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3D Robotics
Detroit from the air, from its best to its worst

Imagery from a multiwii quadcopter. Described by Forbes:

Someone going by the name Tretch5000 has posted a truly haunting FPV (First Person Video) portrait of Detroit that mixes the lush…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 17, 2012 at 11:46am — 5 Comments

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$100 smartphone controlled drone coming?

A new company called Rotary Robotics is planning a $100 drone, controlled by a smartphone, for aerial photography. They're planning to launch something in the $250-$300 range, with the price falling later. They call  it "Drones for Peace"…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 17, 2012 at 11:43am — 3 Comments

Final ArduCopter Body Design

I finally finished the body for the ArduCopter. You can check my previous posts for the details but here are the pictures. 

balsawood frame…


Added by Skyview Creative1 on July 17, 2012 at 9:12am — 7 Comments

IMAV 2012 Review

Maybe somebody heard about IMAV - International Micro Air Vehicle Conference and Flight Competition. This year it was held in Braunschweig, Germany, 3-6 July. I was there and presented a paper about my project - SmartAP. Also our team took part in flight competition. Here is a short summary of the trip.

In general, teams…


Added by Kirill on July 17, 2012 at 3:25am — 7 Comments

Screen Capture of Developing Code for the APM Webinar #1, July 16, 2012

In case you weren't able to catch the webinar, here's a screen capture of the session.

I thought the webinar was great -- there were a few technical glitches, but the material was nicely organized and the participating developers did a great job of stepping through the code.  I enjoyed it and learned a lot. 

I thought I was capturing the session in super hi res mode, but apparently I suck at screen capture and the…


Added by Mark Harrison on July 16, 2012 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

New Shipments of FPV Raptors in @ Cheap Drones

FPV Raptors shipment has come in & for a limited time, Cheap Drones is selling them for only $99 dollars! Sale ends quick, so hurry.…


Added by Christian - on July 16, 2012 at 9:20pm — 23 Comments

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Ridiculous bug-bot propulsion method of the day

 From IEEE Spectrum:

The reason to go with little tiny rockets for microrobots (as opposed to a more conventional propulsion system…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2012 at 8:29pm — 3 Comments

Colorado FPV Holiday

This is an awesome compilation of my best FPV flights from the first half of the summer since I moved home to Colorado after graduating from law school in Virginia. Lots of low-level proximity action and beautiful scenery from the Colorado low lands south of Denver. Highlights include Daniels Park, Mount Herman in Monument, Castlewood Canyon, and the new…


Added by Patrick McKay on July 16, 2012 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

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This is why we didn't have DIY Drones in the 1970s. (Mechanical gyro teardown)

Just look at the complexity (and size/weight) of this mechanical gyro! Now that functionality (times nine--three gyros, three accelerometers, three magnetometers) is performed by a $15 chip smaller than your fingernail. 

Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2012 at 5:37pm — 13 Comments

3D Robotics
Using ArduPilot for rocket telemetry

From Hackaday:

When we posted our call for rocketry hacks and builds, we expected to see a few altitude sensors and maybe a GPS module or two. Apparently, we forgot similar hardware is very…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2012 at 5:29pm — No Comments

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Turning a PS2 controller into a RC transmitter

From Hackaday:

After [Pyrofer] built a quadcopter, he purchased a cheap 6-channel transmitter made in China. Unfortunately, that transmitter was terrible so he took an old PS2…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2012 at 5:27pm — 8 Comments

Mapping with E382 and DroneMapper

I just wanted to share a mapping mission I ran last week with the E382 from Event 38 (my company) and processed with

The reason…


Added by Jeff Taylor on July 16, 2012 at 12:50pm — 47 Comments

Shock Absorber

Due to my poor Flying skills, I had to search for a way to reduce the damage due to hard landing. This is what I come up with and it works well. However at times it is too bouncy.

I also face a problem with the …


Added by Sandesh Dhagle on July 16, 2012 at 12:03pm — 3 Comments

Developing code for the APM - Webinar (TODAY)

Free Webinar: Developing code for the APM

On Monday July 16th 2012, at 5pm Pacific Time,I will be hosting a 90min webinar on Developing for the…


Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on July 16, 2012 at 8:56am — 55 Comments

Relaxing FPV round in the gentle evening breeze

Everyone needs some time to relax ...
I hope this helps you as good as me ;-)

Added by kitegruppe on July 16, 2012 at 3:11am — 2 Comments

Throwing more feeds & speeds at a problem


So sonar was officially back again for another swing at a home run, with a lot more clockcycles.



Added by Jack Crossfire on July 15, 2012 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

Dangerous situation - RC catches fire while testing APM 2.0. Suggestions?


Had a pretty traumatic experience today while I was trying to get an APM 2.0 working on an RTF "trainer," when I turned off the transmitter and the ESC burst into flames. I was hoping the community might be able to point me in the direction of a solution.

I was ground-testing an electric RC (a Hobbico…


Added by Matthew Schroyer on July 15, 2012 at 2:00pm — 28 Comments

Quad Copter Mountain Sufing

Since we've got our own quad platform mountain we're slowly starting to progress further into mountains. The neat thing about quads: You can really "interact" with people. Great fun :)

Added by trappy on July 15, 2012 at 8:32am — 8 Comments

RTF FPV Spy Hawk

Expected early august at …


Added by Kris Nackaerts on July 15, 2012 at 5:46am — 9 Comments

Running an autopilot on Android

Here's a fun little project I've been working on for ~6 months now.  It started when I looked at my phone and thought this has everything needed for an autopilot - 3-axis gyros, accelerometers, magnetometers, GPS, fast CPU, plus a nice big touch screen and more wireless modems than you can point a…


Added by johnm545 on July 15, 2012 at 4:22am — 22 Comments

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