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DC Area Fly-In


The DC Area Drone User Group had a successful fly-in at Willowmere Park on Sunday, November 18. Both fixed wing and rotary wing drones were flown with mounted Go Pros. We always welcome new community members so check out…


Added by Timothy Reuter on November 19, 2012 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Roberto Navoni's VR Brain project now on IndieGoGo

Roberto Navoni's cool ARM CortexM4 board that runs the latest ArduCopter code is now on IndieGoGo. The first 50 will be available for $240. From the listing

The VR Brain autopilot is an all in one board the main hardware…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 19, 2012 at 3:19pm — 3 Comments

Activists’ drone shot out of the sky for fourth time

By  sUAS News

“As soon as I hit the go home mode, because the GPS and compasses were damaged, it went crazy,” Hindi said. “I flipped off the ‘come…


Added by Gary Mortimer on November 19, 2012 at 1:30pm — 84 Comments

Hexacopter Project


Hi guys, i want to share my Hexacopter Project.

I designed all the frame parts and cut them out of 2mm carbon fiber in a cnc machine, this is still a prototype, I need to fix a lot of mistakes in a second revision of the frame.



Added by Sérgio Domingos on November 19, 2012 at 8:30am — 16 Comments

Starting out on the long road to full autonomous flight

I have started in a cost effective way!

I present a used Turnigy Micro Quad, with an upturned plastic container with cutouts to fit over the KK2 board, receiver and HK wing cam HD (720p). It's squishy in there but it will do.

The whole lot is sprayed black, mainly to hide the 'used' look and the recycled plastic container from what they really are.

I did all this without ever flying it, because I didn't have my Spektrum DX6i yet. In the meantime I have…


Added by Aran Fitzgerald on November 19, 2012 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
New video of Makani wind-power UAV

Makani is one of the wind-power companies that have been working on using tethered UAVs as electricity-producing kites. They've had lots of challenges and it's still not clear whether utilities will embrace this model, but it is a very cool use of aerial robotic technology. 



Added by Chris Anderson on November 19, 2012 at 2:33am — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Lego Motorcycle/copter

From UAS Vision:

Believe it or not someone has actually attached a quadrotor to a Lego motorcycle kit…and it works !

Motor Layout : [ QuadroCopter X mode ] BT : [ Li-Po 2s 950mA ]


+ Turnigy Integrated PCB…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 19, 2012 at 12:01am — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Nice 3D render of a Droidworks hexa

Nice render! Looks like they 3D scanned the motor/props with 123D Catch. Check it out in full 3D glory at SketchFab …


Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2012 at 11:17pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Hexapods are getting cool (and a little scary)

Not much to do with drones, but for those broadly interested in robotics, this is very impressive. As Kottke says, it "goes from sexy robot to terrifyingly fast insect death machine in about 45 seconds."

Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2012 at 4:27pm — 16 Comments

No more tailless

After years of experiments...No more tailless design.

Added by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on November 18, 2012 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

3D Robotics
Controlling a quad with LeapMotion and LABView

From Hackaday:

A few folks over at National Instruments going under the name LabVIEW Hacker have gotten their hands on a Leap Motion dev kit. The Leap is an interesting little input device designed to track fingertips in 3D space, much like a…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2012 at 6:14am — 2 Comments

GoPro and Gimbal

For those of us that have never seen a GoPro camera before, it's hard to imagine just how small this powerful mini really is.

What camera could be smaller while still  providing 10 MP, 1080p video at 60 fps all while packing an amazing wide angle lens? Gopro answered that themselves with there new lineup. Coming from $299 for the Gopro2, and…


Added by Will Snodgrass on November 17, 2012 at 4:30pm — 25 Comments

New GoPro 3 on a hexakopter

GoPro Hero 3 on a Hexakopter from on Vimeo.


Added by Jeff Scholl on November 17, 2012 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones at 31,000 members

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 31,000!

There were just under 1.5 million page views this month, which is a new record (we get over 50,000 page views a day). It took us 33 days to get this latest 1,000 members--we're…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Comparison of magnetometers

Some time ago I made GPS module with MMC3120 magnetometer. I wanted to have possibility to place the module far away from magnetic and electromagnetic disturbances generated by the drive system in multicopters. Short after the magnetometer became not available. Now I made another, bit more optimised module with choice of mounting 3 magnetometers: MMC3140, MAG3110 and HMC5883. All it works on…


Added by Pitlab on November 17, 2012 at 2:00am — 9 Comments

The new Gluonpilot 2 has been launched...

Yesterday I received one of the first updated Gluonpilot 2's from Tom Pycke in Belgium,

The Gluonpilot is an open source project created by Tom and the new GP2 is a completely new hardware design but firmware will run on both new and old Gluonpilots.

I have been flying the…


Added by icebear on November 16, 2012 at 11:20am — 14 Comments

"Black Ops II" Multicopter Flight

After picking up my pre-order copy of Black Ops II earlier this week, I felt inspired to make a quick multicopter flight video with a Sci Fi flair.  Copter is my Xaircraft X650-V8 using GoPro for video.


Added by AKRCGUY on November 16, 2012 at 10:36am — 1 Comment

u-blox NEO-6P GPS chip

I was just notified by a supplier of gps modules in RSA that this product has become available locally(RSA). I'm not sure how long this has been out in the rest of the world, but the following statement had my attention : NEO-6P GPS module for Precise Point Positioning....OK, what is PPP, and how accurate is it exactly. The…


Added by Antonie Kruger on November 16, 2012 at 1:30am — 22 Comments

Testing quad copter with APM, Mission Planner and a Saitek Joystick

I've been flying the quad for a bit now trying. Decided to test the functionality of a X52 controlling the quad. Aside from the bad pot on a older x52 I'd say it works pretty well. I'm tempted to go out and buy a new x52 based off these results..


Added by Scott Fuller on November 16, 2012 at 12:00am — 13 Comments

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