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3D Robotics
Detroit from the air, from its best to its worst

Imagery from a multiwii quadcopter. Described by Forbes:

Someone going by the name Tretch5000 has posted a truly haunting FPV (First Person Video) portrait of Detroit that mixes the lush…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 17, 2012 at 11:46am — 5 Comments


3D Robotics
$100 smartphone controlled drone coming?

A new company called Rotary Robotics is planning a $100 drone, controlled by a smartphone, for aerial photography. They're planning to launch something in the $250-$300 range, with the price falling later. They call  it "Drones for Peace"…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 17, 2012 at 11:43am — 3 Comments

Final ArduCopter Body Design

I finally finished the body for the ArduCopter. You can check my previous posts for the details but here are the pictures. 

balsawood frame…

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Added by Skyview Creative1 on July 17, 2012 at 9:12am — 7 Comments

IMAV 2012 Review

Maybe somebody heard about IMAV - International Micro Air Vehicle Conference and Flight Competition. This year it was held in Braunschweig, Germany, 3-6 July. I was there and presented a paper about my project - SmartAP. Also our team took part in flight competition. Here is a short summary of the trip.

In general, teams…

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Added by Kirill on July 17, 2012 at 3:25am — 7 Comments


Moderator
Screen Capture of Developing Code for the APM Webinar #1, July 16, 2012

In case you weren't able to catch the webinar, here's a screen capture of the session.

I thought the webinar was great -- there were a few technical glitches, but the material was nicely organized and the participating developers did a great job of stepping through the code.  I enjoyed it and learned a lot. 

I thought I was capturing the session in super hi res mode, but apparently I suck at screen capture and the…

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Added by Mark Harrison on July 16, 2012 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

New Shipments of FPV Raptors in @ Cheap Drones

FPV Raptors shipment has come in & for a limited time, Cheap Drones is selling them for only $99 dollars! Sale ends quick, so hurry.

http://www.cheapdrones.com…

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Added by Christian - CheapDrones.com on July 16, 2012 at 9:20pm — 23 Comments


3D Robotics
Ridiculous bug-bot propulsion method of the day

 From IEEE Spectrum:

The reason to go with little tiny rockets for microrobots (as opposed to a more conventional propulsion system…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2012 at 8:29pm — 3 Comments

Colorado FPV Holiday

This is an awesome compilation of my best FPV flights from the first half of the summer since I moved home to Colorado after graduating from law school in Virginia. Lots of low-level proximity action and beautiful scenery from the Colorado low lands south of Denver. Highlights include Daniels Park, Mount Herman in Monument, Castlewood Canyon, and the new…

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Added by Patrick McKay on July 16, 2012 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment


3D Robotics
This is why we didn't have DIY Drones in the 1970s. (Mechanical gyro teardown)

Just look at the complexity (and size/weight) of this mechanical gyro! Now that functionality (times nine--three gyros, three accelerometers, three magnetometers) is performed by a $15 chip smaller than your fingernail. 

Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2012 at 5:37pm — 13 Comments


3D Robotics
Using ArduPilot for rocket telemetry

From Hackaday:

When we posted our call for rocketry hacks and builds, we expected to see a few altitude sensors and maybe a GPS module or two. Apparently, we forgot similar hardware is very…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2012 at 5:29pm — No Comments


3D Robotics
Turning a PS2 controller into a RC transmitter

From Hackaday:

After [Pyrofer] built a quadcopter, he purchased a cheap 6-channel transmitter made in China. Unfortunately, that transmitter was terrible so he took an old PS2…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2012 at 5:27pm — 8 Comments

Mapping with E382 and DroneMapper

I just wanted to share a mapping mission I ran last week with the E382 from Event 38 (my company) and processed with DroneMapper.com.

The reason…

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Added by Jeff Taylor on July 16, 2012 at 12:50pm — 47 Comments

Shock Absorber

Due to my poor Flying skills, I had to search for a way to reduce the damage due to hard landing. This is what I come up with and it works well. However at times it is too bouncy.

I also face a problem with the …

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Added by Sandesh Dhagle on July 16, 2012 at 12:03pm — 3 Comments


Developer
Developing code for the APM - Webinar (TODAY)

Free Webinar: Developing code for the APM

On Monday July 16th 2012, at 5pm Pacific Time,I will be hosting a 90min webinar on Developing for the…

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Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on July 16, 2012 at 8:56am — 55 Comments

Relaxing FPV round in the gentle evening breeze

Everyone needs some time to relax ...
I hope this helps you as good as me ;-)

Added by kitegruppe on July 16, 2012 at 3:11am — 2 Comments

Throwing more feeds & speeds at a problem

 



So sonar was officially back again for another swing at a home run, with a lot more clockcycles.

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Added by Jack Crossfire on July 15, 2012 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

Dangerous situation - RC catches fire while testing APM 2.0. Suggestions?

 

Had a pretty traumatic experience today while I was trying to get an APM 2.0 working on an RTF "trainer," when I turned off the transmitter and the ESC burst into flames. I was hoping the community might be able to point me in the direction of a solution.



I was ground-testing an electric RC (a Hobbico…

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Added by Matthew Schroyer on July 15, 2012 at 2:00pm — 28 Comments

Quad Copter Mountain Sufing

Since we've got our own quad platform mountain we're slowly starting to progress further into mountains. The neat thing about quads: You can really "interact" with people. Great fun :)

Added by trappy on July 15, 2012 at 8:32am — 8 Comments

RTF FPV Spy Hawk

Expected early august at …

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Added by Kris Nackaerts on July 15, 2012 at 5:46am — 9 Comments

Running an autopilot on Android

Here's a fun little project I've been working on for ~6 months now.  It started when I looked at my phone and thought this has everything needed for an autopilot - 3-axis gyros, accelerometers, magnetometers, GPS, fast CPU, plus a nice big touch screen and more wireless modems than you can point a…

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Added by johnm545 on July 15, 2012 at 4:22am — 22 Comments

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