All Blog Posts Tagged 'UAV' (268)

Winged Robot Providing Theories about the Origin of Flight

Photo Credit: Kevin Peterson/UC Berkeley


Science Magazine published an article suggesting that a project motivated by the recent DARPA push for small,…


Added by Michael Pursifull on October 19, 2011 at 9:04am — 1 Comment

Drone Zone II Meeting Guildford UK



We would like to invite anyone interested in amateur unmanned systems to a get together in…


Added by Martint on October 7, 2011 at 12:24am — 39 Comments

Full autonomous flights of the MAJA drone with ThermoPilot v5

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…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on October 3, 2011 at 9:51am — 2 Comments

Coaxial Autonomous Landing on a moving platform via Optical Flow

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…


Added by Michael DiDonato on September 28, 2011 at 11:01am — 7 Comments

My UAVforge submission

Tell me what you think.

Added by Jacob Eraklidis on September 23, 2011 at 1:58am — 13 Comments

Stage 1 of mold production for UAV fuse

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.…


Added by Richard Unwin on September 21, 2011 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

The Airship Revolution is brewing. Starting with UAVs

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…


Added by Wes Collins on September 20, 2011 at 9:30am — 12 Comments

Mamadu - my latest project

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.



Added by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on September 6, 2011 at 9:30am — 14 Comments

ThermoPilot project: a Thermal Hunter Glider drone

ThermoPilot, a Thermal Hunter Glider Drone

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…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on September 5, 2011 at 9:58am — 22 Comments

Another Flying Thing: From plastic to Composite materials

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…


Added by Moses Mwaura on August 5, 2011 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Ultra Lightweight UAV


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.



Added by GBASK on July 27, 2011 at 11:54am — 4 Comments

Report: "Cyber-Physical Attacks and Drone Strikes: The Next Homeland Security Threat"

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

Added by William Bishop on July 13, 2011 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

Yet another antenna tracker



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…


Added by Sami Finnila on June 28, 2011 at 8:30am — 22 Comments

OpenPilot Open Souce UAV Platform


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:…


Added by Kirill on June 21, 2011 at 1:30am — 23 Comments

Successful 10 Km full autonomous flight of the MAJA drone with the ArduPilotMega.

A 10 Km full autonomous flight of the MAJA drone with an ArduPilotMega

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…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on May 29, 2011 at 8:13am — 29 Comments

UVS-Tech 2011 - UAV Exhibition in Moscow


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…


Added by Kirill on May 25, 2011 at 2:09pm — 9 Comments

Successful 3.5 Km full autonomous flight of the MAJA drone with an ArduPilotMega

Successful 3.5 Km autonomous flight of the MAJA drone with a GoPro HD

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…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on May 25, 2011 at 1:38pm — 5 Comments

Pteryx UAV and PIX4D: one flight, one hour, 4.5km2, only 4 days to make maps

Hi all,

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.…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on May 22, 2011 at 1:00pm — 29 Comments

Successful flight of the MAJA Drone with the ArduPilotMega

Successful flight of the MAJA Drone with the ArduPilotMega

The MAJA Drone built and tested by Jean-Louis Naudin, a true UAV with full autonomous flight capabilities done on May 2011.


Avionic setup:

 - 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,

 - 10Hz…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on May 16, 2011 at 1:23am — 19 Comments

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