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Taking the New Bird Out for Turkey Day

Hiking Sweeney Ridge on Thanksgiving morning was a perfect time for testing out my newly completed quadcopter.

This spot in the mountains, 1200 feet over SFO and the Pacific ocean, seemed like a perfect place to test out my newly completed quadcopter and my newly acquired piloting…


Added by Tim O'Brien on November 24, 2012 at 3:25am — 2 Comments

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Drone Olympics in San Francisco on Dec 1

I'm really looking forward to the Drone Olympics, which will be held on Dec 1st at Groupon's offices in San Francisco. I'll be one of the judges. 

Here's the description of the event:

Drone Olympics is a …


Added by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2012 at 10:11pm — 6 Comments

Convert your Android mobile into RC-GPS Tracker

This is an android application that converts your mobile into a GPS tracker for your RC. But you mobile into your plane, and let it fly, it will generate for you a KML file with flying path details.  You can download it from here.…


Added by MHefny on November 23, 2012 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

global waypoint range for MatrixPilot

UAVDevBoard users:


MatrixPilot trunk, r1817 now has global waypoint range, provided that:

1. You use absolute waypoints. Specify longitude, latitude, and altitude for each…

Added by William Premerlani on November 23, 2012 at 7:37pm — 1 Comment

UDrones Holiday Sale!

We've got some new cool discounts on Multicopters, starting today through the end of the year!




Added by Guillermo Romero on November 23, 2012 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

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Introducing the new better, cheaper APM 2.5+ kit (with power supply/sensor, enclosure, new GPS)

We're delighted to announce the new APM 2.5+, which is the same APM 2.5 board you know and love but surrounded by lots of new goodness!  Now, for a new lower price of $179, it comes with all this, right out of the…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2012 at 11:30am — 165 Comments

APM - Open Source Examples

It is possible to explore and use the APM hardware without having to adopt the ArduPilot or ArduCopter code.

The DIYd open source community has provided a full set of examples which enable us to easily see how each hardware element works.

These examples will be found on the "File" menu in the Arduino IDE, or in the "Micro Explorer" in…


Added by Visual Micro on November 23, 2012 at 7:02am — 3 Comments

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$1250 RTF UAV for autonomous GoPro filming

I can't understand how a foam wing with a simple RTL autopilot (not including GoPro) costs $1,250, but that's what Lehmann Aviation from France is now offering. What am I missing?

From Gizmag:

Like the …


Added by Chris Anderson on November 22, 2012 at 9:18pm — 36 Comments

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More on that cool brain-controlled sphere-copter (it's open source!)

I like the sound of this, from the Kickstarter project we covered earlier: "The development team has promised to release the source code for the Linux/Mac/PC software and mobile apps, all protocols, and available hardware schematics under open-source licenses."

From …


Added by Chris Anderson on November 22, 2012 at 4:21pm — 1 Comment

Relatively Inexpensive Thermal Imaging Gimbal M1D Micro

   After arriving in Texas, I've talked to several land owners who complain about feral hogs damaging their property.  I had a solution that would incorporate thermal imaging with a sUAS platform to track hog movement and patterns during the day and at night.  While doing research I came across this little baby,…


Added by Hunter Parris on November 22, 2012 at 10:00am — 21 Comments

Has anyone considered the Wii U tablet/joystick for FPV flying purposes?

The WI-FI enabled device has a 6.2 inch (854×480), touchscreen display which can be controlled via touch, stylus, or joystick.  It seems like there's some cool hacking potential…


Added by TheMissingRobot on November 22, 2012 at 9:38am — 5 Comments

10 properties shot in under 2 hrs - SteadiDrone H6X

Hey again all, just a quick one. Just come back from a very quick aerial shoot for a local real estate firm, we covered 10 different properties from the air with our SteadiDrone H6X, such a pleasure working with it, fast and effective.


On the SteadiDrone H6X we're running the T-Motor 4008 and a…


Added by Duran - ALTI on November 22, 2012 at 4:30am — 19 Comments

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3D Robotics Black Friday Sale (and some cool new products)!

We've got some awesome new products coming out on Friday, along with great discounts as part of our annual DIY Drones store Black Friday Sale. It will start at midnight EST on Thurs (9:00 PM PST) and go through the weekend.…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 21, 2012 at 11:30pm — 25 Comments

Futaba T8J Transmitter Mode Selection

Just thought I would share my Arducopter mode setup on my new Futaba T8J, as this can be a bit of a headache for newcomers.  The new T8J radio is my new favorite transmitter.  It offers a lot of features that was only offered on the 8FG, but at a fraction of the price.  It doesn't utilize FASST, rather S-FHSS.  With the…


Added by Todd Hill on November 21, 2012 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Big thanks to the Team!

Just wanted to say thanks to the developers bringing this product out. I love it.

 Today I felt lucky and went to the field for my second ever flight with ardupilot wired to a custom made fixed wing platform for some testing. Since the first flight I connected the pitot and the Xbee at 2.4 GHz for telemetry.

 I was feeling that lucky that decided to try the auto take off, On my previous only flight I only tried manual, circle mode and RTL which seemed to work…


Added by Duffy on November 21, 2012 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

New generation of developing ardustation !

Jesse developed a project very interresting based on arduino and touch screen, GPS and many other options.…


Added by F5PQL on November 21, 2012 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

ArduStation Mega v1.0b arrived

Our ArduStation MEGA boards arrived today and I am truly excited to see how they work. Now starts small assembly job for them and then we can start doing testing for those. 

Big thanks for Colin for his original ASM work, it's great to see…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on November 20, 2012 at 10:00pm — 268 Comments

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Radio-based position tracking works indoors and out

This sounds very cool. Basically you set up a network of these transmitters in a space, such as a sports field, and multiple multicopters can triangulate off them. Better accuracy than GPS and works indoors and outside.  Found by…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2012 at 4:12pm — 15 Comments

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Robo-sailboat competition

From Wired Design (lots more photos …


Added by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2012 at 5:56am — No Comments

DC Area Fly-In


The DC Area Drone User Group had a successful fly-in at Willowmere Park on Sunday, November 18. Both fixed wing and rotary wing drones were flown with mounted Go Pros. We always welcome new community members so check out…


Added by Timothy Reuter on November 19, 2012 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

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