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LA Times: Drones are taking to the skies in the U.S.

Federal authorities step up efforts to license surveillance aircraft for law enforcement and other uses, amid growing privacy concerns.

Article at:…


Added by Dave G on February 16, 2013 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Vibration Control Wiki Section Started for Better or Worse

I Have inserted the starting pass at a much needed section on Vibration Control in the ArduCopter Wiki and would very much like feedback for corrections or additions from you all.

This is  the close coupled mount that I use on my little F330 Flamewheel.

To achieve…


Added by Gary McCray on February 16, 2013 at 12:30pm — 118 Comments

3D Robotics
Semi-autonomous flying toy from AirHogs

There have been infrared-guided toy helis before, but they've never worked very well. Perhaps this new one from AirHogs, with a cage to protect the prop, will work better.

From Gizmag:

There are plenty of…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 16, 2013 at 9:40am — 2 Comments

HackEDA is the Future of Circuit Design

Another cool plug-and-play EDA tool with circuit template library for EagleCAD - thanks to open XML (aforementioned)

From HackEDA via …


Added by Shannon Morrisey on February 16, 2013 at 8:04am — 1 Comment

NYT: Rise of Drones in U.S. Drives Efforts to Limit Use by Police

Excirpt from NYT:  They can record video images and produce heat maps. They can be used to track fleeing criminals, stranded hikers — or just as easily, political protesters. And for strapped police departments, they are more affordable than helicopters.

Read article at:…


Added by Dave G on February 16, 2013 at 2:28am — 1 Comment

Amazing presentation on what is coming with controls theory

Raffaello D'Andrea at Zurich Minds:


Added by OlivierD. on February 15, 2013 at 7:00pm — 22 Comments

Building New Frame From PVC Pipe

I just started a new project in  building a new quad frame for under $10. I started with 2" black PVC pipe and .75" white PVC. Cut all the parts to 18" and the legs at 5.5". I could use some suggestions on how to mount the motors. I have a old x525 with the aluminum motor mounts. I have run wire though the arms and will start to put the APM  and power board in.



Added by firerescue41 on February 15, 2013 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

Build Your Own Drone Event in DC Area on March 16

Are you in the DC area and interested in building your own drone? Due to popular demand, the DC Area Drone User Group is bringing back the guided build event at…


Added by Timothy Reuter on February 15, 2013 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Ars Technica: "Here’s the drone the county sheriff wants to fly over your backyard"

OAKLAND, CA—The Alameda County Sheriff's Department made its first public pitch on Thursday to the county’s Board of Supervisors (PDF)…


Added by Dave G on February 15, 2013 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

Thank APM&MWC for helping me built a monster(actual is a flying car ^_^)

I made a strange frame, it's not pretty looks, but it really can fly.

It isn't very stable now. I will keep tuning.

My idea is simple, just need one engine take the air into box, then go out from three gas outlet. Three servo control flow rate to make different force. And need a tail blade to control yaw. It's very like…


Added by wnqwang on February 15, 2013 at 8:30am — 11 Comments

FAA Requests Public Comments on UAS Privacy Concerns

Starting on February 14, the FAA opened a 60 day window to receive public comments on the privacy concerns associated with the civilian use of UAS in the United States. It is a given that those against flying drones here will be very vocal in their opposition to UAS (see the recent hysteria regarding the LAPD's alleged use of a UAS to track cop killer Chris Dorner), so those in favor of domestic UAS use need to make their voices heard. Go to… Continue

Added by Ted Dumbauld on February 15, 2013 at 3:17am — 3 Comments

Processing power for Drones!

Ok - so the critical sub systems for keeping balance, headings etc, are probably best served by a RISC type processor like the ARM and ATMega processors. But on top of that, you could put something that allows an easy access to image processing, communication, logging etc.. In the…


Added by Jesper Andersen on February 15, 2013 at 1:30am — 7 Comments

Looking for a technical partner in a multiple drone installation project

Project bureau Park Strijp Beheer in Eindhoven, The Netherlands is looking for a technical partner to support them with a multiple drone project. The installation is part of an innovative public lighting plan being implemented this year in a Living Lab development in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The drones must be robust enough to fly outdoors; they should support re-programmable and dynamic formation flying and carry rgbLED lights. The drones are required to provide two-way…


Added by Pieter Hermans on February 14, 2013 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

My First Quadcopter - Build Update

A few changes in build plans but still on track. Build parts starting to arrive slowly but surely. A few delivery mishaps that have delayed the build and resulted in going with an Xbee pro S1 rather than the 3DR telemtry. To be honest I flip flopped, decided on Xbee, then 3DR and due to a…


Added by Erman Ozen on February 14, 2013 at 3:53pm — 7 Comments

Want to Fly UAV - Come to Oklahoma

 Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced a strategic plan for the state's unmanned aerial vehicle industry - A Strategic Plan for the Development of an Unmanned Aerial Systems Enterprise in the State of Oklahoma

From their home page - "USA-OK is a state…


Added by Mark Grennan on February 14, 2013 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Students Kickstart A Do-Gooder Drone

When you see this quadcopter drone flying at you, don't run or shoot it down -- it's coming to help. A lot of drones serve as spies, assassins, or toys. But if all goes well, rescue workers and emergency response crews could soon deploy the Incredible HLQ (pronounced "hulk") drone that actually helps humanity by…


Added by Dave G on February 14, 2013 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Introducing the Honey Badger!

It's now been five months of development, seven prototype revisions, 10 prototypes in all, and at long last, the Badger is ready for prime time!  Pre-order is up now!


Here's the Promo video made with 2nd prototype, a new Promo will be shot with the production frame, as soon as the weather cooperates, lol.



Added by Flying Monkey on February 14, 2013 at 12:38pm — 16 Comments

Nemo Drone Challenge gains support from the drone community

The deadline for the Nemo Drone Prize, which aimed to prove the humanitarian and disaster-relief capabilities of drones, and especially low-cost DIY Drones, passed without submissions. But I'm hardly considering this a failure.

An update on the Nemo Drone Prize,…


Added by Matthew Schroyer on February 14, 2013 at 10:15am — 9 Comments

Are Flouride Batteries the Future?

I came across this interesting article and video today. This is the first time I have ever heard of 'Fluoride' batteries. 



Added by Jethro Hazelhurst on February 14, 2013 at 9:59am — 8 Comments

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