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Open-source ESC - is there a potential community?

Greetings - I have been following this site for some time and I believe that it is time for me to stick my toe in the water.  I am an electrical engineer in my day job and I design the commercial, industrial, and military equivalent of ESC's for various applications.  I have designed the schematics, pbc's, and written the…


Added by Jason on August 15, 2012 at 4:30pm — 62 Comments

FY-901 Multi-Rotor Flight Stabilization Controller with self-leveling

A search for this product revealed that it has not been discussed before on diydrones.  The FY-901 is an inertial stabilization controller for your multi-rotor aircraft developed by FeiyuTech.…


Added by CrashingDutchman on August 15, 2012 at 12:12pm — 7 Comments

Autonomous flight mission with the ArduPlaneNG v2.x R5 and AIOP IMU board on Maxi Swift flying wing

Here a video of an autonomous flight with a Maxi Swift flying wing fully piloted by the firmware ArduPlaneNG v2.x R5 with an All In One Pro (AIOP) full IMU board.This is a porting of the ArduPlane v2 (v2.4+v2.5) firmware and special addons and improvements for the AIOP board that I have added.

The wind was 15 km/h gusting 22 km/h. The flight…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on August 15, 2012 at 9:37am — 142 Comments

Melbourne UAV is out of the Outback Challenge

Hi Guys,

Added by Scott James on August 15, 2012 at 5:30am — 15 Comments

MAking Headway with a Gasser Traditional helicopter Arducopter (APM1) Camera Ship.

The test hop was short due to having spit balled the throttle and pitch curves to come out with a head speed of ~1300rpm and a motor speed of ~1-,500rpm

The vibration…


Added by Ben Carson on August 14, 2012 at 5:00pm — 20 Comments

3D Robotics
Defense industry UAV makers transitioning to commercial/civilian markets

Part of a report on the AUVSI show by the Robot Report. Also check out …


Added by Chris Anderson on August 14, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Complete Guide to lipo batteries

Taken from the page:

After seeing the many many posts on LiPoly's and answering similar…


Added by Norman Sanchez on August 14, 2012 at 4:30am — 15 Comments

FreePilot Pre-Maiden Status

Hi Guys,

Its been some time since I gave any public updates to you people (contributors have got weeklies) on the status of the FreePilot project. Now as the project nears completion, I am posting photos and the current status for you people to comment on , advise, criticize , etc. I have run into some issues, most of which have been solved, but still need…


Added by Kabir on August 14, 2012 at 3:30am — 23 Comments

Scientists develop fast recharging material for lithium-ion batteries

A group of South Korean scientists has developed a new material for a secondary or rechargeable battery that can be fully recharged in just a matter of minutes, the science ministry said Monday.

A group of South Korean scientists has developed a new material for a secondary or rechargeable battery that can…


Added by CrashingDutchman on August 14, 2012 at 3:00am — 6 Comments

FPV FRANCE - Flying my AXN jet over Alsatian plain.

Added by Gamani on August 14, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

RF Coverage Prediction (Worldwide)

The communication Research Center of Canada maintains a website where we can predict the coverage of our emitter (RX, video, telemetry, ....) in Canada (it may work for the rest of the world but I didn't test it).

you need to create a login/password, it's free then fill the characteristics of your emitter…


Added by Bertrand Duchiron on August 13, 2012 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

9x Firmware Update - How to Install er9x on your 9x Radio


Hello. This is a follow up to our "9x DIY Upgrade Kit" install video. It covers everything you need to successfully update the firmware on your 9x radio following the hardware install covered in first video. In addition, this video also shows you how to install sample models and calibrate your radio.

The video is divided into sections…


Added by Thomas Gregg on August 13, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Wiki Ninja
Videos of APM 2.0/ 1.4 1280 & 2560 machines

(Moderators- Notified user of pics and video requirement to be approved for posting)


Hey DIY Droners,

There's a dearth of videos from DIY Droners as I've observe. I'm just wondering how come we don't put out much videos of our machines equipped with APM 2.0s/1.4 1280 & 2560 machines on Youtube and/ or Vimeo and some other video hosting sites. 

When you search APM 2.0 at YT, the result at the top is the video of the APM 2.0 equipped Multiplex Fun Cub…


Added by Gent Armedo on August 13, 2012 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

Attack of the Clones!

I was pilfering through ebay for some good deals on camera gimbals and I stumbled upon a store called gadgetinfinite.  They are selling several 3DR clones on their site.  I also noticed another one called game-jmt that is selling 3DR radios.  It seems there is an endless cycle of clones coming from China with no end in site.…


Added by Todd Hill on August 13, 2012 at 12:30pm — 61 Comments

Mapping a Larger Area

I got a chance to make a larger map with the E382 a few weeks ago and I ran it through Agisoft Photoscan for the postprocessing.


Platform: E382

Camera: SX230 HS with CHDK

Mapping Time: 30 minutes

Flight Time: 33-34 minutes

Images used: 341

Processing Time:…


Added by Jeff Taylor on August 13, 2012 at 11:50am — 11 Comments

DJI Innovatons WKH Traditional Heli Test.

Yesterday a few  of the UK Ardupilot group (Malcolm, Dean & I) arrived at a flight field ready to take a look at and test the DJI Innovations WKH on a traditional Heli, this was installed on a Spectra petrol Heli, it was sent out to hold its position in GPS ATTI mode, we filmed the Spectra to show how it got on! Dean had his OctoCopter there so we…


Added by Martint on August 13, 2012 at 1:47am — 13 Comments

FPV Equipment Test

Testing out some FPV equipment on the bench isn't as exciting as it should be. With some limited time this past weekend we mounted  (re: threw together a rats nest of wires and rubber bands) everything on a mobile test bed -  a 1/8 Scale MadStorm NP Truggy.

Components include:

  • DragonLink
  • 1W Lawmate @ 1280MHz Vtx
  • Lawmate Vrx
  • Fat Shark Dominator Video Goggles



Added by Boston UAV on August 12, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Hexacopter APM2 Loiter mode Battery Endurance Test

Testing my fully charged HaiYin 5000mAh 4S 30-40c battery. Almost 17 minutes of mostly Loiter mode flying and a bit of manual flying towards the end. 

Added by weelian soh on August 12, 2012 at 6:44am — 6 Comments

micro-sized Arduino Kickstarter project


Added by John Edmonds on August 11, 2012 at 9:49pm — 1 Comment

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