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3D Robotics
Bug bot now semi-autonomous

Just autonomous in the vertical axis so far, but that's progress. From


"With the goal of designing an insect-inspired flying microrobot capable…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 9:16am — No Comments

3D Robotics
New version of Google Earth out (6.1)

Not many change of relevence to us, but this is a nice addition: labels…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 6:14am — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
GE AirShow (3D printing meets model planes) finale

Last installment of the charming GE ad campaign that combines MakerBots and model airplanes. And this one includes a UAV! All the 3D models will be posted here

Added by Chris Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 5:53am — No Comments

My UAVforge submission

Tell me what you think.

Added by Jacob Eraklidis on September 23, 2011 at 1:58am — 13 Comments

ArduCopter 2 Tri and FPV.... Enjoying the hobby again!


I started in RC ages ago but i did not really get serious with the  hobby till about 15 years ago. I started out with traditional heli's and then moved to fixed wing aircraft as well. I became very proficient in both, flew IMAC and was a known regular at our field. I truly enjoyed the hobby and spent a great deal of time and money to support it as…


Added by Don Cramer on September 22, 2011 at 11:25pm — 4 Comments



Learning Based Model Predictive Control (LBMPC) identifies physical phenomena like the ground effect and uses this to refine the model of a quadrotor helicopter, which improves flight peformance while providing robustness and safety. This enables precise movements necessary for tasks such as catching a ball.





Added by Pieter van Woerkom on September 22, 2011 at 12:42pm — No Comments

My first Quad...

I have a nice big grin on my face...I maidened my first Quad based on ArduCopter2 today. It flew pretty well out of the box using default parameters...a little wobbly but nothing that I don't think I can tweak away when I get my kids to bed...and the rain stops... :)


I did equip my old tricopter (now dismantled and donated parts to the quad...) with AC2 and it flew very well also. I felt like AC2 was really nice and I decided to invest in a…


Added by Stefan Grufman on September 22, 2011 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Poor man's Laser radar

Poor man's Laser radar

like to build a better sensor from what is already commercially available.

 In reference to the sensors measuring distance and movement providing accuracy, redundancy when multiple sensors are in use for autonomous navigation in confined spaces & autonomous navigation when GPS lock is not possible. combination of any tow sensors working to gather to provide accurate 3d positioning.…


Added by OG on September 22, 2011 at 8:35am — 2 Comments

Canadian Student UAV competition announcement

This email is to announce Unmanned Systems Canada 2011-2012 Student UAV Competition.


 Initial details may be found on our web site at  Please review the details and register.


We are looking forward to another great event – so tell all your friends and join up now.







Added by Charles Vidal on September 22, 2011 at 6:22am — No Comments

Buttoning up 98" MQ-9 Build


Okay, it's been a learning process, but I'm pretty much done with the build of my Nitroplane Projet 98" Reaper.  I do not recommend this model for either pros or novices, just because it's not very well put together.  However, I would guess that for the money, it's probably a decent bargain, considering the fiberglass body and film covered wings mostly arrived intact.…


Added by Robert Niehay on September 21, 2011 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

Open Rover


Having seen how easily robotics projects are done with an iCreate, I have wanted to develop a similar platform for outdoor use. I was hoping that iRobot would release a cheaper less durable version of the Packbot or one of its smaller siblings but that doesn’t look like it will be happening any time soon.

My initial plans were to design the platform in the same vein as the Packbot with treads and flippers, if not flippers, a versatile tread…


Added by Seth King on September 21, 2011 at 8:27pm — 11 Comments

Eagle CAD Tutorial

Nice series of CadSoft Eagle tutorials from HackADay


I have yet to work with Eagle but am now motivated to do so on account of the aforementioned improvements…


Added by Shannon Morrisey on September 21, 2011 at 7:11pm — 1 Comment

Stage 1 of mold production for UAV fuse

started work on the fuse mold the other day and have been progressing through stages of filling and sanding to get the surfaces smooth before trying to layup the first vacuum bagged session.…


Added by Richard Unwin on September 21, 2011 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

SimpleOSD OPEN for DIY OSD Project


Hi Everyone,


Maybe you know, we are manufacturing SimpleOSD since tree years and i'm planning to converting it to opensource since one years. 

2 month before Dennis Frie contact with me for an opensource OSD hardware, because he was developing an opensource firmware over Arduino base. I replaced a SimpleOSD board with arduino boot and…


Added by Melih Karakelle on September 21, 2011 at 3:51am — 10 Comments

Testing the quad


Tired of cutting your fingers during the testing stage of your quad.


Then make some thin cardboard short propellers.Your fingers will thank…


Added by ionut on September 21, 2011 at 1:13am — 8 Comments

IMAV 2011

Here is an official video from IMAV 2011 (International Micro Air Vehicles Conference and Flight Competition). It seems to be very interesting there.

Added by Kirill on September 20, 2011 at 1:26pm — 5 Comments

How to burn a bootloader for APM2560 or APM1280 with a Pololu USB AVR Programmer

I have a Atmega1280 Board with the IMU. On uploading the firmware 2.0.41 from Arducopter I get an error in MP.

After this MP can´t get my AMP version. So I decided to test it with arduino 22 and I get this error:


avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00

I testet many times and read many threads.


After testing…


Added by druckgott on September 20, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Quadcopters landing on quadcopters

More coolness from the UPenn GRASP lab, via IEEE…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 20, 2011 at 10:34am — 10 Comments

The Airship Revolution is brewing. Starting with UAVs

Hello diydrones, my name is Wesley and I'm an airship designer. Most of my work is in manned thermal dirigibles, but I am also working on traditional gas lifted designes as well. There is another member here, Ahmed, who has inspired me to post my own blog on this sublject as he has developed a bungee…


Added by Wes Collins on September 20, 2011 at 9:30am — 12 Comments

Iranian Drone Competition

Some pretty big goals as this competition evolves, rather puts the OBC in its place and considering how difficult that is one wonders how well the competitors fare in this one.


This is this years task


Homa Sazan (University Level) Missions and Goals:

1-Level 1 (2010-2011)

In this competition, participants…


Added by Gary Mortimer on September 20, 2011 at 7:19am — 4 Comments

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