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Parrot AR.Drone getting more autonomy?

From the Parrot AR.Drone Twitter feed:



Added by Chris Anderson on June 8, 2011 at 10:36am — 4 Comments

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More than a million page views a month here!

I'm sorry to keep posting stats on our growth here, but this is my baby and I can't help but be a little proud. We're now doing more than 1 million page views a month! Nice page/visit ratio,…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 8, 2011 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

On Screen Display with GPS

This new OSD was listed on the Hobbyking website today. The HobbyKing G-OSD unit is a quick and easy way to add GPS on screen information to your FPV system. With GPS Coordinates, airspeed, voltmeter and many more display functions this OSD unit will make a great addition to any FPV setup at a fraction of the cost of other GPS OSD systems currently…


Added by CrashingDutchman on June 7, 2011 at 11:03pm — 10 Comments

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New Analog 10 DoF sensor

Three-axis gyros, three-axis acellerometers, three-axis magnetometer and a pressure sensor:  $605 in batches of at least 100. Someday this will cost $6 and life will be… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 7, 2011 at 10:26pm — 7 Comments

AC2 First Real Test Flight & Crash


After being stuck dead in the water for 6 wks waiting for a new Tx.... Today was the day to do some real testing.  The weather was almost perfect, little gusty but not to bad.  I did some rough PID tuning in the garage late last night, and soldered the 3 Gyro pads.  It still…


Added by Russell B. Sutton on June 7, 2011 at 2:07pm — 8 Comments

APM Status Leds extended through expansion port

Hey Guys

Iv been playing with this Idea for awhile and I finally got it working over the weekend, for the pro coders and APM developers this might seem very simple but I find it usefull specially at the airfield since its hard to see inside the airframe sometimes,


as you can see in the video I have added two leds to the expantion port and…


Added by Johann Van Niekerk on June 7, 2011 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

How to Chat on DIY_Drones

How to Chat on DIY-Drones.

1.)  Click on " My Page"

2.)  look @ Bottom right corner of the screen.  Kinda works like FaceBook Chat.


Every day I find fellow DIY-Droners that have no clue that there is live " Chat "  they can use to help others or get help from…


Added by Russell B. Sutton on June 5, 2011 at 10:05pm — 12 Comments

Long time and no Pipo post

Well the software is not advancing at the speed I want.  However we're having great success with Multiwii.

I've dropped the price to reflect the lack of software. 


Added by Erez R on June 5, 2011 at 2:51pm — 3 Comments

Video: Into the Night


Added by trappy on June 5, 2011 at 8:30am — 31 Comments

New! APM Planner 1.0


Over the past couple of weeks I have been busy reworking my original APM Mission Planner. Together with my partner/designer Samantha Nelson we have focused on improving the APM Planner’s interface, ideally resulting in a more intuitive user experience.   

Below are a couple screenshots of the new…


Added by Michael Oborne on June 5, 2011 at 7:20am — 151 Comments

Fun with an helicopter autopilot.


I've setup my helicopter (Trex 600 with self written autopilot ) so I could position it via RC then tell it to freeze in place.

Today I had fun with that out at the Friends of Amateur rocketry site.


Its been a long 20 hour day and I'm tired. I have to catch a plane in the morning so I won't get a chance to do this later.

I'm uploading the view from the helicopter.It should…


Added by Pbreed on June 4, 2011 at 10:30pm — 15 Comments

VTOL unmaned mobile battery swapper

A DIY DRONES inspired project

           The project officialy start after my first 8 months with DIY DRONES.…


Added by Bernard Michaud on June 4, 2011 at 5:45am — 12 Comments

Building my UAV Modular Test Platform - Part 2

I completed the airframe of my Modular Test Platform this week. It's core function is to allow me to test, repair, and replace each section individually, cutting down on prototyping cost and time.


The airplane itself is made from Bluecor aka Fan Fold Foam, and is supported by poplar wooden dowels. These serve two purposes: support the airframe by adding rigidity, and allow for each section to be removed and added as needed.




Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on June 4, 2011 at 5:16am — 13 Comments

How the FAA defines "Commercial Use"


A major concern with sUAS is what does the FAA consider "Commercial Use".

Here is a comment from a law firm:

" The FAA has consistently defined commercial operation in terms of whether the…


Added by Duane Brocious on June 3, 2011 at 5:30pm — 26 Comments

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DIY Drones visit to Scaled Composites

This week, some of the 3D Robotics engineers and I visited Scaled Composites in Mojave, about an hour and half east of Los Angeles, to demo ArduCopter, get a tour of the facilities and talk about the DIY Drones community-driven innovation model with the…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2011 at 4:30pm — 31 Comments

Multipilot 32 : Great News about my last test on Gps Hold functionality

This video is the result of my last test :

In the test i'm using :

n my development i'm using :

Multipliot 32 :




Added by Roberto Navoni on June 3, 2011 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

Find your UAV when it get lost - Dronecell and GPS

Following Chris' post about the dronecell, here is a first use i've made with it.




I combined a GPS, which is being read by a PIC controller, every X seconds, then every 5 readouts it will send the last 5 readings over SMS text message to my cellphone.


The idea is to…


Added by ARHEXA on June 3, 2011 at 1:30pm — 21 Comments

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User groups added to DIY Drones

Ning (the social networking platform we're built on) has added a useful Groups function, so we've used that to start user groups.


If you have an ArduCopter or are using APM for a fixed wing aircraft, please join the relevant user group, which you can find in the column on the right of this page. Anyone can…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2011 at 12:51pm — 4 Comments

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New product in the DIY Drones store: the DroneCell GPRS board


Here's a new board for people who want longer range than Xbee can provide. You just treat it as a regular serial port, just like an Xbee, and with the right code it can communicate with anything from a website to a phone. There's no APM code for it yet, but sample code is provided so you can find your own…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2011 at 11:41am — 21 Comments

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