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UVS-Tech 2011 - UAV Exhibition in Moscow


In March, 2011 there was UAV Exhibition in Moscow which is called UVS-Tech 2011. The exposition was pretty good, however a lot of visitors opine that the number of represented companies reduced comparing with the last year. I visited this exhibition and it seemed for me that there were too few…


Added by Kirill on May 25, 2011 at 2:09pm — 9 Comments

Successful 3.5 Km full autonomous flight of the MAJA drone with an ArduPilotMega

Successful 3.5 Km autonomous flight of the MAJA drone with a GoPro HD

The MAJA drone has done a successful 3.5 Km autonomous mission under flight plan on May 2011.

The FPL is composed of 5 waypoints and the MAJA drone autopilot runs the FPL during 2 loops. The full flight have been recorded with a GoPro HD wide camera. The MAJA drone is fully steered with an ArduPilotMega (APM v1.4) autopilot with a 9D0F IMU and the…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on May 25, 2011 at 1:38pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
DARPA creating its own DIY Drones--"UAVForge"!!!

Holy crap. DARPA has just announced a project to use the DIY Drones model for the future of military UAVs. Called UAVForge, which is already up and running (although it crashes Firefox on my machine), it is described in the…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2011 at 9:30am — 54 Comments

ROS-ArduPilotMega Integration

Per a suggestion from Chris, I'm working on integrating APM with ROS so that APM looks like an ROS node. I'm a newbie with APM and Arduino, but experienced with robotics in general.

I've done the basics, getting the various IDE's running and proving the concept of outputting APM sensor readings as ROS… Continue

Added by Ralph Castain on May 25, 2011 at 7:30am — 28 Comments

3D Robotics
How to build a DIY brushless motor controller

Good clear explanation of the power side of a brushless motor control and how to build one here. Stay tuned there for a second post on the processor/code side. …


Added by Chris Anderson on May 24, 2011 at 9:50pm — 5 Comments

Building a UAV Modular Test Platform

To achieve my goal of flying across the country, I'll need a good grasp of flight dynamics. To do this, I'll need to test different configurations of wings, fuselages, tails, motors, etc.

So I've decided to build a MTP or a Modular Test Platform. Check it out:…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on May 24, 2011 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

ACM/APM Futaba T8FG (Super) Mode configuration for all 6 modes

The APM WIKI has a good page to describe the setup of the Radio for switching the Mode with the RC toggle switches.

However, there was no help on how to setup the T8FG. It's not rocket science, but took a bit of try and error to set it…


Added by Oliver on May 24, 2011 at 3:30pm — 28 Comments

I2C GPS Shield

Arduino compatible shield simplifies the programming required to get GPS data while improving speed and flexibility. From Hack a Day

Added by Shannon Morrisey on May 24, 2011 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Wall Street Journal - RC Jets make front page news

Wall Street Journal spotlights high end (and high price) Recreational Aircraft and FAA regulations.

I wonder if this will hurt or help us.…


Added by Duane Brocious on May 24, 2011 at 3:22pm — 5 Comments

Give your Arducopter Mega (and APM) a voice!

I have been playing with my Arducopter for a while now. Really cool stuff! It's time for a little contribution myself.

But first a really a big thank you to everybody working on this project and especially Jason for all the cool (and very stable) code he has been contributing!

I had hooked up the Battery…


Added by Oliver on May 24, 2011 at 3:00am — 20 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones team at Maker Faire

Maker Faire was awesome. More than 100,000 people attended over two days, and it felt like almost all of them came by the DIY Drones booth! We had 12 team members manning the booth, and it took all of us to handle the crowds, which were usually two or three deep. Our cool t-shirts and hoodies were as popular as our…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 23, 2011 at 10:00pm — 17 Comments

Turnigy 9X mode change guide on iFixit

I picked up a Turnigy 9X at the DIY Drones booth at Maker Faire yesterday.  The ones for sale were set up for mode 1 operation, so I went over to iFixit to borrow a screwdriver...and ended up with a full set of photos taken by Miro of iFixit.  I know there are already a few other guides out there, but now there's one…


Added by ExplodingLemur on May 23, 2011 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Multipilot32 / AP32 , Monthly project update.

Dear Friends,

this month we have a lot of news and update on MP32 board and project :

This is a fly of Ardupirates32 NG for Gaui 300XS : frame , esc motors and propellers.



1) VRIDE 0.0.4 is available :…


Added by Roberto Navoni on May 23, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

DIY Drones Site Guidelines Reminder

I joined DIY Drones in August last year, and have been one of the Moderators since December. The Moderators are members of the site who approve new joiners, Blog posts, etc and generally keep an eye on the site content in accordance with the published guidelines:



Added by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on May 23, 2011 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

WaveForum Event Aug 3-5, 2011 San Diego, CA

August 3-5, 2011 • San Diego, California

WaveForum Developers Conference 

Join them in  San Diego in August for the sixth annual WaveForum developers conference. The three-day event will feature over 25 different technical sessions covering a variety of technical topics.…


Added by Russell B. Sutton on May 23, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments




There's 1 big demo reel, containing highlights from the last 4 years.

Not nearly everything, but we got tired of editing.



Added by Jack Crossfire on May 22, 2011 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

Pteryx UAV and PIX4D: one flight, one hour, 4.5km2, only 4 days to make maps

Hi all,

looks that with the spread of processing methods and technology,

we can make things that were available only to national security agencies, once upon a time.

Take a look at the maps of the flight made May 18th:

one day to fly, one day to upload, one day for processing, (one day for grill party), one day to download.…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on May 22, 2011 at 1:00pm — 29 Comments

FAA postpones NPRM to Novemeber!

The FAA has postopned the sUAS NPRM to the end of the year. I am betting this will raise the hackles of both sides of Congress to come down heavy on the FAA in the FAA Reauthorization Act that is currently in conference committee.

Documentation here:…


Added by Duane Brocious on May 21, 2011 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Quick&Dirty 2-servo aileron "flaperon" support for Ardupilot mega

I recently received my Ardupilot mega, but I could not find instructions on how to get it working on airframes like Twinstar, which have separate servos for each aileron. One related blog post here in diydrones mentioned, that feature is being implemented (although I did not find an open issue about it) but I was too…


Added by Janne Mäntyharju on May 21, 2011 at 2:00am — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
HobbyKing releasing KK Multicopter boards?

Speaking of Chinese companies selling open source hardware for half price, Multicopter News reports that HobbyKing is preparing to sell the…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 20, 2011 at 2:00pm — 10 Comments

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