Yesterday I received one of the first updated Gluonpilot 2's from Tom Pycke in Belgium,
The Gluonpilot is an open source project created by Tom and the new GP2 is a completely new hardware design but firmware will run on both new and old Gluonpilots.
I have been flying the…Continue
After picking up my pre-order copy of Black Ops II earlier this week, I felt inspired to make a quick multicopter flight video with a Sci Fi flair. Copter is my Xaircraft X650-V8 using GoPro for video.
I was just notified by a supplier of gps modules in RSA that this product has become available locally(RSA). I'm not sure how long this has been out in the rest of the world, but the following statement had my attention : NEO-6P GPS module for Precise Point Positioning....OK, what is PPP, and how accurate is it exactly. The…Continue
I've been flying the quad for a bit now trying. Decided to test the functionality of a X52 controlling the quad. Aside from the bad pot on a older x52 I'd say it works pretty well. I'm tempted to go out and buy a new x52 based off these results..
Maiden flight of Yellow Plane flown by a local pilot Richard…Continue
One of the major weak spots with multi-rotors is the exposed propeller blades, they break and they hurt things.
I know people have designed guards and experimented with ducted fans, but has anyone done work with a boundary layer turbine arrangement? I've been kicking this idea around in the back of my head for some time now and just recently saw a ceiling fan…Continue
Just received my udrones.com hexacopter. I had been looking for reviews and information on the product before i purchased but just couldn't fine anything out there. I bit the bullet and purchased this craft from them and was happy with their service and the quality of the product when it arrived.
I went all out and bought the RTF version with all the…Continue
I know that it is taken as common knowledge that a hexacopter with a single motor failure cannot be flown beyond a controlled crash landing, but this is just plain wrong with our ArduPilot Mega hardware and if we can't do it, it is because of inadequate software.
I have a KK X525 quadcopter which I have flown very successfully for some time with the APM2.
One ESC on it is now progressively failing, continuously reducing power to it's motor after about 2 minutes flight, but all…Continue
November 15, 2012; The Pinery Project
In a collaboration between DroneMapper, Falcon UAV, CompassData, Inc. and The Pinery Country Club we collectively demonstrated accurate geo-spatial mapping (in 3 dimensions) of a reasonably large area using affordable technology - UAV, consumer camera and ground control. First, a little bit about our partners:
If your barometric sensor exposed on APM2.5?? Or you have tape/foam hack to cover it. Here is more elegant way to cover your baro nicely. On older APM2.0 baro sensor was covered with another PCB so it was not so exposed to wind blows and you got better altitude hold with it. On new APM2.5 board upper daughter board has been removed and barometric sensor is now fully exposed so…Continue
The NanoQ copter had an ambitious $230,000 goal and missed it, but you can still follow them here:
What happens if we don’t…
Geoff Blands joins Patrick and Gene on today's podcast to talk a little about his work at NASA and no doubt the ARC 1.0 committee. (Patrick can't help himself)
Some of you are probably aware of Geoffs work with …Continue
Added by Gary Mortimer on November 14, 2012 at 6:34am — No Comments
Here are the last steps in constructing an AV plug that will fit inside the GoPro waterproof housing-Continue
I am using the APM 2 for both my quads and it is tricky to get the barometer covered to avoid errant airflow since it is below the daughterboard. To solve this, I ended up pretty much filling up my stack cover with breathable foam. But once that was done, I could barely see the on-board LED…Continue
I have been poking this build with a stick occasionally as I was working on my Power Wheels Rover project in the meantime. But now I am back to working on this quad.
I wasn't sure what would be involved in getting a simple gimbal (in my case, just a tilt platform really) hooked up and working, but it was dead easy.
My wife recently made me a present of a GoPro Hero 2 and a tilt-mount.
This is a cheap little thing, but it fits the frame I have and it comes with the…Continue
My first blog. I have been very careful with learning how to fly. So it is not very interesting.