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Another POP at 100k Ft. with APM2

UPDATE .... 7/2/12 ...

Another successful flight to over 100,000 feet with the same APM2 and 3DR radios on board. This picture is the balloon exploding at over 100,000 feet. Total flight was 101 mins this time. The APRS tracker failed this flight but the package was recovered in a 1/2 hr by a citizen…


Added by Earl on July 2, 2012 at 11:00pm — 10 Comments

APM2, $10 quad frame, 51 minutes to build and fly - detail videos and pictures are up!

Full Build video and detail photos now available.  Thanks for all the feedback so far!…


Added by Mark Harrison on July 2, 2012 at 9:43pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
AUVSI publishes drones "Code of Conduct"

Today the Association of Unmanned Vehicles International (AUVSI) published a drone…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2012 at 7:27pm — 4 Comments

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Famed photographer Edward Burtynsky uses drones

Edward Burtynsky, who is famous for his huge landscape and mega-engineering photography, uses drones for aerial photography. From an…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2012 at 6:06pm — 3 Comments

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OpenROV makes Kickstarter target in first day!

Congrats to our friends at OpenROV, who hit their Kickstarter target in the first day! You can get the complete kit for $775. Right now it's just teleoperated, but…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2012 at 5:37pm — 2 Comments

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Massimo Banzi on the power of open source hardware

Massimo Banzi, the co-creator of Arduino, gives a great TED talk on the power of open source projects. Gives a nice shout-out to DIY Drones, ArduCopter and MatterNet, which uses ArduCopters…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2012 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

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A great rant on UAV video demos that use Unobtanium

Hizook, one of my favorite blogs, has a great rant on one of my favorite peeves: UAV videos that show performance only possible with crazy expensive motion…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2012 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Youcanfly has taken off: All the good DIYDrones products available now in Switzerland.

We proudly announce switzerlands first full range webshop for ardupilot ware, j-drones copter and videopiloting equipment.

Take a look. There are some APM 2.0 left in stock!

See you…


Added by Remo Peduzzi on July 2, 2012 at 5:15pm — 9 Comments

Losing the Shrike Again - Still Learning!


Okay, okay. I know what you are thinking... Didn't you learn anything from the last episode? We did, but this one totally surprised us. We were just going up for a few minutes to test the new antennas and a new field when we lost the plane.

So, what happened?

Not totally sure why the APM seemed to struggle to find it's way, and we may never know as we still didn't have the DF card working (it's showing an error, and we've tried…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on July 2, 2012 at 4:40pm — 12 Comments

AutoQuad FC fw v6.6

It's been a while since I've posted an update on the progress of the AutoQuad flight controller.  The event that we've all been waiting for has arrived with ST Micro's announcement and subsequent release of their STM32F4 product line.  As expected, the micro-controller is pin for pin compatible with…


Added by Bill Nesbitt on July 2, 2012 at 3:00pm — 100 Comments

Wiki Ninja
National Geographic talks about their multicopter camera platforms, critter cams and more.

Check this out, from YouTube:


Heli stuff starts at…


Added by Gent Armedo on July 2, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Robotic Eagle project. Ornithopter


Hey, I found something interesting.

The big robotic eagle.

What you think about install ArduPilot on his Orithopter?

 check this link on…


Added by Wojtek on July 2, 2012 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

jDrones News: jD-MediaTEK Backup Battery Tray

jDrones News: jD-MediaTEK Backup Battery Tray

Few weeks ago we introduced our new and improved…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on July 2, 2012 at 8:14am — 4 Comments

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Cloud-based Arduino IDE coming

Codebender, a cloud-based IDE for Arduino is coming soon. If you like the look of it, you can back it on Indigogo (28 days left).  I backed it at the $150 level, which gets you and Ethernet Arduino, with a…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2012 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Moral to the story: Avoid buzzing Alcatraz.

This seemed to get very little uptake in the mainstream media... perhaps for the better.  Nevertheless, I thought it was worth sharing here:

From the…


Added by Jake Bayless on July 1, 2012 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

SIM Development update - Now in 3D

This is a quick update for the Arducopter SIM and 2.6.1 development:


There is quite a bit of development going on right now, but I thought I'd share what I'm working on. I'm using Flash to implement a simulator and test Arducopter code. What's on my site at …


Added by Jason Short on July 1, 2012 at 10:30pm — 10 Comments

APM2, $10 quad frame, 51 minutes to build and fly

As part of a friendly bet with Trappy on facebook, Andreas built and flew one of his signature wooden quads in under an hour.  A more detailed build video is being edited, but here's a timelapse of the process.

Added by Mark Harrison on July 1, 2012 at 9:21pm — 14 Comments

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Navigating UAVs without GPS

From Gizmodo

Military drones rely heavily on GPS for navigation guidance while in the air. But in areas where a signal can't be found, or where someone is using a GPS…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2012 at 2:03pm — 10 Comments

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How to spoof GPS to (potentially) take over a drone

Hackaday found a paper that describes a GPS spoofing technique that may be similar to that used by Iran to bring down a US drone. From…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2012 at 1:16pm — 4 Comments

How Not to Work on your Quad

You may offend roommates, partners and other living beings.

Added by estebanflyer on July 1, 2012 at 10:47am — 31 Comments

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