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Testing platform for multicopters

I've been developing a hexacopter with a new code, using the Arducopter libreries.

As a testing work bench, I've been using a platform like the pictures above. …


Added by Alberto Lpz on August 20, 2012 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Skylark Dianmu OSD with RTH

This looks rather nice, the Dianmu system only has RTL (return to launch) whereas the Standard system has that plus waypoint ability. (…


Added by Graham Dyer on August 20, 2012 at 9:52am — No Comments

Ever seen 20.000 people waving at a quad?


Hold your fire! it did not fly over them. ;-)


This weekend we had the XVI International half marathon of Rio with a beautifull day, gorgeous location and 20.000 runners. As I am not into running, I thought it would be a great opportunity to experiment the potential of covering a big event from the privileged birds eye view of a multicopter…


Added by LFLoTiTo on August 20, 2012 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Centeye optical flow copters on TechCrunch!

Our friend Geoff Barrows, who has been working with us on his great optical flow boards, just got covered by TechCrunch! UPDATE:…

Added by Chris Anderson on August 19, 2012 at 7:00am — 14 Comments

Building a Ground Station Power Management System

We started having problems keeping all the wires we were using for our ground station organized and safe, so we designed and built a power management module using car accessory electronics and other home and model parts. It took over three weeks to go through the process, but we're hoping it will reduce the chances of damage and speed up the set up time when we fly each…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on August 19, 2012 at 5:33am — 6 Comments

Quadcopter Park Flight with video...

I took the quad out the a nearby park for a more extensive flight.

All went very well, got 10+ minutes of great video.  The quad was carrying a 5000mAh battery and my Contour video camera.  I still am having difficulty identifying the orientation of the quad when it's quite a ways off, you can tell in the video where I am trying to establish which way…


Added by Mike Thorlin on August 18, 2012 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

MultiWii 2.1 HEXA with GIMBAL

Hi all,

Here is a video i've made with MultiWii 2.1 and my Hexa (Flyduspider) to demonstrate how works Gimbal command.

I have the minimum conf with Arduino Pro Mini and a PPM Sum card to save two output need for Gimbal command, and one for Cam Trigger.

In the code you can chose between 50 Hz 160 Hz and 300 Hz for the servo command, in the video…


Added by patrice.rance on August 18, 2012 at 2:14pm — 5 Comments

Building my first quad UAV

Just thought I'd write a post describing my first quad build.

Parts list:

  • Hobbywing (or clone?) X-450 glass fiber frame (205 g), x-configuration
  • APM 2.5 with U-BLOX GPS
  • Electron 6 channel 35 MHz receiver (Hitec Optic 6 transmitter)
  • Hobbywing Quattro 4x20A switching ESC (no power…

Added by Eirik Mikkelsen on August 18, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Copter video: Alvor in Portugal

Hi all,


Don't know a place to go this summer? Try Alvor in Portugal :) ....


enjoy the video!

Added by Filipe Feijão on August 17, 2012 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Finally: replace just the bent shaft, not the entire motor

If you're like me and crash a lot (I'm a terrible pilot), bent motor shafts are a weekly curse. There's no good way to straighten them, so I have to replace the entire motor. That's expensive, and requires a lot of soldering of wires and remounting motors. So good news: now you can just replace the bent part, leaving…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 16, 2012 at 9:30pm — 12 Comments

Autonomous fixed-wing drone threads the needle in a parking garage

MIT’s Robust Robotics Group is showing off the work they’ve done with a 2M wingspan drone, culminating in a death-defying flight through a parking garage.

The drone is self-contained. It does depend on starting out with a map of its environment, using this in conjunction with a laser rangefinder and inertial sensors to plot its route and adjust as…


Added by CrashingDutchman on August 16, 2012 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors at MIT

Just awesome state estimation, using particle filter and kalman filter. To bad the laser scanner is $5000

Added by geir on August 16, 2012 at 12:22pm — 2 Comments

Montreal Mini Maker Faire countdown

Hi folks, the first Montreal Mini Maker Faire is almost here!

Check out the maker section, lots of interesting things will be there on top of the Canada Drones boot.  

I have confirmation form…


Added by Dany Thivierge on August 16, 2012 at 10:49am — 21 Comments

How much wind can Arducopter handle? A test...

I've been wanting to check wind handling capability with my old quadcopter which I use for testing purposes. The problem is that it's been very calm for wind speeds here for the past month.  But today was a great opportunity.  I checked the weather this morning it said 16mph with gusts up to 24mph.  So I grabbed the quad, radio and anemometer and headed out to a…


Added by Vishal on August 16, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Open-source ESC - is there a potential community?

Greetings - I have been following this site for some time and I believe that it is time for me to stick my toe in the water.  I am an electrical engineer in my day job and I design the commercial, industrial, and military equivalent of ESC's for various applications.  I have designed the schematics, pbc's, and written the…


Added by Jason on August 15, 2012 at 4:30pm — 62 Comments

FY-901 Multi-Rotor Flight Stabilization Controller with self-leveling

A search for this product revealed that it has not been discussed before on diydrones.  The FY-901 is an inertial stabilization controller for your multi-rotor aircraft developed by FeiyuTech.…


Added by CrashingDutchman on August 15, 2012 at 12:12pm — 7 Comments

Autonomous flight mission with the ArduPlaneNG v2.x R5 and AIOP IMU board on Maxi Swift flying wing

Here a video of an autonomous flight with a Maxi Swift flying wing fully piloted by the firmware ArduPlaneNG v2.x R5 with an All In One Pro (AIOP) full IMU board.This is a porting of the ArduPlane v2 (v2.4+v2.5) firmware and special addons and improvements for the AIOP board that I have added.

The wind was 15 km/h gusting 22 km/h. The flight…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on August 15, 2012 at 9:37am — 142 Comments

Melbourne UAV is out of the Outback Challenge

Hi Guys,

Added by Scott James on August 15, 2012 at 5:30am — 15 Comments

MAking Headway with a Gasser Traditional helicopter Arducopter (APM1) Camera Ship.

The test hop was short due to having spit balled the throttle and pitch curves to come out with a head speed of ~1300rpm and a motor speed of ~1-,500rpm

The vibration…


Added by Ben Carson on August 14, 2012 at 5:00pm — 20 Comments

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