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US Navy drone crashes in Maryland, no injuries.

From WBOC16 News: "

 U.S. Navy drone crashed early Monday afternoon in a marshy area on Maryland's Eastern Shore, military officials said. There were no reported injuries on the ground and no damage to property.

The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator…


Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on June 11, 2012 at 12:55pm — 15 Comments

"Explorer" New twin from the makers of the Maja


Info from their website:

EXPLORER is the development of MAJA for a bigger UAV with more payload and shorter runway. The…


Added by AKRCGUY on June 11, 2012 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

Sheep round up with a quadcopter (and a really smart dog!)

Was on a mates farm over the weekend and thought we'd try out rounding up some sheep with the quadcopter. Seemed to work! although we still had one smart dog with us!

Added by Alex on June 11, 2012 at 4:49am — 2 Comments

CamLifter Heavy OktoKopter - Mikrokopter board - Reflashed ESC F30A - Flight test in strong wind

Hi all! In this video the first test of my new heavy CamLifter OktoKopter.

The specs:

- CamLifter Heavy OktoKopter - Carbon frame and landing gear by Klaus Peters (

- Battery holder by Alessandro Parisi (AleBS)

- AltiGator A3536-LE Motors

- APC-E 13x6.5 Props

- HobbyKing 30A ESC (F30A) reflashed with "SimonK Firmware"

- AfroI2C converter

- Mikrokopter flight board

- 3DR Radio 900 MHz…


Added by Marco Robustini on June 10, 2012 at 11:00pm — 19 Comments

Flyport open source WiFi module

Anyone used this module with APM2 ??? 

Flyport open source WiFi module…


Added by Khurram on June 10, 2012 at 9:48pm — 4 Comments

Quad vs Tree

I finally got to fly my quad (my first time ever!)

It's scratch built from angle aluminum and running MultiWii on an Arduino Mega. I'm controlling it via PC joystick over Wifi (soon to be controlled by iPhone too) thanks to my…


Added by Matt Williamson on June 10, 2012 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Quadcopter maiden flight


Finally my x550 and APM2 quadcopter is complete! And I have successfully flown!. 

Right now I seem to have a bit of  yaw problem, as well as a trim/balance issue. Since the frame is not quite flat it can be hard to tell exactly what should be level, and when I yaw in a different direction, it seems to always return to original. I think I need to…


Added by ikrase on June 10, 2012 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Flight 31 Crash - Cat Inspection

Hi All,

In the flight 31 of my VAnTri, I have had some problems that I didn't find yet in my system.

Fortunatly my cat is inspecting the damage, in order to find an explanation for the crash.

Here I post some photos of his work. If you need his services, contact me!…


Added by by.charly on June 10, 2012 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

Anti-drone capability


Added by David Weaver on June 9, 2012 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

APM2 and Rx All-in-One!

As most of you may or may not know, I've been a big proponent of using PPM Sum (aka CPPM) with the Ardupilot since I first figured out how to make it work.  The simplicity of just running a single wire from the Rx to the APM is very attractive.  It eliminates 7 possible failure modes (losing the wire connecting…


Added by Rob_Lefebvre on June 9, 2012 at 2:44pm — 71 Comments

Remote Western Australia

Added by Nick Mann on June 9, 2012 at 11:55am — 11 Comments

Keep your GPS fix and system running while changing the Battery

If you don’t like to power down your Heli at every battery change, and losing your GPS fix... there is a solution.

Just install a parallel second battery connecter (can be a much smaller one), prepare an old battery with the matching connector and a Diode in the + wire as a backup battery.

(To charge the backup battery you have connect the charger behind the diode)…


Added by Manfred Dickgiesser on June 8, 2012 at 11:00pm — 21 Comments

AUVSI Competition using ArduPilot

I'm the captain for Team Awesome, the UAS team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona Campus.  We're headed to the Small UAS competition in Pax River, MD in five days, and we're using an ArduPilot 2.0 equipped airplane. This will be our first year at the competition. We're using…


Added by Stephen Rayleigh on June 8, 2012 at 10:30pm — 13 Comments

Successful APM2 Navigation Test!

Success! The APM flew the Shrike through it's navigation test perfectly. In addition, we flew it during a VERY windy day (over 20 mph) and stabilize also performed flawlessly. 

Awesome platform guys!

We're adding FPV next and will start doing additional flights & testing starting next week.

See you Saturday,

-Trent & Nick


APM: …


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on June 8, 2012 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones Multicopter Rodeo now sponsored by Hobbyking!

Good news: HobbyKing is now the official commercial sponsor of the DIY Drones Multicopter Rodeo next Sunday in Boulder, CO after the Sparkfun AVC! They'll be providing prizes, including the…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 8, 2012 at 2:06pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
What to do with your retired copters: turn them into ceiling fans

Not necessarily practical (or quiet), but definitely unique. Found …


Added by Chris Anderson on June 8, 2012 at 12:50pm — 3 Comments

The future is pink

 Marcy 2 finally does the 1st step in flight: stabilized rotation on the ground, using the onboard camera & blob detection. Making the RPM slow enough for maximum efficiency makes it too unstable to take off without active control.

It took only 1 week for the super simple ESC…


Added by Jack Crossfire on June 8, 2012 at 11:56am — 4 Comments

Unedited FPV Proximity

A lot of people wanted to know what these proximity passes they see in our videos look like unedited, from top to bottom. So we went through the archives and dug up some we haven't shown yet, and made a quick video. Hope you like it:

Added by trappy on June 8, 2012 at 10:47am — 14 Comments

Easy Star II Kit

My Distributor tell's me that the Easy Star II is in there system ready for some back orders.

  • Folding propeller for reduced drag in glider mode
  • Protected pod motor mount
  • Easily detachable tail plane for ease of transport
  • Large internal space with ample room…

Added by Paul on June 8, 2012 at 7:27am — 11 Comments

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