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3D Robotics
Nanocopter coming along nicely!

John Morgan's nanocopter, which he's doing for this university research project, is coming along nicely! MPU-6050 sensors, MultiWII…

Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2012 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Terrain Following using FLEXIPILOT - milestone flight report

2012-04-23 at 19PM GMT+1, FLEXIPILOT (my own closed-source development) with special Terrain Follower firmware, controlling EasyUAV, has made its first long duration loiter at 1.5-3m AGL above sloped terrain. Loiter diameter was around 110m.

10m Flight took place in steady weather, while…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on April 29, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Strain Relieving Case for 3DR ground module

Prompted by Andreas M. Antonopoulos' comment regarding the possibility of breaking off the USB connector, I made a strain relieving case that also makes it easy to conveniently mount the module on the back of my laptop.

Details here:…


Added by Mark Harrison on April 29, 2012 at 12:28am — 7 Comments

Camera woes

After a lot of fussing, finally got an 802.11 association.…

Added by Jack Crossfire on April 28, 2012 at 10:55pm — 1 Comment

Lesson learned: Always remove the propellers when testing!

Stupidly I left the props on while preparing a demo of one of my kk quads. The board malfunctioned while disarmed, props shattered and sliced most of the pad of my pinky finger right off. It took a trip to the hospital and 13 stitches to get it back on.  

Finger 4 stitches in (Not for the faint of heart)…


Added by mquintilian on April 28, 2012 at 6:00pm — 29 Comments

iFLY Map

We all saw the map generated with COA sites in the USA last week, thought it might be fun to have a map of our own.


There were only 60 or so sites that the FAA…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 28, 2012 at 4:00pm — 10 Comments

Geo-Fencing for ArduCopter - Keep your copter "fenced in"

ArduCopter now has experimental geo-fencing support, thanks to Andrew Tridgell's superb geo-fencing code for ArduPlane.…


Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on April 28, 2012 at 3:12pm — 24 Comments

A new APM Destined Airplane: The Shrike

On this week's episode of MyGeekShow we announce and begin building the Shrike, a Nova & Raptor hybrid. It's function will be to carry the AP and FPV equipment we'll install and test over the next few months. And yes, that includes the APM!

Next week…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 28, 2012 at 3:32am — 12 Comments

Turnigy Integrated PCB Micro-Quad (KIT) and BlueSky RC Micro Quad V2 APM 1 Param File

I have posted this up on various posts but thought I would add it here for reference. I have found the same basic param file works on these two Micro Quads and should give you a decent starting point.

Both quads use-

APM 1-

1811 2900KV

5 X 3 Propellers

For APM 2 further PID…


Added by Robert Rhoden on April 27, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Adorable PCB microcopter project on Instructables

From the Instructable:

Main Features:

  • X mode flying
  • MPU-6000 gyro & accelerometer sensor for flight stabilization
  • USB battery recharging on the transmitter, the copter…

Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2012 at 1:36pm — 4 Comments

A 350mg, Omnidirectional 6DOF Optical IMU/Optical Flow Sensor

  The ArduEye prototype (left) and the finished sensor (right)



In a previous post, I demonstrated that the ArduEye platform could be used to prototype a…


Added by Travis Young on April 27, 2012 at 12:02pm — 5 Comments

MyGeekShow now on Wednesdays too! Flying two airplanes at once?


On this week's episode of MyGeekShow we flew the Raptor and Nova, at the same time! The Nova flew great and has totally restored our faith in the "traditional" airframe setup. The Raptor flew good as well, however the prop fell off and got lost in the tall grass somewhere. How do you prevent that from happening?


Tell us what you think of the new…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 26, 2012 at 6:15am — 4 Comments

I Have A Dream: See flying my Drone on Antarctica

Summer 2011,

  I Have A Dream:  See flying my Drone from it Antarctica.

  Dream of the meeting of timeless nature and technology.

  I designed for that a Drone, equipped with a APM1 (Thank you DIYDrones).


March 2012,

  I was on the Antarctica…


Added by wilfrid.babilas on April 25, 2012 at 11:49pm — 10 Comments

Drop zone toys (manipulating servos via APM)

So, over the Easter weekend I had some time in the lab and threw together a crude repeating egg dropper for the quad. Of course, keeping me in line and the cops at bay, the other half talked me out of my nefarious plan to deliver raw, yolked goodies from above and instead had me whip up a tennis ball dropper to entertain the dog.

I've seen a lot of questions about manipulating servos with APM to either click the shutter on a camera or squeeze an airsoft trigger, so here's my…


Added by John Church on April 25, 2012 at 9:14pm — No Comments

DroneMapper Aerial Imagery and UAV Mapping 'Best Practice' Guidelines

How to get good results on your mapping mission with any backend processing service!
  • Imagery should have at least 60% overlap and should have at least 20% orthogonal overlap.
  • Imagery must be shot in sequence. See examples…

Added by JP on April 25, 2012 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

DM Update: Geolocation with GPS/IMU Data and 3D STL Model Viewer w/ WebGL

Here is an example flight from a Pteryx UAV with 181 Images at 10 Mega Pixel. The flight elevation was around 275m average. The GSD (Ground Sample Distance) is around 13cm. We…


Added by JP on April 25, 2012 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

jDrones News: jD-X1 foldable basic frame

jDrones X1 basic frame, foldable

As one of our factories is manufacturing X525 type frames, we were able to make custom made frames for all our ArduCopter users. On this frame you can fit all earlier jDrones ArduCopter parts and extra accessories and…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on April 25, 2012 at 4:30am — 7 Comments

Tracking antenna

Hi guys!

In the last few months I have been working to develop an advanced tracking antenna for my new CGS. Unfortunately I haven't got no more time to finish this project, so I decided to release it Free to the community....

Basic Mechanics feature:

•    24dBi High gain dish antenna

•    9° Horizontal –vertical  beam

•    360° Endless pan - 180° Tilt

•    0,006° Pan Resolution ( microstep mode)

•    0,05° Tilt Resolution (microstep…


Added by naish88 on April 24, 2012 at 9:30pm — 28 Comments

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