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The new Gluonpilot 2 has been launched...

Yesterday I received one of the first updated Gluonpilot 2's from Tom Pycke in Belgium,

The Gluonpilot is an open source project created by Tom and the new GP2 is a completely new hardware design but firmware will run on both new and old Gluonpilots.

I have been flying the…


Added by icebear on November 16, 2012 at 11:20am — 14 Comments

"Black Ops II" Multicopter Flight

After picking up my pre-order copy of Black Ops II earlier this week, I felt inspired to make a quick multicopter flight video with a Sci Fi flair.  Copter is my Xaircraft X650-V8 using GoPro for video.


Added by AKRCGUY on November 16, 2012 at 10:36am — 1 Comment

u-blox NEO-6P GPS chip

I was just notified by a supplier of gps modules in RSA that this product has become available locally(RSA). I'm not sure how long this has been out in the rest of the world, but the following statement had my attention : NEO-6P GPS module for Precise Point Positioning....OK, what is PPP, and how accurate is it exactly. The…


Added by Antonie Kruger on November 16, 2012 at 1:30am — 22 Comments

Testing quad copter with APM, Mission Planner and a Saitek Joystick

I've been flying the quad for a bit now trying. Decided to test the functionality of a X52 controlling the quad. Aside from the bad pot on a older x52 I'd say it works pretty well. I'm tempted to go out and buy a new x52 based off these results..


Added by Scott Fuller on November 16, 2012 at 12:00am — 13 Comments

Boundary layer turbine (Tesla turbine) propulsion

One of the major weak spots with multi-rotors is the exposed propeller blades, they break and they hurt things.

I know people have designed guards and experimented with ducted fans, but has anyone done work with a boundary layer turbine arrangement? I've been kicking this idea around in the back of my head for some time now and just recently saw a ceiling fan…


Added by Joshua Ott on November 15, 2012 at 10:30pm — 21 Comments

Unboxing 3dr Hexa APM 2.5

Just received my hexacopter. I had been looking for reviews and information on the product before i purchased but just couldn't fine anything out there. I bit the bullet and purchased this craft from them and was happy with their service and the quality of the product when it arrived. 

I went all out and bought the RTF version with all the…


Added by droner on November 15, 2012 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

fly hexacopter with single motor failure?

I know that it is taken as common knowledge that a hexacopter with a single motor failure cannot be flown beyond a controlled crash landing, but this is just plain wrong with our ArduPilot Mega hardware and if we can't do it, it is because of inadequate software.

I have a KK X525 quadcopter which I have flown very successfully for some time with the APM2.

One ESC on it is now progressively failing, continuously reducing power to it's motor after about 2 minutes flight, but all…


Added by Gary McCray on November 15, 2012 at 7:09pm — 21 Comments

Pinery Country Club / Golf Course - Ground Control Point and Sensor Verification Results

November 15, 2012; The Pinery Project

In a collaboration between DroneMapper, Falcon UAV, CompassData, Inc. and The Pinery Country Club we collectively demonstrated accurate geo-spatial mapping (in 3 dimensions) of a reasonably large area using affordable technology - UAV, consumer camera and ground control. First, a little bit about our partners:

  • Falcon UAV  is a small unmanned aircraft designed to provide live…

Added by JP on November 15, 2012 at 10:54am — 7 Comments

Protecting APM2.5 Baro sensor

If your barometric sensor exposed on APM2.5?? Or you have tape/foam hack to cover it. Here is more elegant way to cover your baro nicely. On older APM2.0 baro sensor was covered with another PCB so it was not so exposed to wind blows and you got better altitude hold with it. On new APM2.5 board upper daughter board has been removed and barometric sensor is now fully exposed so…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on November 14, 2012 at 9:45pm — 23 Comments

3D Robotics
Great review of APM 2.5 in Servo magazine

If you're a subscriber to Servo Magazine (and you should be) you'll recognize something in this month's issue--a rave review of…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 14, 2012 at 9:37pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Kickstarter quad misses its target

The NanoQ copter had an ambitious $230,000 goal and missed it, but you can still follow them here:


What happens if we don’t…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 14, 2012 at 9:16pm — 4 Comments

X8 foam wing with APM + accesories for +$7K USD? interesting...

Just found this website:…


Added by Mauricio on November 14, 2012 at 8:30pm — 25 Comments

Talking NASA UA Science projects on the podcast today

Geoff Blands joins Patrick and Gene on today's podcast to talk a little about his work at NASA and no doubt the ARC 1.0 committee. (Patrick can't help himself)

Some of you are probably aware of Geoffs work with …


Added by Gary Mortimer on November 14, 2012 at 6:34am — No Comments

Low profile 2.5mm AV plug

Here are the last steps in constructing an AV plug that will fit inside the GoPro waterproof housing-

All the parts are cut down to leave room for the soldered connections, don't cut them too short or the plug will be weak and floppy. The plastic insulation…


Added by Joshua Ott on November 14, 2012 at 1:30am — 14 Comments

Adding External LED Indicators and a Piezo Beeper for Arm and GPS Status


I am using the APM 2 for both my quads and it is tricky to get the barometer covered to avoid errant airflow since it is below the daughterboard. To solve this, I ended up pretty much filling up my stack cover with breathable foam. But once that was done, I could barely see the on-board LED…


Added by Scott Berfield on November 13, 2012 at 9:30pm — 120 Comments

My QAV500 quad progress

I have been poking this build with a stick occasionally as I was working on my Power Wheels Rover project in the meantime. But now I am back to working on this quad.

Build list:

  • QAV500 frame
  • APM 2.5
  • SunnySky 2814-10 motors
  • Hobbymate 40A ESCs
  • Graupner E-Props…

Added by Daniel Chote on November 13, 2012 at 1:01pm — 5 Comments

Gimbal support on APM - dead easy

I wasn't sure what would be involved in getting a simple gimbal (in my case, just a tilt platform really) hooked up and working, but it was dead easy.

My wife recently made me a present of a GoPro Hero 2 and a tilt-mount.

This is a cheap little thing, but it fits the frame I have and it comes with the…


Added by Scott Berfield on November 13, 2012 at 11:00am — 17 Comments

4th flight with my quad

My first blog. I have been very careful with learning how to fly. So it is not very interesting.

Added by Dave Cervinka on November 13, 2012 at 3:54am — 8 Comments

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