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Xaircraft X650 V-8 Maiden Flight (Trial & Error...)

Quick video of my newest bird, an Xaircraft X-650 V-8 featuring all new flight controller and AHRS V.2.  I didn't realize I was in Acro mode in the beginning as seen in the video but figured it out eventually.  Must have been some English/Chinese translation issue or maybe just the fact that I didn't read the manual :)


Anyway, enjoy the…


Added by AKRCGUY on April 14, 2012 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Crashing the Nova, Racing the Raptor


Welcome Nick to the show!


This week we tried to compare the Nova's max speed to the Raptor, however a radio Tx/Rx failure occurred during the Nova's takeoff, causing a massive crash that nearly destroyed the Nova. Never use a 5 year old cheap Tx/Rx on your handmade custom airplane.


We then tried to get a max airspeed for the Raptor, however our airspeed sensor continually gave suspect readings. We decided to go back to the…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 14, 2012 at 3:27am — 4 Comments

RC Car with Arduino nano and a TB6612FNG

Hello guys,

this is my first post on this blog and I'd like to give some information about my new personal project. How you read on the title, the project is a RC CAR with Arduino nano that is controlled by TB6612FNG.

The final project will be a RC CAR controlled by Arduino nano and a few sensors, the big goal is to create a car that I…


Added by max246 on April 13, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
New 3DR boxes are in!

One of our priorities as 3D Robotics grows is to improve the customer experience in everything from product design and documentation to packaging. You'll see a bunch of new efforts in this direction over the next few months, ranging from a branding/design overhaul of the storefront to a new platform for our…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 13, 2012 at 11:36am — 24 Comments

3D Robotics
Compass calibration: How Apple does it (vs how we do it)

One of the APM features the dev teams have been working hardest on is improved compass calibration. Magnetometers are a tricky thing to get right because there are at least three kinds of variation: 1) each sensor is different, 2) the Earth's magnetic field varies around the planet (Declination), 3) The "hard iron" magnetic…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 13, 2012 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

UAVs and Wingsuit Basejumpers

Something a little different from the TBS Headquarters :) Hope you guys enjoy!

Added by trappy on April 13, 2012 at 10:00am — 23 Comments

Drone Journalism in a TV News Trade Journal

Although we’re several years away in terms of regulation and technology for making drones a feasible, low-cost platform for television news, the television news industry has started to talk about using drones to enhance coverage.

Myself, along with Matt Waite of Nebraska’s Drone Journalism lab, were recently…


Added by Matthew Schroyer on April 13, 2012 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Multi-rotor Copter quadCopter aluminium alloy airframe A550

Quadrocopter aluminium alloy airframe

Materials: Aluminum tube + Glass fiber

Size: <> 550mm diameter.

Net Weight: <> 380g

Flying Weight: <> 1000g

Propellers: 8-10”

Description: Small, lightweight but really sturdy Quadrocopter Airframe.

Motors, propellers, battery:

Quadrocopter Airframe is prepared for typical motors with <>19mm…


Added by SeAN on April 13, 2012 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

More dubious information being spread by the Scientific American

I can't believe just how wrong  John Villasenor can be, I guess he figured one of us would mention this here and it would drive his blog posts wild at Scientific…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 13, 2012 at 4:00am — 21 Comments

San Francisco's Crissy Field

FPV #9: Warming Hut Fly Around from LemaLife on Vimeo.

Just a little fly around.

Added by LemaLife on April 12, 2012 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments


Just received some of my parts for my Tricopter from HK. Found this link last night, and thinking of going this route.

The standard design by David seems cool, but I like the refined parts this one…


Added by FlyingAce on April 12, 2012 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

Wiki Ninja
Inspecting the light post

Nothing much to…


Added by Gent Armedo on April 12, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Open Hardware Access Point with Arduino inside

Do you know about the Internet Of Things?

Dragino MS12 is a wifi/linux enabled appliance for MCU projects. It uses the awesome OpenWrt.

The goal of the …


Added by Sandro Benigno on April 12, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

DJI Flamewheel F450 frame

Here is my newly built DJI Flamewheel F450 frame bought in

I was thinking to attach my APM2 on this quad or…


Added by Chivar Maximillan Pilones on April 11, 2012 at 11:30pm — 7 Comments

DIY Drones Take on Silicon Valley

DIY Drones Take on Silicon Valley

Amateur drone makers are sending their do-it-yourself creations up into the skies of Silicon Valley. WSJ's Andy Jordan reports from San…


Added by Jason Short on April 11, 2012 at 8:30pm — 15 Comments

UAV Courses

For sample UAV course content see


Added by Jerry LeMieux on April 11, 2012 at 3:00pm — 16 Comments

Hawaii state DOT admits mistake with unusable $75,000 drone aircraft

Anyone know whose drone this is? It must have a fancy camera for $75k.


The state Department of Transportation's Harbors…


Added by Mike M on April 11, 2012 at 2:30pm — 24 Comments

3D Robotics
Lego Mindstorms IMU available

I'm a big fan of Lego Mindstorms as an entry point for robotics and physical computing and even got my start in UAVs with it. 

Here's the most UAV-friendly sensor yet for Mindstorms ($85): 

The CruizCore® XG1300L is a digital fully self-contained MEMS…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2012 at 9:18am — 2 Comments

Gruesome APM2 Easter Accident

It took the King's Horses 2 hours to arrive (bad neighborhood) and then the King's Men took another 3 hours to remove him from the pins.  Mr. Egg is listed in Stable Condition at the St. Humpty Dumpty Hospital.…


Added by Chad Frazer on April 10, 2012 at 8:44pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Awesome Arduino compass library with hard iron autocalibration

Another great post from Hackaday. This is very similar to the technique we now use in ArduPlane/ArduCopter. 

We don’t have much personal experience with DOF hardware, but this Arduino library which …


Added by Chris Anderson on April 10, 2012 at 4:22pm — 2 Comments

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