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Showing APM telemetry data on Hitec Aurora's screen


Every now and then it's good to pack light and leave the laptop at home and just enjoy flying. Running out of battery at inconvenient time is however a concern of mine. I just recently finished a project to display telemetry data from APM on Aurora's screen. I'm not particularly proud of the technical side…


Added by Janne Mäntyharju on November 22, 2011 at 5:30am — 20 Comments

Stunt sheep

I know I'm probably going to get some heat for posting this, but some of you may enjoy a little collage of a "day in the life of a BlackSheep" nonetheless

If it helps, all approvals necessary were obtained, an army of ground helpers were available, as well as constant communication with the heliport tower to stay in the loop about incoming traffic.

Added by trappy on November 21, 2011 at 6:30pm — 194 Comments

Loop in the night with lighted Y6

It's time for me to add light on the Y6 and to try to fly in the night. I let you enjoy the movie.

I put the two LED strips directly on the supply rail, hope it's the best way to do it.

it's another pleasure to flight in the night…


Added by patrice.rance on November 21, 2011 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

ADNS3080 Optical flow sensor now available in the DIYDrones store!

In case you're looking for an optical flow sensor, there is now one available in the DIYDrones store for a penny under $40.


This sensor is based on the …


Added by Randy on November 21, 2011 at 6:36am — 101 Comments

Fournier RF-5 as UAV

Fournier RF5 as UAV

A low-wing stall-prone (due to specific airfoil) motoglider, flown without Pitot Tube.

Endurance 30-45min with one 4Ah battery, but it is so efficient it would fly easily for well above 1.5h.

Yet, I don't like the fact you have to throw it overhead so it will stay limited.

Cruise speed 45km/h.



Added by Krzysztof Bosak on November 21, 2011 at 5:51am — 7 Comments

The Kinect Accelerator – Microsoft is now backing Kinect-based start up companies

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The Kinect Accelerator – Microsoft is now backing Kinect-based start up companies

If you are a developer or existing team/startup focused on building a business that takes advantage of the Kinect and Natural User Interface technologies, then the Kinect Accelerator is where you need to be. Through this program, Microsoft is supporting…


Added by Visual Micro on November 21, 2011 at 3:32am — 10 Comments

Next generation flight simulator could be your next ground station


Imagine strapping into one of these instead of your standard head-mounted display for FPV!

The system, while linked to the likes of X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Sim, can take raw input from gyro data etc and put the pilot into that position.  With a Mil-SPEC HMD, the system is really quite immersive and a fun ride.  While not a traditional UAV…


Added by James Mullins on November 20, 2011 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

Trust your autopilot!

This time I've take-off in manual mode and then switched to auto. The plane starts to fly as programmed, but wind slide it few meters away from the point. That time observers starts to panic and I (never do that again) switched to manual to turn plane back to me... That was the biggest mistake! I've should wait a bit more... Luckily, nothing was broken - plane disassembled itself into 3 pieces. 5 minutes to take it together without any glue and back to the sky!


Here is a…


Added by YureZzZ on November 20, 2011 at 2:32pm — 5 Comments

Y6 Pulso 2820/14's with 13x6 APC electrics

Alright guys, here's the big heavy lift y6 I have been working on for almost 2 months now! I had it flying perfectly until a crash involving some motor troubles but now that is all sorted out now. I have re-routed the wires through the arms, stepping down the gauge significantly to do so. I also added lights, and as of now am powering the entire thing on one 12v filtered variable PSU rail and a 5v BEC for just the radio.

My wireless video TX is coming in next week and I already have…


Added by basshead on November 20, 2011 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

My first loop!


When I saw Warthox do a loop with MultiWii I was so impressed and inside my mind i said : one day you'll make one and I kept this dream inside a little box of my head. Today was my day when i decide to try .... Well I'll let you watch the film.


One thing ;) i made it with MultiWii 9.0, someone can tell me if i can try with APM? I never saw someone do it with APM…


Added by patrice.rance on November 20, 2011 at 9:30am — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
Unmanned heli lands on a moving trailer


In preparation for the upcoming real sea-trials, Boeing’s unmanned helicopter (based on a modified MD530F ‘little bird’) successfully landed on a moving platform towed by a truck. The project is under contract by the French armaments agency (DGA) and major…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2011 at 9:23am — 4 Comments

Design post #1

I'm planning to put my old and new ideas and designs to this post for commenting. Here is one of them.  It flies quite well and the wing is…


Added by Veikko Vierola on November 19, 2011 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Flying ArduCopter with a Joystick

I tried following today on 2.0.49 firmware with APM Planner 1.0.86. As you can see from the video, there was obvious lag in the command around 1/2 seconds. The other thing the quad was doing it was not coming to stabilize position when I centered the joystick. This is because of the uneven cushion I placed above table. The settings are

Joystick: Saitek…


Added by Farooq Niaz on November 19, 2011 at 10:30am — 115 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones in new MAKE Kit Guide

Make Magazine has a great new special issue on kits, which includes an interview with me on all the lessons on what not to do that I learned in the early days of DIY Drones (before we started 3D Robotics to do it…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 19, 2011 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

Scratch Built Wing on GeekStar


This week I completed the first flight of my scratch built wing on the GeekStar. It has different lift properties that required a larger rudder to be added to maintain control of the aircraft, and after increasing the rudder size, it flew just fine.

That officially marks the end of the scratch built mission I've been on for the last year or so; being able to create a RC Airplane from scratch that can meet or exceed a kit's…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on November 19, 2011 at 4:57am — 11 Comments

Hokuyo LiDAR interfaced with Arduino Mega 2560 board

Successfully interfaced Arduino Mega 2560 with Hokuyo URG-04LX-UG01 LiDAR using a USB Host Shield 2.0 from Circuits @ Home....the LiDAR gives the device descriptors step is to send the VV commands and receive info from LiDAR using other USB library functions.....


I'll mount this lidar on…


Added by Anant Rao on November 19, 2011 at 1:00am — 20 Comments

ArduWot - Setup and first flights


Since my previous introductory post we've installed APM in ArduWot and racked up quite a bit of flight testing. In this post I'll give you guys some details on the setup of APM and the flight testing we've done so far.

I mentioned in my previous post that we'd famliarised ourselves with APM using a flying wing before…


Added by Owen McAree on November 18, 2011 at 6:50pm — 1 Comment

Scientists invent lightest material on Earth. What now?

Scientists have invented a new material that is so lightweight it can sit atop a fluffy dandelion without crushing the little fuzzy seeds.

It's so lightweight, styrofoam is 100 times heavier.

It is so lightweight, in fact, that the research team consisting of scientists at UC Irvine, HRL Laboratories and Caltech say in the peer-reviewed …


Added by Max Levine on November 18, 2011 at 4:12pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
AeroVironment Hummingbird on the cover of Time

From a Time blog post on the photographer: 

New York photographer Jamie Chung spent two and a half weeks shooting the Hummingbird—among a handful of other inventions,…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
"Drone Journalism Arrives"


The New York Times has picked up on the theme we were discussing last week, of amateurs using UAVs (or FPV aircraft) to monitor police activity at protests. 


An important point raised…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2011 at 7:45am — 47 Comments

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