Thanks to everyone for your feedback and suggestions on our last post about this project. We've decided to go ahead and have just…Continue
We've been experimenting more and more with tablet ground stations here at Event 38 and have had a lot of success using the DroidPlanner app. The software has been working well…Continue
This tutorial will show you how to get your CHDK-enabled camera connected to your ArduPilot Mega (APM) without buying any extra hardware or decoding PWM outputs. You might want to make this connection to take advantage of the camera trigger function based on distance covered, to ensure a certain overlap and to avoid excessively high overlap. This modification is not necessary, if you have a CHDK camera and want to keep it simple, you won’t gain much by switching to this…Continue
I wrote a few weeks ago about testing out a Schott BG3 filter on an SX260 for detecting vegetation stress remotely. That post and the results of this conversion are posted here. We’re now selling both those filters individually as well as pre-modified cameras at Event 38 for those interested in testing them out, but be…Continue
I've been working for the last few weeks on developing a parachute recovery system for E382s to reduce the need for manual flying. I know from my own experience that any time a human is at the controls, the risk of crashing is significantly higher. Parachutes have been made for small aircraft before…Continue
In this post I’ll describe how to make your own cable to trigger the Samsung mirrorless cameras NX20, NX210 and NX1000. We’ll be using an ArduPilot Mega 2.5 to do the triggering but you can use any Arduino or even a soldered push button.
What you’ll need:
I’m happy to announce the release of our first multirotor drone at Event 38, the Aphex aerial photography platform. This hexacopter is based on the 3DR Hexa frame. It comes ready to fly with a 2-axis stabilizing camera mount for taking aerial photographs. We modified the camera mount so it can now take images…Continue
At Event 38, part of our goal of offering low-cost, ready to fly UAS is to promote their adoption into a variety of alternate uses. We recently partnered with the physics and engineering departments of Universidad de Chile to explore the viability using an E382 to study low altitude atmospheric…Continue
I decided to run some older imagery I came across the other day through photoscan and came up with some pretty cool results. Above is the park behind 3d Robotics where I used to fly after work. Below is an aerial shot of the 3DR neighborhood.…Continue
I know I've been quiet for a while but now that I'm almost settled into my new international home I figured I'd let you all know what I'm up to. Thanks to all my early customers and of course Jordi Munoz and Chris Anderson, Event 38 has recently joined the accelerator…Continue
I got a chance to make a larger map with the E382 a few weeks ago and I ran it through Agisoft Photoscan for the postprocessing.
Camera: SX230 HS with CHDK
Mapping Time: 30 minutes
Flight Time: 33-34 minutes
Images used: 341
UPDATE: They did it!!
For those of you awake right now, Spacex's Falcon 9 rocket with Dragon capsule will be launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida in less than an hour. If successful, this mission will see the first private spacecraft docking…Continue
I’m pleased to announce the release of the first major product from Event 38, model E382, a Ready to Fly Photomapping UAS. Based on the APM 2.0, the E382 is designed to make aerial maps quickly and easily for those not interested in cutting, gluing and programming a plane from the basic components. …
The rugged Arducopter 3DR frame is now available in a Hexa version capable of supporting larger payloads and longer flight times. With the stock 850kV (purple) motors, a basic Hexa with ESCs, APM, GPS and an RC Receiver weighs in at 1356.3g and can lift more than its own weight.
Today we're making the first shipment of ArduCopter 3DR quads. When you receive your quad, check the product page for build instructions - I'll be adding it today. And don't be confused that you have a few too many…Continue
Designed in house by myself and Alan Sanchez, this new quad frame is designed to be rock solid in every way. The frame is constructed of Aluminum and fiberglass. We've made some changes to increase the amount of free space available for electronics and sensors. The legs are moved out to leave a clear field of view from…Continue
For those of you who use a camera on ArduCopter there's a new accessory being added to the store today. It's a til-roll camera mount that stabilizes small cameras (up to about 75 grams) and keeps the image straight up and down while ArduCopter is maneuvering to maintain position and orientation. The kit is $20 and…Continue
As you've all probably read in Chris' posts, DIY Drones/3D Robotics is growing fast. We're now at the point where we need to hire a full time Web Developer/Software Engineer to support the current website and upgrade the store to a better architecture as well as programming in Arduino to support new hardware development.…Continue