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Spin tests

Made a program that spun Marcy 1 in a variety of throttle & cyclic settings, to measure the effect of cyclic on period. …


Added by Jack Crossfire on December 26, 2011 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

Santa's check flight

Funny and horrible at the same time...

Poor Rudolph :(

Merry Christmas

Added by Don Brooks on December 25, 2011 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

Anti whaling activists using UAV to track whaling fleet

Just found this in the news:

The Sea Shepherd ship, Steve Irwin, deployed a drone to successfully locate and photograph the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru on December 24th.…


Added by MarcS on December 25, 2011 at 6:59am — 26 Comments

new ArduPlane feature - geo-fencing

The dev team is delighted to give a Christmas present to ArduPlane users in the form of a new geo-fencing feature!

Geo-fencing allows you to define a GPS fence around your flying area, plus a minimum and maximum altitude. Within the fence you can fly ArduPlane normally in any mode…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on December 24, 2011 at 5:02pm — 22 Comments

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Happy Holidays from the DIY Drones Dev Team!

Enjoy your toys, spend time with your families and get ready for a rocking New Year!

(Graphics from the always awesome Max Levine, who's the closest team member…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 24, 2011 at 1:47pm — 8 Comments

Santa's Sleigh Wake nearly takes down sUAV

My friends Raven was nearly taken out by Santa!

Added by Brian on December 24, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Merry Christmas one and all

Some people will already be in it, some about to start and I guess for a few its ages.

Either way I hope you have been good and Santa brings what you were after.

Be safe everybody and have a great time with your friends…


Added by Gary Mortimer on December 24, 2011 at 9:55am — 6 Comments

Nova Flight Testing

This week I did some general flight testing of the Nova to confirm it’s CG location and to determine it’s…

Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on December 24, 2011 at 5:09am — 1 Comment

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Remzibi OSD now in stock at the DIY Drones store

Hi everybody! I'm very happy to announce that the Remzibi OSD DIY Drones variant is now in stock in the DIY Drones store!

Our version is fully compatible with the original…


Added by Sam Kelly on December 23, 2011 at 3:19pm — 46 Comments

RCAPA needs you!

If you are planning on flying commercially in the USA, ie take photos for money from your platforms. You really ought to be a member of RCAPA and follow their very simple guidelines.

Of course right now you cannot turn a dime selling aerial photos but that might change soon.

I would suggest that all…


Added by Gary Mortimer on December 23, 2011 at 12:46am — 8 Comments

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Don't let these be you!

Photographer Searching For Lost Camera UAV In Oregon

Aircraft Lost During Documentary Production

A photographer working on a documentary focusing on Willamette Falls in Oregon has lost a UAV he was using to shoot aerial photos earlier this month, and some residents are taking s dim view of his search for the aircraft.…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 22, 2011 at 3:40pm — 12 Comments

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How Santa trains for his annual flight

Added by Chris Anderson on December 21, 2011 at 11:34am — No Comments

Scale cockpit FPV P-51

A tip for anyone out there that thinks about building their own cockpit; secure it with more than just magnets.

The full build log can be found on …


Added by David Windestål on December 21, 2011 at 2:25am — 10 Comments

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Want to work for 3D Robotics? We're hiring a Director of Software Engineering

We're looking to hire a full-time Director of Software Engineering at 3D Robotics (the company that makes APM and the other products in the DIY Drones store) in San Diego. They should have the following skills:

  • Experience with embedded…

Added by Chris Anderson on December 20, 2011 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Releasing the Shackles Part 2 - Ground Testing

You may have seen my earlier post "Releasing the Shackles - How far do you want to go"about doing long range APM telemetry over cellular links. For the last 4 weeks I have been testing and have finally cracked the nut. Read on for details..

Amplified Engineering in Australia produce…


Added by Toby Mills on December 20, 2011 at 6:16pm — 32 Comments

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APM: the Universal Autopilot

I just had to a share a bit of pride that I got checking out the latest release (1.1.11) of the Mission Planner. Look at all those vehicles APM now supports!!! To say nothing of all the hardware-in-the-loop simulations at the bottom left of that screen. And …


Added by Chris Anderson on December 20, 2011 at 4:30pm — 53 Comments

My QuaXCopter Project.

Hi Everyone.

I've been working on my Quadrotor project for one year. My last attempt was not good enough to fly. The control board worked well, but... i had problem with the frame. The frame was not enough rigid to absorb the mechanical vibrations coming from the motors. So, the IMU reported inaccurate data. Knowing all these errors, i flew my Quadcopter just some centimeters above ground without success. 

Some months later, I decided to give the project…


Added by Juan Gomez on December 20, 2011 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

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"Merit Badges" for DIY Drones!

Our friends at Adafruit have been whipping up the best patches to show off your DIY accomplishments. Now their one for DIY Droners is available!

You built an educational mini UAV! Adafruit offers a fun and exciting…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 20, 2011 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Vickers Wellington UAV


Vickers Wellington as UAV

Bi-motor airplane serving as test platform for FLEXIPILOT.

Used for testing single-engine failures and tuning.

Elevator, differential ailerons, no rudder.

Endurance 50min with one battery.

Cruise speed 50km/h.

Shown loiters at low altitude since at typical cruise altitude of 200m it…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on December 20, 2011 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

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