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3D Robotics
DIY Drones Google Plus community growing nicely

At Gary Mortimer's suggestion, we last week started a DIY Drones community on Google Plus, which has grown nicely and is now at more than 500 members. If you use Google Plus, you'll find this an easy to way to integrate drone news and discussion into your stream. We'll be posting highlights from DIYD, as well as others on…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2013 at 11:33am — 2 Comments


The project is to develop a PID controller for a quadrotor, using the fabulous machine max32 board  the Company DIGILENT    with 32-bit resolution, to implement not only linear control strategies such as PID control strategies as well as RREE nonlinear (feedback state space ) and SMC (sliding mode…


Added by Elkyn Fagua on January 7, 2013 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

My first time off the ground.

I saw another post this morning from someone in NC with a hex, so I figured I'd post a little about my first quadcopter build as I'm in NC too.  I started off building the frame inspired by the 3DR design but made my own arms and legs.  I made taller legs in order to mount an old iPhone 4 I had laying around under it for video recording. 

Here's a couple of pictures from the build and then some video of the first time getting it in the air.  I have had no…


Added by Jeff L on January 7, 2013 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

USAV - An architectural update + video

Here's an update on the USAV project I started some months back. This post is mostly about the architecture and features of the current version as well as a video of a static test.

The USAV is a UAV with an integration to some of the social networks like twitter and Google talk. It is also an…


Added by Jesper Andersen on January 7, 2013 at 6:18am — 4 Comments

H-Quad Part 2

Here's where I am so far on the H I started before the holidays. Ended up trimming the arms and drilling out some of the plates to lessen the weight. Will likely add some CF rods as prop protection during the tuning process.


Using 10x4.7 props for now, though the motors could handle larger. Testing has it hover at just under 50% throttle, so I think I am in a good place. Not tuned yet - that's next when the rain lets up.


The APM is enclosed…


Added by Scott Berfield on January 6, 2013 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Monster infographic on domestic drones

From Worldofmaps. It's a bit random but fun. Click through for the whole thing, which is about a yard long. …


Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2013 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Homemade Steadycam Hexacopter

This is my project, I have been working on it for a couple of months. Is not ready yet and certainly it's not good looking, need more work but here is a video of some features.

Note this is a Steadycam design based on ECILOP ideas. But with a Multiwii board instead of gyros. Multiwii is fixed to the steadycam…


Added by Alejandro Martin Pirola on January 6, 2013 at 7:30pm — 13 Comments

3D Robotics
Parrot AR.Drone gets longer battery life, GPS tracking (but not navigation)

I was hoping for GPS navigation, to make it a real drone, but we're going to have to settle for GPS logging for now.

From Mashable:

LAS VEGAS — Parrot's popular AR. Drone quadcopter will be getting…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2013 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

New ArduCopter Hex flying in NC

This is the second flight of the Diydrones Hexcopter. I`m using two 3S-2250mah batties ganged together untill the new 3S-5000mah packs show up in the mail. Using a JR 11X and a Spektrum 9 channel receiver. I had to link up the mission planner on the desk top because the two older laptops would not work. I still have to figure it out.   I found that the hex is not too…


Added by Rick Cawley on January 6, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Humanoid Hexacopter

Love the arm and leg animations!

From Robot Dreams:

The Robot Japan events get better and better every time. Last weekend the 5th semi-annual competition was staged drawing a large audience, numerous participants, and an…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2013 at 4:23pm — No Comments

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3D printed case for the 3DR radios

Nice design by BarneyJ! Download and 3D-print it here. From the description:

Printed on a printrbot with .35 mm nozzle with 50% infill and .15 mm…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2013 at 1:08pm — 4 Comments

bungee launch X8 5.3kg

This is a mechanism in place to launch the X8, when its weight is 5.3 kg. his recovery is done by parachute.

the mechanism is very reliable for heavy winged lanzameinto. unfortunately my x8 fell into a bad spin maneuver and…


Added by jim C. on January 6, 2013 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

My first Quadcopter Build

Hello everyone, having not been into RC since I was a young lad, with a little persuasion from a friend I decided that I would begin a quadcopter project. Due to being married my project spend will be over the course of 4-5 months. I have broken my build down into several phases. This also gives me time to do some reading, watch youtube vids on setups and performance, create blog posts and keep a build log. So far its been an interesting learning experience with a few…


Added by Erman Ozen on January 6, 2013 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Aerotestra Hugo Update

Sean brought an updated Aerotestra Hugo by.  Improvements include:

  • external power switch
  • now flying APM 2.5!
  • APM 2.5 integrated carrier

more here:…


Added by Mark Harrison on January 5, 2013 at 11:44pm — 20 Comments

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ArduRover launches ArduPlane!

Check out today's awesome demo by Tridge. An ArduRover launches an ArduPlane! (Also note that the ArduPlane is flying beta ArduPlane software on the PX4 board. We're getting close to a dev release on that. Very exciting...)

[UPDATE] Tridge adds some details in the…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 5, 2013 at 8:30pm — 19 Comments

DIY UxV control station - DRAFT

This project currently is in draft status. I will update the article on my homepage, as it progresses.

Normal R/C transmitters are not the best way to control a UxV. For instance, they usually require additional components like ArduStation for the ArduPilot project, which means,…


Added by Stefan Gofferje on January 5, 2013 at 5:30pm — 13 Comments

Kalman Filter Code for Yellow Plane 2

Kalman Filter Code for Yellow Plane 2 Special thanks to Kristian Lauszus, TKJ Electronics 

This is the code in the main loop UpdateServos()


unsigned long msDelta = LastMicros - micros();…


Added by Nick Goodey on January 5, 2013 at 3:24pm — 2 Comments

Thermal Imaging Tests on Conservation Drones

Over the last week, and conducted a series of tests of low cost thermal imaging cameras.

Models tested:

1. FLIR HS-324 Patrol 19mm Thermal camera (320 x 240 res) (…


Added by lianpinkoh on January 5, 2013 at 7:30am — 20 Comments

Ubiquiti XR9 XtremeRange 900MHz Embedded Radio module



I came across this while researching wireless solutions and seems very possible to create a long range WiFi connection between the GCS and aircraft using an onboard micro computer.

These are the specs that the company…


Added by Hunter Parris on January 4, 2013 at 9:47pm — 14 Comments

Configuring Turnigy 9x with arducopter


There had been two blogs regarding configuration of Turnigy 9x with APM but i…


Added by Majid Khan on January 4, 2013 at 3:00pm — 52 Comments

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