Sorry to see this notice from AirDroids, who had launched the PocketCopter on Kickstarter, but glad to see their list of "lessons learned". Manufacturing is really, really hard, and they were not the first or last Kickstarter project to get in over…Continue
The ELC/DroneCode conference is fast approaching. We are really looking forward to meeting many of you in San Jose next week!
We have put together a rough…Continue
PID loops can be pretty confusing when you're first getting started with autopilots.
Here's my attempt at explaining them "intuitively", i.e. with no math.
I'm working on plugging in a physics engine into the demo. Two more videos in this series are planned:
- Understanding the math behind PID controllers.
- Tuning PIDs…Continue
Joe and Justin give the Maker Faire 2013 crowd a demo of their new heavy-lift 12-rotor creation -- including an example of flying with only six motors operational. The downwash from this monster could be used for clearing leaves off the lawn or removing snow from the driveway, in addition to keeping a large camera aloft.
Having learned the hard way on a few things, I thought I'd put together a little video that shows some tips and tricks with the APM mission planner.
The first time I tried mission planning some things were a mystery, like how do you actually get into auto mode to fly a mission? I found something that looked like a way to do it from the APM software flight data tab, but…
Something like a beta version of my "startup" http://www.rcdetails.info
Website and database to search motors, servos, batteries etc by a different criterias.
The PX4 team is pleased to announce early availability of the PX4 autopilot platform, with hardware available immediately from 3D Robotics.
The platform is a low cost, modular, open hardware and software design targeting high-end research, hobby and industrial autopilot applications.
PX4 is an expandable, modular system…Continue
ArduCopter now has experimental geo-fencing support, thanks to Andrew Tridgell's superb geo-fencing code for ArduPlane.…Continue
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…Continue