This is a couple of flights from my holiday that I made my first quad copter for. My wife and I (and two kids under 2) were planning a 2 week four wheel drive trip across the Simpson Desert in central Australia. For those not familiar with the Simpson Desert it is 550 km of desert, 1100 sand dunes to cross, and 3000 km round trip. The…Continue
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Flying Robots NYC Meetup Group Announces Inaugural Flying Robot Competition
Sponsors include 3DRobotics, Adafruit, Falkor Systems, and xCubicle
New York, NY - 6 Sep 2012
The Flying Robots NYC meetup group today announced the inaugural Flying Robots NYC competition, to be held in Brooklyn on October 20th. The Flying…Continue
Added by Sameer Parekh on September 10, 2012 at 4:16pm — No Comments
Summary: Takeoff from a foam pad on top of dry grass/lumpy lawn alleviated instabilities experienced when taking off from the dry grass/lumpy lawn. No gain changes made to the 3DR ArduCopter code, using the "factory" settings for Stabilizer and Acrobatic…Continue
If you're using the Sharp IR sensor as an obstacle detector on your ArduRover, you should know that it doesn't see left and right equally. Here's some good analysis on its real detection pattern. So you might want to tilt the sensor a bit to the…Continue
I would like to share the latest SmartAP autopilot progress. As well as GPS Position Hold mode (introduced ~1 month ago), now it has Return to Launch flight mode. No matter wherever the copter is, just switch to RTL and it will come back to its home position autonomously. You can watch the video of Return to Launch test…Continue
I found a very interesting journal article about the flying techiques of albatrosses. It describes their ability to soar extreme distances by using the different windspeeds over the open sea, similar to the flying technique of dynamical soaring we use for hanggliding.
It's in PLOS One …
This is an amazing price for a very capable multicopter flight controller board with GPS: just $65!
The MultiWii team has been…Continue
HobbyKing has introduced an adaptor that makes it easy to flash Atmel processors such as those found on ESCs. Flash SimonK firmware without even taking them off of your multirotor! I've started a product summary here:Continue
Life is becoming pretty difficult for drones lover in Belgium: apparently the department of air transports in Belgium has either approved a new law or a new interpretation of an old one, which equiparates drones to any other RC aircraft: under that interpretation, drones can only take off from approved terrains, and can only go maximum 400m from the RC club, and must stay at more than 200m from any…Continue
We would like to present another new 3DRobotics - diydrones - distributor ... this time from a small EU country. We are trying hard to gather all the greatest brands from hobby UAV, FPV and hi-tech in one…Continue
One of the glass fibre arms of my quad shattered after repeated hard landings on a hard-wood floor, so I have some carbon fibre replacement arms on order. Meanwhile I thought it would be fun to experiment with foam cutting and trying to build a plane from scratch. With inspiration from MyGeekShow I decided to build a…Continue
It took me a little while to learn what most of the switches and buttons on my DX6i could do. This past weekend the Trainer switch was assigned to start the timer in a count up mode.
With my EFlite 30C 11.1V 3200 mAh battery almost 7 minutes of mostly hovering flight was achieved (no…Continue
The UAS Technical Analysis and Applications Center (TAAC) invites you to join us for our 14th annual conference to be held December 4 - 6, 2012, at the Tamaya Hyatt Regency, located on the Santa Ana Pueblo, north of Albuquerque, NM. The conference will begin with an evening reception on December 3, and features three days of dynamic technical speakers, panelists, and…Continue
Added by arrowheadnmsu on September 6, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Globaltop PA6C Gps module
Many of my supporters over at kickstarter and here have been wringing their hands, waiting for me to publish a 3-D model of the Techpods internal volume.Here you go!
Download an iges file here for you CAD folks. …Continue
Image: 1st Run
AVC was great fun and even though I went for broke on the last run and lost my copter, it was well worth it. I learned a lot about copter navigation. The latest code includes all of the updates, which is being tested now by Jack Dunkle.
Run 1 went really well. In turn 1 you…Continue
At this point, you might be asking yourself, "Self, how can they possibly allow unlimited…
I went out to Citrusdal to try to film a mountain bike race using FPV/Arduplane. It went really well and it could've worked, but I decided to relocate at the last moment and triggered RTL forgetting that I launched from the valley 350 meters below, so it dropped altitude while still over the mountain, smearing my Skywalker along a cliff face...
But we had fun…Continue
We are designing a Cortex-M4F coupled with a Raspberry Pi running Linux or Andriod Quadrotor, here is our build log!
The Cortex would handle all the controls - sensor fusion, PID/LQR, height, RC controls etc. The Raspberry PI (or another platform) will…Continue
My interests tend towards high-altitude balloons, but I find that there's more than enough overlap in the technology here to keep me coming back (in case you haven't noticed, there's some darn cool stuff that happens here). So far, I haven't had a reason to actually post to the blog, but this might be relevant enough to justify consuming your time: a camera that is…Continue