHS Technology and Engineering Club. Some of you might have seen my previous post announcing the start of our kick starter, and DIY Drones was one of our biggest…


Added by Tim V on August 18, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

UgCS now supports DJI!


We received huge interest in our work since last post about using DJI and Pix4D combination. (…


Added by Janis Kuze on August 18, 2014 at 6:14am — 2 Comments

HackRF PortaPack - ARM Cortex software defined radio

Very cool application using the excellent HackRF platform demoed at Defcon.

From HackADay:

What do you get when you combine one of the best (and certainly one of the best for the…


Added by Shannon Morrisey on August 18, 2014 at 12:47am — 4 Comments

Arduino Due 32Bit Quadrotor Testing Altitude Hold

TKquadrotor 32 bit run roop 400 Hz…


Added by QuadrotorThai Tevada on August 17, 2014 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition

We've been working on this for a while, but I'm delighted the news is finally out. From USA Today:

Amazon recently banded together with several makers of small unmanned aerial vehicles…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 17, 2014 at 7:08am — 12 Comments

ArduPilot AntennaTracker code - initial testing



some days ago a new…


Added by Adrián Nagy Hinst on August 17, 2014 at 12:30am — 15 Comments

VR Brain 5 (PRO) vs VR Micro Brain vs Pixhawk

* Pro is only on request and customizable , the PRO IMU could be also based on Maxim ,…


Added by Roberto Navoni on August 15, 2014 at 1:30pm — 42 Comments

The PRE-Flight Virtual RC Controller

I would like to announce my latest free App - the PRE-Flight Virtual RC Controller (for PRE-Flight Drone Simulator).

Convert your Android Smartphone or tablet to a full-featured, 12-channel, wireless Controller for PRE-Flight Flight Simulator. This free downloadable app will allow you to control PRE-Flight models without the bother of cables, configuring, or even waiting for your controller to…


Added by Jose Pena on August 15, 2014 at 5:19am — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
OpenExplorer, a new way to tell mission stories with multimedia

Our friends at OpenROV have launched OpenExplorer, which is a site that combines maps, photos, videos and text to tell the story of mission in a fantastic timeline-based way. It mashes up …


Added by Chris Anderson on August 14, 2014 at 6:58pm — 1 Comment

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