Science Magazine published an article suggesting that a project motivated by the recent DARPA push for small,…Continue
SOUTH OF ENGLAND 'DRONE ZONE' MEET
We would like to invite anyone interested in amateur unmanned systems to a get together in…
On october 1st, 2011, my MAJA drone has done successfully a full autonomous flight under flight plan with the ThermoPilot v5, an updated version of the Arduplane v2.23. The video of the flight is recorded with a GO pro HD wide on board. This test flight is a part of my ThermoPilot project (Autonomous Thermal Hunter glider).
The flight of the real…Continue
Hey everyone, I've been trying to tackle the issue of autonomous landing for a little while now, specifically restrained to optical flow techniques. I have hit a roadblock and wanted to see if anyone on here could shed some advice on the issue.
Essentially what is happening is I have a downward looking vision chip that can successfully put a Coaxial helicopter into a hover using a minimization of OF. I want that chip to now track a moving surface underneath it, particularly a…Continue
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started work on the fuse mold the other day and have been progressing through stages of filling and sanding to get the surfaces smooth before trying to layup the first vacuum bagged session.…Continue
Hello diydrones, my name is Wesley and I'm an airship designer. Most of my work is in manned thermal dirigibles, but I am also working on traditional gas lifted designes as well. There is another member here, Ahmed, who has inspired me to post my own blog on this sublject as he has developed a bungee…Continue
This project has been started in october 2009 and its purpose is to build a full autonomous short range reconnaissance survey plane.
Currently Mamadu UAV used Paparazzy YAPA v.2 board, CHIMU IMU, Xbee modems for telemetry downlink and VTQ video equipment.
This project has been started in october 2010 and its purpose is to build a full autonomous Thermal Hunter Glider which is able to fly for a long duration in an area defined by a radius, a ceiling and a minimal altitude. The glider uses thermal soaring and dynamic soaring methods commonly used by full scale gliders during cross country soaring competitions.
During a full…Continue
It is interesting what you can find in Nairobi. Electronics are scarce, but surprisingly I found a place stocking polyester resin!!! It was like a dream come true! I've seen composite materials being used and I thought I should give it a go for my new Flying Thing (see old one…Continue
A short video of a very small UAV plane flying in an autonomous mode. Looks similar to some perching UAVs that I stumbled across a while back.
A new Brookings Institute report with some worrying recommendations. The authors, who would put "Open Source" in a locked box, probably don't even know this stuff is so easily acquired from many different sources. Please visit the link and give input.Cyber-Physical Attacks and Drone Strikes: The Next Homeland Security Threat
Now that I got a couple of weeks' vacation from the army I finally had the time to work on some new hardware. Last week I made directional antennas for my UAS: thanks to IBCrazy for his fabulous BiQuad tutorial on RCGroups. Only an antenna tracker was missing.
Paparazzi GCS includes an antenna tracker -controller but as I've recently been…Continue
I was looking for some new developments for UAVs and here is what I found accidentally. OpenPilot Open Source UAV Platform seems to be very powerful autopilot, which is very similar to APM. I don't remember that is was mentioned here, so I decided to make a blog post. The link to their official website:…Continue
The MAJA drone has successfully done a 10 Km autonomous mission under flight plan on May 28, 2011. The purpose of my mission challenge is to succeed in a full 10 km autonomous navigation under a flight plan (FPL) with only the steering of the ArduPilotMega and its firmware (v2.2f JLN).
- All the 8 waypoints of the MAJA drone has been defined so as to be…
In March, 2011 there was UAV Exhibition in Moscow which is called UVS-Tech 2011. The exposition was pretty good, however a lot of visitors opine that the number of represented companies reduced comparing with the last year. I visited this exhibition and it seemed for me that there were too few…Continue
The MAJA drone has done a successful 3.5 Km autonomous mission under flight plan on May 2011.
The FPL is composed of 5 waypoints and the MAJA drone autopilot runs the FPL during 2 loops. The full flight have been recorded with a GoPro HD wide camera. The MAJA drone is fully steered with an ArduPilotMega (APM v1.4) autopilot with a 9D0F IMU and the…Continue
looks that with the spread of processing methods and technology,
we can make things that were available only to national security agencies, once upon a time.
Take a look at the maps of the flight made May 18th:
one day to fly, one day to upload, one day for processing, (one day for grill party), one day to download.…Continue
The MAJA Drone built and tested by Jean-Louis Naudin, a true UAV with full autonomous flight capabilities done on May 2011.
- Ardupilot Mega (Atmega 1280 @16 MHz), 32 Mips
- Full 9DOF IMU,
- Built-in 16 MB Data Logger,
- Airspeed and absolute pressure sensors (Bosh),
- triple axis magnetometer HMC5843,