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Vickers Wellington UAV


Vickers Wellington as UAV

Bi-motor airplane serving as test platform for FLEXIPILOT.

Used for testing single-engine failures and tuning.

Elevator, differential ailerons, no rudder.

Endurance 50min with one battery.

Cruise speed 50km/h.

Shown loiters at low altitude since at typical cruise altitude of 200m it…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on December 20, 2011 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

AttoPilot International End of year sale

Hello to all and Happy Holidays!


We wanted to express our thank you to all those who made this year AttoPilots most successful yet. Because of this we wanted to offer high percentage discounts on multiple products we offer.  


Reality is we are trying to get a DIY based group interested in purchasing AttoPilot IMU systems and utilizing the extensive command set available to interface…


Added by Chris McNair on December 20, 2011 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

RiteWing Zephyr II + APM maiden flight

Had a great time maidening Andreas' new RiteWing Zephyr II with the APM.  The Zii flies very nicely, and works well with APM.

We flew in manual, stabilized, fbw-a, and auto modes.  We reduced the default speed from 45 to 35, which gave a nice smooth flight with a comfortable airspeed for our flying site.

There's some onboard video as well.…


Added by Mark Harrison on December 19, 2011 at 9:30pm — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
Could domestic drones spur tougher privacy laws?

Excellent article by Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum. It's worth noting that in the US, at least, law enforcement already needs warrants to inspect…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 19, 2011 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

MK Frame + Photoshipone Camera mount assembly

I decided to put the camera mount and frame together to get some sizes on the boards that hold the APM and flight electronics. Obviously being a MK frame, its suited for the MK boards, with regard especially to the MK escs.

Im going to have to make a small plate for the PDB, then two plates above for all the other electronics. Also I had to add silicone to the ball mounts to make them stiffer for an 800g camera.

Here are the pics:…


Added by Gareth Rens on December 18, 2011 at 1:24pm — No Comments

My DIY Tri

Inspired by this series of DIY videos, and a little wary of over-spending on yet another silly flying machine, I've decided to have a go at building my own Tricopter. The idea is to see just how cheaply I can build the whole thing from start…


Added by Don Brooks on December 18, 2011 at 9:53am — 11 Comments

ArduCopter v2.1 firmware: Full test flight

In this video you will find a full test of the ArduCopter v2.1 that I have done with my QRO (Quad Rotor Observer) done on december 17, 2011.…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on December 18, 2011 at 4:55am — 5 Comments

Magnetometer again

It turned out to be an 8975 instead of an 8973.  By some contact lens malfunction or erroneus Goog search, we thought it was an 8973 all year.   The 8975 has a completely different pinout than the 8973.  The power pins were shifted around.  An…


Added by Jack Crossfire on December 18, 2011 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Photos of my Arducopter taken with a Nikon D5100

A few random pics of the AC.

I flew while my GF shot :)

Here are a few pics. The rest are available on Flikr:…


Added by Gareth Rens on December 17, 2011 at 1:02pm — No Comments

I know how I am spending this weekend

Woke up this morning and saw my shipment was sent...20 min later fedex at the door. I just received my new APM 2.0. One of the perks of living in SoCal is fast shipping from DIYDRONES. I got 2x so one is going into sim mode and the other one is sitting on the bench waiting for permission to board my…


Added by Ryan C Smith on December 17, 2011 at 11:58am — 17 Comments

Georeferencing pictures

Here is my memo: How to save gps-coordinates to picture files with Geosetter program. The coordinates are saved to the picture exif-data, and these go with picture all the time. In exif there are already data from camera model, exposure time, lens focal length etc, now we add there gps coordinates.

For example here is…


Added by Alpo Hassinen on December 17, 2011 at 9:32am — 14 Comments

Successful Maiden Flight of the Nova

The Nova Flies! And quite well at that!…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on December 17, 2011 at 4:58am — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Udrones now selling RTF ArduPlanes

Udrones, which has been selling ready-to-fly ArduCopters for a while, is now also selling a ready-to-fly ArduPlane. APM assembled, ArduPlane code loaded and everything tested. Just add your own RC gear.…

Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2011 at 10:47pm — 30 Comments

Free AI class possibly has Drone applications

I am just finishing the Intro to Artificial Intelligence free on-line class from Stanford.  There are probably many helpful things in this wonderful class taught by Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun.  But I have to mention the Particle filter algorithm that can locate a vehicle in a previously mapped environment quickly and with minimal computation. …


Added by John Hestness on December 16, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Details on how Iran may have used a GPS override spoof to capture US drone

[I'm applying the sysadmin privilage of making an exception to our usual no-military rule here, because the technical issues are sufficiently interesting].

Apply the usual skepticism about the claims, but there's something plausible in the following. As I understand it, the…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2011 at 11:44am — 105 Comments

Flight Nike-Hercules Site "Base Tuono" Italia


Hello to all from "Trento Northern Italy." I wanted to share these pictures of my first Multicopter

Flight on the NATO Site Nike-Hercules missiles.…


Added by umberto marchi on December 16, 2011 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Wide field 4D optical flow odometry using Arduino and Stonyman image sensor


I've been working on a new version of our ArduEye using one of our "Stonyman" image sensor chips and decided to see if I can grab four dimensions of optical flow (X shift, Y shift, curl, and divergence) from a wide field of view. I wirebonded a Stonyman chip to a 1" square breakout board, and attached it to an Arduino Mega256 using a simple…


Added by Geoffrey L. Barrows on December 16, 2011 at 9:39am — 4 Comments

New GoPro lens protection product by fpvmanuals

FPV Manuals Introduces "LayerLens" -- Exposed GoPro Lens Protection

The case that comes with the GoPro camera is beautiful, sturdy, and water tight, but it weighs about 100g and the included mounts make the camera stick up over 1″ with the overall surface area growing by a good amount. As a result, many UAV, FPV and aerial videographer pilots mount…


Added by Tim Nilson on December 15, 2011 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

SparkFun Announces 2012 AVC

SparkFun just announced next year's Autonomous Vehicle Competition, an autonomous race around their building in Boulder, Colorado. The 2012 event will be held on Saturday, June 16 (later in the year than the last few times, to avoid inclement weather).

As in previous years, there will be two…


Added by John Leichty on December 15, 2011 at 11:26am — 16 Comments

3D Robotics
CNN report on hexacopter used to film Russian protests

Includes funny footage from gullible UFO…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 15, 2011 at 10:14am — 3 Comments

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