As someone who never really got the hang of sketchup, this looks interesting. Free solid modeling tool, billed as a stripped down version of Inventor and keeping feature such as assemblies, constraints and .STL export.
Downloading a copy now.
Antonio Liska, who has won the Sparkfun AVC for two years with a homebuilt autopilot, is now selling a commercial version of that hardware. It's called the "Goose" and it's just airplane-only at the moment and closed source, but it has impressive…Continue
I bought a cheap RC Futaba T7CP on ebay, but I spent 3 days in order to understand the right configurations of switches to enable 6 flight modes.
Here, my solution. Hope useful for the community.
(I used some hints from other blogs)
1. I used SWE and SWA. SWE is a 3-position switch. while SWA is on the left and it is a 2-position switch
2. You have to set End Point, SubTrim and RT in MIX. First, set the ENDPOINT for CH5 to be 50%(UP) and 52%(DOWN). You can tune…Continue
I thought it would be fun to have an 'inverted flight' switch on my transmitter. With an APM, it's easy! I just added a check for a PWM value above 1700 on channel 7 in read_control_switch(), and when it is above 1700 it sets a inverted_flight boolean. That adds 180 degrees to the nav_roll, which is the target roll for the stabiliser, and it switches the…Continue
I did a flight with Ben Levitt's code to track a moving target with a UavDevBoard.
Here is the video
Many thanks to Ben for the code and to all the core team (Bill Premerlani, Pete Hollands, Ben Levitt), for continuous support.
This week I took the Modular Test Platform (MTP) for it's maiden flight, I can't tell you how nervous I was to give it it's first throw, or how excited I was when I saw flying through the air! You all probably know what I mean.
I got 2 or 3 "OK" flights in (20-30 seconds) before it had gotten beaten up enough to not really fly anymore. With each crash though, I was expecting more damage, but those wooden dowels really add a lot of strength…Continue
If you update to the latest Mission Planner (1.05) you'll see a cool new feature Michael Oborne has just added: integrated OSD video! Just select your video input device from your aircraft's camera feed from the Configuration screen (Planner tab) and it will replace the background of the artificial horizon on the GCS,…Continue
This week SparksFun has a new Imax6 charger for RC batteries.
They will also start stocking the shelves with LiPo batteries next week. SWEET!…Continue
Jason, Gigio and I just got back from a day of test flying four ArduCopters, which is the most we've ever had out at one time. These were of different designs, with different props, motors, ESCs, batteries, frames etc. The point was to try to see why some people have great-performing ArduCopters and others have issues. We…Continue
My last blog post on this subject was incomplete. Now I have photos I actually built and tested it. …Continue
Not much in details but the Star Press Article is available…Continue
This little sketch lets you use an Arduino to read the output signals from your RC Rx and displays them to the terminal window.…Continue
Since getting video into a computer is cheaper than ever, we've been
contemplating the idea of a cheap, turret mounted camera for position
tracking. The sonar transducer is a huge source of weight & it doesn't
look like Marcy 1 will ever be stable enough to stay in sonar range.
Gigio (udrones) has added a great tutorial to the manual on how to add a pan-tilt camera mount to ArduCopter using Hobbyking parts. Total cost: about $57. Perfect for a…Continue
To put everybody in context, this is the very first idea that I had
in mind and since picture worth a thousand words,
here is the battery exchanger initial…Continue
This document describes how to connect an ArduPilotMega with qGroundControl via USB (helpful for first tests of your micro controller).
ArduPilotMega is an Arduino based Autopilot micro controller, programmable with C/C++. Arduino based stuff is nice, because it does not require much of hardware knowledge to get started.…
Gary Mortimer passes on sad news:
The Washington Post reports the death of Maynard Hill an inspiration to so many in the sUAS world. Our condolences to his family
Maynard Hill, a…
One of the most commonly-used features in pro UAVs is point-and-click mission control in real time. Rather than just pre-planned missions or manually flying the UAV, operators can just click on a map and say "go here now".
Good news: we've now implemented this in APM. If you update to the latest Mission…Continue
I completed a first test flight for roll stabilization for vertical mapping. It dramatically helps aiming the camera down, and should help with optimizing/maximizing line spacing and acheiving better results for any stitching and photogrammetry processing by getting generally vertical rather than slightly oblique photos.
I used microrax.com for building the mount itself, this is really handy stuff for these types of projects, it is the tiny version of T slot tubing. Once you use it for…
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