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New Horizons in Autonomous Vehicles


Added by Mark Harrison on December 17, 2012 at 11:57pm — 6 Comments

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Autonomous Blackhawk

This is something NASA has been working on for years (I saw the Blackhawk hovering autonomously at NASA Ames in 2008), but it's good to see it actually out in the field.

From Singularity Hub:

The autonomous…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 17, 2012 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

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Incredible flapping 3D-printed weirdness takes to the skies over Japan

From Shapeways:

We do not always know exactly what everyone is 3D printing with Shapeways,…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 17, 2012 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Drones used in 60 Minutes episode!

Here some backstage details of last episode of "60 minutes", a popular tv show focused on the most relevant news around the world. This episode focuses on the biggest ship accident of modern era, the Costa Concordia sinking.

Starting from 1:40 of the embedded video you can see the italian made drone "Scrabble" which filmed aerial footage for CBS!…


Added by Mago on December 17, 2012 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Optimizing Wing Aerofoil for UAV long range flight

Around 10 days ago I started a debate on wing Aerofoil choices to improve flight range rather than endurance. A number of folk joined in with ideas and suggestions, and the choice was eventually made - The Selig S7075 at 9% thickness.

Many Aerofoils were simulated and the S7075 choice seemed a good one,  so I proceeded to make a prototype set of wings to begin some trials.

The 'original' wing is a Clark Z Aerofoil, 316mm Chord and 1.8meter span. Fitted to our…


Added by Gisela & Joe Noci on December 17, 2012 at 12:30pm — 86 Comments

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Brazil Motorcycle Meeting 2012 with an APM Hexa used in the flying shots!


I have/had many flight controls, Hoverfly Pro, MK, YS-X6, NAZA, Autoquad and APM. I test these a lot, on small quads and big octos, and I have to say that arducopter is getting better and better and I'm all for open source plataforms like Autoquad and Ardupilot. The speed of these…


Added by Antonius Kasbergen on December 17, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

A dock specifically designed for GoPro used on HeX or any other drone

We designed a dock and made a prototype by carving out all the components from glass-fabric board and putting them together.

the concept is like this

the prototype is showed as below…


Added by Hex Air Robot on December 17, 2012 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

Spectrum DX8 2 Switches 1 TX channel 6 Flight Modes

Spectrum DX8 

2 Switches   1 TX channel

6 Flight Modes

You don’t need to sacrifice 1 RX channel to mix 6 Flight Modes out of two switches.

Just mix Aux2 to itself in…


Added by Manfred Dickgiesser on December 16, 2012 at 8:30pm — 50 Comments

GoPro Hero 3 Cameras for Planes and Copters, Mounts, Setups, Experiences and the Good and the Bad.

The GoPro Hero 3 is the newest series of the popular GoPro hero Camera which has already gained wide popularity for use in RC planes, helicopters and multicopters.

It is an amazing little camera with incredible video and photo capabilities and the WiFi up and down link and remote provide an excellent…


Added by Gary McCray on December 16, 2012 at 8:15pm — 60 Comments

Flying in the Rain...

Sean Headrick of brought over the latest revision of his thin-shell Hugo quad.  He claimed it was fine to fly in the rain, which was convenient because it was raining like crazy!  I took some photos and videos of this interesting unit.  He gave me a body, which I'll assemble…


Added by Mark Harrison on December 16, 2012 at 7:37pm — 8 Comments

Flying With New GoPro 3 & Wifi Turned On.....

Received my new GoPro 3 Black editions on Friday and spent most of the weekend playing with all the settings and learning the new menus.  The iPhone App is awesome.  You basically can change and view all the available settings of your camera through your iPhone or iPad without touching the camera.


Unfortunately in my rush to get outside for a few…


Added by AKRCGUY on December 16, 2012 at 7:30pm — 9 Comments

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DIY Drones at 32,000 members

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 32,000!

There were well over 1.5 million page views this month, which is a new record (we get over 50,000 page views a day). It took us just 29 days to get this latest 1,000…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2012 at 1:57pm — 2 Comments

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Anyone tried the "Arkbird" OSD autopilot?

New product at Hobbyking, which looks like a stripped-down autopilot (just four waypoints, and no GCS) for $159. Fixed-wing only. Does anyone have any experience with…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2012 at 1:34pm — 10 Comments

New video - Caesarea Aqueduct

Hi DIYDrones!

New video from my multiwii equipped hexacopter:

I have used Virtualdub with deshaker v3.0 on it, works a treat!

Added by Jonathan Arad on December 16, 2012 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Chasing RIB boats

Chasing RIB boats with my FPV quadcopter.

I was sitting in the yellow boat. Pretty scary, flying over waves while holding the transmitter.

Some specs:

NTM 1200kv 250w

5000mah 3s lipo

Turnigy Plush 18 amp ESC


9x4.7 slow fly props

GoPro HD hero

1.2Ghz 600mw video transmitter

Dragon link for…


Added by Diederik Geurtsen on December 16, 2012 at 9:06am — 3 Comments

Areal sweep / Grid flying

I have tested strongly APM2.0 2.8.1 with my hexa.

On the left is the plan. On the right the realization.

Attached is the flight video:

Couple of "circles" around few waypoints + one bigger loss of direction. Looking forward on ways how to make it even more…


Added by heikki.tukiainen on December 16, 2012 at 7:52am — 5 Comments

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Skyjib6 Drone over Murici Deposit a big enviromental project, and inside a mine at 180mtrs deep


This week we used one of our Drones (this time skyjib6 since its smaller than our cinestar8) to film a mining company  here in Brazil, This company is the fourth largest zinc producer in the world. One of the things they wanted us to film was the Murici Deposit. In the 60s a lot of rejected material (after zinc processing) was placed…


Added by Antonius Kasbergen on December 15, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

A good resource for learning arduino on a budget...

I have posted the second video in the series as the first is REALLY basic stuff! 

The great thing is that they have a virtual Arduino uno which you can experiment with to start understanding the code.


The virtual Arduino uno application can be downloaded from…


Added by Jethro Hazelhurst on December 15, 2012 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

F-117 (BUG) DIY GLIDER WING Project Part 3

BUG=(Butterfly Unmanned Glider)

Please Leave Comments and Suggestions for other DIY Modifications

This is part 3 of my DIY Modification Project to my F-117 I hope you enjoy!

Blog Part 2:…


Added by Joshua Johnson on December 14, 2012 at 2:09pm — No Comments

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Blind fish inspires new underwater autonomous vehicle sensor

From Gizmag:

Ever wonder how fish can find their way around so easily in murky water? Well, most of them use something called their lateral line – a row of hair cells down either side of their body that detect…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 13, 2012 at 11:24pm — 1 Comment

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