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Marcy 2 parts

So after another $75, all of Marcy 2's brain finally arrived.  To be sure, Marcy 2 has gone through a lot of failed iterations & airframes.  This time, she's a Wifi monocopter.

As bad as it is for business, the cheapest…


Added by Jack Crossfire on February 28, 2012 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

The search for the holy bowl

After scouring most of the shops in my area for a cover/box/hat for my 3DR Quad I found the Orthex 140 0,75 liter kitchen bowl.



Added by RC on February 28, 2012 at 1:42am — 11 Comments

3D Robotics
APM 2 update -- Ordering reopened!

Good news: APM 2 preorders have reopened. You can now choose it with the onboard GPS or without, so can use an external GPS or any other supported GPS module (the Ublox GS406/407 can be used with…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2012 at 1:30pm — 49 Comments

Arducopter Hexa 3DR Frame Now on Pre-Order!


The rugged Arducopter 3DR frame is now available in a Hexa version capable of supporting larger payloads and longer flight times. With the stock 850kV (purple) motors, a basic Hexa with ESCs, APM, GPS and an RC Receiver weighs in at 1356.3g and can lift more than its own weight.


This version…


Added by Jeff Taylor on February 27, 2012 at 1:30pm — 61 Comments

3D Robotics
A REALLY DIY quadcopter

Wow. Florian did his own motor controllers, RC (via Xbee) and everything else. From Hackaday

We think [FlorianH] did a bang-up job of …


Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2012 at 10:33am — 9 Comments

Monument Valley (TBS @ USA Road Trip)

Part 6 of the series takes us to Monument Valley in Utah. We had the coolest guide ever. Quickly explained him the concept, where he needs to take us so we can take shots, and then off we went in an old rusty bumpy vehicle. Great fun, great scenery and I think none of the "random tourists" that were there with us will ever forget the views ...

Added by trappy on February 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — 9 Comments

This is what a failed attempt at setting PID's looks like....  Truly Painful to watch....

This is what a failed attempt at setting PID's looks like.... 

Truly Painful to watch....


Added by Archangel06 on February 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

Police, Border Patrol, other agencies looking to expand drone use at home.

Full article Here

Heads up: Drones are going mainstream.

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military…


Added by Eraser on February 26, 2012 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Six modes with Graupner MX-16

Maybe there is a better way to do, but this one works fine...

I'm using channel 8 of the radio and the following switches : SW8 (2 positions) and CTRL9 (3 positions)

In the main menu, navigate to “controller settings”…


Added by Colin Bouriquet on February 26, 2012 at 1:19pm — 12 Comments

New ArduEye using Stonyman image sensor chips

Awhile ago we (Centeye) started ArduEye, a project to implement an open source programmable vision sensor built around the Arduino platform. The first ArduEye version used a simple Tam image sensor chip and a plastic lens attached directly to the chip. After…


Added by Geoffrey L. Barrows on February 25, 2012 at 2:25pm — 7 Comments

Successful Auto Takeoff!


This week I tested and mastered the auto takeoff feature on the APM I've installed on my Nova. It took a few tries and a cracked fuselage to get it, but once I got it performed very well; I set the flight mode to auto, I run down the field, and the motor kicks on without me telling it to, I throw it, and it takes off on it's own. Very cool. 


Seems to be working well, am I doing it right?


Next week I'll be testing the auto land…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on February 25, 2012 at 7:24am — 18 Comments

New Build, arducopter V2


After the crash of my stock arducopter due to a dying battery on my controller I had to rebuild.

The result of my rebuild pleases me a lot, for one I decreased the weight by almost 500 gr. The total weight with a camera and battery (not shown) is ~1400 gr. Adding telemetry will increase the weight only marginally and there is still plenty of space in the canopy for FPV gear.



standard jDrones arducopter electronics but with the…


Added by koen.hufkens on February 25, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Supersonic UAV School Project Graduates into a Business

A University of Colorado Asst. Professor is transitioning his GoJett Supersonic UAV project into a business.

From University of Colorado News:

"The UAV is intended to shape the next generation of flight experimentation… Its…


Added by Shannon Morrisey on February 24, 2012 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
All-PCB quadcopter

Another cool one from Hackaday today.

[Frank] managed to pull together an impressive collection of features when developing the project. First off, the quadcopter itself uses all-PCB…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2012 at 3:50pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Variable pitch quads fly upside down

Check out those flips! From Hackaday

Straight from the Aerospace Controls Laboratory comes a variable-pitch quadrocopterdesigned by [Mark Cutler] and [Jonathan P. Howe].…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2012 at 1:28pm — 36 Comments

3D Robotics
An Australian drone-based aerial imaging business

Not legal yet in the US without a COA, but apparently allowed in Australia. FromMakezine:

The emerging story of entrepreneurs using drones to provide marketable…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2012 at 1:07pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Arduino control of a camera lens

If your UAV is big enough to carry a DLSR, here's a great way to control the lens. From Hackaday:

[Vladimir] built …


Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2012 at 1:05pm — 4 Comments

Scientists use drone to monitor beach pollution

Armed with a remote-controlled helicopter nicknamed the "scientific predator", CSIRO scientists are circumnavigating Australia, documenting the tonnes of litter left or washed up on the nation's beaches and calculating the impact on marine life.



Added by Richard Unwin on February 24, 2012 at 8:00am — 34 Comments

Someone stole these guys pole

Much better looking than the last tethered attempt, like the idea of a big coaxial pair in the centre to do the lifting. I knew a girl like that.

The HoverMast responds to the need for quick, mobile intelligence gathering. At the click of a button, the system autonomously deploys, rising to heights of up to 50 meters within 10-15…


Added by Gary Mortimer on February 24, 2012 at 6:00am — 10 Comments

ArduPilot in Sumatra

Slashdot linked to this article on a Bixler in Sumatra that appears to be equipped with an Ardupilot, based on the mission planner in use on their laptop.…


Added by ExplodingLemur on February 23, 2012 at 6:30pm — 18 Comments

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