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Quickie Flaperons

Here is a quick test of the two-switch flaperon setup I whipped up for the EPP FPV from HK.

Added by Eric Tweet on May 22, 2012 at 6:24pm — No Comments

New Align APS ( Auto Pilot System )

Align Helicopter APS system features:

1.Semi-autonomous take off / Landing (Activate system, semi-autonomous takeoff into position and altitude hold, hovers in attitude hold with strong holding ability to prevent drifting, suitable for hover and flight…


Added by Ramon L on May 22, 2012 at 10:08am — 15 Comments

A Break from the Quad - Fixed-Wing FPV!

In the spirit of finally getting around to things, I got the HobbyKing EPP FPV plane in the air, FPV style!

The video is of my 3rd FPV flight, so pardon the less-than-ideal flying skills. I've done a handfull of flights non-FPV, but quite frankly I'm rubbish at flying that way. I suppose that's to be expected since this is the first RC plane I've ever flown,…


Added by Eric Tweet on May 22, 2012 at 4:01am — 9 Comments

Falcon 9 / Dragon Launch at 3:45AM EST (UPDATE: Success!)

UPDATE: They did it!!

For those of you awake right now, Spacex's Falcon 9 rocket with Dragon capsule will be launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida in less than an hour. If successful, this mission will see the first private spacecraft docking…


Added by Jeff Taylor on May 22, 2012 at 12:00am — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
Pictures from 3D Robotics at Maker Faire

We had a great time at Maker Faire, which was absolutely packed (100,000+ people). Above is a panorama shot of the 3D Robotics talk on Quadcopter UAVs, which was standing room only! (Thanks to Alan Sanchez and Sam Kelly for the ArduCopter flying and panorama photo taking).



Added by Chris Anderson on May 21, 2012 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Above Napa Valley

It really takes very little to become hooked on all this UAV stuff... Of course the learning curve for a complete and utter noob such as myself has been immense, but the payoff has been equally so. Being able to send my stock 3DR soaring above a sun-baked vineyard and have it return with a treasure trove of images including one like this, make all the time, frustration and money completely worth it!

Thanks to all of the developers, testers and enthusiasts…


Added by Jason Tinacci on May 21, 2012 at 2:30pm — 25 Comments

live broadcast from cinestar 8

so, we did it :)

it is not first time in history of humanity, but it can easily be first time in estonia. as every other genius ;) thing, it's pretty simple:

- take a multicopter (such as cinestar from freefly)

- take an hd-camera (such as panasonic gh2 or sony hdr cx350)

- take an hd-video encoder (such as teradek cube)



Added by Jaan Kronberg on May 21, 2012 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Leap is Kinect with 200* resolution? SLAM!

Get yer Dev Kit while its hot.

What technology does leapmotion use (is it imaging? a theramin?)

I'm not sure, but they promise uber-kinect like performance ; ie minority report handwaving;

but ultimately, if it creates a depth map at that size, shape, and cost…


Added by bGatti on May 21, 2012 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
Sparkfun AVC course preview

Sparkfun writes:

Our Autonomous Vehicle Competition is less than a month away now (June 16, 2012 at SparkFun Headquarters). It's shaping up to be an awesome day! We've created…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 21, 2012 at 11:40am — 2 Comments

Lipo battery calculator


A LiPo battery consists of multipe cells. These cells deliver approx. 3.7 Volts. A 4S LiPo would therefore supply 14.8V.

Apart from the cells, a discharge rate is defined by the letter 'C'. Most batteries cases say something like "25C to 40C" discharge rate.…


Added by Norman Sanchez on May 21, 2012 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Brushless motors, esc, Batteries, tx rx.


Motors come in two variants: Brushed motors, which have small brushes that switch the power through the coils, and brushless motors, which need an external controller to do the switching for them.

Brushless motors are usually more efficient, can handle higher speeds and torques, can handle huge amounts of power, and are longer…


Added by Norman Sanchez on May 21, 2012 at 7:30am — 10 Comments

Wiki Ninja
Ballistic Parachute Test. 60% Fail > 100% Fail


At Maker Faire, Chris said auto-land is a hard problem. While I don't have much to contribute to that yet, I did want to try deploying a ballistic parachute mid-air to bring a plane down. A few others have 
shared successful parachute systems before.




Added by Jeff Vyduna on May 20, 2012 at 6:00pm — 22 Comments

Alfred Riopel

[ In tribute to Alfred Riopel's passing, the Moderators will hold new blog approvals for today, so as to keep this blog on top.  Please feel free to leave a note of condolence, to remember one of our members. And do feel free to post new blogs, which will be approved tomorrow.]

We have just been informed that one of our members …


Added by Robert Sinclair on May 20, 2012 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

Higher and Faster

More good weather to test the FPV on my quad. I'm quite happy with the GoPro as both the recording and FPV camera. I just need to invest in a better mount with added roll stabilization. Also, as always the copter needs tuning. It has spontaneous wobbles that I need to figure out. I always dread the tuning process since some things seem to have no effect until they…


Added by Eric Tweet on May 19, 2012 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Final "Non-APM" testing of the Shrike

In preparation to adding an APM & FPV gear we tested the Shrike after some minor adjustments to CG and trim, and conducted weight testing by adding 130g of dead weight, and then 250g of dead weight (which represents our APM2, FPV gear, and an extra battery). 

It took the weight no problem, and our adjustments allowed the plane to fly perfectly without assistance.

Whats next? PUTTING ON THE APM!!! We can't…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on May 19, 2012 at 3:42am — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Join the 3D Robotics/DIY Drones team at Maker Faire this weekend!

Once again, the 3D Robotics team is going to have a big DIY Drones area at Maker Faire in San Mateo this weekend (picture from last year shown--we've got brand new banners this year ;-)). Come meet the team and Arduino leader Massimo Banzi (speaking at 3:00 on…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 18, 2012 at 10:30pm — 11 Comments

1st spinning camera footage


Added by Jack Crossfire on May 18, 2012 at 2:46pm — 3 Comments

FPV Blessing in Rio


I don't usually post my FPV videos here, but I think this one is special and worth sharing.


I think I've been dreaming about flying around Cristo Redentor since I started FPV. Based on the comments I got, I was not the only one... But I began to plan it seriously when I moved back to Rio a few months ago.

The plan and…


Added by LFLoTiTo on May 18, 2012 at 8:47am — 18 Comments

UAV FAQs for Canada

I put together an overview of what we found when looking into the legalities of UAV use in Canada.  Our hope is that as a community we can have a rough outline for each of the countries that the members are from.

Notes: I'm not a professional I've just collated what I found.  Please let me know of any mistakes or changes.

Q: Are UAVs legal in the Canada?

A: Unmanned Aerial vehicles are permitted to fly in…


Added by Robert Sinclair on May 17, 2012 at 9:00pm — 58 Comments

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