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The rainy weekend APM Quad is airborne



Added by Christof Schmid on November 15, 2010 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Indoor fun with a tiny ArduCopter quadcopter

Do you have an…

Added by Jose Julio on November 15, 2010 at 11:12am — 261 Comments

Enterprise Blimp

Here is a link to a nice Enterprise Blimp.

Here is link:… Continue

Added by ken wood on November 15, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

3D model of a Reaper

I did not find any airframe building info here.So I think maybe we can build our own airframe .

Here :some 3D…


Added by Thomas Y Anderson on November 15, 2010 at 12:30am — 10 Comments

QGroundControl Integration for ArduPilotMega - Setup Guide

This is a quick how-to to get going with ArduPilotMega QGroundControl Integration. Note that this is a work in progress and that the gains/ waypoints sent to the apm are not currently setting the values in the autopilot. I'll be working today to hook these up. I could really use help debugging and coding though so I've posted this to get everyone else up to speed.
  1. Get ArduPilotMega mavlink branch: svn checkout…

Added by James Goppert on November 14, 2010 at 11:30am — 35 Comments

BOB4 - 1st autonomous indoor flight!

Watch on dailymotion (HQ)

I made my first autonomous flight today. I am very happy to achieve this result!…


Added by Leon on November 14, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments


Okay Pro's, Amateurs,Mechanical heads , Software engineers

Rustie's Flex foil.

This design below is based on the idea to be able to change a Airplane,UAV,Airframe Airfoils in midflight…


Added by Johann Van Niekerk on November 14, 2010 at 3:00am — 41 Comments

QGroundControl Integration for ArduPilotMega - Waypoint Send/Receive Working

I got the send/receive waypoint communication working. Now I just have to hook up all the variables to the apm control structures.

Added by James Goppert on November 14, 2010 at 1:14am — 24 Comments

Japanese UAV - single ducted fan

A UAV developed by the Japanese Ministry of Defence. The video's in Japanese unfortunately, but it does show some interesting concepts that I don't believe have been seen in many drones before.

The principle new concept is the single ducted fan that it appears to use. Unfortunately it's covered up in the close ups, but it appears to use thrust vectoring for stability and control. At the end (last 20 seconds or so) there's a video of the…

Added by Leo Rampen on November 13, 2010 at 1:47pm — 8 Comments

3D Robotics
Kinect + ROS = awesome SLAM solution!

Now we're talking! As I Love Robots puts it, "This is the driver we have been looking for. The ability to the use the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 13, 2010 at 10:17am — 11 Comments

Free OS UAV Plan!

I designed this baby over the weekend for everyone to have if interested. It should be a very good size for most of your application. I can be built with foam, wood, and composite.

Name: RVOS v.1.0

Wing Span: 1.6m

Length: 1.1m (nose to tip of v-tail)

Max Weight: 6kg

Recommend 4 Channels (Aileron, V-tail, Throttle)

Power: .45 - .65 or equilvalent electric power…


Added by Ryan on November 13, 2010 at 7:30am — 135 Comments

QGroundControl Integration for ArduPilotMega

I've just about wrapped up QGroundControl Integration for the ArduPilotMega. The code currently implements the majority of the common protocol for QGroundControl. You can successfully read raw sensor gps/imu/gyro data, read radio packets, check the system status, check the system heartbeat, get/set pid gains and other control parameters (note they have yet to replace the current values for the controllers). Tomorrow I hope to have waypoint send/receive complete and to do…

Added by James Goppert on November 13, 2010 at 1:25am — 7 Comments


here is a shot of the CFD analysis with XFLR5

some shots of the beta model…


Added by wayne garris on November 12, 2010 at 2:00pm — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
Paper plane captures images of space

"Three British amateur aerospace enthusiasts have successfully sent a camera-equipped paper airplane to…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 12, 2010 at 9:11am — 8 Comments

arducopter maiden flight

APM/oilpan quad 1st build from Tolabus Stein on Vimeo.

Arducopter flying on a frame I built from scratch.. Thank you Chris! The new APM worked like a charm.

And thanks to the rest of the DIY DRONES community. This is a way…


Added by Toby Stein on November 12, 2010 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

New Opensource LRS Coming

Hi Guys,

I just finished the test of our new opensource long range system modules.
This modules 3th generation and i guess i should design 4th generation before publishing them.

I'm using RFM22B radio modules and ATMEGA328P chips on Rx and Tx.

Rx modules including 8 channel servo ports and RS232 for telemetry uplink…


Added by Melih Karakelle on November 12, 2010 at 5:49am — 39 Comments

ROS Celebrates 3 Years of Open Source Robotics

From FastCompany: "This week marks the third anniversary of ROS (Robot Operating System), an open-source software platform for the… Continue

Added by Shannon Morrisey on November 11, 2010 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Swinglet CAM

I know this has been discussed before, but do you think APM could ever get to this level of ease of setup and use?

Arrive at the field, unpack the plane, open your laptop, fly... seems so quick and easy.…


Added by Paul Mather on November 11, 2010 at 10:30am — 16 Comments

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