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Successful Auto Takeoff!


This week I tested and mastered the auto takeoff feature on the APM I've installed on my Nova. It took a few tries and a cracked fuselage to get it, but once I got it performed very well; I set the flight mode to auto, I run down the field, and the motor kicks on without me telling it to, I throw it, and it takes off on it's own. Very cool. 


Seems to be working well, am I doing it right?


Next week I'll be testing the auto land…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on February 25, 2012 at 7:24am — 18 Comments

New Build, arducopter V2


After the crash of my stock arducopter due to a dying battery on my controller I had to rebuild.

The result of my rebuild pleases me a lot, for one I decreased the weight by almost 500 gr. The total weight with a camera and battery (not shown) is ~1400 gr. Adding telemetry will increase the weight only marginally and there is still plenty of space in the canopy for FPV gear.



standard jDrones arducopter electronics but with the…


Added by koen.hufkens on February 25, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Supersonic UAV School Project Graduates into a Business

A University of Colorado Asst. Professor is transitioning his GoJett Supersonic UAV project into a business.

From University of Colorado News:

"The UAV is intended to shape the next generation of flight experimentation… Its…


Added by Shannon Morrisey on February 24, 2012 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

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All-PCB quadcopter

Another cool one from Hackaday today.

[Frank] managed to pull together an impressive collection of features when developing the project. First off, the quadcopter itself uses all-PCB…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2012 at 3:50pm — 2 Comments

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Variable pitch quads fly upside down

Check out those flips! From Hackaday

Straight from the Aerospace Controls Laboratory comes a variable-pitch quadrocopterdesigned by [Mark Cutler] and [Jonathan P. Howe].…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2012 at 1:28pm — 36 Comments

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An Australian drone-based aerial imaging business

Not legal yet in the US without a COA, but apparently allowed in Australia. FromMakezine:

The emerging story of entrepreneurs using drones to provide marketable…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2012 at 1:07pm — 5 Comments

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Arduino control of a camera lens

If your UAV is big enough to carry a DLSR, here's a great way to control the lens. From Hackaday:

[Vladimir] built …


Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2012 at 1:05pm — 4 Comments

Scientists use drone to monitor beach pollution

Armed with a remote-controlled helicopter nicknamed the "scientific predator", CSIRO scientists are circumnavigating Australia, documenting the tonnes of litter left or washed up on the nation's beaches and calculating the impact on marine life.



Added by Richard Unwin on February 24, 2012 at 8:00am — 34 Comments

Someone stole these guys pole

Much better looking than the last tethered attempt, like the idea of a big coaxial pair in the centre to do the lifting. I knew a girl like that.

The HoverMast responds to the need for quick, mobile intelligence gathering. At the click of a button, the system autonomously deploys, rising to heights of up to 50 meters within 10-15…


Added by Gary Mortimer on February 24, 2012 at 6:00am — 10 Comments

ArduPilot in Sumatra

Slashdot linked to this article on a Bixler in Sumatra that appears to be equipped with an Ardupilot, based on the mission planner in use on their laptop.…


Added by ExplodingLemur on February 23, 2012 at 6:30pm — 18 Comments

NHK Balloon Camera Shoots Stable Aerial Footage

Added by Paul on February 23, 2012 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Any application for these supercapacitors in UAV technology?

Here is more info about new capacitor tech discussed in other blog. Murata has introduced lately interesting technology regarding lightweight energy storing- the super capacitors. The 5.5V double cell capacitors features a thin 20.5mm X 18.5mm X 3.0mm package and a 350mF value. Any applications in mind?At least the energy/weight ration should be interesting to flying electronics.Also one aspect is fast…


Added by Pauli Seppinen on February 23, 2012 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

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Beautiful octocopter video


This image is not cgi or a miniature; it is a real mountain slope where artist Sonja Hinrichsen created this beautiful pattern simply by walking in circles. The robotic perspective of this concept is the way the photos and the video were shot, not by a helicopter but by a…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 23, 2012 at 10:06am — 4 Comments

Canada is at the Vanguard of UAV Regulations


Figure 12-2 Work Plan

Well folks after some browsing I've discovered that Canada is the current leader in terms of regulations of commercial use UAVs in North America.  Whereas the US President has just recently signed…


Added by Ellison Chan on February 23, 2012 at 8:00am — 32 Comments

Short Stop in Salt Lake City

Driving through the west part of the US and making a short stop in Salt Lake City before heading back towards Reno.

Added by trappy on February 22, 2012 at 5:32pm — 14 Comments

What MultiWii can do... to AR.Drone :)

wet ar.drone dream from warthox on Vimeo.

I know it just an AR.Drone body :)

And this is the most crazy video from warthox !

Added by Max Levine on February 22, 2012 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

Keeping APM Operational at 120000 feet - a first look

My ambition is to send APM aloft to the edge of space on the end of a balloon, and since it gets a little cold up there, I decided to take a look at what I would need to keep things running well.

NASA have kindly given the world a mathematical atmospheric model which shows that if I can meet the challenge at -56°C, I should be OK at any altitude.  Here is the temperature of the…


Added by Andrew Rabbitt on February 22, 2012 at 2:30am — 34 Comments

Project JournoDrone A fixed-wing drone system for journalism

JournoDrone One


Developers at are launching a project to build a low-cost aerial photo platform for journalists, using a combination of…


Added by Matthew Schroyer on February 21, 2012 at 3:35pm — 25 Comments

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NYT hosts debate over domestic drones

The New York Times invited some policy analysts to debate the issues surrounding the introduction of drones into the domestic airspace. Not a lot new here, but interesting to see this reach the mainstream media. 

You can read the whole thing …


Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2012 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

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Finally, a good article on "drone journalism"

ABC News Australia has a thorough piece on the state of "drone journalism", which gives some good examples and cuts through the sort of silliness that characterized some earlier reports, such as those…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2012 at 8:00am — 53 Comments

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