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Arducopter 2.3 tuning Stab_P for Nav video scenarios

Hello again everybody,

Round two of "organized testing" I decided to keep my Nav settings from last time(see previous blog post) and only play around with the Stab PID parameters to see what kind of effect they have on Loiter. I started off by increasing my Stab_P from 3.5 to 5, then to 6, and finally to 7. I noticed a significant improvement…


Added by Ihab Ali on February 6, 2012 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

Congress Passes UAV Bill

The flying robot equality bill aims to end prejudice inside heavily segregated FAA airspace, among other things.

From The Washington Post:

"The FAA is also required under the…


Added by Shannon Morrisey on February 6, 2012 at 5:10pm — 17 Comments

Monocopter POV Choreography

The mane requirement for Marcy 1 was always the most advanced flying thing known to man, hovering autonomously, showing POV synchronized to Evans Blue: The Darkness That Follows. 2 years after envisioning it, we finally got it working. It doesn't come out as well with the slow RPM as hoped.

Getting the full POV image requires lying directly…


Added by Jack Crossfire on February 6, 2012 at 4:00am — 6 Comments

UAV as Aerial Mapping & GIS platform

Continuing from my last post and hunting down the ever ending dream for "more" Skiptrovamon took a new form. This time our team goals was to keep the good things from our first airframe and..:

-Step on Known PIDs

-Make more room for cameras…


Added by James on February 6, 2012 at 3:00am — 22 Comments

NASA DROID presentation at AMA EXPO 2012

Here's NASA's presentation at the recent AMA expo.  It's about 75 minutes in five parts.

Are you a pilot looking for a handy means to help keep you out of trouble -- such as, say, flying into immoveable objects like mountains or the ground? Well, in the future, there may be an app for…


Added by Mark Harrison on February 5, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

ArduPlane v2: Full autonomous flight HIL simulation of a Nimbus 4m electro-glider drone

Here a video of the test of a Nimbus 4 meters wingspan electro-glider piloted by the firmware ArduPlane 2.28xp1 (updated version with a JLN mod). Test done in HIL mode with the AeroSIM-RC v3.83 simulator connected through the AP Mission planner v1.1.30 on an ArduPilot Mega board v1.

Test Mission…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on February 5, 2012 at 1:59am — 37 Comments

Arducopter 2.3 Nav tuning video scenarios


This is my first blog(and I mean first ever anywhere) so please excuse the lack of the "bloginess" quality :)

I've been in testing mode with APM1 since the release of Arducopter 1 code. After a couple lost and crashed quads, I decided that my strategy for testing arducopter from now on is to start with a cheap frame/motor/prop combo, basically to…


Added by Ihab Ali on February 5, 2012 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

MyGeekShow finally flies an APM!


This week I constructed, installed and tested an APM on my Nova. Everything went great! Stabilization worked like a charm and RTL worked flawlessly! Can't wait for the next few months as I explore this "new" technology. (well, new to me!)


Thank you DIYDrones for the AWESOME equipment and software... very, very…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on February 4, 2012 at 12:54pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones on NPR's Science Friday

I was on NPR's Science Friday yesterday talking about drones, along with "Wired for War" author Peter Singer and MIT unmanned systems professor Missy Cummings.  You can hear it here. And welcome all the listeners who are new members…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 4, 2012 at 11:23am — 5 Comments

Rate PI Autotuning - A third attempt

Hi again all, Two blog posts in two days... i'm on a roll. I just finished the next set of revisions to my autotuning code. I have shifted from tuning the stab gains to tuning the rate gains. This is more dangerous but also more rewarding.

Here are…


Added by Adam Rivera on February 3, 2012 at 11:30pm — 17 Comments

Android App for Controlling Arduino via Bluetooth

ArduinoCommander is a sweet new Android app for controlling Arduino with a Bluetooth shield. 

From Android Market:

"Control your Arduino board from your Android device via Bluetooth using WYSIWYG…


Added by Shannon Morrisey on February 3, 2012 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Introducing Nemesis: APM powered octo platform

Good Morning DIYDrones,


I am pleased to introduce a drone platform that I have been working on for some time. I have not finalized my marketing materials, but I thought this community would like to see an early peek. Please see the included rough-edit promo video as well as my website. Questions/Comments are encouraged.



Added by Adam Rivera on February 3, 2012 at 10:00am — 16 Comments

3D Robotics
Check out James Goppert's cool Masters thesis on ArduPilotOne

"AN ADAPTABLE, LOW COST TEST-BED FOR UNMANNED VEHICLESYSTEMS RESEARCH" is the title of James Goppert's Purdue Masters Dissertation that led to the…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 2, 2012 at 10:30pm — 8 Comments

Having trouble purchasing AttoPilot Products?

We have been getting word individuals are having a hard time finding where to purchase AttoPilot products. AttoPilot sells through an exclusive distributor who is AttoPilot International, LLC through Chris McNair and his team. If you are looking for aircraft and AP's you may contact us at…


Added by Chris McNair on February 2, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

ADXRS453 Gyros with Ultrahigh vibration rejection

I just got 3 pcs. ADXRS453 gyros from Analog Devices ( Farnell price was 100US$ for one piece.)

  I added also one ADXRS610 in the picture to compare the size of the gyros. As you can see it can be connected vertical for pitch/roll  or horizontal for yaw.This is from data…


Added by Sergiu on February 2, 2012 at 2:26pm — 11 Comments

JSBSim Trimming Demo for F16 and Shadow UAS

A gui for JSBSim is demonstrated. The gui is capable of trimming any aircraft modeled in JSBSim at various flight conditions. It can simulate the aircraft at the calculated trim conditions, save the linearizations around these trim states, and output the linearization to a form readable by ScicosLab. The software is demonstrated on the standard f16 model included with JSBSim and a shadow UAV model, part of arkhangar. The linearized state space models output at the trim…


Added by James Goppert on February 2, 2012 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Charging two 3S Li-Po packs at the same time

Simulated charging arrangement. Always use fireproof container for the batteries when charging!

I updated my charged to balancing one a while ago, but for some reason I didn’t buy one of those new…


Added by Janne Mäntyharju on February 2, 2012 at 4:37am — 5 Comments

Flip, the tri

Once upon an idea...

okay, okay, you all know the great idea about building a convertible tri - to planecopter. Oh yes Avatar like, old story no news. However, I started to work on one. I am still far away from anything that is convertible, but it might be soon a flying tri.

I'm using APM v1…


Added by Tobias Krieger on February 1, 2012 at 1:00pm — 18 Comments

Make your own KickStarter style hexa!

So there have been a few threads about the failed Kickstarter campaign by Kellie Sigler of Failed not because it they didn't collect enough money in the time alotted,…


Added by Paul Mather on February 1, 2012 at 12:00pm — 15 Comments

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