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Futaba T7C - Six Flight Modes

so, following my post here:

and the tutorial here: …


Added by James on May 9, 2012 at 4:30pm — 18 Comments

sUAS News podcast #1 with Gene Robinson, Search and Rescue

Gene from RP Search Services shares some of his considerable experience with Patrick.…


Added by Gary Mortimer on May 9, 2012 at 2:10pm — 2 Comments

The National UAV (sUAS) Debate Continues


The mainstream news stories about UAVs getting into the NAS are almost getting commonplace, and maybe that's partly the idea of this post, i.e. to point that out.  Still, maybe we should stay on top of what's being said.

One problem with these short radio spots, in this case seven minutes with…


Added by Paul Marsh on May 9, 2012 at 4:23am — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
A whole 'nother APM -- robofarmer!

Nothing to do with UAVs (and the "APM" thing is just a coincidence), but I thought I'd pass it along anyway as a great example of human/robot interaction. The autononous farm vehicle does the driving while the worker does the cutting. 



Added by Chris Anderson on May 8, 2012 at 11:00pm — 8 Comments

Ducted Fan Quadcopter

Testing ducted fan quad, flies great.  My intention was to build a tricopter but just had to see how a quad would fly with 90mm EDF's.  Also tested as a "V-Tail" in the quad configeration, it flies with a 15 degree rear facing angle and is more sensitive to inputs. 

Added by Ed Kirk on May 8, 2012 at 5:00pm — 36 Comments

Quad, Mount, and FPV

After painfully waiting for the Alaskan spring time to do its thing, I've finally got my 3DR quad all set up and FPV-capable.

I managed to get some test runs in beginning in April to get the hang of flying a quad. It's been cold so I haven't done nearly as much as I'd have liked to. On the other hand,…


Added by Eric Tweet on May 8, 2012 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

The Towel, a super-cheap airframe from The Brooklyn Aerodrome (via Make Magazine)

Yesterday I received issue 30 of Make Magazine, and on the cover of the magazine there was a big "RC Stunt Plane".

It seems a super-cheap platform on which building a frame for testing arduplane on: the frame is basically extruded polystyrene insulation board with a reinforced area to host all electronics and…


Added by Simone Chiaretta on May 7, 2012 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Simple GoPro mount and test video


While I am trying to decide on several dual axis camera mount options for the GoPro HD Hero2 and other cameras, I have come up with a very simple direct mount for the GoPro.  Whilst not ideal, it has allowed me to enjoy the camera and capture a few flights with my medium lift arducopter quad.  If you have…


Added by Greg on May 7, 2012 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Kickstarter thoughts

If you don't have dreams of launching a UAV project on kickstarter, making zillions of dollars, & quitting your unemployment compensation, you're crazy.  So here's a quick graph of kickstarter funding for "currently funding" LA…


Added by Jack Crossfire on May 6, 2012 at 9:54pm — 7 Comments

San Francisco [TBS@USA Grand Finale]

The final episode of the TBS Road Trip takes us to San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Russian Hill, Alcatraz and various other sights around San Francisco.

The journey ends with a big bang, two intense weeks filled with crazy flying, an armed robbery. tons of junk food and very little sleep. Hope we can do this as soon as possible in a similar…


Added by trappy on May 6, 2012 at 1:30pm — 18 Comments

3D Robotics

From Wired's DangerRoom site.

On April 30, the Navy awarded Aerovel a second development contract to improve the Flexrotor’s engine and remote controls. The ultimate goal is to develop a version of the ‘bot equipped with sensors and capable of operating from small ships. “With Flexrotor, the two biggest benefits to sailors and Marines would be the …


Added by Chris Anderson on May 6, 2012 at 12:53pm — 14 Comments

Open-source embedable low-cost wifi board used for arducopter telemetry.

This blog record is about using Carambola with Arducotper to get live telemetry data from quadcopter.

Carambola is low cost, open-source WiFi (21.5 dB / 2.4GHz) embeddable platform from…


Added by Saulius L. on May 6, 2012 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

Just finished my new Quad


After beta testing in early 2011 I had some bad crashes and my concept of precise machined and glued carbon did not pay off. It was almost impossible to replace broken parts. This made me think of a different concept.

Few parts that can be used all over the frame.

All parts easy replacable.

Stiff construction.

Ok, it took me a while but now the parts are ready for assembly.



Added by Christof Schmid on May 6, 2012 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

Still testing out the Xaircraft X650 V-8

It's thunderstorming here in Wisconsin today so I thought I share my latest video shot from my Xaircraft X650 V-8 using a GoPro camera on a fixed mount.  Very stable platform even when NOT using the $300.00 2 or 3 axis camera mount.  My mount cost less than $2.00 to make using a couple pieces of colorplast and a flat GoPro mount.  What do you think?


Added by AKRCGUY on May 6, 2012 at 10:29am — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
"Drones and the FAA: A Bad Match"

John Villasenor of the Brookings Institute gets a bit of stick in these parts for his op-eds on drones (in part for some sweeping statements and fuzzy terminology), but I've always found him to be…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 5, 2012 at 11:19pm — 5 Comments

The $10 Hexacopter Frame

Frame Material:

3/4" x 3x4" fir stick for the arms  (8 feet is enough)

Plywood for the center plate (~ 6"x18*)

Machine screws & bolts

6 Wiffle balls

Lots of cable binders


26" Motor to motor (can fit 10", 11" and 12" props)



Added by Andreas on May 5, 2012 at 10:30pm — 10 Comments

Flying in the wind & Building the Shrike (A future APM airplane)


We did some testing of the Raptor in the wind - stronger than we've ever done before and had some very compelling results: flying wings (or at least the Raptor) do awesome in the wind, i.e. hold a fairly good heading and can withstand most jarring. The Nova in the same situation could have been disastrous.


We also continued our effort to finish the Shrike - a flying wing w/ a fuselage that will be powered by an APM2.


See you…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on May 5, 2012 at 8:43pm — 3 Comments

ArmQuadVWR project started on sourceforge

I've been working on an ARM based quadcopter over the past several weeks.  It utilizes a custom sensor pcb that is essentially a break-out board of break-out boards from Sparkfun.  The custom pcb also serves as power distribution to the motors.  The MCU is an NXP LPC1768.  It utilizes the NGX "Blueboard" development board.  I've made all the firmware and hardware…


Added by Todd Elliott on May 5, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Another 3D printed quadcopter design

Looks like a kinda complicated print, but here it is. More details here (it's Arduino…

Added by Chris Anderson on May 4, 2012 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

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