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3D Robotics
Another Kickstarter project: Quadshot, a Paparazzi-powered acrobatic RC craft


A team of people who had worked at Joby Robotics, who were doing the UAV-as-energy-generating-kite thing we wrote about earlier (which I gather didn't work out, sadly), is trying to…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 3, 2011 at 10:31pm — 6 Comments

More 3D Printing: Thingiverse's "Bodgie" Quad

Continuing with the 3D Printing theme, here's an adorable little quad frame that's available from Thingiverse, the datasource for the Makerbot.


From the…


Added by S.G. Sutter on August 3, 2011 at 8:46pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Update on DIY Drones site policies

As this site becomes bigger and attracts more attention, I'd like to emphasize to new users and old that a big part of our mission is promoting and protecting responsible use of UAVs. We have encouraged regulators, defense organizations and law enforcement agencies to join this community to become better informed about what's possible with small UAVs, and many have done so.


If you are not already aware that what you say here may be read by police and regulators, you should…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 3, 2011 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Nice frames: "TwinQuadCopter" and "ButterflyCopter"



There are some nice new approaches on frame construction out there.

This Korean guy found a nice way to get more thrust and it has also a good open space in front.

Looks interesting to fly with cameras. I enjoy the idea. Sounds good. Don't you think?


There is also this other one "ButterflyCopter" with same idea but... 10 motors!!!

Here we can see how nice is the result of a camera…


Added by Sandro Benigno on August 3, 2011 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

LED low battery warning on arducopter

Hi all, On popular request, here's a short tutorial on how to make a low battery warning on my hexa with blinking leds, as you can see at the end of the following video :



EDIT : The software changes in this blog are now outdated and not necessary…


Added by u4eake on August 3, 2011 at 7:00pm — 49 Comments

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New stencil machine at the 3D Robotics factory

That's a new fancy stencil printer coming in, beside one of our pick-and-place machines at the 3D Robotics factory in San Diego. All sort of new equipment is in place, including the new reflow oven, automatic glue dispenser (for two-sided boards), lots of smart feeders for the pick-and-place etc.


All this…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 3, 2011 at 5:01pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Video of 3D printed plane flying

We've written about this before, but I'm not sure everyone's seen the video. It's a really impressive production process. No doubt heavier than foam and possibly balsa, but that will improve over time with new…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 3, 2011 at 9:00am — 22 Comments

Arduspyder (hexa) [NOW open for orders]

What about this ARDU Hexa?


Carbon CNC frame

Aluminium standoffs

Titanium screws

etc etc





Added by Pieter van Woerkom on August 3, 2011 at 6:30am — 31 Comments

Safety RX switch from HK


Sold as a multiple rx buddy box, can be wired in a way that the rx is connected to the master input, the computer connected to the slave input, and if the computer looses it, you can switch to manual, overriding almost everything.



Added by ernani reis on August 3, 2011 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

What is ArduPilotOne?

An object oriented fork of the APM autopilot code supporting multiple vehicle types and with the goal of supporting multiple ArduPilot boards in the future (currently only ArduPilotMega).


Some clarification:

It started as an object oriented (C++) branch of ArduPilotMega. It provides an abstraction layer between the different modules of the autopilot so that they can be shared among different vehicle types. After several discussions, we on the development team choose…


Added by James Goppert on August 2, 2011 at 11:00am — 13 Comments

Do you think APM can handle this airframe????? :-) sure it can!!!!!

Hello people, this is POLLUX my first BIG uav airframe, (it has a twin named CASTOR)...


Wingspan 4.2 meters.

Lengnt: 3 meters

TOW: 55 kg aprox

Engine 100cc twin cilinder.


what do you think??????


Going to be ready really soon (i…


Added by diego colonnello on August 2, 2011 at 9:15am — 43 Comments

3D Robotics
What even better than a robot quad? A swarming robot landing pad!

Cool on multiple levels. (Insert obligatory "This is how Skynet becomes self-aware!" joke). From hackaday:



Added by Chris Anderson on August 2, 2011 at 6:32am — 6 Comments

Video: Proximity Formation

Join Team BlackSheep and associates for a weekend of formation flying in the alps. This video changes the perspective a bit, and gives lets you view our planes from the ground.

Added by trappy on August 2, 2011 at 5:40am — 23 Comments

3D Robotics
Custom quad controlled by a hacked wifi router, can be flown through a web browser

Here's a really impressive DIY quadcopter from the smart guys at Let's Make Robots. It uses custom firmware running on a hacked Fonera wifi router and regular Wii sensors to fly with a joystick via wifi.…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 1, 2011 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

New Entry level Frame for Multipilot32

The last effort of FoxTeam,

through collaboration by me and AleBS the result  is complete frame with Gimbal that we were able to put…


Added by Roberto Navoni on August 1, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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More 3D printing awesomeness

This guy took an old Guillows free-flight plane and converted it to a 3d printable version, which he sent off to Shapeways to be fabbed. Amazing.


Full photo gallery…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 1, 2011 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

ArduRover beta testers and documentation help needed!

The ArduRover (based on ArduPilotOne) user base is growing and it is time for a beta release. Right now, as the core developer, I do not have enough time to test the code thoroughly on all platforms. If you have an unmanned rover, boat, or quad, and a mavlink compatible ground station (free for download/ qgroundcontrol, hk gcs etc.) then feel free to become a beta tester.

As the community grows, documenting the code behavior for the end user will be…


Added by James Goppert on August 1, 2011 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments

3D Robotics
Mindblowing: "Parahawking" uses trained hawk to help paragliders find thermals

This is new to me and kinda amazing. The paraglider pilots train hawks to find thermals for them, then reward them with food. It's called "parahawking".


You know what would be better than a hawk? A little UAV programmed to do the same thing. They don't need little bits of meat all the time. Just…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 1, 2011 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

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