I think this is actually the second attempt at this. Wasn't there one last year? Good to see that they actually caught the people involved and arrested them. Hopefully it won't result in a knee-jerk reaction, but I doubt it. The article is horribly written, but at least they didn't call it a "drone".…Continue
On Friday we experienced very high winds, 60-90km/h, or Beaufort 7-8, this caused damage in the area, actually knocking over some trees, etc. I decided to go out and test the wind performance of my F450 quadcopter, see if it's even possible to fly a quad in such conditions, and test the inertial Loiter performance.
Overall, it went fairly well. Flight…Continue
Less than one month ago I predicted that eventually DSLR's as we know them will disappear, and instead you will buy lenses with the imaging chip (CMOS) built right in to the back of the lens. Then you will only attach a simple body to it that gives you IO and a viewing monitor. This is because CMOS chips are constantly coming down in price, but…Continue
I did some more flights on the weekend to test out my branch of Arducopter 3.0.1 -THdev and wanted to show what it's like from on-board the heli in a reasonably high-speed run. This run used 12 waypoints to form a rectangular pattern with rounded corners around the flying field, trying to…Continue
I just did a quick demo video to show Arducopter 3.0.1 flying a large electric heli. This is my new GreyHawk Maxi development frame. Loosely based on TRex 550 mechanics, stretched to 700 size, and with a direct drive tail rotor motor. The DD Tail gets rid of a lot of unreliable, noisy, vibrating geartrain. The heli is very smooth and you can…Continue
I've been working on testing and making a few changes to AC3.0 lately, and did a whole bunch of test flights today which went very well. AC3.0 is simply amazing, and there's more good things to come, including a real acro mode that myself, Leonard and few other people have been working on. Hopefully it should be released in 3.1, along with the changes I'm making to the…Continue
I took my new Pulsar H-8 Octocopter for a test flight tonight. I'm getting ready for more flights with the Nex5 camera, so I wanted to give it a bit of a shakedown run. For this flight it has a Contour camera mounted just for fun. Previous to this flight, some of the bearings sounded and felt a little iffy... and now we know why!
One of the…Continue
Mounties in Saskatchewan are crediting a high-tech drone for the rescue of a man who had walked away from his vehicle after a rollover crash and could not be found.
Sgt. Doug Green, who deployed the drone in the search, told CBC News the machine was built and designed by a Saskatoon company, Draganfly…
I have been working on improving the TradHeli slowly but surely over the past few months. One major aspect I've been working on is the ability to use full Pitch and Roll I-term. Currently in 2.9.1 these are "Leaky" which limits their build-up to avoid tip-overs on the ground. I have created a robust Take-off detection scheme that allows us to switch over…Continue
I just ran across this this morning on Engadget, Wired online. It immediately struck me as almost a "holy grail" of tablets to use for a ground control station. It has plenty of buttons, and 2 joysticks. We already have the excellent…Continue
I stumbled upon this... um... interesting video on Youtube. Amazingly over 500,000 people have already watched it. I think for the most part it's just some guys having fun with guns. But it's another interesting insight into the growing fearmongering about domestic drones.
The statement that "The first person to shoot down a drone will be folk hero"…Continue
Well, I finally did it. First in history? Powered sideways flips (I give it a shot of negative pitch when it's upside down).
As most of you may or may not know, I've been a big proponent of using PPM Sum (aka CPPM) with the Ardupilot since I first figured out how to make it work. The simplicity of just running a single wire from the Rx to the APM is very attractive. It eliminates 7 possible failure modes (losing the wire connecting…Continue