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2.9 + hott-for-ardupilot modules !!WOO!!

I finally rebuilt my ATG-700-AL Hexacopter, and got around to moving my QAV500 over to the Graupner receiver.  Now that both platforms were functional, I decided to get stuck in to 2.9 and hott-for-ardupilot. …


Added by Daniel Chote on January 25, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Yes we are all angels ... a little deeper - the shovel should be washed.

Friday... This week progress. Only photos, any comments.…


Added by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on January 25, 2013 at 10:10am — 10 Comments

HUGO flight tests with new GPS Decibal readings, Loiter, Stabilise

I started  to document some flights wth HUGO this week . Here is some footage of "loiter" and "stabilise" flight modes.Also took some decibal readings from approx. 10' to 1.5'. The dB level never exceeded 95 dB. This is not a scientific test. I hope to show a comparison with open frame as a control and get some proper testing procedures in place. 

  I have been using a single axis gimbal for FPV ,…


Added by Sean Headrick on January 25, 2013 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

Will IsisCopter open up the NAS for commercial sUAS ops in North America?

An sUAS News podcast exclusive, with Gus from IsisCopter. They have petitioned the FAA for an exemption.

Docket No.: FAA–2012–0897

Petitioner: IsisCopter, LLC

Section of 14 CFR Affected: 14 CFR

21.191 and 91.319

Description of Relief Sought: IsisCopter seeks relief to operate small unmanned aircraft systems within

visual line of…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 25, 2013 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Quadshot paparazzi board

 Paparazzi designed the Quadshot’s airframe to be lightweight, yet durable. It consists of a one-meter (39 inch) wing, four pylons with…


Added by OG on January 25, 2013 at 5:58am — 2 Comments

MeCam: A $49 voice-controlled quadrotor


The MeCam is a $49 quadrotor without a remote control--It can either be controlled via voice commands, or you can put it in "follow me"…


Added by John Wiseman on January 25, 2013 at 2:25am — 15 Comments

Locking bullet connectors

I prefer to use bullet connectors between motor and ESC. Lot's of folks use solder on these joints for a very good reason. One loose connection on a multirotor motor circuit can spell disaster. In addition to the possibility of a loose connection, it is often the case that the heat shrink insulation can leave a small…


Added by Joshua Ott on January 25, 2013 at 1:00am — 16 Comments

Clean/ lightweight way to mount radio receiver

For fellow wire haters out there, here's a way that I figured out for attaching a 6 channel Hobby King receiver directly to the APM 2.5 without those pesky wires and connectors. The complete assembly of the APM 2.5 and the receiver is now only 18 grams and the clutter of wires goes away. I've flight tested this setup with…


Added by Tobin on January 24, 2013 at 6:12pm — 11 Comments

Merged 3DR quad frame rev C with classical arducopter style + SVG files


I had fun designing acrylic arches to build a protection cage (and GPS holder on top) in the style of the classical arducopter frame. The base frame is a 3DR quad revision C.

I added also a bottom plate beneath the battery space to attach cameras and gimbal.…


Added by Hugues on January 24, 2013 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Parachute rescue sytem for quad

A video of a rescue system for quad from Kopterworx

There is 4 size of parachute 2.5m2 to 15m2

Added by Bertrand Duchiron on January 24, 2013 at 1:04pm — 7 Comments

PX4 Platform Update

There has been recently news about uses of PX4 (APM/ACM port and James Gopperts post on state estimation control), its time to recap the platform state and to give an overview of the current roadmap. There are a few important hardware highlights:

PX4 as a platform tries to provide more robustness (on the hardware level), more flexibility and…


Added by PX4 on January 24, 2013 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

DroneCafe - The Daily Cup - Blog


Added by Joshua Johnson on January 24, 2013 at 8:00am — 26 Comments

Talking multirotors with Duran from Steadidrone

Thought sUAS News ought to catch up with this hangout thing. I will have to talk to Duran again as I did'nt do a very good job. He explains his frames and has people looking busy.

If I am very honest I don't understand Google + yet. I have several people lined up to talk to and in the future would love to have folks join…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 24, 2013 at 2:30am — 5 Comments

A story about Madagascar from aboard a drone

This is a 15-minute short film about Zuzana’s journey across parts of Madagascar with a drone, shining a spotlight on environmental and livelihood issues on the red island.

It is a fascinating and personal behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of conducting drone missions in the tropics. Zuzana had never operated a drone nor even flown a remote controlled plane before.

Zuzana is an ecologist…


Added by lianpinkoh on January 24, 2013 at 1:00am — 6 Comments

DIY Drones mentioned on The Daily Show

Associate Professor  of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT Missy Cummings dropped a line to DIY drones on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight, not necessarily the most direct mention but she said "you can go to Do It Yourself Drones dot com and build your own..."…


Added by apocolipse on January 23, 2013 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

ArduCopter arrives

On the day the world ends (12-21-2012)

I got my box in from Udrones yesterday, haven't started setting it up or adding options yet, but I have begun familiarizing myself somewhat with how to proceed and found the online manual here. It is very comforting to know there is a very good source of help and documentation…


Added by Richard Evans on January 23, 2013 at 7:18pm — 9 Comments

Introducing Axemblo , VRBRAIN and ArduRover2


Hi VirtualRobotix! We met you at Modena Makers, it was a very interesting experience, we had the opportunity to see your amazing technology!

We present you Axemblo, the new open source construction system for professional DIY Robotics. Axemblo system is based on Aluminum, a lightweight,…


Added by Roberto Navoni on January 23, 2013 at 3:10pm — 1 Comment

To the Coast

I have an ideal opportunity this weekend to get some good video at the coast. I have been wanting to do this for months but the winds are almost always 15-20 MPH or more.

This weekend they were light and the sun was spectacular.  I used my DJI FW450 with the GoPro Black edition, and used a Sony camera as my flying cam and my fat shark glass's using 5.8 GHZ…


Added by Richard Evans on January 23, 2013 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

Wiki Ninja
Stored for 6 months, my APM 2.0 flew as an Arducopter.

Stoked that after six months in the drawer, my APM 2.0  flew again. I mounted it on an HK 666 quad frame and loaded the Arducopter 2.8.1 code. It flew just fine with stock…


Added by Gent Armedo on January 23, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

News drone attacked by swarm of... drones

CBS12 News Crew Attacked By Bees During Palm Beach Mall Demolition Report:

It all started when CBS12 News operations manager Carl Pugliese launched a drone…


Added by John Wiseman on January 23, 2013 at 12:21am — 8 Comments

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