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ARPX4 Drone - (PX4 + AR.Drone Kits)

As many might already know that we have been selling the PX4 Autopilot along with AR.Drone Empty Frames for a while now, but a bunch of…


Added by on January 14, 2013 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Flamewheel 450 erratic, twitches, flips over suddenly

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…


Added by Albert on January 14, 2013 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

A simple UAV gimbaled servo-controlled camera mount for GoPro

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…


Added by Albert on January 14, 2013 at 2:30pm — 13 Comments

Adding telemetry overlay to off-board 'ground station' video.

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…


Added by Dave Mincin on January 14, 2013 at 11:20am — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Fabio Varesano, creator of FreeIMU, dead at 28 :-(

Sad news from Hackaday:

Fabio Varesano, the man behind FreeIMU and …


Added by Chris Anderson on January 14, 2013 at 10:00am — 23 Comments

Finally got the GoPro in the air! - Next up APM

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!…


Added by Eduardo Romero on January 13, 2013 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

Checking out my new GoPro - and learning not to accidentally enter Simple Mode

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...

Added by Scott Berfield on January 13, 2013 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

DC Area Drone User Group Holds Washington Area's Largest Flying Robot Build Event

The DC Area Drone User Group held a guided kit build and build party at Nova Labs on January 12 in what we think is the largest flying robot build event ever held in the…


Added by Timothy Reuter on January 13, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

DJI Phantom - It's Not Vapourware, After All.

So, it's an actual real product and not just pretty pictures.  Nice plastic wrapping around what I suspect is just a standard quad.  I like the props.  They look like normal airplane props.

Here's a couple of videos:…


Added by Ellison Chan on January 13, 2013 at 10:30am — 25 Comments

Arducopter Pilotlamp based on Mavlink

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…


Added by Jan on January 13, 2013 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

check out Parrot's new drone



Added by Murat Piker on January 13, 2013 at 5:59am — 44 Comments

Madagascar Drone Missions

Madagascar Team Leader and Drone operator:

Zuzana Burivalova (PhD candidate)

Applied Ecology & Conservation Lab, ETH Zurich

See: for more…


Added by lianpinkoh on January 13, 2013 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Graphite 2E onboard GoPro3 footage - next Ardu Pilot

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.…


Added by Mark on January 12, 2013 at 2:00pm — 14 Comments

Arducopter Flips!

Well, I finally did it.  First in history?  Powered sideways flips (I give it a shot of negative pitch when it's upside down).

At the end, I flipped it all around and then "bailed out" with stabilize, and it worked fine.  My wife couldn't keep the camera on it though.
After this, I tried to see what would happen if I pulled it full…

Added by Rob_Lefebvre on January 12, 2013 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

Getting the party started...

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:

  • Buy Quadcopter
  • Build…

Added by Michael on January 12, 2013 at 8:30am — 20 Comments

External ARM and GPS LED kit for safety

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…


Added by David Anders on January 11, 2013 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

Mind control system for Drones / helicopters.

From Mashable:

The Puzzlebox Orbit, which launched on Kickstarter last November and debuted Tuesday at the 2013…


Added by Nick Butt on January 11, 2013 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Voice Controlled Drone

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…


Added by John Wiseman on January 11, 2013 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

Camera Gimbal Maiden Test - Santa Severa Castle, Italy

My first test of 2 axys gimbal apm2.5 2.8.1



Added by Stefano Santucci on January 11, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Nurf Flying Wing Design


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…


Added by Coby on January 11, 2013 at 8:00am — 17 Comments

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