This team of 17 years olds designed this RC blimp from scratch, and learned a lesson in weight control and using optimal components, since this seems to be based on heavy Vex parts. Next up: autonomy. If they want a Blimpduino, we'd be happy to send them… Continue
is a long long long drive from the east bay on 25mph roads. Then on weekdays you're greeted with permit parking only, anywhere within 1/2 mile of the lake bed. Fortunately, U can park in the golf course parking & walk 1/2 a mile to get in.
It has scattered tall weeds, making landings tricky.
It's a very large area with spectacular views from 400ft,… Continue
SOme time back (within the last two or three months) I recall seeing a ground station setup where a guy was using a graphical LCD module similar to the one proposed for the NEW ArduStation Mega, and he had a very cool interface, even had an artificial horizon on the screen - DOES ANYONE ELSE REMEMBER SEEING THIS?? Wa it here or on some other forum??
I am looking to make an electronic steering system for my magnet steered free flight model aircraft. GPS is not allowed by the rules. A gyro compass seems to be the answer, but I have not found any at a reasonable price. A gyro updated by an electronic compass to correct drift would also work I think. The aircraft dynamics are too much for a tilt compensated magnetometer.
Can anyone give any advice on an autonomous landing setup. What should I use to sense change in altitude and do you think it could possibly work to land on water. Do you think laser or ultrasonic will work over water?
In Bill's recent pod cast he talked about how the imudevboard experienced a random nose dive or extreme over estimation in the pitch (theta) axis. His theory was that the noise due to engine/aircraft vibration was causing the gyros to give inaccurate readings. He said that he put the imu in foam and the problem went away. I don't know how repeatable his experience was or how many test vehicles this "technique" was run on, but I find it no… Continue
I just wanted to say hello to everyone on this great website and I can't wait to get started on my project!
I'm out in Orlando, FL and me and a few guys are looking at pricing components for our system. I want to work with the UAVDevBoard b/c I'm familiar w/ programming PICs. Any suggestions for data recorder boards that work well with it?
Is it really possible to control an aircraft just from a single microcontroller? Don't autopilots need inertial navigation, guidance,… Continue
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This Saturday I had 15 mph winds gusting to 25 mph.. Still landed without issue. Wind is coming from the top of the image towards the bottom. You can see the aircraft try to land down the runway (right to left) but fighting the wind made the path a bit weird. But impressive given that the wind was something I wouldn't have flown in myself. Here's the plot:
I have to say that windy flights are far more impressive. I had a nice crowd watching the airplane land in the crazy winds. One… Continue
Tonight we'll be recording a podcast with guest Bill Premerlani of the UAVDevBoard fame. But I'll be in a car so we're not using Skype. That means we can't livecast it on UStream or take question in the chat board this time. We will be recording, however, so you'll be able to download the podcast on Mon. We should be back to our normal livecast next week.