Here's a couple of videos:…Continue
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…Continue
Madagascar Team Leader and Drone operator:
Zuzana Burivalova (PhD candidate)
Applied Ecology & Conservation Lab, ETH Zurich
See: www.conservationdrones.org for more…Continue
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.…Continue
Well, I finally did it. First in history? Powered sideways flips (I give it a shot of negative pitch when it's upside down).
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:
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…Continue
The Puzzlebox Orbit, which launched on Kickstarter last November and debuted Tuesday at the 2013…
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…Continue
My first test of 2 axys gimbal apm2.5 2.8.1
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…Continue
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:…Continue
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.
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.
What I have left to do:
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.…Continue
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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.Continue