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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
What I have left to do:
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.
Team Echelon- Flying the X-8 wing, Skywalker, Penguin and more!
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…Continue
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…
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.…Continue
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…
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
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…Continue
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