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Johnny Five is alive, another fantastic ETH project base jumping robot.

Technology with entertainment factor – this is the principal object of project Paraswift. During one year we develop a wall climbing robot, which doesn’t just climb down again after it reached the top! Instead, it opens a paraglider, drops off the wall and lands safely in front of the surprised audience.




Added by Gary Mortimer on September 10, 2011 at 2:45am — No Comments

My ArduRover setup

I've got broken rc hummer2 from a friend as a gift, when he learned that I do drones. After some time I fixed it and tested =) Hehe, drink and drive - legally! (do not try to repeat! LOL)

But without ardurover for now - APM is in my plane =) Just FPV car. Also it uses plane ESC, so car can move only forward.




Added by YureZzZ on September 9, 2011 at 12:41pm — 1 Comment

My 'Return for reward' stickers

In case my plane get lost in the wild :-D I've made some stickers with contact info, so if found - it can be returned.

As far as I know not all of us have color laserjet printer. And inkjet prints usually get blurred when soaked in water. In my case, my inkjet have black ink as pigment type of ink, which is waterproof. But if you like - feel free to change it.


Here is jpg demo and psd template.…


Added by YureZzZ on September 9, 2011 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

How I made a CHDK-launcher to Canon camera


Here is my memo: How I make camera launcher from old servo electronics, usb-cable and diode.

Here are quite many steps, so I write this memo if I need to make system again... Programming took only few minutes, to build circuit took more time.

My camera is Canon PowerShot…


Added by Alpo Hassinen on September 9, 2011 at 10:50am — 24 Comments

My Custom Arducopter Frame

After a long arduous process of getting my copter up in the air, it finally flies. I was happy with it for a week or so but am now unhappy with the CD Case body/frame that I'm currently sporting. So I decided to design a frame that was perfect for my needs.


I did all the work in AutoCAD(sorry about the colors). It's a mashup of my own design and the official Arducopter design, among others.


First up I have a Quad & Hexa version. These main plates (as I…


Added by Andrew Adams on September 9, 2011 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

Quadrocopter from Flying Machine Arena learns to follow trajectories

The now famous Flying Machine Arena from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) uploaded another video. This time they demonstrate the ability of the system to learn through practice. By using data from past experiments the quad is able to follow the exact trajectory given as a target, even if there are changes to the… Continue

Added by IKE on September 9, 2011 at 6:23am — No Comments

Meet Big Bertha and the Boys


Hi Diy'ers


Thought I would share my latest Project with you, and keep a running log of our progress. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome!


The Team :

Wessie van der Westhuizen a.k.a…


Added by Wessie on September 9, 2011 at 2:22am — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
New ArduPlane and ArduCopter code, Git and more!

Lots of housekeeping notes:


1) ArduCopter 2.0.40 is now live in the Mission Planner and for download. This is by far the best ArduCopter yet. You should see much better Altitude…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 8, 2011 at 10:00pm — 44 Comments

TaigaCam and predefined flight plan

This is a special version for aerial photography. On the plane there is a stabilized camera.

Here is the camera stand. Guess what is the weight of it? ;-)…


Added by Alpo Hassinen on September 8, 2011 at 12:06pm — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
More 3D printer + model aircraft goodness (cute helis this time)

The third installment from GE's adorable Air Show ad…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 8, 2011 at 11:38am — 6 Comments

9 degrees freedom $56 with AVR codebase;lang=en;name=ATAVRSBIN1-ND


This is an interesting board - perhaps most interesting is the approach to driver-based sensors in the…


Added by bGatti on September 8, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

It's not unmanned but it is electric flight!

On August 12, electrical/aerospace engineer and helicopter pilot Pascal Chretien took to the air in the world's first untethered, fully electric manned helicopter flight in a prototype machine that he designed and built almost entirely by himself within a 12 month development period. In his 2 minute, 10 second test flight, Chretien beat aviation giant Sikorsky…


Added by agmatthews on September 8, 2011 at 1:45am — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Meet the Developers: Roberto Navoni

This week's Meet the Developers series starts out with Roberto Navoni, who leads the Foxteam group in Italy that have been doing amazing things with multicopters. He's one of those guys who can do it all: hardware design, software, sensor analysis and business…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 7, 2011 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

Chip design, open source, and DIY: Part 2, open source issues

Above: Concept for an "abstract layout" workflow that could reconcile open source circuit designs with "closed" process design rules and libraries. First the designer would generate an abstract layout by instancing cells for various components. The above example shows a 2-input AND gate,…


Added by Geoffrey L. Barrows on September 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

The Fastest Drone I did

Project date 2002-2006 Completed

Wing Span 12ft

Weight 60-80kg

Engines tested were : 342cc boxer, 500cc boxer, 298cc Wankel…


Added by Ahmed Rehan on September 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — 16 Comments

Finally lifted with camera

Technically this is 3 frame with camera but the first one was hard to control, weight of GoPro with skeleton cover was too much for weak motors. 2nd one was stock ACM but ended in a crash with v39. Finally this was the only frame/setup can last long enough for me to take a video.



Added by Jeff E on September 6, 2011 at 7:37pm — 2 Comments

There's a bug in my flight control system!



An interesting photo essay "Chasing Nature" which shows several flying projects inspired by bugs and birds.  Not much detail, but enough context to allow googling of the original project…


Added by Mark Harrison on September 6, 2011 at 12:50pm — 6 Comments

Mamadu - my latest project

This project has been started in october 2009  and its purpose is to build a full autonomous short range reconnaissance survey plane.

Currently Mamadu UAV used Paparazzy YAPA v.2 board, CHIMU IMU, Xbee modems for telemetry downlink and VTQ video equipment.



Added by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on September 6, 2011 at 9:30am — 14 Comments

FrSky TFR4 FASST Compatible RX w/ PPM OUT

Wanted to give you guys a heads up on this RX I have been waiting for for quite some time.  The FrSky TFR4 - w/ normal servo connections it is a 4ch RX, but when set up as a PPM out RX you get 8ch out via PPM along w/ RSSI, and it is very small.  Perfect for use wherever a PPM RX is needed.



Added by Bob Hern on September 5, 2011 at 1:52pm — 2 Comments

New Micro FPV Kopter

The New FPV  APM  Kopter

In the foreground, the bumblebee

in the background the  Kamkop  with the GoPro 3D system



Added by Peter Koppendorfer on September 5, 2011 at 12:27pm — 23 Comments

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