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ArduCopter GoPro Mount, 2-Axis from ArduCopter factory @ jDrones

ArduCopter GoPro 2-Axis Camera-mount


ArduCopter factory is  pleased to release first camera mount to famous ArduCopter frames. 


This camera-mount fits on all original ArduCopter Quads and Hexas made…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on November 7, 2011 at 1:36am — 41 Comments

APM as mobility challenged aid

Many will know of people who through illness or injury who used to fly etc... and no longer can, would like to be able to do so again (I am in the above). 

Our project (my wife is now my hands) is to use a head based sensor and the APM to achieve some form of control.  If there is anyone interested in this project and some genuine interest I'm sure my lovely wife will add to this blog.

To date we have built a stable quad with our own cnc cuttout components…


Added by Clinton Mckinnon on November 6, 2011 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

UAV Exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum

It's all about expectations, I suppose, but even knowing that I have to admit disappointment.  We just got back from a visit to the National Air and Space Museum on the mall in Washington DC.  If you have never been there, you really need to go.  This isn't about the museum in general--we have been there many times. …


Added by Paul Marsh on November 6, 2011 at 6:30am — 13 Comments

3D Robotics
Tour of the new 3D Robotics factory

I was in San Diego on Thursday to speak at the AUVSI's Unmanned Systems Interoperability Conference and to do a Bloomberg TV segment on 3D Robotics/DIY Drones. This was a good opportunity to tour the new factory, which is now in its own 10,000 square…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 5, 2011 at 3:00pm — 48 Comments

Flight, Crash, Repair and Endurance Testing



This week I crashed, repaired and conducted endurance/efficiency testing on the GeekStar. Compared to the Easy Star and it's brushed / NiMh set up, it performed very well.


Each flight I used full throttle on takeoff, and half to less than half throttle to maintain altitude.


5 min. of flight - consumed 231mAh

10 min. of flight - consumed 399 mAh

15 min. of flight - consumed 575 mAh


I then pushed…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on November 5, 2011 at 4:23am — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Open source infrared camera control

From Hackaday(needless to say, this design isn't quite right for UAV use, since the battery wouldn't be needed, but it's close:


Here are the guts of…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 4, 2011 at 12:57pm — 2 Comments

Quadcopter - Testing GoPro Film

Hi all,

I just want to share the last video we did in Portugal.

It was our first test with a GoPro camera and I think it was a nice test. We need to improve the Stability and Pilot skill…

In the end of the day we crash the Quadcopter (no battery) and broke the Hobbyking frame :(

New frame is coming (homemade)……


Added by Filipe Feijão on November 4, 2011 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

ArduCopter-powered FPV Monster

Hello ,

Now I made a little video of my
FPV ​​monster!






Added by Peter Koppendorfer on November 4, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

First video with the ArduBixler

I've been building a Bixler/Sky Surfer for a few months now, and had ardupilot mega and all in hand, yet no pilot experience.  So i've joined a local AMA club and learned to fly.  Last week i flew with the APM for the first time, and this week (after waiting to get the pan/tilt mount in) flew with the camera, so figured I'd show the results of video recorded with the APM planner :)…


Added by apocolipse on November 3, 2011 at 5:06pm — 12 Comments

My first Blog post on DIY Drones!

So this is my first post and i thought that i would share my FPV video with you guys!


A little bit of information:

Video: 1,2Ghz 800mw and 8 dBi patch antenna.

Radio: Futaba 12FG with 1W WiFi booster and 12 dBi patch antenna

Airplane: My own design and built "Dr.Marten" plane.

OSD: Eagletree 

Battery: 1x4000 mah …


Added by OzCaGrr on November 3, 2011 at 4:00pm — 28 Comments

Something New from DJI

Almost all of us know about the famous wookong-M


Something new I had a chance to see yesterday on their mini site


WooKong-M View
WooKong-M Click&Go…

Added by Farooq Niaz on November 3, 2011 at 12:30am — 12 Comments

APM hardware-in-the-loop simulation on non-windows system (mac, linux)

Hi guys,

This is not really a post about something new but rather a summary of steps others did before me and a little help to my personal memory (already forgot once how it works). The post is referring to ArduPlane but I don't see what would be different for ArduCopter. Would also like…


Added by Andre S on November 2, 2011 at 2:33pm — 29 Comments

3D Robotics
ArduIMU V3 is finally here!

Long time since my last post!

I'm glad to announce the new ArduIMU V3 that will take the place of the very successful ArduIMU v2 (flat version). We called it flat version because ArduIMU V2 was created in a time where 3 axis and even 2 axis gyros were not so common and we had to place some of the…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on November 2, 2011 at 1:00pm — 66 Comments

3D Robotics
Meet the Developers: "Hazy" (Xiaojiang Huang)

Here's one of my favorite stories about the power of community. In May this year, it was reported here that Chinese companies were making and selling APM clones, and had even translated the manual into Chinese. People wanted to know what we were going to do to stop this "piracy", but I pointed out that such derivative designs were both…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 1, 2011 at 9:30pm — 11 Comments

Suicide mission ;-)



The fun stuff starts around 1.30 ..


This is what can easily happen when too confident and not enough prepared, when you get caught in some unexpected altitude windstream, even a little one


To sum it up .. suicide mission ; Had no fpv, no lights, no simple or rtl mode programmed


The panasonic was found split in two, but amazingly , the copter only bent one arm; i repaired since then . Am now waiting for a brand…


Added by Anis Nielsen on November 1, 2011 at 5:30pm — 15 Comments

ArduCopter on a short film

Look at minute 9:46 to see the aerial images:
(diydrones logo is on credits also)
And some scenes of the making off (first minute):
Some months ago, Dario Lopez, a local director calls me to take…

Added by Jose Julio on November 1, 2011 at 4:20pm — 3 Comments

Faro Focus 3D Scanner - Still a bit large, but 3D Scanners are getting smaller and smaller.

This is a 3D scanner from Faro.  Spec sheet and brochure and videos can be found at the distributor web site ATS.  This is a video of the scanner on a Lego trolley, so how long until we have something this good on a quad for automated object avoidance and landing???  Engadget article can be found…


Added by Scott Plunkett on November 1, 2011 at 1:14pm — 4 Comments

New meaning for the phrase "Don't Mess With Texas;" Texas Sheriff's office receives weaponizable drone, alarms local news station

Saw this on the news, and then read about it today on engadget as well.  Interesting points - 50 pound chopper, to be used primarily for surveillance, but also weapons capable.  Local 2 News has a tendency to blow things out of proportion, and they clearly wanted to sensationalize this, but the technology…


Added by Scott Plunkett on November 1, 2011 at 1:03pm — 18 Comments

Mapping with Ardupilot

I've been playing with ArduPlane for quite a while and have finally got to the point where I can make it do something useful. I've been inspired by others on this site to use it for aerial photography to make 3D maps and the like.


I have an ST Models Discovery as the airframe (awesome platform for Arduplane by the way) and have made my own camera mount out of plywood for the bottom. It has one servo for roll stabilisation using CHAN 8 on the autopilot to keep the camera…


Added by James masterman on November 1, 2011 at 1:45am — 57 Comments

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