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Australia leads the way again

If you are planning a commercial UAS operation down under new proposed guidelines are on the table for simple RPAS flight.

Away from built up areas, within VLOS below 400' and outside of CAS. Much the sort of thing that might come into place in the USA eventually. 

Its the first qualification in the civil sector that I know of that is so well defined. Fifteen units to pass.…


Added by Gary Mortimer on March 20, 2012 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

MinimOSD Setup Video

Hi Everyone. Above is an intro video to the minimosd. It still needs a tiny bit of tailoring but I figured I would send it out to the community for review. A video series like this could be beneficial for our community to grow in the future. Open to adding on a distributor logo for some help supporting my own hobby/builds.

Of course the video…


Added by Grips on March 19, 2012 at 12:52pm — 63 Comments

Er9x transmitter now with MavLink

The er9x transmitter now will display MavLink data on the LCD.

Gerard Valade a DIYdrones member wrote the software and myself who was the principal debugger.

Works at 19200 and 38400 baud. Still have a problem with 57600 baud. Some kind of timing issue yet.

Here is a pic of the arduplane 2.30 MavLink display on the er9x.

There is an Xbee inside the er9x to…


Added by Earl on March 19, 2012 at 9:30am — 46 Comments

Update from DM. Thanks to all the beta testers. New mosaic only mode and other features!

Mosaic Only Mode! Unknown flight platform and controller. :) No geo reference. Thanks Hazelden.

Hey everyone,

It has been a crazy week! Thanks so much for all the help testing and great data. Ironed out a lot of bugs and added some new…


Added by JP on March 19, 2012 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

Yet another Frsky Android project (IOIO inside ;) )


here is the last project I'm working on. I'm trying to build myself my own RC transmitter with my android phone (geeksphone zero) as configurator.

I first try to get a working ppm out of my custom IOIO board, but it was not working very well :…


Added by Roman on March 19, 2012 at 1:47am — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
The future of TED talks (with quadcopter robocameras), as imagined by director Ridley Scott,

I like the quadcopter robot cameras in this vision of a TED talk in 2023, by Prometheus director Ridley…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 17, 2012 at 7:54pm — 16 Comments

ArduCopter 3DR Flight 2 a success!

Man I love this thing!  Super rock steady and fun to fly.  I moved the GoPro to an underside mount facing forward so not to get the props in the shot.



Added by AKRCGUY on March 17, 2012 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Power Distribution Board

The soldering of PDB was not very difficult thanks to the detailed manual. However, I feel that soldering the Female Dean’s Receptacle first might be convenient as the narrow gauge wires won't came in the path of soldering gun. Though this is not a big issue.…


Added by Sandesh Dhagle on March 17, 2012 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Building the Raptor


This week I got a great start on building the Raptor - a 48 inch wingspan flying wing. I learned an enormous amount of information:


1.) 3M 90 Spray foam Melts XPS Foam...

2.) Loctite Foam Board Adhesive Is a great foam, give it plenty of time (24 hours+) to dry/cure

3.) When cutting out flying wings with a hot wire cutter, both sides of the wing (if using a two template method) need to communicate very well

4.) A 12v car…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on March 17, 2012 at 4:54am — 12 Comments

3D Robotics
For the GeekDads among us, a new community site

Some of you may know the history of this site, which began with a project I did back in 2007 with my kids to try to get a Lego Mindstorms robotics kit to fly a plane (it worked). That was part of a series of science/tech projects…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 16, 2012 at 6:12pm — 1 Comment

PL2Q Hugin, 3D printable quadcopter

I have released the second version of my 3D printable quadcopter the PL2Q Hugin, the first one was the PL1Q Vampire. There is a lot of improvements on this new version, also more focused at FPV and areal video.. 

You can download it from here:…


Added by Peter L on March 16, 2012 at 10:38am — 8 Comments

Above Steamboat Springs, CO

Steamboat Springs with the Cinestar from on Vimeo.




Added by Jeff Scholl on March 16, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

DiyDrones and Chris Anderson on CNN

Added by DougB on March 16, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

World record trial: The biggest amount of simultaneously flying drones...

Hi Everybody!

we're members of the Ars Electronica Futurelab  in Linz / Austria, trying to create a fantastic drone-event September 1st this year.

It's happening during the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, with about…


Added by Horst Hörtner on March 16, 2012 at 2:00am — 5 Comments

UAS Build, Airframe HK FPV 168

Well I just recieved my FPV 168 from The only damage I was able to spot from shipping was the tip of a horizontal stab. Here are my plans for the build.

I want to have a pan and tilt camera hanging on the underside of the fuselage. I bought the pan and tilt system from ServoCity. I got 2 continues rotation servos. My second payload will be a 12 mega pixel still camera to take pictures of the ground for mapping. 

The telemetry is using a 2.4 GHz…


Added by UAS_Pilot on March 15, 2012 at 6:30pm — 18 Comments

Introducing HDwing 4 - my motor-glider for high altitude balloon (HAB) launch

Some who have followed my blog posts will know that I have been working on my HDwing design series for a return-to-launch glider concept using ArduPilot Mega.  Everything I have revealed so far has been based on relatively conventional flying wing ideas. Till now...

This forward-swept flying wing concept was inspired by the work of Justin Ammon (EdgeRC / birdofprey) that I spotted on…


Added by Andrew Rabbitt on March 15, 2012 at 5:00pm — 21 Comments

Made in England - This Quad flies well using default PID settings.

Greetings fellow modelers,

I thought I might share some of my experiences with a home built quad frame (X) and an APM2 brain.

Early in December 2011 I was shopping at Cool Components thinking of goodies for xmas and…


Added by Carl on March 15, 2012 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Arducopter kit unpacking

My First shipment arrived. However my Ardupilot Mega 2.0 Board is still in pre-order and seems it will take some time to arrive. With I am taking a vacation starting April seems the full time work will start only…

Added by Sandesh Dhagle on March 14, 2012 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Interesting drone article, featuring Jordi!

.... While waiting for his green card, the 21-year-old was marooned in his apartment, unable to work, attend school or obtain a driver’s license.

On the other hand, he had an Internet connection. A Nintendo Wii. A radio-controlled toy helicopter his mother had given him to help kill…


Added by Mark Harrison on March 14, 2012 at 4:30pm — 12 Comments

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