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Modified HK FPV platform

I made following modifications

wing span increased to 74 in

root cord 12inch

Tip cord 9inch

Tested with 2x8000mah Tenergy pack

got 1hr endurance

Di-hedral 4inch from wing tip 

IT is very hard to turn from aileron will reduce the di-hedral to 2inch

Prop apc 1407E…


Added by Ahmed Rehan on October 1, 2011 at 2:53pm — 15 Comments

OCTOV travelling stability with 2.0.42

So today i tried to make a movie with the GoPro and the OCTOV platform and it seems to be stable.

Next step is to put caoutchouc under the motors to absorb more vibration.

This Plateform is really dedicaded for movie !! enjoy Guys !!

Added by patrice.rance on October 1, 2011 at 2:29pm — 7 Comments

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"Oh, no. My wife's drone!"

From this week's New…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 1, 2011 at 11:56am — 3 Comments

Version 10 of my Custom Frame for AC2


After several crashes my frame has finally evolved into something I'm fairly happy with. It uses all standard AC2 kit electronics, but custom built frame/arms, etc. It has a modular base so I can easily change out Camera mount for just plain, centralised battery mount. The camera mount has an offset battery…


Added by Owen Booth on October 1, 2011 at 4:30am — 8 Comments

New 3D Robotics frame build of my ArduCopter

I had a fully tricked out with every options ArducopterMega I purchased fully assembled from jdrones last year. I usually assemble all my own stuff so it figures that I crashed it *hard* on the first or second flight and basically destroyed the frame. This sent me down the rabbit hole and since then I have…


Added by Ezra Zygmuntowicz on October 1, 2011 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

Successful Maiden Flight of my Modular Testing Platform III


Successfully maiden'd the third version of my Modular Testing Platform. My eventual goal is to scratch build an airplane that carry and utilize FPV and UAV components, but I wanted to start small and basic first.


Overall it flew well, had plenty of power, and wasn't as "pitchy" as the last MTP, however I'm going to have to strengthen my motor mount or have some other total new solution to landing (different method, prop location, etc.) I may…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on October 1, 2011 at 4:10am — 4 Comments

Fancy LED lighting option for your flying machine

Today I spotted this "Digital Addressable RGB LED with PWM waterproof flexi strip" from Adafruit.

Each LED in this strip is individually addressable, meaning you can set the…


Added by agmatthews on September 30, 2011 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Aluminum Housing for APM

hi friends, whenever we fly in automode using APM there is always some chance of a bad crash. we do lose some expensive equipment. APM is quite expensive for almost $400 and not counting the mid night hours that go in debugging. so i have worked on a aluminum APM housing which is quite strong with 1.5mm thickness and is…


Added by Ravi on September 30, 2011 at 5:30am — 8 Comments

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ArduCopter and Blue Angels at 3D Robotics HQ

One of the cool things about the 3D Robotics factory in San Diego is that it's near the Naval air station and there are a load of cool military aircraft flying by all the time. Today, the Blue Angels were practicing while the 3D Robotics team was testing some new ArduCopter hardware. 


(via 3D Robotics…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2011 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
How to contribute to a DIY Drones project?

One of the biggest challenges in an open source development project is getting the "architecture of participation" right. Like a great game, contributing should be easy to pick up but hard to master, giving people of all skills and experience an opportunity to engage. Right now we have scores of developers working…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2011 at 5:00pm — 29 Comments

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PhoneDrone Android board finally in production!

The 3D Robotics PhoneDrone Android/RC interface board is finally in production! Pre-orders are starting now and it will ship on Oct 17th. From the product listing:


It's a way to connect any…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2011 at 9:57am — 29 Comments

AttoPilot Voltage Kit

APM Mission Planner is adding more support for the AttoPilot Voltage Sensor. Thus the Open Hardware Store has introduced a voltage sensor kit that is ready to be used and you just need to plug it in and configure Ardupilot. It comes with XT60-connectors and a 15cm long servo cable to connect to the…


Added by Rob on September 29, 2011 at 5:08am — 2 Comments

A True Atrocity

Man charged in plot to bomb Pentagon with model airplane

It looks to me that the sad day we all knew would eventually come has arrived. The first person that I have heard of plotting to use R/C planes to bomb the Pentagon and the Capital building. It appears he was planning to use some kind of autopilot given that they stated the plane was to be "GPS guided". Below is a link to the CNN page that has the details. I only hope this doesn't lead to a complete lock down of the R/C and sUAS industry. It is so young and ripe for growth…


Added by Tommy Neubauer on September 28, 2011 at 11:33pm — 66 Comments

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Minimalist ArduCopter 3DR build

Hi guys, I just wanted to share some photos of my minimalist ArduCopter 3DR. The APM is using Jason Short's power hack, a Spektrum adapter, and a DSM2 remote Rx. the OilPan is standard except for the compass, which is one of the first ten or so HMC5883L prototype boards from a while ago. The rest of the frame is mostly stock (arms, ESCs, motors), but the stack-up is a little shorter than usual, and…


Added by Sam Kelly on September 28, 2011 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Hexa Arducopter 2.0.42 - My first video and wide field run ever


Proud to post my first blog post yay !


Well ok its only eyecandy, but i hope you'll get a 2min break of what you're doing and a little smile maybe laughing at the noob, hehe ^^ fair enough !


So today i received 2 more lipos so i could finally have a proper longer flight session and could setup some cams to finally do some video recording for post analysis (yeah, to analyse stuff , whatever ill get ^^);


So i got now 2…


Added by Anis Nielsen on September 28, 2011 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Coaxial Autonomous Landing on a moving platform via Optical Flow

Hey everyone, I've been trying to tackle the issue of autonomous landing for a little while now, specifically restrained to optical flow techniques. I have hit a roadblock and wanted to see if anyone on here could shed some advice on the issue.


Essentially what is happening is I have a downward looking vision chip that can successfully put a Coaxial helicopter into a hover using a minimization of OF. I want that chip to now track a moving surface underneath it, particularly a…


Added by Michael DiDonato on September 28, 2011 at 11:01am — 7 Comments

Arducopter 3DR sonar mount

After Chris posted about a new sonar mount on thingverse for Arducopter, I realised that everyone who purcahsed a Arducopter 3DR frame, has a potential sonar mount included in the kit.…


Added by on September 28, 2011 at 4:19am — No Comments

OCTOV 1KG hanging payload




Added by patrice.rance on September 28, 2011 at 3:08am — 15 Comments

3D Robotics
3D printer-ready file of an ArduCopter sonar mount

Spotted on Thingverse, uploaded by Jag.…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 27, 2011 at 8:40pm — 11 Comments

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