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DJI Phantom - It's Not Vapourware, After All.

So, it's an actual real product and not just pretty pictures.  Nice plastic wrapping around what I suspect is just a standard quad.  I like the props.  They look like normal airplane props.

Here's a couple of videos:…


Added by Ellison Chan on January 13, 2013 at 10:30am — 25 Comments

Arducopter Pilotlamp based on Mavlink

I built a quadcopter based upon the TBS discovery frame, as the APM is located in the frame it is quite difficult to get hold of the status leds.

This is why I wanted to have some kind of Pilotlamp indicating the state of the APM.

I started off wih a prototype (Arduino pro mini with RGB led).

The above video is a small demo.

Plan is to…


Added by Jan on January 13, 2013 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

check out Parrot's new drone



Added by Murat Piker on January 13, 2013 at 5:59am — 44 Comments

Madagascar Drone Missions

Madagascar Team Leader and Drone operator:

Zuzana Burivalova (PhD candidate)

Applied Ecology & Conservation Lab, ETH Zurich

See: for more…


Added by lianpinkoh on January 13, 2013 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Graphite 2E onboard GoPro3 footage - next Ardu Pilot

Finally put my Graphite 2E together. Installed GoPro3 Black.

My next step would be installing Ardu Pilot (Graphite has plenty of space to do it).

I never used Ardu Pilot so I am open for any input whatsoever as far as programming etc.…


Added by Mark on January 12, 2013 at 2:00pm — 14 Comments

Arducopter Flips!

Well, I finally did it.  First in history?  Powered sideways flips (I give it a shot of negative pitch when it's upside down).

At the end, I flipped it all around and then "bailed out" with stabilize, and it worked fine.  My wife couldn't keep the camera on it though.
After this, I tried to see what would happen if I pulled it full…

Added by Rob_Lefebvre on January 12, 2013 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

Getting the party started...

Okay so here’s where I am at:


I’ve never had a helicopter apart from the mini-$50 ones you can purchase anywhere. So this will be my first helicopter/drone.


Short term Goals:

  • Buy Quadcopter
  • Build…

Added by Michael on January 12, 2013 at 8:30am — 20 Comments

External ARM and GPS LED kit for safety

So after receiving the protective case for the APM it was very difficult to see the GPS and ARM lights as a number of people have said. 

So in just a short time (probably 30 minutes), I put together some external LEDs (orange for ARM and blue for GPS) and encased it in a protective case.  The GPS LED is receiving the signal from A6 and the ARM LED is receiving the signal from A4.

The LEDs are 10mm, the case is 57mm wide and 27mm tall and fits quite easily on…


Added by David Anders on January 11, 2013 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

Mind control system for Drones / helicopters.

From Mashable:

The Puzzlebox Orbit, which launched on Kickstarter last November and debuted Tuesday at the 2013…


Added by Nick Butt on January 11, 2013 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Voice Controlled Drone

Last month Boston Dynamics released a video showing off a new feature of their Big Dog robotic mule: voice control.  I had been working on a similar project for a while, though I think it's actually cooler: voice control of a flying robot drone.

Above is a video I made last night of the…


Added by John Wiseman on January 11, 2013 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

Camera Gimbal Maiden Test - Santa Severa Castle, Italy

My first test of 2 axys gimbal apm2.5 2.8.1



Added by Stefano Santucci on January 11, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Nurf Flying Wing Design


I just wanted to share a design we have been working on for the FPV/DIY UAV crowd.


Our goal was to design something relatively rugged, easy to build/use and affordable.  And since we CNC hot wire cut foam cores for a living it needed to be manufacturable with our current…


Added by Coby on January 11, 2013 at 8:00am — 17 Comments

Telemetry radio case for XBee & 3DR style radios

Farnell has some nice small ABS casings that can fit both 3DR style radios as well as XBee's on their breakout boards. You can cut parts out easily with a hobby knife. I use them for both the airborne and ground radio's. Link & pics:…


Added by David Mobach on January 11, 2013 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Aerial footage of Dutch fortress

I was trying out my GoPro2 and my 3DR Quad-C (APM 2.5) / ArduCopter v2.8.1 and thought the images were worth sharing, it was a beautiful day and a beautiful place.


Added by Stefan78 on January 11, 2013 at 2:00am — 8 Comments

H-Quad Ready for Tuning

Got everything hooked up except the sonar and i tlooks like a dry weekend coming so hopefully I can get out and do some tuning and flying. Went with 11x4.7 props since the weight is a little higher than I had planned. May swap the arms for wood if flight times are too short.




Added by Scott Berfield on January 11, 2013 at 12:25am — 1 Comment

RQ-11 DIY UAV Project Part 2

What I have left to do:

  1. Add Digital Camo to Parts of Wing
  2. add servos and connect wires to rudder and elevator
  3. possibly add ardupilot
  4. possibly add FPV flying

I'm looking for suggestions on any mods or upgrades I can do to this RQ-11.  I hope the Video was enjoyable and educational.…


Added by Joshua Johnson on January 10, 2013 at 11:48pm — 2 Comments

Request for flight footage

This is a bit of a non-sequitor post but I'm hoping the community here is willing to consider it.


This is a bit of non-sequitur post but I'm hopeful that the DIY Drones community are willing to consider it.…


Added by Paul Braun on January 10, 2013 at 9:03pm — 13 Comments

A smaller Quad the DJI Flamewheel F330 with an APM.

I previously posted a BLOG about setting up the FJI F450 Flamewheel with the APM2 and the copter was a great success so I thought I'd put together a smaller and lighter version - The F330 Flamewheel.

My F500 weighs 2 pound 11 ounces ready to fly and I am shooting for 1 pound 11 ounces with…


Added by Gary McCray on January 10, 2013 at 7:37pm — 12 Comments

Range Video's FPV flying wing, the RVJET

I'm always on the look out for a "perfect" plane.  What I've learned is that there is no such thing, every airframe is a compromise.  The idea now is to find the most versatile aircraft.  This might be it.

There has been a lot of buzz around this plane at…


Added by Michael on January 10, 2013 at 7:30pm — 32 Comments

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