All Blog Posts Tagged 'UAV' (324)

UAVs in the news

Here are two news stories from the training exercise I helped conduct last week in south Texas.  We were training the Texas A&M personnel on how to operate as the ground crew for the UAV system they purchased last year.  They did a great job and it was fun week working with them all week despite the colder…


Added by Skydog222 on January 21, 2013 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

A simple UAV gimbaled servo-controlled camera mount for GoPro

Here's a simple servo-controlled very light GoPro mount for any UAV. I have machine tools to make this, but you might be able to do it with simple home tools. The real trick is a direct connection between the servo and the camera rotator, and to use a control link ball (left side in photo) so you don't need to hit…


Added by Albert on January 14, 2013 at 2:30pm — 13 Comments

Nurf Flying Wing Design


I just wanted to share a design we have been working on for the FPV/DIY UAV crowd.


Our goal was to design something relatively rugged, easy to build/use and affordable.  And since we CNC hot wire cut foam cores for a living it needed to be manufacturable with our current…


Added by Coby on January 11, 2013 at 8:00am — 17 Comments

RQ-11 DIY UAV Project Part 2

What I have left to do:

  1. Add Digital Camo to Parts of Wing
  2. add servos and connect wires to rudder and elevator
  3. possibly add ardupilot
  4. possibly add FPV flying

I'm looking for suggestions on any mods or upgrades I can do to this RQ-11.  I hope the Video was enjoyable and educational.…


Added by Joshua Johnson on January 10, 2013 at 11:48pm — 2 Comments

RQ-11 DIY UAV Project Part 1

My goal for part 2 of the video is to have the RQ-11 Kit fully assembled and operating as an ROA (Remotely Operated Aircraft).  My overall goal though is to buy a autopilot from diydrones and make it into a fully functioning UAV.  I want to use it for agricultural and animal tracking purposes.  Learning programming through my college classes I want to create…


Added by Joshua Johnson on December 22, 2012 at 1:01am — 12 Comments

Aeromapper RTF UAV + APM2.5 + parachute system = easy landings!

Just sharing that the Aeromapper UAV is now ready to order with the new parachute recovery system.

Will very briefly describe a typical mission sequence so the basic setup of parachute + APM2.5 is explained (at the end). We think simplicity is king:

1. Assuming flight mission…


Added by Mauricio on December 2, 2012 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

X8 foam wing with APM + accesories for +$7K USD? interesting...

Just found this website:…


Added by Mauricio on November 14, 2012 at 8:30pm — 25 Comments

Fundamentals of Small Unmanned Aircraft Flight

 Being involved in UAV research, I've been a member and a great admirer of this community for a number of years.  An article I wrote (Fundamentals of Small Unmanned Aircraft Flight) has recently been…


Added by Jeff Barton on November 12, 2012 at 12:32pm — 15 Comments

UAV fuselage 3D Printed in Nylon for Lightweight and Strength

     I’ve started designing and 3D Printing UAV fuselages for a friend that’s starting out in the hobby.  He uses the “Bixler” type frames with some horizon sensors to get started.  As we all know, there seems to be a greater number of tall obstacles as we start flying and it’s been no different for him. 



Added by taulman on November 6, 2012 at 12:08am — 12 Comments

Some of the Best HD Air to Air FPV footage you'll see...


Team Echelon- Flying the X-8 wing, Skywalker, Penguin and more!

Added by AKRCGUY on October 19, 2012 at 8:00pm — 10 Comments

UAV Civilian Market Roundtable

Interesting roundtable discussion among UAV 'experts' and opinion leaders

From The Engineer: 'The role of the pilot, or commander, or whatever the person overseeing the aircraft is called, is already covered by the existing regulations…


Added by Shannon Morrisey on October 17, 2012 at 4:48pm — 6 Comments

New $500,000 UAS Competition Announced by NASA

NASA has announced a new UAS contest that I think might interest people here. It is called the UAS Airspace Operations Challenge and it's being developed as part of NASA's…


Added by Garry Qualls on October 17, 2012 at 8:52am — 23 Comments

Aeromapper UAV + APM 2.5 + Geotagging now available

A couple months ago we announced the Aeromapper UAV: a versatile all-composite, low cost UAV mainly aimed for mapping applications, but also being used as a multipurpose UAV platform for its great versatility, performance and great internal volume for different payloads.

It is offered in 3 different options: as a kit, as a RTF with all the…


Added by Mauricio on September 23, 2012 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Indoor UAV capable of fixed point flight and efficient forward flight

The UAV is a combination of a plane and helicopter. Therefore it is capable of hovering and vertical take off/landing, just like a helicopter but it can also tilt forward to achieve horizontal flight the same as an airplane. This is done in order to maximize the distance and the speed of such an aircraft.…


Added by Popa Stefan on August 22, 2012 at 6:44am — 31 Comments

Autonomous flight mission with the ArduPlaneNG v2.x R5 and AIOP IMU board on Maxi Swift flying wing

Here a video of an autonomous flight with a Maxi Swift flying wing fully piloted by the firmware ArduPlaneNG v2.x R5 with an All In One Pro (AIOP) full IMU board.This is a porting of the ArduPlane v2 (v2.4+v2.5) firmware and special addons and improvements for the AIOP board that I have added.

The wind was 15 km/h gusting 22 km/h. The flight…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on August 15, 2012 at 9:37am — 140 Comments

Melbourne UAV is out of the Outback Challenge

Hi Guys,

Added by Scott James on August 15, 2012 at 5:30am — 15 Comments

MAking Headway with a Gasser Traditional helicopter Arducopter (APM1) Camera Ship.

The test hop was short due to having spit balled the throttle and pitch curves to come out with a head speed of ~1300rpm and a motor speed of ~1-,500rpm

The vibration…


Added by Ben Carson on August 14, 2012 at 5:00pm — 20 Comments

Successful maiden Altitude Hold and Loiter test on first day flying with my Hexacopter

I managed to test the Altitude Hold and Loiter functions of my ArduPilot Mega2 controlled Hexacopter and was pretty impressed with it. There was strong winds initially but when it died down to a breeze I turned on the altitude hold and it seemed to hover with a deviation of around 2m. Then when I turned on the Loiter mode, my hexacopter stayed within a 5m radius…


Added by weelian soh on August 11, 2012 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

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