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Flite Test : ArduPilot Mega 2.5 - Review

Nice review

Added by gutzmann.dusty on December 18, 2012 at 8:54pm — 26 Comments

What I am up too

Currently operating my first UAV, a DJI 450 with standard equipment (motors, Esc, NAZA, GPS). I'm using a 9 channel JR receiver , EZOSD, 5000 MAH 45C battery pack, Sony 650 line camera with a  pitch axis adjustment that I fabricated that allows me to adjust from the ground, immersion 500 MW 5.8 GHZ transmitter, GoPro 3 Black, LED light system with controller. CF extended legs.

Ground equiment includes Fat Shark goggles with immersion 5.8GHZ receiver module, and a immersion 5.8 GHZ UNO…


Added by Richard Evans on December 18, 2012 at 7:53pm — 2 Comments

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Architecture firm uses drone to photograph projects

Just another in the long list of interesting civilian applications. Described here:

After more than a year of developing and adapting equipment that would allow us to explore the missing dimension, it is time to…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 18, 2012 at 4:56pm — 1 Comment

Robot Dragonfly!

Just got this from pozible.

A concept that seems pretty cool and you can buy one now. Awesome.

Added by Paul on December 18, 2012 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

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Synthetic aperture radar for $360

From Hackaday:

A few profs from MIT’s Lincoln Lab are giving those poor MIT undergrads something to do over winter break: they’re teaching a three-week course on building a…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 18, 2012 at 10:47am — 14 Comments

Hexapod Hexacopter

The evolution of Multicopters into fully autonomous systems is progressing at an alarming rate!  

Here we have a Hexacopter with a Hexpod for landing gear - allowing omnidirectional ground and air based movement. I…


Added by Craig Burden on December 18, 2012 at 6:33am — 17 Comments

Another Hero 3 Camera Test

The CanberraUAV team spent last Sunday playing with our new Hero 3 camera.

This is our X8 flying wing (piloted by Tridge) running through it's paces at CMAC:

Added by Stephen Dade on December 18, 2012 at 5:12am — 5 Comments

New Horizons in Autonomous Vehicles


Added by Mark Harrison on December 17, 2012 at 11:57pm — 6 Comments

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Autonomous Blackhawk

This is something NASA has been working on for years (I saw the Blackhawk hovering autonomously at NASA Ames in 2008), but it's good to see it actually out in the field.

From Singularity Hub:

The autonomous…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 17, 2012 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

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Incredible flapping 3D-printed weirdness takes to the skies over Japan

From Shapeways:

We do not always know exactly what everyone is 3D printing with Shapeways,…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 17, 2012 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Drones used in 60 Minutes episode!

Here some backstage details of last episode of "60 minutes", a popular tv show focused on the most relevant news around the world. This episode focuses on the biggest ship accident of modern era, the Costa Concordia sinking.

Starting from 1:40 of the embedded video you can see the italian made drone "Scrabble" which filmed aerial footage for CBS!…


Added by Mago on December 17, 2012 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Optimizing Wing Aerofoil for UAV long range flight

Around 10 days ago I started a debate on wing Aerofoil choices to improve flight range rather than endurance. A number of folk joined in with ideas and suggestions, and the choice was eventually made - The Selig S7075 at 9% thickness.

Many Aerofoils were simulated and the S7075 choice seemed a good one,  so I proceeded to make a prototype set of wings to begin some trials.

The 'original' wing is a Clark Z Aerofoil, 316mm Chord and 1.8meter span. Fitted to our…


Added by Gisela & Joe Noci on December 17, 2012 at 12:30pm — 86 Comments

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Brazil Motorcycle Meeting 2012 with an APM Hexa used in the flying shots!


I have/had many flight controls, Hoverfly Pro, MK, YS-X6, NAZA, Autoquad and APM. I test these a lot, on small quads and big octos, and I have to say that arducopter is getting better and better and I'm all for open source plataforms like Autoquad and Ardupilot. The speed of these…


Added by Antonius Kasbergen on December 17, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

A dock specifically designed for GoPro used on HeX or any other drone

We designed a dock and made a prototype by carving out all the components from glass-fabric board and putting them together.

the concept is like this

the prototype is showed as below…


Added by Hex Air Robot on December 17, 2012 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

Spectrum DX8 2 Switches 1 TX channel 6 Flight Modes

Spectrum DX8 

2 Switches   1 TX channel

6 Flight Modes

You don’t need to sacrifice 1 RX channel to mix 6 Flight Modes out of two switches.

Just mix Aux2 to itself in…


Added by Manfred Dickgiesser on December 16, 2012 at 8:30pm — 50 Comments

GoPro Hero 3 Cameras for Planes and Copters, Mounts, Setups, Experiences and the Good and the Bad.

The GoPro Hero 3 is the newest series of the popular GoPro hero Camera which has already gained wide popularity for use in RC planes, helicopters and multicopters.

It is an amazing little camera with incredible video and photo capabilities and the WiFi up and down link and remote provide an excellent…


Added by Gary McCray on December 16, 2012 at 8:15pm — 60 Comments

Flying in the Rain...

Sean Headrick of brought over the latest revision of his thin-shell Hugo quad.  He claimed it was fine to fly in the rain, which was convenient because it was raining like crazy!  I took some photos and videos of this interesting unit.  He gave me a body, which I'll assemble…


Added by Mark Harrison on December 16, 2012 at 7:37pm — 8 Comments

Flying With New GoPro 3 & Wifi Turned On.....

Received my new GoPro 3 Black editions on Friday and spent most of the weekend playing with all the settings and learning the new menus.  The iPhone App is awesome.  You basically can change and view all the available settings of your camera through your iPhone or iPad without touching the camera.


Unfortunately in my rush to get outside for a few…


Added by AKRCGUY on December 16, 2012 at 7:30pm — 9 Comments

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DIY Drones at 32,000 members

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 32,000!

There were well over 1.5 million page views this month, which is a new record (we get over 50,000 page views a day). It took us just 29 days to get this latest 1,000…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2012 at 1:57pm — 2 Comments

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Anyone tried the "Arkbird" OSD autopilot?

New product at Hobbyking, which looks like a stripped-down autopilot (just four waypoints, and no GCS) for $159. Fixed-wing only. Does anyone have any experience with…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2012 at 1:34pm — 10 Comments

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