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Fixing a magnetometer bug and how to use MAVLink to diagnose APM

While flying our Telemaster last Sunday with two APMs we noticed something very strange about LOITER mode. The above track is a small snippet from our flight path. We entered LOITER mode on the left, with a loiter radius of 25m. As you…

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Added by Andrew Tridgell on August 13, 2011 at 6:10am — 18 Comments

ramblings about the Corvid Y6 build

i have finally gotten almost all of the materials i need to build my new Y6, cf sheets in 1.5mm, and cf tubes in 20mm id with 1mm wall, and 50mm id with a 1mm wall.

i have gotten the main box pieces cut for the folding arms and the motor nacelles and arm mounts for the…

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Added by Daniel Hibben on August 13, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

The Samarai, Lockheed's maple-seed-like drone

Being from Lockheed it's not DIY by any means, but this could be an interesting concept to play with. "The Samarai is about a foot long, and has just two moving parts plus a camera. It can be controlled by a remote control or by an app on a tablet computer."

The full article is in the…

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Added by Michael on August 12, 2011 at 9:34pm — 8 Comments

"Quattro-bit" almost ready for production.

I started a blog post some time back for a pre-production prototype we have been working on called the Quattor-bit.  We have made a bit of changes after some suggestions, so we deleted the old blog and decided to start fresh with a new one.  We originally wanted to call it the Quattro-bit, but thought we might…

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Added by Todd Hill on August 12, 2011 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments


3D Robotics
Meet the Developers: Andrew Tridgell

Today's installment in our Meet the Developers series is Andrew Tridgell, or Tridge as he is universally known. He's one of a handful of "real programmers" on our team (it's his day job; most of us do something by day) who bring world-class software techniques to the project. I've learned a huge amount from him,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 12, 2011 at 5:34pm — 8 Comments

New ArduCopter Accessory - Tilt/Roll Cam Mount

For those of you who use a camera on ArduCopter there's a new accessory being added to the store today. It's a til-roll camera mount that stabilizes small cameras (up to about 75 grams) and keeps the image straight up and down while ArduCopter is maneuvering to maintain position and orientation. The kit is $20 and…

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Added by Jeff Taylor on August 12, 2011 at 10:30am — 29 Comments

Ardustation as a terminal

While the progress on the APM Mission Planner makes it more and more attractive to bring the laptop out to the field for each flight, sometimes the simplicity and sunlight readability of the Ardustation is what I really need. The problem was that I kept adding more pages and busted the memory limit of the…

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Added by Andrew Fernie on August 12, 2011 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

some good hardware for easystar fliers

there is some good hardware combinations for easystar FPV. this is motor 2835-2200KV, a 6x5 propeller and a beautiful 35mm aluminium spinner form www.leadershobby.com. a lawmate 1.2Ghz tranmitter and a lawmate camera from www.hobbywireless.com. everything is working verywell with this combination. a 2200mAh zippy battery from www.hobbyking.com. just some information i…

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Added by Ravi on August 12, 2011 at 8:06am — 5 Comments

BT-1: 8-Channel Joystick for FPV

The BT-1 8-Channel FPV Joystick is capable of interfacing with your transmitter (via trainer port) with the included FPV control box, and allows you to control up to 8 channels independently. There are 3 proportional channels, and 5 on/off channels. The BT-1 offers you the ease of flying your FPV model with just one hand.





Features:

Ergonomic…

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Added by CrashingDutchman on August 12, 2011 at 5:30am — 6 Comments


3D Robotics
Meet the Developers: Jason Short

Next up in our series is Jason Short, who is leading the ArduCopter 2 team.

 

Jason works right around the corner from me in San Francisco, so I see him often. When I walk into his company's reception area carrying a crazy robot multicopter, the receptionist nods knowingly and says "you must be looking for…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 11, 2011 at 6:00pm — 23 Comments

ROFL Flies!

More information on all the projects I'm working on can be found at my website: www.universalair.co.uk

As you may or may not remember I hadn't got my crazy experimental airframe flying (Talon:…

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Added by Henry Fletcher on August 11, 2011 at 4:11pm — 5 Comments

FPV in the morning - ACM2 2.0.39 + GOPRO + 5.8GHz TX-RX

I can finally post a video of my quad. This is my 2nd FPV flight ever.



 

I was a bit nervous, but the latest AC2 firmware 2.0.39 proved to be rock solid!

Weather conditions were the best ever so I couldn't miss a 7 o'clock flight... :)



Nothing special in the footage apart the stability of the quad that needed only little…

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Added by emile on August 11, 2011 at 6:35am — 11 Comments


3D Robotics
Meet the Developers: Doug Weibel

I'm going to be starting a series of min-profiles of the people behind the DIY Drones projects, especially the software development teams who do all the hard work. These guys are some of the world's best aerial robotics experts and I'm in constantly in awe of what they know and can do. You may know their names, but…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 10, 2011 at 11:30pm — 17 Comments


Wiki Ninja
APM+ Skywalker+ GoPro= Winner

Added by Gent Armedo on August 10, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

20 mach UAV - DARPA Falcon HTV2

 

Today DARPA will launch the second HTV2 that explores the 20mach region. It is launched aboard a Minotaur IV rocket and after re-entering Earth's atmosphere it glides until its destruction. At this altitude 20 mach translates to 13.000mph and DARPA states that the control system is one of the three key technical areas of the program (along with…

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Added by IKE on August 10, 2011 at 7:53am — 2 Comments

ATROPOS: Fonera based Quadrocopter

I have been working for a year on my home-made quad. It is made with wood, and it is controlled via wifi using a Fonera Router

 

Both WII NK and WM+  sensors gives the information to the router throughout…

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Added by David Melendez on August 10, 2011 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

New Image Sensor Chips for Robotics and Embedded Vision

I just got back some new silicon! These are the latest image sensor chips I designed specifically for robotics and…

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Added by Geoffrey L. Barrows on August 9, 2011 at 5:56pm — 23 Comments


3D Robotics
Insitu's latest looks like a DIY Drone, costs $50,000

What do you think could be in this Trex450-style copter that could make it worth $50,000?

 

From Robots.net:

This small helicopter is called …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 9, 2011 at 1:39pm — 39 Comments

International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) Mission 6 Description

International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) Mission 6 Description

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Added by Andrew Van Der Plaats on August 9, 2011 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

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