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A product comparison matrix for the ArduPilot family

We often get questions from newcomers who are confused by all the Ardu* nomenclature here, so I made the above product comparison matrix, which you can find here

And just to extend this to the full family, including…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 3, 2012 at 12:00am — 21 Comments

NASA drone to be featured at upcoming AMA Expo

The 2012 AMA Expo (happening this week) will be featuring the NASA DROID, a drone that's being used as an educational vehicle for high school students.

Come and see and learn how NASA Dryden Flight Research Center uses the DROID or Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drone for flight research, pilot training and the INSPIRE student internship program.

The DROID is one of four aircraft used for…


Added by Mark Harrison on January 2, 2012 at 8:03pm — No Comments

APM 1 and gyro stabilised Photoship One MTR Pro Camera mount

Gyro stabilized mount works quite well. The roll servo does seem to be a bit jerky, but from the forums it seems its one of the downsides to digital servos. What about a small air shock absorber? A trade off of reaction time for fluidity of movement. Although, the platform is for photos not video...

Comments any1?…


Added by Gareth Rens on January 2, 2012 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Vision altitude test

A somber ceremony begins, as the machine which caused Major Marcy to sever all contact with us is dismantled & returned to its role as an aircraft position tracker.

The construction of an indoor test harness greatly…


Added by Jack Crossfire on January 2, 2012 at 3:40am — 4 Comments

Woody the Quad using APM1 and AC 2.1

Just built a suprisingly good flying quad. Total price with battery but without receiver and APM was $127. It's very usable indoors and later I will add GPS mag, xbee and fpv tilt roll cam today.…


Added by steve on January 1, 2012 at 10:30am — 12 Comments

Proof of concept cross-wind navigation (and low level) autopilot with vector field surface tracking

Happy new year!

I've put together a proof of concept autopilot based on the Lyapunov Vector Field path following stuff documented in various UAV research papers of the last many years. It is here:

It is written in javascript can can operate in one of two modes. It is only tested on Chrome.

a) it can fly JSBSim,…


Added by Justin on January 1, 2012 at 2:00am — 17 Comments

Happy New Year from All involved in the AttoPilot crew!

From all involved in the AttoPilot crew we would like to say Happy New Year and safe flying! Let 2012 be the year we show the Govt. who is the real boss!!!!

We wish you all the best in your new year adventures and hope that all are successful in everything they try to accomplish!

Keep up the great development work all and always think outside the BOX!

Keep your eyes open for new and innovative products from the AttoPilot, RP Flight systems…

Added by Chris McNair on December 31, 2011 at 8:51pm — 5 Comments

This is how we all should tune in our copters...

Happy New Year to everyone!

I found this articles while searching methods for effective PID tuning:

The method is described here:…


Added by marc.kulhavy on December 31, 2011 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Looking back on 2011 - A Review of MyGeekShow

Put together a quick series of my favorite clips of MyGeekShow over this last year, and quickly discussed 2011's goal and how it was acomplished with the Nova.

Was able to go from building simple gliders to building the Nova - an airplane completely designed, built and flown by me, a huge success as I can now create an airplane to specifically meet the needs of any objective.…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on December 31, 2011 at 7:38am — 3 Comments

ArudpilotMega2 + Arcticopter III maiden

Didn't intend to take any pics (the hat portion of ye olde hatcam being misplaced), but things went so well I was able to fly one-handed and hold the iphone in the other hand.  Beautiful!!

From the air.  I hadn't planned on doing this either, but things were so…


Added by Mark Harrison on December 31, 2011 at 3:56am — 7 Comments

Using a DSO Nano oscilloscope to troubleshoot APM

An oscilloscope turned out to be a pretty handy debugging tool when trying to troubleshoot my APM2 ESC problem.  Here's a shakycam showing how I used mine to verify the problem was with the ESC and not with the APM2.

Added by Mark Harrison on December 30, 2011 at 3:23pm — 6 Comments

APM2 indoor maiden and simple mode

I got everything together last night and couldn't wait until the morning to go out, so I took a quick flight in the basement.  Stability was pretty good.  I made a quick video of simple mode too.

Added by Mark Harrison on December 30, 2011 at 3:16pm — No Comments

APM2 ESC startup problem and workaround

Both Andreas and I had the same problem... fortunately he had it before I did, and had figured out a workaround.

Problem: when powering up, not all motors will spin.

Workaround:  apply power to the APM2 before attaching the main battery.  You can do this either via USB or by attaching a spare battery/ESC to one of the output lines.  As soon as the board boots up, hook up the main battery and remove the second battery.…


Added by Mark Harrison on December 30, 2011 at 3:11pm — 20 Comments

GAUI 500x w/GU-INS - GPS Position Hold test


This is my second flight with the GU-INS in GPS Hold mode


Standard setup

Added by Luca Brizzi on December 30, 2011 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

ArduCopter in action: Testing the QuadCopter (HIL mode) on X-Plane v9

ArduCopter in action: Testing the QuadCopter (HIL mode) on X-Plane v9

Here a video a the ArduMega board (2560 or 1280) with the firmware ArduCopter v2.1.1b (JLN update for X-Plane) connected on the X-Plane simulator throught the APM Planner in HIL mode. The QuadCopter QRO has been modelized for X-Plane v9.0 (or greater) so as get a closest replication of a true QuadCopter UAV.

This is a very good method for testing all the features of the ArduCopter…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on December 30, 2011 at 6:34am — 72 Comments

Interesting Podcast on Automation vs Risk

An interesting discussion of the risks and benefits of automation for air and other forms travel.

Click the link below to go to the webpage and listen:…


Added by Mike on December 30, 2011 at 3:34am — 1 Comment

Blade mQX RTF & BNF by BLADE

Quad-copter equipped with the advanced AS3X by Blade (Horizon Hobby)

Added by Paul on December 29, 2011 at 6:05pm — 18 Comments

MyDIYTri part 4

Ahhh the holidays.

I'd never have the time for an indulgence like this little project any other time of year.

At least not at the rate it's progressing. So far I've managed to get everything that I have assembled into what looks like a nearly complete Tricopter. I really like the double…


Added by Don Brooks on December 29, 2011 at 5:29pm — 3 Comments

Effects of cellphone/batteries/magnets/acceleration on IMU [VectorNav video]

Very interesting video from VectorNav showing what high frequency noise and magnetic fields actually do to an imu.

Nice visual representation!

Also this vectornav unit seems to be quite the…


Added by Gareth Rens on December 29, 2011 at 2:29pm — 12 Comments

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