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Books on Autonomous Robotics


I have been very intrigued by the everything the DIY Drones community has accomplished. I have had a great time building, and flying (even the crashing part has been a fun learning process). I have gotten to a point where I would really like some recommendations on some books for learning more about autonomous robotics. The more the book applies to airborne vehicles the better, but it doesn't have to be all about them. 

I was…


Added by Tommy Neubauer on April 20, 2011 at 1:59pm — 4 Comments

Excellent documentary from Festo

I am sorry if this has been posted before. Truly…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 20, 2011 at 1:51pm — 9 Comments

Team Minuteman: Sparkfun AVC ground vehicle--Ardupilot-based

I will be competing in the Sparkfun AVC competition this year using Ardupilot hardware in a ground vehicle. My car is called Minuteman, and works on simple dead reckoning. It uses Ardupilot hardware, with an optical encoder and a gyro as the only sensors. No GPS, no compass, no proximity sensors. Testing…


Added by Nathan on April 20, 2011 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Twinstar APM takes to the sky!



Today I flew my Twinstar with APM in the hotseat. It's the second flight I've had with it wired in, but yesterday I was only using the stabilise mode. It's been a couple of great days from a weather and wind point of view, so ideal for testing.  The Stabilise mode is lovely.  The Twinstar (mine has a stock power system) when it is trimmed up is a super stable platform anyway, so I'm not too surprised that stabilise didn't have a massive impact, but it was…


Added by Jim on April 20, 2011 at 10:03am — 8 Comments

UAV fuselage redesign....

After making my first UAV (few months ago)  LINK , i was recently having problems with space...............

Receiver, Ardupilot, Arduimu, Gps, Remzibis OSD, Motor Battery, Video Battery, Receiver Battery, E.S.C., B.E.C., Camera,…


Added by diego colonnello on April 19, 2011 at 9:29pm — 2 Comments

2nd APM Working

So, I'd been having some trouble with my first APM board - I found the X and Y gyros were not working - I tested the connections, and found that the ADC was working correctly, but I was not getting a signal from the leads of the actual gyro chip.  It's been way more than 30 days since I ordered it, so I could not return it to the store, so I decided to bite the bullet and order a second APM.  After soldering it together, it appears to be fully functional.  Now I should be able to get on with…


Added by AndrewF on April 19, 2011 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Protecting the compass



I used Black RTV Silicone to keep the compass from moving during hard landings and wrecks.  I also used 2 header plastics to make sure my compass isn't to close to the…


Added by Russell B. Sutton on April 19, 2011 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

Industrial Robotics 2.0

ABB, the world's biggest industrial automation company, is promoting a very impressive humanoid concept platform called FRIDA.  I want it real bad.  From IEEE Spectrum Automation Blog


"Traditional industrial robots are big, expensive,…


Added by Shannon Morrisey on April 19, 2011 at 5:10pm — 10 Comments

Intersting UAV

Added by Earl on April 19, 2011 at 4:30pm — 22 Comments

HIL Simulation in XPlane using APM Planner GCS and HK GCS [Video Tutorial]


Practically everyone knows that the nev version of APM was released about a month ago, it's still beta now, however a lot of DIYDrones` community members moved on it and have some issues, misunderstandings, and so on during the tests. I was also among them. Finally, I have conducted all the major…


Added by Kirill on April 19, 2011 at 1:10pm — 7 Comments

Propeller Balancing Tutorial

I found this video to be an excellent tutorial for prop. balancing and wanted to share it. Hope it help a lot of our members to solve vibration issues etc.


"...I dont work for horizon hobby and i'm not saying or encouraging to buy products from this distributor..." before some one jumps and say something... lol  :)


Added by Ramon L on April 18, 2011 at 12:38pm — 3 Comments

Path to an Aerial Photography Drone - 3


Airframe #1 – Flight #1 – Who’s the U-boat Commander?

To make a long story short…Flew, crashed and ended up floating in the irrigation ditch.

After 2 weeks of 20 gusting to 50 winds I finally got a chance to fly… Winds were calm, a beautiful…


Added by Thon on April 18, 2011 at 8:05am — 2 Comments

MAVinci's next generation aerial image UAS: From flight planning to professional orthofoto and DEM

With SIRIUS I we present a fully integrated orthofoto UAS (Unmanned Aerial System). The system enables everyone to simply obtain aerial images and calculate orthofotos and three dimensional elevation models out of the image data.


An orthofoto is an geometrically corrected aerial image such that the scale is uniform. These pictures are necessary for applications such as easy and fast documentation of construction sites, disaster areas, survey of…


Added by Johanna Claussen on April 18, 2011 at 2:30am — 13 Comments

A Brand New Propeller Deisgn

Well just as the tittle says, a new design is out and looks great, hope to see some of this props on the 9'' , 10" , 11" and 12" dia. size. 

For more info. here is the full article.


As we all know when…


Added by Ramon L on April 17, 2011 at 9:37pm — 12 Comments

FAA SUAS proposed rules to the Office of the Secretary Transportation

According to Federal "Report on DOT Significant Rulemaking" published April 14, 2011; the proposed SUAS rules were due in the Secretary of Transportation's Office (OST) April 14, 2011. No change…


Added by Duane Brocious on April 17, 2011 at 6:38pm — No Comments

$40 Quadcopter Frame DIY

I spent $42 at Lowes and RadioShack.  It took about 3 hours to build.



Added by Russell B. Sutton on April 17, 2011 at 4:30pm — 9 Comments

How to Program 6 Flight Modes for ArdupilotMega - JR 9303 Example

In the APM wiki, on the page about connecting your RC equipment, there is the following comment:

If you want to have six modes, you'll probably have to configure your RC transmitter to do this. That's usually accomplished by mixing a two position switch and a three position switch on your transmitter.

However, no example is given as to how this mix might work. In the comments to this blog post…


Added by Luke on April 17, 2011 at 2:30pm — 19 Comments

ArduPirates NG32 and Multipilot32 Fly very Well .

Dear Friends,

this is the video of first flight of Multipilot32 that use ArdupiratesNg32 rev. 2.01 firmware.

I ported to Multipilot the 8bit firmware , change all the library necessary to firmware and doing some small patch on original firmware.

At the moment i fly in stable mode + configuration with this PID (3.00 , 0.150 , 0.900)

As sensor i use Oilpan , in the firmware i don't yet activate GPS , BARO and Magnetometer , i doing some…


Added by Roberto Navoni on April 17, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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