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can ardupilot mega 2.0 handle the challange on a small nasa scale?

can Ardupilot mega 2.0 incorporate most of the these sensors ?and have a rover as a new drone added on to the list of fascinating things that can be used with your product today or in the near…


Added by tijuan aikens on August 5, 2012 at 7:06am — 13 Comments

diy drones on Morning Edition, NPR

Larry Abramson came out and flew with us one morning, and filed this story.  The only downside of it being a radio story is that you can't see Andreas in his bucket-style video goggles!…


Added by Mark Harrison on August 4, 2012 at 10:59pm — 6 Comments

Drones in the news

Adaptive Flight was contacted by CNN and ask to bring a UAV down to the studio and fly it on live camera while talking about it with the host Don Lemon.  So we took a Hornet Micro and headed down to the studio.  It was a lot of fun to show off this technology and put in a positive plug for domestic use of UAV's.…


Added by Skydog222 on August 4, 2012 at 9:50pm — 8 Comments

Mission Space: Bixler Transportation Building Instructions

My original idea for the transportation involved wood, foam, and cement cylinders. After conversing with my father we put our ideas together and came up with an easier, lighter, and more effective design...classic engineering.

The new idea consists of a PVC tube frame with cement cardboard cylinders cut in half, and surrouded with bubble wrap.…


Added by Rob Zybrick on August 4, 2012 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Successful 900 Mhz 3DR Telemetry Maiden Flight


We finally made it!

We successfully completed our maiden flight with the 3DR 900 Mhz telemetry module on board our Shrike, it was incredible to see it gathering, transmitting, receiving and displaying live information... we can't wait to use it on future flights.

Thank you DIYDrones and community! This is so much…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on August 4, 2012 at 2:53pm — 11 Comments

Mjolnir UAV platform

The Mjolnir UAV platform is a great test platform in scale version.

It's made as a test plane with very large fuselage:…


Added by Robert Krogh (hooks) on August 4, 2012 at 1:51pm — 8 Comments

GAUI 330xs in first fully-operational configuration with camera

GAUI 330xs, with the Naza controller mounted atop the frame and the battery mounted below with Velcro.

The GoPro is actually affixed to the bottom of the battery. Not pretty, but it worked.

To pretty things up I ordered the GAUI "Payload Mount Set" - a rectangular piece of carbon fiber and four aluminum…


Added by David Westgate on August 4, 2012 at 10:15am — 2 Comments

Quad copter Autonomous tests

Suggestions on improving flight are welcome :)

Testing the quadcopter in autonomous modes. I normally fly in Stabilize mode but today we tried switching to loiter and then tried to use the mission planner to "fly to here".

I have some work to do on getting it to fly right, yaw seems to react badly to control, yaw right and it gains…


Added by Chris Mitchell on August 4, 2012 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

The biggest rocket powered quad I know of is set to land on Mars. Don't miss out!

Curiosity Rover on Track for Monday Landing

MSL Rover

Curiosity, the car-size, one-ton rover is bound for arrival…


Added by Rigel on August 4, 2012 at 12:30am — 36 Comments

8-3-12 Balloon/Glider Flight

It flew ! For 50 feet off ground. Premature rope cut ! Dang....getting closer

Moment of ground release.



Added by Earl on August 3, 2012 at 1:58pm — 15 Comments

The perfect quadcopter camera?

I love my Canon mark 2 and gopro camera but it's absolutely terrible as a quadcopter camera.

The vibrations coupled with the CMOS sensor wrecks the whole image beyond repair.

Nearly all of today's cameras are made with CMOS sensors rather than the classical CCD sensor because CMOS offers better image quality and at lower power consumption... But there's a heavy cost…


Added by Austin Chapman on August 3, 2012 at 12:30pm — 22 Comments

Path to Rover/Drone Acquisition...

This drone 'stuff' seems to have taken over my brain, with FPV thanks to John Arne Birkeland's "Crawler 1" videos. I like how John's thinking process worked, testing the vehicle's drone capabilities via FPV driving made sense to me, and also FPV just looked cool!


So I've…


Added by Adam Scriven on August 3, 2012 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

RC LANC Controller for Sony / Canon / Panasonic Video Cameras

Hi Everyone,

I'm working over some LANC controllers since few months. LANC is the camera control protocol by Sony and most of  Sony, Canon and Panasonic cameras using this protocol to control the camera features by a cable remote. 

I'm designing LANC RF links and other LANC products for video production market.

My new product is a RC LANC controller over servo lines and it is currently in production. 

It is supporting Zoom(In-Out) and…


Added by Melih Karakelle on August 3, 2012 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

Quick PX4 Tutorial: RC calibration with Mission Planner

The next few posts in our tutorial series cover the setup of the PX4 autopilot for flight. The first step is to set up RC and telemetry. Here is a RC calibration video with Mission Planner showing the interoperability (due to MAVLink 1.0) of PX4 and APM.


The video…


Added by PX4 on August 3, 2012 at 6:04am — 2 Comments

I2CXL-MaxSonar®-EZ™ Sensor Line Released!

MaxBotix Inc., has now released the I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ ultrasonic sensors for sale to the public.

We are excited about this new product offering especially in regards to the multicopter community. These are now the best sensors we have available for your application. The new…


Added by Carl Myhre on August 2, 2012 at 5:10pm — 13 Comments

Techpod maiden voyage


10:00 am

I wake up get some coffee have some eats and go down to the garage . check the batteries , double check CG and control surfaces . go over everything one last time .

11:30 am

got the car packed and head off to get my friends Ken and Greg . the plan is to have Greg launch and ken video while I fly .




Added by wayne garris on August 2, 2012 at 1:29pm — 3 Comments

Full autonomous flight with ArduPlaneNG v2.x with an All In One Pro (AIOP) full IMU board

Here a video of a full autonomous test flight of my Easyglider e-Glider piloted by the firmware ArduPlaneNG v2.x R4 and an AIOP (All In One Pro) full IMU board.This is a porting of the official ArduPlane v2 firmware with special addons and improvements for the AIOP board that I have…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on August 2, 2012 at 10:48am — No Comments

PX4 Toolchain Introduction Video

To make getting started with PX4 a bit easier, we've compiled an installation video for the Windows installer. The setup instructions for Eclipse are also valid for Mac OS and Linux.

Note that toolchain means a packaged selection of…


Added by PX4 on August 2, 2012 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

iPad Ground Control Station

Just wanted to share some progress on an iPad Ground Control Station app I've been putting together for a little while. Here's a quick introduction:

As the video shows, the (non-jailbroken) iPad is hooked up to a Digi XTend radio modem via a RedPark iPad-Serial cable and a…


Added by Claudio Natoli on August 2, 2012 at 6:09am — 75 Comments

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