Symptoms: Flamewheel 450 twitches down on one arm, not the same every time, and sometimes, instantly flips over as if one prop suddenly lost power.
The cause is a quality control issue with the bullet connectors on the motor and the sockets on the Opto speed controller.
The bullet connectors…
Here's a simple servo-controlled very light GoPro mount for any UAV. I have machine tools to make this, but you might be able to do it with simple home tools. The real trick is a direct connection between the servo and the camera rotator, and to use a control link ball (left side in photo) so you don't need to hit…Continue
My IMU stabilized bike has yet to (intentionally) leave the ground, so it doesn't get very far away from me. I'm not sure if this would be useful to those of you with drones - definitely not planes, but maybe quad rotors could benefit?
From the beginning, I've been sending data from the bike to my laptop and logging that data so I have some idea of…Continue
Here is some cool footage taken from that flight!
Soon I will implement an APM that will hopefully help me calibrate HF radar antennas. HF radars are used to measure ocean surface currents in real time. Check it out!Continue
We had a dry day today so I thought I would try out the GoPro Hero 2 I got for Christmas. All went well until I accidentally hit the switch for Simple mode without realizing it. Camera mount popped off and was fine, and I lost one prop nut. Could have been lots worse. Let this be a lesson...
Here's a couple of videos:…Continue
I built a quadcopter based upon the TBS discovery frame, as the APM is located in the frame it is quite difficult to get hold of the status leds.
This is why I wanted to have some kind of Pilotlamp indicating the state of the APM.
I started off wih a prototype (Arduino pro mini with RGB led).
The above video is a small demo.
Plan is to…Continue
Madagascar Team Leader and Drone operator:
Zuzana Burivalova (PhD candidate)
Applied Ecology & Conservation Lab, ETH Zurich
See: www.conservationdrones.org for more…Continue
Finally put my Graphite 2E together. Installed GoPro3 Black.
My next step would be installing Ardu Pilot (Graphite has plenty of space to do it).
I never used Ardu Pilot so I am open for any input whatsoever as far as programming etc.…Continue
Well, I finally did it. First in history? Powered sideways flips (I give it a shot of negative pitch when it's upside down).
Okay so here’s where I am at:
I’ve never had a helicopter apart from the mini-$50 ones you can purchase anywhere. So this will be my first helicopter/drone.
Short term Goals:
So after receiving the protective case for the APM it was very difficult to see the GPS and ARM lights as a number of people have said.
So in just a short time (probably 30 minutes), I put together some external LEDs (orange for ARM and blue for GPS) and encased it in a protective case. The GPS LED is receiving the signal from A6 and the ARM LED is receiving the signal from A4.
The LEDs are 10mm, the case is 57mm wide and 27mm tall and fits quite easily on…Continue
The Puzzlebox Orbit, which launched on Kickstarter last November and debuted Tuesday at the 2013…
Last month Boston Dynamics released a video showing off a new feature of their Big Dog robotic mule: voice control. I had been working on a similar project for a while, though I think it's actually cooler: voice control of a flying robot drone.
Above is a video I made last night of the…Continue
My first test of 2 axys gimbal apm2.5 2.8.1
I just wanted to share a design we have been working on for the FPV/DIY UAV crowd.
Our goal was to design something relatively rugged, easy to build/use and affordable. And since we CNC hot wire cut foam cores for a living it needed to be manufacturable with our current…Continue