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3D Robotics
Just one month to go before the Sparkfun AVC (and the DIY Drones multicopter rodeo!)

The Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition is on June 16th, just a month away! Once again the DIY Drones teams will be well represented, with at least 15 people from the APM team alone coming and competing. There will be the usual barbecue at Doug…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 15, 2012 at 2:22pm — 15 Comments

DroneMapper Aerial Mapping Service Update

Hello everyone:

I don't know where to begin! This last 4 months has been amazing and very challenging. :) I couldn't have made it this far without the help the beta testers, Pteryx UAV (Krzysztof Bosak), Jeff Taylor, Irvin Stafford, Michael Oborne, Martin R and others. Thank you guys. As of now, we have a full feature set for the launch of the site around June 1st (maybe sooner). I don't have GCP support yet, but that is coming when I can get some additional…


Added by JP on May 15, 2012 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

RTH and "stabilized mode" with the arduimuv3

This is a schematic of my wiring of the ArduIMU v3. I hope to be able to use this soon as my own personal and custom RTH and 'stabilized mode' solution with some extra benefits highlighted below. One extra analog pin will be used in the future to read out the RSSI level from the attached RC receiver.

This setup demonstrates how far you can push this remarkable board. The W5100 chip provides 30Hz telemetry over wifi to the ground (just make sure to use the sparkfun…


Added by Gerard Toonstra on May 15, 2012 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

HUGE NEWS FOR US!!! Drones (up to 25 pounds) Legal for U.S. Safety of today.

I don't know how many of you guys have seen this yet, but this is HUGE NEWS for us. No COA needed for drones up to 25 pounds, as long as it's being operated by a U.S. safety agency.

Check out the article that came out 2 hours ago on Bloomberg. …


Added by Jacob Thomas on May 14, 2012 at 6:30pm — 12 Comments

3D Robotics
Using long-exposure photography to study helicopter physics

From Hackaday:

Check out this video footage of this LED-adorned RC helicopter flying on a dark night. But this isn’t an art project. Analyzing the long-exposure photography…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 14, 2012 at 12:35pm — 12 Comments

3D Robotics
Congrats to Jordi: One of MIT Technology Review's top entrepreneurs under 35 !

Jordi is one of MIT Tech Review's top ten innovators under 35 in Mexico! From the award annoucement

A 21-year old Mexican immigrant faces another day of tedious confinement in his apartment in…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 14, 2012 at 10:30am — 19 Comments

3D Robotics
Updated ArduCopter and ArduPlane code: APM2 users please upgrade!

The Dev Team has now pushed a maintenance update to both ArduCopter (2.5.5) and ArduPlane (2.34) that all APM 2 users should upgrade to (it also includes some nice improvements for APM 1).  It fixes both the APM 2 reset issue (you sometimes need to press the reset button to start the board under battery power) and an issue…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 14, 2012 at 9:30am — 24 Comments

Video: Beautiful Day

Spent some time in the Alps with a friend. Lots of hiking and lots of flying.

Added by trappy on May 13, 2012 at 10:42pm — 21 Comments

3D Robotics
3D printable motor mounts for your quad/hexa

Nice design by hardik allows you to use regular aluminum or carbon fiber tubes. Just 3D print the motor mounts and center plate clamps. All files on Thingiverse …


Added by Chris Anderson on May 13, 2012 at 9:48pm — 2 Comments

Skywalker Flight #4 - Resounding success...mostly

So my buddy Shad and I headed out to my flying spot to fly the Skywalker.

This time around I used my new roof-top antenna mount, with VTR and Planner PC mounted inside the SUV in the back seat.  I found a mount designed for an iPad which worked to hold the ASUS tablet behind the passenger seat headrest. …


Added by Mike Thorlin on May 13, 2012 at 5:30pm — 21 Comments

My new Y6 camera platform

My new camera platform, Y6 with 3 coaxial counter rotating motor/prop setup.  Great flier if you are willing to deal with mounting the motors and props.  The DJI Wookong is supurb.



Added by Ed Kirk on May 13, 2012 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

Building an Android based autopilot

I bought a PhoneDrone board a couple of months ago, hoping to use the board in order to build some sort of autopilot or  plane stabilization in conjunction with any standard Android phone that supports Android 2.3.5+. 

My idea is to use the sensors in the phone to…


Added by deadfalkon on May 13, 2012 at 5:00am — 21 Comments

I2C woes

Stepped the wireless down to 11megabit & the range definitely increased.  It uses a lot more power because the transmitter is on longer, but the penetration is much better. 

Found another 64k of RAM on the STM32F4.  It's the…


Added by Jack Crossfire on May 12, 2012 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Building a 3DR-B... found a frame orientation issue

After putting the copter together over a few exciting evenings, initial test flights showed some very strange control responses with pitch and roll being swapped. I could "correct" this by swapping my Aileron and Elevator receiver channels, but that made the autopilot's stabilization input completely unpredictable. I checked my wiring and documentation, and found the following:

The PDB that comes with the 3DR-B is oriented to use rotor 2 and 3 as the quad's front in x-mode.…


Added by Knut Graf on May 12, 2012 at 7:51pm — 5 Comments

PPBSL 2012 Polski Przegląd BSL - 'Polish UAV Meeting'

...will tak place 22th to 27th May 2012 in Pałac Kultury i Nauki, Warsaw.

The exhibition will be physically located in Museum of Technology  inside this monumental building.

The Museum is recently known for organising countrywide meetings that have spin-off potential and highly technological subject.…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on May 12, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

My First Hexa Flight

Here is the first flight of my first hexa :D used software AC2.5.4 wich gave an excellent flight (I had 2 yaw twiches) Loiter still needing some work in software or PID. I think throttle rate is a bit higher causing those ups and downs. Alt hold seemed to work better with version 2.2. RTL worked pretty well and that option to disengage auto landing it's great. Thanks…


Added by Rui Manuel Cravo Marques on May 12, 2012 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

The beginning - Understanding prop variables for efficient long range flight

After flying the raptor several times with the 8"x4" prop, we felt like we were stuck in 2nd gear not harnessing the full potential of the motor.  We decided to fly the raptor…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on May 12, 2012 at 6:43am — 7 Comments

Will we see the first "toy" spy plane with autopilot this summer?

Looks interesting, maybe the first "toy" rtf UAVUAS/RPAS/DRONE from china with real autopilot.

I was told this will be ready this summer.…


Added by Robert Krogh (hooks) on May 12, 2012 at 6:36am — 18 Comments

Pan & Tilt for camera inside fuselage

A pan & tilt system for Skywalker / X8 wing for installation inside fuselage.

Here you have some pictures for inspiration and stl files if any should be needing this P&T.…


Added by Robert Krogh (hooks) on May 12, 2012 at 4:25am — 16 Comments

3D Robotics
What's this mystery multicopter board coming from HobbyKing?

I'm stumped. All they say is "For the multi-rotor fans. Coming soon." Anybody got a guess what it…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2012 at 10:26pm — 20 Comments

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