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My 1st Quad

I'm attempting my 1st quad build. I've been reading up on this for a very long time now and have finally jumped in. Cash is not always readily available, so I get my components small batches at time. Time is also quite an issue, so build small parts when and where I can.

Here is a parts…

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Added by Marcel Norman on February 28, 2013 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

What does a modular design do?

a modular design makes HeX adaptable from a quadcopter to a hexacopter even to a triple-rotor copter as the following picture shows

And also, we hope the modular design makes it friendlier to users because the complexity of putting a drone together is being brought down…

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Added by Hex Air Robot on February 28, 2013 at 2:24am — 5 Comments

PX4 Coming soon to us all

The PX4 is here and soon it will have a fully supported version of ArduCopter:

From what I have been able to glean, Chris and Company are now in the process of revising this controller for better use by our group including an enclosure.

I Do not know for sure if they are planning on modifying the…

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Added by Gary McCray on February 27, 2013 at 9:43pm — 150 Comments

Techpod Build Video 1

Here's the first in the series of build videos that I am going to be doing on the techpod. 
i'm gonna wait for the camera to charge then it's time to get building the wing!

Added by Nick Weber on February 27, 2013 at 3:03pm — No Comments


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VR Brain at the "Palais de la découverte"

Hi everybody,

The project "ArdUFO : un drone au service de tous" was selected during the December holidays for being presented at the "Palais de la découverte" at Paris, on February 9th 2013, as part of the "Olympiades de Physique France" contest.

The UAV was created thanks to Roberto Navoni and his…

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Added by Roberto Navoni on February 27, 2013 at 2:42pm — 1 Comment

Open-Source Cars

Something has been running through my head and I want to see what other people think. Am I the only one crazy enough to really want an open-source automobile? My background is in automotive, and I can see ardu-based (or something similar) hardware and software being easily integrated to cars. I just saw a Wired article on 3-D printing a car, and it got my brain spinning even more. Any…

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Added by Jacob Thomas on February 27, 2013 at 12:41pm — 22 Comments

APM, Robot Operating System (ROS) and the Kinect

Hi all - I just wanted to talk about a project I've been working on for school lately.  I am interfacing ROS with the APM and a Kinect Sensor (over MAVLink) to provide target tracking and attitude settings to the APM.  Here is a video of this working:

The wiki and all code for this project can be found here:  …

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Added by David Gitz on February 27, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments


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Probably the best GCS PC out there.

Starting at $999 for the Core i5-equipped, 64GB variant, the Razer Edge isn't cheap, but Razer doesn't seem to have skimped on quality. There's an Nvidia GPU inside it, beefing up the graphics, the base spec features 4GB of RAM (maxing out at 8GB on the Edge Pro), and though the screen resolution is only 1366 x…

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Added by Max Levine on February 27, 2013 at 2:47am — 12 Comments

AR Drone 2.0 teardown







For all the talk of the drone revolution, there remanes but 1 vehicle which…
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Added by Jack Crossfire on February 26, 2013 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

My vibes experience and conclusions

I prepared a Word document to insert or paste here, but I cannot figure out how to do it without losing images and formatting.  I will attempt to attach it as a Word file.  Wish me luck...…

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Added by emile 'butch' alline on February 26, 2013 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments


3D Robotics
Fantastic Maxbotics tutorial on using sonor sensors with multicopters

XL-MaxSonar-EZ use on a Multi-Copter

Thanks to Tom Bonar from Maxbotics for passing on this new post on how the best use their sonar sensors with mutlicopters. 

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2013 at 3:21pm — 12 Comments

MUGEN Mk II (the evolution of our first arducopter & the design of a robust landing gear!)

Hello,

 Our first version of the arducopter has evolved and "MUGEN Mk II" now has some quite robust (although heavy) landing gear!

 

I've set up some pages to share some details about both versions: here for the first version, and…

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Added by nicolas B on February 26, 2013 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments


3D Robotics
New Hampshire considering aerial photography ban

FromAGBeat (via Hacker News)

New Hampshire bill proposes aerial…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2013 at 12:17pm — 32 Comments

Dominator Goggle Video - Un-Boxing

A recent video I made showing the goggles.

 

Added by CaliDave on February 26, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Drones Come Home (National Geographic)

Unmanned aircraft have proved their prowess against al Qaeda. Now they’re poised to take off on the home front. Possible missions: patrolling borders, tracking perps, dusting crops. And maybe watching us all?…

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Added by Paul on February 26, 2013 at 9:14am — 1 Comment

linkall drone delivery

The Project linkall has been founded by Jiaqi Hu and Zebo Sun since Oct 2011. Linkall is considered to be the pioneer in the drones delivery system, which has been developed and researched by our team with all the curiosity and enthusiasm for such a new field.…

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Added by Jiaqi Hu on February 26, 2013 at 12:44am — 12 Comments

Techpod Unboxing Video

If you haven't already seen this thread, the Techpods have arrived! we got them all unloaded and we're going to start shipping them this weekend!

i did an unboxing video so you guys can see what comes in the box and i explain a bit of how the plane goes together. 

expect a build video…

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Added by Nick Weber on February 25, 2013 at 10:30pm — 10 Comments

Dolphins and Drones

This was a quick test at Dolphin Research Center  to see if a peduncle band if visible from the air using low cost equipment. The dolphins have been trained to wear the bands. The peduncle bands are used in case of a hurricanes to be able to identify the dolphins if they get washed out to sea in a storm. Because the dolphins do not have the skills needed to feed themselves…

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Added by Kevin Brown on February 25, 2013 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments


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Not Only Arducopter32 on VRBrain now is available also Taulab project full EKF autopilot .

Stefan a member of VirtualRobotix community from spain , doing a great job , one years ago send me first revision of openpilot revision of firmware for VRBrain. 

After some times of development yesterday , doing me a great news,  Stefan send me the VRBrain patch for TauLab project , a fork of…

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Added by Roberto Navoni on February 25, 2013 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

Ground control station in the form of a tattoo!

Now we just have to think in MavLink!

From …

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Added by Ron Perry on February 25, 2013 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

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