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Interesting drone article, featuring Jordi!

.... While waiting for his green card, the 21-year-old was marooned in his apartment, unable to work, attend school or obtain a driver’s license.

On the other hand, he had an Internet connection. A Nintendo Wii. A radio-controlled toy helicopter his mother had given him to help kill…


Added by Mark Harrison on March 14, 2012 at 4:30pm — 12 Comments

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Gesture control system for drones

From the MIT news report:

Aircraft-carrier crew use a set of standard hand gestures to guide planes on the carrier deck. But as robot planes are increasingly used for routine air missions, researchers at MIT are working on a…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 14, 2012 at 3:32pm — 6 Comments

What a feeling... Finally

I joined this community over 2 years ago and have watch it grow both in technology and users.  I bought the first AP then the mega, GPS, XBee, etc. but either time or technology was moving too fast.  After 2 years of on and off tinkering, I've finally completed a project and guess what, it works as advertised!


Thanks to all of the super smart people…


Added by AKRCGUY on March 14, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

A pair of Hexacopters and GH2s


Fun with my friend Cedar from Steamboat Springs, Colorado.




Added by Jeff Scholl on March 14, 2012 at 10:30am — 14 Comments

California Coast (TBS @ USA Road Trip 9/13)

Flying in various sites of Highway 1 on our way from San Francisco to Las Vegas.

Added by trappy on March 14, 2012 at 10:00am — 13 Comments

The Law and Operating Unmanned Aircraft In the U.S. National Airspace System

A new white paper at sUAS News by Leonard Ligon and Tim Adelman, Attorney at Law might be of interest to all here.…


Added by Gary Mortimer on March 14, 2012 at 12:00am — 8 Comments

Foamaroo Spin Tests

We're continuing to fly the Foamaroo and are constantly amazed by what it will do.  I wanted to try using a flat spin as a failsafe/abort system for the plane and actually tested by spinning it until it impacted the ground.  My suspicions were correct - I was able to pick up and relaunch the plane after every flat spin and impact.  Only damage was a slightly loose…


Added by Jimmy Prouty on March 13, 2012 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

Variable Pitch Tricopter Using APM

I have been building a variable pitch tricopter and wanted to share my results so far.

Basically - I chose a tri and not a quad, because the tri geometry is the same as a traditional heli 120 deg swash plate. Since I can't…


Added by Al Ros on March 13, 2012 at 6:30pm — 12 Comments

Slow Flight with APM - mastering the PID on the edge of stall

One of the features of extreme high altitude flight is the high true airspeeds that are needed to generate the dynamic pressure required for airborne flight.  To minimise these extreme speeds for my high altitude glider project, I wanted to increase the flyable operation envelope closer to the airframe's stall speed, helping the reign-in the stratospheric true airspeeds!

As I was playing…


Added by Andrew Rabbitt on March 13, 2012 at 5:06am — 14 Comments

ArduIMU+ V3 camera gimbal stabilizer on IndieGoGo

My original blog post offering a bounty on software for the ArduIMU v3 to make it into a very good standalone camera gimbal stabilizer attracted alot of criticism and at the same time alot more support.  There are many people who have joined my cause, and pledged to either match my bounty or contribute towards…


Added by Hai Tran on March 12, 2012 at 7:00pm — 54 Comments

First aerial photography

I'm experimenting with a downward-facing point and shoot camera for aerial photography & mapping.


I had a (very turbulent) flight with APM and called an early abort because of high wind. After looking at the footage, it seemed not bad, so I ran it through hypr3d:

Some awesome software they…


Added by Hein du Plessis on March 12, 2012 at 3:30pm — 22 Comments

MultiWii Joystick Control via XBee

I made this simple script to control a MultiWii copter with a joystick and a PC over XBee (or some other serial transceiver pair). Please try it out and let me know of any issues.…


Added by Matt Williamson on March 12, 2012 at 2:52pm — 6 Comments

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Using drones to monitor irrigation in orange fields

From Smithsonian Magazine:

Water management researchers have been experimenting with unmanned drones that can fly over an orchard and record heat levels across vast…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 12, 2012 at 1:12pm — 2 Comments

Flying over water.

Idaho Falls with the Cinestar 6 and GH2 from on Vimeo.

Over the water with a hexa and GH2 while on the last leg of a road trip:



Added by Jeff Scholl on March 12, 2012 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

40mm retractable camera turret

I think that we need to restart the blog on this. 

This guy built a 40 mm ball turret that would work great in small UAS's. He said that he would not sell it but i think having him post details of how he built would be nice.

Here is a video of tit working.

If anyone has other turret systems to share of Pan and tilt systems please post... I am…


Added by UAS_Pilot on March 12, 2012 at 10:00am — 78 Comments

Flying Delorean

Hi Guys, could not help it but had to post it

Although it could be more stable it still brought a smile to my…


Added by Steven on March 12, 2012 at 2:30am — 5 Comments

Initiating Micro Quad Copter Build

Having had my curiosity peaked by a recent DIY Drones post, I decided I would go ahead and purchase the Turnigy Integrated PCB Micro-Quad from HobbyKing, along with all the accessories necessary to complete the unit.…


Added by Terence Gannon on March 11, 2012 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

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DIY Drones at 23,000 members!

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 23,000!

There were more than 1.41 million page views this month, which is a record. It just took us four weeks to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging about one new member every 43…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 11, 2012 at 8:21pm — 1 Comment

First Endeavors: New to RC to Building First Quad to First Flights of Unit.84

What a journey the past nine months have been.  At university, a classmate built an Arduino-based quadcopter for our senior capstone design project, but I was already committed to a 4WD Mars-type rover robot project.  I was toying around with some RC helicopters, but I had my eye on the quad...

Moved to Canada after graduation and went to work specifying a quad frame, motors, ESCs and such.  So much has happened in the quad industry in the past 9-12 months.  Coming…


Added by Scott Thompson on March 11, 2012 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

DIY UAS Project Design and Development

For the past 4 months I have been designing and developing a UAS system mainly for entertainment purposes but the future could hold potential business opportunities.  My research has led me to several potential paths and products to experiment with in order to accomplish my goal.…


Added by Hunter Parris on March 11, 2012 at 4:30am — 19 Comments

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