Added by Chris Anderson on December 6, 2007 at 1:58pm — No Comments
Added by Chris Anderson on December 2, 2007 at 11:00am — No Comments
This post describes the beta version of BASIC Stamp autopilot code. As mentioned in my last post, the two main challenges in this project were dealing with the constraints of integer-only math and a severely restricted variable space (just 26 bytes!).
The first one I got around by treating fractional degrees as full degrees (since the UAV is never going to travel more than one full degree…Continue
We love GoogleMaps, but one of the problems with it is that you can't really add your own data to it. Sure, you can superimpose your imagery on a GoogleMaps layer, but it won't show unless people use a special URL. That's the reason for the creation of OpenAerialMap.…Continue
Hi my name is Rob Swynnerton, i run a small company, www.flyingwings.co.uk. We manufacture a range of EPP models, wings etc. We also make parts for UAV contractors and this has sparked my imagination, what would be a great UAV test platform ? What size, payload capacity, what would be better than a commercially available model ie twin jet etc. Designs that inspire me are the Desert Hawk and the Raven, small micro UAV's with a wingspan of around…Continue
From an email that Rob just sent... Now I'm sure we all have ideas for what we would like in an airframe.
If you put it here I'll make sure he reads this thread.
The desert hawk is epp, and so are others being developed. We are producing airframes
for a major UK military contractor, its gone UAV crazy over here with a massive dedicated centre being built here in Bristol.
It would be good fun to create a…
Whilst flicking through the pages of a magazine, I came across....
The only down side for South Africa and in particular up here in the mountains is the size, probably can't lift a camera as well with a high density altitude.
I send an email off to Flying Wings asking for a bigger one and Robert Swynnerton very quickly replied that they were building one for our very purpose that would be available soon.
Added by Gary Mortimer on November 28, 2007 at 11:43am — No Comments
In my focus on the Lego UAV, I forgot to mention that I've also uploaded the Visual Basic source code for our cellphone autopilot. It's in pretty good shape, and just needs a little more tweaking for reliable airbone use. If you're comfortable with Visual Studio and Windows…Continue
You may have missed it in the discussion threads at left, but Howard Gordon has been doing some terrific work combining his robot and camera control boards with UAV platforms. The latest uses the quadcopter platform that the X-UFO/X3D guys in Germany developed. Check out his full post…Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2007 at 5:19pm — No Comments
Is more being made of this than is necessary?? I wonder why the reporters spin did not point towards the environmental benefit of UAV's less gas than the helicopter. The newscopter that was chasing, is that not invading the privacy of some police officers on a private farm??…Continue
An amateur UAV maker in Los Angeles built a UAV designed to fly 21 miles, from Long Beach to Catalina Island and back. It was notable especially for having the motor moved to a pylon above the wing and a pan-tilt gimbal camera put in the nose instead (see picture). This thread about it…Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on November 22, 2007 at 10:32pm — No Comments
Tom Pycke, who is one of the more sophisticated UAV hobbyists, has a good post showing how to use the open-source Flight Gear simulator program to test your autopilot code.
"A lot of people think they need great electronics skills, a lot of time, and embedded programming skills to experiment with Kalman filtering of IMU-data. Think again! The key to all your success stories is…Continue
The cover of MAKE magazine this month is a how-to on "blubberbots", which are small indoor blimp UAVs (story only for subscribers for the moment--subscribe! It's worth it). You can buy a kit from the MAKE store for $99 that will…Continue
These scientists describe their UAV project at the South Pole. Sound familiar?
"Flying a mission is always a little scary. Tom, the project engineer and pilot, stands by with his remote control and flies it a little until a stable flight is acheived,…Continue