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3D Robotics
Anyone entering the Huntsville International Micro Air Vehicle Competition?

IMAV 2011 is May 23-27 in Huntsville, Alabama. There are two autonomous…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 22, 2011 at 7:41am — 8 Comments

ArduPilot Mega Instructional videos


I am a recent owner of ArduPilot Mega and while I have been assembling, connecting and testing the board I made a few video tutorials. I think they will be useful for beginners and potential customers and will give opportunity to learn more about the APM.

Here are the links:



Added by Kirill on March 22, 2011 at 4:26am — 8 Comments

3m twin boom pusher SUSPECTOR

I published some of the images of this project already on myPage. Actually I wanted to copycat the Swiss army drone scout 95, but I changed the tail design during the build phase. I started with a Google SketchUp drawing I made, but as I changed the design it's not actualized. I used a Clark-y profile.



Added by Marco Glattfelder on March 22, 2011 at 3:00am — 7 Comments

DIY Drones Member Projects

Hello DIY Droners.  

Please allow me…


Added by Brian on March 21, 2011 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

Choosing an airframe

The entire community runs off the knowledge of others, recommending things for each other, building things for each other, coding things for each other. As I am trying to get some code together for later release it came to me that the maths I'd been using to help an RC Groups thread would be spot on for us. I of…


Added by Ritchie on March 21, 2011 at 5:18pm — 18 Comments

Going all off topic again

I think we all like…


Added by Gary Mortimer on March 21, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

UAV for High School Senior Project 

As a senior at my high school we are required to complete a senior project prior to graduation. The project can be anything from building park benches to making improvements to the school but it must benefit the community in some way. I have chosen to build a UAV to provide aerial photographs for agencies here in Fairbanks, AK like Fish and Game, city planning, and for public…


Added by Corey Upton on March 21, 2011 at 5:00am — 11 Comments

Arducopter Team , Pirates , Holger Setup new benchmark. We need to work hard :)

Dear Friends,

Holger the Creator of Mikrokopter have setup a new benchmark . We need to work hard to improve our project :)

Great Job Holger , if you have an Multipilot1.0 or MK FC 2.0-1  with navi you can check these new features.

He use on his fly control a 8 bit micro 644p the same of MP10 , the main difference is that he use…


Added by Roberto Navoni on March 21, 2011 at 2:30am — 26 Comments

3D Robotics
UHF RC range extender

This $200 radio replaces your RC receiver and connects to your RC transmitter. Using the UHF band and higher power than regular RC gear, it's supposed to extend your range to miles. Mostly intended for FPV flying, but has clear application for UAV use, too. 




Added by Chris Anderson on March 20, 2011 at 8:30pm — 25 Comments

US Navy Radiation Sensor

For some reason, this weeks Electronics Goldmine flyer had only one dish on the menu: Geiger Counters. Would you like them in the rain or on a train? I have to say though, flying a Geiger Counter is a practical application for small UAV which cannot be accomplished by manned…


Added by bGatti on March 20, 2011 at 10:34am — 21 Comments

Sweden's Television (SVT) makes kid's show using Blimpduino

Sweden's national TV channel SVT aired an episode this week of it's kid's show "Mekatronik" (Swedish for mechatronics) where a Blimpduino kit was used to demonstrate ballooning.

The complete episode is available here:… Continue

Added by David S on March 20, 2011 at 1:30am — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Why doesn't the ball fall off the quad?

SSM has a fun physics questions over at RCG: why doesn't a tennis ball fall off his KK quad when he's flying?

Well, I wanted to return a stray tennis ball to some kids playing in the tennis courts at the local park.

So I pick up the ball and place it on top of my Quad. The ball is on an upside down plastic sandwich box (to protect the…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 19, 2011 at 3:32pm — 40 Comments

U.S. sending Global Hawk drone to Japan

An RQ-4 Global Hawk, a reconnaissance drone, will be used to help survey damage to towns and industrial facilities in Japan.

(Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nichelle Anderson) [from CNET (TM) News]…


Added by Ron Jacobs on March 19, 2011 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

Using the new GoPro firmware for FPV flying on an Arducopter


Recently, GoPro released new firmware for the GoPro HD camera ( There are improvements and features in various areas, but the one that interested me was the "Live Feed Out" feature, which is the…


Added by Robert Beatty on March 19, 2011 at 1:30pm — 24 Comments



Thanks to Bill AKA I Love Robotics, the National Recreation Flyers has its own domain name!

My vote goes to Bill as…


Added by Duane Brocious on March 19, 2011 at 12:43pm — 1 Comment

Ardu(tri)Copter gets converted to Ardu(Y6)Copter

Here is a quick preview of my next frame for ArduCopterMega. That is my Tri-Copter frame with the old landing skids (t-rex 500) from first quad frame. I just need to rewire ECS :) And its ready to fly. 

Arms are 15X15mm 1mm thick and 500mm long.

10X4.7 BC2836-11 750KV 30A ESC 4S 3000mah lipo.



Added by Max Levine on March 18, 2011 at 7:48pm — 29 Comments

Marcy 1 actuator development

Now, development of an actuator for Marcy 1.  After all that static testing against gravity, the restoring force from the air wasn't enough to get the flap to straighten.  She just cocked up like a wing at 45 deg.

Since air exerts less force than gravity, maybe actuating the entire wing with some kind of spring as a…


Added by Jack Crossfire on March 18, 2011 at 3:39pm — 4 Comments

Multipilot32 : VRIDE and VROS Status of Project. (17-03-2011) Q&A

Status of Project:

Hardware Available and in public roadmap.

I wrote this post for me , for try to understand where this huge project are  going and for all our  developer , user and people that daily ask me a lot of…


Added by Roberto Navoni on March 17, 2011 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

FIRST Robotics Competition

If you are familiar with the FIRST organization, you know that its filled with great students, mentors and of course robots. I have infact read rumors of DIY drones working with FIRST to develop a quad competition (awesome!). Lots of events around the country are happening…


Added by SciFly on March 16, 2011 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

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