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My first quad(8). H design.

After 6 months of watching the rest of you, I finally had a free weekend to begin the build of my own ArduCopter. I really was inspired by Markus's H-design of his eight engine quad copter.


When I checked the store, they only had four of the 2836's but after I ordered 30 more showed up instantly so I…


Added by Alex Lee on January 30, 2011 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

TRI Trial #1 - Successful enough for now

I couldn't get the software serial to work properly, so I am sharing the serial.

This does mean I have to remove the signal wire from pin 0 every time I want to download a new program, but it's doing what I need.

1) Reading the ArduIMU+V2's data stream

2) Sending to the PC for a bit of feedback

I'll be picking up a MEGA soon...

Today was the first trial of the TRI, purely to see if it could lift off, cancel yaw, and maybe stabilize the platform… Continue

Added by James Cann on January 30, 2011 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

ArmQuad Y6 small software improvements


in this test I check a new software management of coaxial propellers.

It seems that everything works well, no micro-oscillation





Added by Danilo Scarato on January 30, 2011 at 2:00am — 13 Comments

T3 Entry

My entry for the T3 contest, ending this weekend.



Added by Brian Wolfe on January 29, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

New discussion forum

I started a forum to keep some of my tangential discussions from taking up the space here.


FAA regulations - current and in process


Recreational autonomous systems

Recreational FPV…


Added by Duane Brocious on January 29, 2011 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Multipilot32 - Ardupilot32 Weekly Update #3 First Real Flight

After some months of development this is the first flight of ArduPilot32 platform.

Hardware :

  • Ardupilot32 pre alpha hw.
  • IMU Oilpan.
  • Low Cost (6$) standard PWM ESC.
  • PPM_SUM receiver.
  • Lipo 2200 3S
  • Propeller 10


For this flight I using Arducopter 32 NG firmware. This is my porting of original code to Arm 7 Cortex A3 platform. With this micro will be available more power , more…


Added by Roberto Navoni on January 29, 2011 at 7:47pm — 6 Comments

ArduCopter factory updates


When we started to make DIY Drones ArduCopter frames and parts we could not foresee the surprisingly strong market demand that existed for this product and the very positive response of the DIY community.  Almost from the beginning, we have had a difficult time keeping up with the ever-larger orders…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on January 29, 2011 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

Are Uthere?

Seen this in one of the latest R/C mags...

Claims to have flight modes to aid R/C beginners...

Fly by wire, Loiter, Autonomous Landing, Panic Mode

Doesn't appear to be open source..seems to have some familiar components though,

Pictures and Article:…


Added by Michael Zaffuto on January 29, 2011 at 3:54pm — 4 Comments

HK GCS now with Heartbeats and Link Lost Warnings/Alarms

You can now define how much time passes before a warning or alarm is shown on the GCS by clicking File, Settings and selecting the Alarm and Warning Timeout on the General Tab. There is also an associated speech event for both warning and alarm as well. You can use {alarm} and {warning} as replacements in the speech string.

For example:

DANGER! DANGER! Telemetry link has been lost for more than {alarm} seconds

{alarm} is replaced with the… Continue

Added by Paul Mather on January 28, 2011 at 2:30pm — 32 Comments

3D Robotics
New solar UAV from BYU

A Brigham Young student team is working on their second solar-powered UAV. The first one, shown here, didn't have enough power to climb, but now they have better solar cells.


Here are the detail:




Added by Chris Anderson on January 28, 2011 at 12:43pm — 4 Comments

Reduced Yaw Drift / Fast Gyro Sampling with the UDB / MatrixPilot

Reduced Yaw Drift / Fast Gyro Sampling with the UDB / MatrixPilot from Pete Hollands .

[Note: Apologies for the low sound volume in this video. Please turn your volume up.]

This is a demonstration of the reduced Yaw Drift which is possible when sampling the gyros at 30,000 times / second (Thanks to William Premerlani for this R&D and code).  Using QGroundControl and…


Added by Pete Hollands on January 28, 2011 at 8:07am — 23 Comments

Melbourne UAV meet

Hey All, with the outback challenge preparations for 2011 about to heat up, the upcoming Australian air show ( ) might provide us a great opportunity to meet up for some pizza/hot-dogs and a catch up.

If anyone’s interested we’ll organise a time and place, hopefully sometime during the week of the air show (1st – 6th march), whether it’s inside the grounds or just at a local…


Added by Matt on January 27, 2011 at 10:16pm — 13 Comments

Melbourne Firefighters deploy Quad

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade showed off its newest firefighter today (27 Jan) with a display by a hi-tech, remotely controlled aerial camera platform capable of hovering above fires, detecting hotspots and sending real-time vision back to a central contr

In a year that marks the centenary of the professional firefighter in Victoria, CyberQuad sets the…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 27, 2011 at 9:45pm — 11 Comments

  Back in 1979, there was Newton... the land drone and faithful companion!  Invented by Steve Hodges, a serial entrepeneur here in Boise, Idaho (where I live).  Steve just recently sold M2M, an irrig…


Back in 1979, there was Newton... the land drone and faithful companion!  Invented by Steve Hodges, a serial entrepeneur here in Boise, Idaho (where I live).  Steve just recently sold…


Added by Lew Payne on January 27, 2011 at 9:06am — 6 Comments

Katana APM-UAV


Added by The Old Flyer on January 26, 2011 at 8:13pm — 21 Comments

Arducopter Flight data needed

I have been working on an improved altitude estimator for a while here but have been having issues with implementation.


The theory works fine but as seen above in the FFT of the accelerometer data,…


Added by Ryan Beall on January 26, 2011 at 6:02pm — 36 Comments

3D Robotics
Open source I2C ESC project and MikroKopter controler clone

A bunch of groups (including us) are working on open source I2C ESCs, which will be cheaper, better and easier to integrate into quadcopters than commercial ESCs. Here's one such project.


This guy is also working on…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 26, 2011 at 4:50pm — 11 Comments

New to ROBOTICS excellent place to learn the basics


 Here are some links for newbies, 


myself still a newbie i found these extremely beneficial,



Added by mahmood on January 26, 2011 at 11:41am — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Quadcopter with Kinect doing altitude hold and obstacle avoidance

More from the Berkeley team we wrote about earlier, now with better documentation. From I Heart Robotics: "Patrick Bouffard from the Hybrid Systems Lab…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 26, 2011 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

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