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Announcing jD-Simplex frames and new prices

jDrones: jD-Simplex frame series are available now

Another line of ArduCopter frames from jDrones is now available.Frames uses many of the parts that are already widely used on current ArduCopter frames. 

All frames are fully foldable for easy transportation.…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on October 15, 2012 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

First DC Area Drone User Group Fly-In

The DC Area Drone User Group had a very successful first fly-in yesterday with 8 members attending and a variety of fixed and rotary wing drones. For many of us who have been learning to build and fly mostly from this blog and message boards it was great to have an opportunity to trade tips and experiences in…


Added by Timothy Reuter on October 15, 2012 at 8:05am — 4 Comments

What's going on about HeX recently

we're working on two basic systems: flight control and autopilot

As to the system of flight control, we adopted the software from an open source project called MultiWii ( We made our IMU by  soldering  an accelerometer and a gyro, both of which can be cheaply available by tearing apart a Wii remote…


Added by Hex Air Robot on October 15, 2012 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

Arduino mode switch for Arduplane / arducopter



Added by Alexey Kozin on October 15, 2012 at 1:37am — 21 Comments

MatrixPIlot Sonar Landing with the Logo Flight Plan Language


 Hi Folks, I've been working on sonar for a few weeks and I made 6 landings yesterday as shown in the Video above.

The detailed specification of the Maxbotix MB1230 is here.

The processing of the Sonar information to do…


Added by Pete Hollands on October 14, 2012 at 10:26pm — 7 Comments

East Bay Maker Faire Report

As Chris mentioned a few posts previously, we went to the East Bay Mini Maker Faire.  I really enjoyed myself and wrote up a trip report here.…


Added by Mark Harrison on October 14, 2012 at 5:41pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones hits the big THREE O! (30,000 members)

Congratulations to OJørgen, who was the 30,000th member of DIY Drones! This is a big milestone for us, so I wanted to celebrate with a prize for the lucky user, a $100 gift certificate at the DIY Drones store.…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 14, 2012 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Let's talk about Inertial Dead Reckoning!

I've been thinking a lot lately about how cool it would be to implement inertial dead reckoning on ArduCopter for a gps-free loiter mode of sorts. I just wanted to get some discussion going from people who have studied this or have tried implementing it, as I know it is difficult.

To begin with, this is a good…


Added by Jamie Ahmed on October 14, 2012 at 8:30am — 28 Comments

FRSKY's CPPM at 27mSec - Firmware update with FT_Prog and FTDI cable

Introducing the Issue and the solution:

We've talked about FRSky's CPPM signal on this other post that compares it with a standard PPM signal. The issue…


Added by Sandro Benigno on October 14, 2012 at 1:00am — 82 Comments

ArduCAM OSD v2.0 - Update your MinimOSD!


Good news!

The beauty of this community is on the collaboration. This new firmware proves it.

I have the pleasure of announcing that "ArduCAM OSD" and "MinimOSD-Extra" teams are now working together to make…


Added by Sandro Benigno on October 13, 2012 at 10:00am — 93 Comments

3D Robotics
Join me and Mark Harrison for a drone demo at East Bay Maker Faire tomorrow

If you're in the Bay Area and looking for a great place to take the kids this week, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a delight. For the second year in a row, we're going to be doing a drones presentation at 11:00am, and Mark Harrison will be doing ArduCopter demos at the front grass area of the school afterwards. Details …


Added by Chris Anderson on October 13, 2012 at 8:37am — 8 Comments

Nodecopter.js and Parrot AR Drone

NodeCopter.js was a full day event where 60 developers got together into 20 teams of 3.

Each team received one Parrot AR Drone 2.0 and spend the day programming (JavaScript) and…


Added by CrashingDutchman on October 13, 2012 at 7:33am — No Comments

APM2.5 on Tricopter


Short video of my Tricopter with APM2.5 setup for FPV.


Added by Ed Kirk on October 12, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

3D Printed Quad Update

I finally had a bit of time to work on my quad project.  I think Im nearly finished with the top and bottom plate and I'm printing out the GoPro tilt mount as I type this.  The project is coming along and I'm excited to put it in the air soon.  Here are some Sketchup pics of my mockup file and the test…


Added by Mike Bristol on October 11, 2012 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

Navigation Lights with digital RGB LEDs together with an APM 2.5

Hello All, 

First I will say, Great job guys (developers).

And now....

I like to show our setup with AdaFruit digital Navigation RGB-Led's:…


Added by Marten on October 11, 2012 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

New Kickstarter - A Tilt-Controlled, Palm-sized Quad with IR gaming

After years of development, I can finally announce the project I've been working on... the NanoQ Copter and Mimix Controller.  It's a tilt-controlled, palm-sized, quad with multi-team aerial gaming.  We've just launched it on Kickstarter, so checkout the video of it flying at!

Now for some specs...

NanoQ Copter Specs

  • Size - 5.25" from motor…

Added by John Condon on October 11, 2012 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Outback Challenge Featured on ABC's 7:30 report

I believe Channel 10 were putting together the "Official Documentary" of the OBC. This report briefly features the OBC at Kingaroy, Quads, FPV, and the usual reckless-hobbyist/privacy/laws-behind-technology rhetoric.

Added by PeteD on October 11, 2012 at 6:15am — 4 Comments

Teensy 3.0

Just a heads-up that Teensy my favorite small form factor Arduino compatible board, just got a solid upgrade with the…


Added by John Arne Birkeland on October 11, 2012 at 2:17am — 15 Comments

3D Robotics
Great piece on the (murky) laws regarding drones and privacy

The brilliant Alexis Madrigal at the Atlantic has a great and historically fascinating piece on the fuzzy legal question regarding drones and privacy. Short form: the laws are…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 11, 2012 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

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