Ben Levitt
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  • Mountain View, CA
  • United States

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Ben Levitt's Discussions

Data over a Video stream?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carlito Oliveira Jan 17, 2012. 25 Replies

Traveling with your UAV

Started this discussion. Last reply by sid Oct 16, 2009. 4 Replies


Ben Levitt

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About Me:
I currently fly a modified mini speed wing and a Multiplex mini mag using a DX7. I'm working on a Parallax Propeller-based autopilot system called octopilot. Including GPS and receiver the whole autopilot system weighs less than 3 oz!
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Ben Levitt's Blog

The UDB5mini is now available from Octopilot!

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 11:29am 6 Comments

The UAV Dev Board was an early entry to the DIY autopilot world, designed by Bill Premerlani along with SparkFun.  The hardware went through 5 revisions over the years to incorporate better and better sensors, with the 5th generation, the UDB5, serving pilots and developers well for a long time, along with the companion firmware project MatrixPilot.  But eventually,…


April Fool's joke made real

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 11:22am 5 Comments

We joked about using FPV gear to try 3rd person snowboarding last April 1st.  And then we made it happen!

3rd person RC flying: old hat.

1st person RC flying: cool! but done.

1st person snowboarding: fun! and done.

3rd person snowboarding: at long last.

Finally, this 4th quadrant is filled-in. I tried it so you don't have to! Watch the…


UDB5 available now from SparkFun

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 2:40pm 8 Comments

We're excited to have UDB boards once again available for purchase over at SparkFun! [UDB5 from SparkFun]

This latest revision of the UDB switches over to using the MPU6000 digital accelerometer+gyro chip, which has been performing even better than the very solid UDB4's analog sensors. It is…


UDB4 Available Today from SparkFun

Posted on October 20, 2011 at 4:39pm 28 Comments

SparkFun released a new version of the UAV Dev Board today.  It comes with a new, faster processor with much more program memory and RAM, and loads of extra digital and analog IO.

MatrixPilot 3.2 is already fully compatible…


MatrixPilot 3.0's Improved Navigation

Posted on April 28, 2011 at 10:11pm 2 Comments

This is a screenshot of part of one of my MP3.0 test flights from yesterday.  The plane was programmed to fly figure eights, using the UDB Logo program below.  The GPS track is shown at 1Hz, and the dead reckoned IMU track is shown at 4Hz.  The plane had taken off very recently when it started this track, so it was still calibrating for the wind speed. That's why the first side of the…


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At 4:34am on October 30, 2009, Rana said…
Hi Ben !

This is Rana, RC Test Pilot from India, who done very extensive test flights on Bill's MatrixNav8a & AileronAssist8a.

I have made a small shield for the UAV Dev. Board 2 to use all the features of your Firmware.

I want to test your latest firmware, can I have it ?

Thanks & Best Regards


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