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My First FPV, Simpson Desert in Central Australia (GoPro processing settings added)

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…


Added by leonardthall on September 10, 2012 at 6:00pm — 14 Comments

Flying Robots NYC Meetup Group Announces Inaugural Flying Robot Competition


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…


Added by Sameer Parekh on September 10, 2012 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Foam Pad "launch pad" eliminated takeoff instabilities in Acrobatic and Stablizer Modes


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…


Added by John A. Malley on September 10, 2012 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

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If you're using Sharp IR sensors on ArduRover, watch out for asymmetry

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…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 10, 2012 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Return to Launch flight mode in SmartAP

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…


Added by Kirill on September 9, 2012 at 8:50am — 4 Comments

Flying at No Mechanical Energy Cost: Disclosing the Secret of Wandering Albatrosses

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 …


Added by marc.kulhavy on September 9, 2012 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
MultiWii Pro w/GPS available at HobbyKing

This is an amazing price for a very capable multicopter flight controller board with GPS: just $65!

The MultiWii team has been…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 8, 2012 at 5:40pm — 15 Comments

Atmel Flashing Tool from HobbyKing

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:…


Added by Mark Harrison on September 7, 2012 at 9:57pm — 22 Comments

The end of drones in Belgium?

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…


Added by Simone Chiaretta on September 7, 2012 at 2:00pm — 12 Comments

(DIY)drones are spreading all over the world

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…


Added by on September 7, 2012 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Self-built flying wing

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…


Added by Eirik Mikkelsen on September 7, 2012 at 3:00am — 13 Comments

Now I can time (approximately) flights of a South Carolina Arducopter


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…


Added by R. D. Starwalt on September 6, 2012 at 5:55pm — 4 Comments

UAS TAAC 2012 Conference

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…


Added by arrowheadnmsu on September 6, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Mediatek 3339 GPS module for Ardupilot / Arducopter

Globaltop PA6C Gps module

  • based on new mediatek 3339  chipset
  • Real sattelite fix time 5-7s (in home too) before ardupilot is calibrated -module always get lock…

Added by Alexey Kozin on September 6, 2012 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

techpod payload 3-D model

Hey everyone!

 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. …


Added by wayne garris on September 6, 2012 at 9:59am — 8 Comments

ACM at the AVC

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…


Added by Jason Short on September 6, 2012 at 9:41am — 19 Comments

3D Robotics
Multicopters welcome at the Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition again!

Good news: After banning multicopters this year because of space/safety concerns, Sparkfun will be moving the aerial competitions to another location next year so all vehicles can participate. 

At this point, you might be asking yourself, "Self, how can they possibly allow unlimited…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 6, 2012 at 9:34am — 2 Comments

Filming a mountain bike race using FPV/Arduplane

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…


Added by Hein du Plessis on September 5, 2012 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

'Narwhal' Quadrotor Build


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…


Added by Mita Yun on September 5, 2012 at 10:12pm — 12 Comments

HackHD: FPV Source + 1080p recording

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…


Added by David on September 5, 2012 at 8:30pm — 11 Comments

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