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Las Vegas (TBS @ USA Road Trip 11/13)

In this episode we take our custom-built prototype quadcopter down the strip, meet some interesting - and less interesting - people and generally have a great time. Here's the video:

For those of you unaware, there is an airport right next to the strip. There is also a lot of RF emissions. This is why we played it safe and did not fly the Zephyrs down the…


Added by trappy on April 5, 2012 at 2:23am — 26 Comments

Quick and Easy Rover

In between aircraft I built this rover.  It is a Traxxas Slash frame with a piece of 1/8" aircraft plywood on top for an electronics platform.  The plywood measures 16.5" x 6.5".  It was super easy to build.  In the next few days I will finish configuring the electronics, update and confirgure the software and test it out. …


Added by John Hestness on April 4, 2012 at 8:21pm — 40 Comments

UberTaco! Join the revolucion! - Death to Tacocopter

Tacocopter never made it off the ground.  We've created UberTaco to pick up where they left off.  We are delivering food to those in need all over the country.  Proof above!

Added by LemaLife on April 4, 2012 at 8:00pm — 12 Comments

HobbyKing Beer Lift 2012

Looks like the folks at HobbyKing has fully embraced the Multicopter revolution.  To that end, they've created a contest for 2012, the goal of which is to lift our favourite beverages, BEER!  They don't say whether the beer cans need to be full or empty.  I think the goal is to lift as much weight as possible.  So there may be the obvious incentive of lifting many…


Added by Ellison Chan on April 4, 2012 at 8:31am — 13 Comments

DIY Drones & Hobby UAVs in the News

DIY Drones and Chris Anderson in the news yet again.  You're getting around, Chris!  Well done.




Added by Paul Marsh on April 4, 2012 at 4:34am — 4 Comments

Martin Jetpack - Flight Video



Just thought I would share the latest flight testing video of the Martin Jetpack. It is now actually showing a useful level of performance.


Added by DuctAR on April 3, 2012 at 7:58pm — 7 Comments

A new "FPV model" by HobbyKing (RQ-4B Global Hawk)

While SkyWalker is out-of stock in almost everywhere, new big size foam models are popping out in many places out there. I just can't stop looking at this one... looks so nice!

The question here is, are those beautiful models really useful for FPV or being our Drones? I would be afraid of breaking such a beautiful thing... and the 2360mm wing…


Added by Sandro Benigno on April 3, 2012 at 2:00am — 25 Comments

ArkToolbox now released for Windows/ Mac as well as Linux

ArkToolbox is a toolbox for ScicosLab/ XCos (similar to Matlab simulink, but free). ArkToolbox is useful for drone control design, simulation, and testing and is compatible with FlightGear, MAVLink (QGroundControl/ArduPilotMega), and the JSBSim Trimming GUI software. This creates a completely open source toolchain for developing aircraft models, finding…


Added by James Goppert on April 2, 2012 at 11:00pm — 23 Comments

SITL MAVProxy Joystick Support

I was working on getting the SITL simulation up and running this weekend, and was able to modify to support real-time…


Added by AndrewF on April 2, 2012 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

X-Plane PPL Flight Training from

I'm not sure if anyone has come across this, but I've been reading through the training and it is very informative.

Since most of us have the Mission Planner software that can HIL interface with X-Plane, this can be a very good tool for amateur UAV pilots to learn the basics of flying and aircraft…


Added by Hunter Parris on April 2, 2012 at 3:07pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
UAVs before computers

From Hackaday:

These brave birds are weapons of war. Well, not these actual birds… they’re just models used for this photograph courtesy of a taxidermist. But their living relatives were …


Added by Chris Anderson on April 2, 2012 at 1:17pm — 6 Comments

New Model for DIY UAV project.

Hi all

I have my hands on this UAV model. The model just need the winglets before it's flyable.



Added by Robert Krogh (hooks) on April 2, 2012 at 4:29am — 34 Comments

Citizen drone spots missing Texas boys body

A very sad story,

Well done to Gene Robinson (a member here) and the team from RP Search Services. A heartbreaking task.…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 2, 2012 at 12:01am — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
3D print a mount to attach an iPod Touch to your plane

eric_hcr80 writes: "Mount a 4th-gen iPod onto your RC airplane, provided the bottom of the fuselage is cylindrical". Easily modifiable for an iPhone, too. Design file, ready for printing on your Makerbot or other 3D printer, is …


Added by Chris Anderson on April 1, 2012 at 8:15pm — 2 Comments

Software-in-the-loop Architecture

I'm experimenting with SITL, for the purpose of routing MAVLink and prototyping IP Telemetry. Anyhow, after reading the documentation here...:…


Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on April 1, 2012 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
How can the Syma toy copters be so stable with just one gyro??

My kids love the Syma S107 toy helicopters, which cost just $20 and are amazingly stable. The big breakthrough for this generation of toy helicopters was the introduction of…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 1, 2012 at 1:53pm — 15 Comments

RETRO BOARD VR1000 my first Advanced electronic design .

Today I found in a drawer of my old lab this board, and memory began…


Added by Roberto Navoni on April 1, 2012 at 12:48pm — 1 Comment

Associated Press Article on Hobby Drones

Two AP reporters interviewed me and Mark (and Chris ) last Wednesday about out RC / FPV / Drone hobby. The article was published by AP today and was picked up by many news outlets.

To the full Article

All planes and copters are APM or APM2…


Added by Andreas on April 1, 2012 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

The History Channel

Ferreting around sUAS News for something else I am working on I stumbled on this video, 2009 no less! How things have changed. Hope folks don't mind me posting it here…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 1, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

9x radio 'mod' list

That my list of 9x radio mods, Keeping it DIY, and under $200 :) 

First one is 'er9x' firmware super easy:

Here is wiki page and good 'How to wire' videos: Part 1 Part 2 …


Added by Max Levine on April 1, 2012 at 6:00am — 29 Comments

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