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3D Robotics
New: Configuration file repository for ArduCopter and APM

One of the cool features of the Mission Planner is that you can load and save configuration files. So you can not only have different files for…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2011 at 7:27pm — 36 Comments

Detect airplane/UAV using Passive Radar technology

This video and the PDF present a simple way to build a passive radar system (using low cost hardware and free software) to determine the velocity and position of an aircraft . So far not small enough to be mounted on an UAV but maybe one day.


The video (51 min) is the presentation of  Eric Blossom at the 22th Chaos Communication Congress



Added by Bertrand Duchiron on June 26, 2011 at 5:45pm — 8 Comments

Arducopter code mods

I built my own quad from scratch using an alu frame and decided to control it using the ardupilot mega that I have lying around. I loaded the arducopter NG2 code on this and took it for a couple of flights, noting its behavior and how it felt like controlling it. My intentions are to make this a platform that is really easy to control from first person video too, as…


Added by Gerard Toonstra on June 26, 2011 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Having a ball with my AP and my new airframe...

These are pics of our team learning to fly FPV, playing with ardupilot....…


Added by diego colonnello on June 25, 2011 at 10:44pm — 14 Comments

Crashing and What to Learn From It



I've been working hard to try and figure out this center of gravity deal. After enduring half a dozen crashes I finally got it right: I threw the airplane, the thrust was perfect, it was going just fine until... I pulled up and it went down. Thats right, my control surface orientation for my elevator was reversed. By the time I realized what had happened it was too late, and the MTP made its…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on June 25, 2011 at 4:35am — 22 Comments

Garage PID tuning

  Awww yes finally time to do some PID tuning.  After my last field test it was clear I needed to replace my motors with better quality ones and do some more PID tuning.  After making a few mods to the airframe for added support and installing the new Jdrones Purple 2830 /12, 850kv motors with 10x4.7 props it was time to start testing again.  In the first part of…


Added by Russell B. Sutton on June 25, 2011 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

Mikrokopter with a POint of Interest transmitter, cool video!

MikroKopter - FollowMe on the Wakeboard from Holger Buss on Vimeo.


Really cool way to use a POV on top of a helmet, and a hexa Mikrokopter to get all the action!  Jason, if you are reading this, the arducopter code needs to…


Added by CyborgCNC on June 24, 2011 at 10:58am — 18 Comments

3D Robotics
First impressions on the Bixler: Best Easystar clone ever!

I just got the new Hobbyking Bixler, their newest EasyStar clone, and I'm very impressed. I haven't flown it yet, but based on the design I think it's the best Easystar clone out there yet. (And I've tested them…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2011 at 10:00pm — 20 Comments

3D Robotics
Long article in Smithsonian magazine about civilian UAVs

"Drones are Ready for Takeoff" from the June issue of Smithsonian. Many of the usual suspects and a good bit of journalistic naivete, but worth reading. It focuses on…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2011 at 3:35pm — 5 Comments Torque Stabilized, Vertical Lifting System - US Patent Pending

Call for Papers

2010International Powered Lift Conference:

A New Decade in V/STOL

FlightTorque Stabilized Vertical Lifting System (TSVLS)

Abstract – by Charles Medlock 

Classically trained engineers have been left with the impression it is…


Added by charles medlock on June 23, 2011 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

The quest for indoor flying areas


 Managed to get extremely tight XY position hold, with manual collective, no wind, & no attitude sensing.  There is a settling period,…


Added by Jack Crossfire on June 22, 2011 at 6:51pm — 1 Comment

IR DSM from Pteryx UAV - but what for?

Hi all,

we have shuffled together a few IR photos, extracted 3D model with PhotoSynth, meshed, textured, projected and other stupid things.


Now could somebody tell me if it serves any purpose because I got creativity crisis.…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on June 22, 2011 at 1:18pm — 33 Comments

D-Dalus - an entirely new genre of aircraft.

I find these kind of radical designs really exciting. I found it on Gizmag

Their website is here D-Dalus

The spinning "fan-wing" idea isn't new, but I…


Added by Michael on June 22, 2011 at 11:20am — 6 Comments

Twin motor Mentor flight with APM 2.2.0.

Hi everybody,

Here is the flight of my modified Mentor equipped with APM 2.2.0 build 3036.

The Mentor has been modified with two motors on the wings for a total power of 500 Watts,in order to make room for the camera on the nose and for equipments in the fuselage.

Lipo battery 3 cells…


Added by marco on June 22, 2011 at 10:32am — 2 Comments

EOLE - unmanned aerial launch platform

This is a scaled model for Eole, a french project under CNES on developing an unmanned aerial platform for launching rockets. This scaled model (1/2.2) is evaluating the flight dynamics and by next year rocket launches will take place in a…


Added by IKE on June 22, 2011 at 8:35am — 5 Comments

"Hyperspectral" GoPro HD

GIF of my close with filter options

As you all know I've been bashing away to create code for cameras whether that be tracking a GPS point or stabilising the camera platform or just clicking the camera button. The code is currently adolescent in nature,…


Added by Ritchie on June 22, 2011 at 6:00am — 18 Comments

3D Robotics
Look at the size of this quad!

It's the latest Electric Tethered Observation Platform from Israel Aerospace Industries, photographed at the Paris Air Show, according to…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 21, 2011 at 8:39pm — 13 Comments

STA3X Autopilot Visual Programming


The STA3X kernel is the programmable control system unit that operates with the downloaded control circuit. The control circuit is compounded of base units. The Control System Configuration (CSC) sets base units connections and their parameters.

STA3X can store (at permanent memory) till 16 different…


Added by Pan zhigang on June 21, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

HK GCS 1.3.0 released - With new instruments from Max Levine

A special thanks to Max Levine for his fantastic work on the new instruments. The instruments and 3D model can be set to a "smooth" setting for those of you with processor to spare. This setting can be changed in the File, Settings, Instruments tab. For the best performance, do not select smooth for the instruments and don't select the 3D model instrument. Plus the turn coordinator is…


Added by Paul Mather on June 21, 2011 at 1:00pm — 56 Comments

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