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Proud owner of a 3DR-based Custom Frame Hexa
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Moving up from small heli's va AR.Drone 2.0 (flew away) to real UAV's
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Unmanned Parcel Delivery is a reality!

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 7:00am 38 Comments

DHL parcel services has started a pilot (and did a successful test) of parcel delivery from the German mainland to one of the small islands off the North-Sea Coast.

Very impressive!! I will leave my personal comments for in the comments section.

Apart from the technical side of this, which have been…


Stereoscopic FPV flying

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 12:30pm 8 Comments

This is a video I found of 3D video recording, but it got me thinking about 3D FPV flying. Especially with Team Blacksheep kind-of flying, close to the ground or obstacles like trees, surely stereo viewing must add a lot and help determine distances. Is anyone doing this and is it worthwhile? Haven't got my Fat Sharks that long yet, but start thinking how it must…


Flawless full Auto flight 2 KM over Dutch water incl. Auto takeoff and land

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 9:45am 9 Comments

Apologies for partly jittery video due to unbalanced props and only 1 axis of the camera gimbal was working.

Custom frame Hexacopter (APM 2.5 and ArduCopter v2.9.1b) flying a pre-planned mission autonomously over water, with full auto mode from takeoff to landing. Flight was performed flawlessly! Kudos to…


Demonstration of ArduCopter Autonomous Flight Capabilities

Posted on June 3, 2013 at 3:30am 15 Comments

Hi all,

I've made two videos showing the ArduCopter Auto (and RTL in second video) capabilities of ArduCopter.

The first video is a flight with 5 waypoints at varying altitudes and includes AutoLand.

I only did not include Auto Takeoff in these videos but can confirm that also works well. There was limited takeoff space so I took…


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At 11:48am on January 13, 2013, Carl La France said…

Hey  Drone Aspirer 78 That was back in 1972 I designed and built the boat the year before  and since I was a commercial pilot at the time and was involved with the experimental air craft association instead of a mast and sails  I built a 49 foot 3 piece articulating air foil for it  like a conventional wing  it had a flap on the back  since it was verticle  the leading edge could rotate to the right or left reversing the chord from one side of the wing to the other . the amount of  chord could be controlled under way the flap on the top 12 feet acted like an aileron when the boat heeled you trimmed it the other way and it straightened up and you sailed up right . when not in use the leading edge ,center section,and flap on the back  lined up and it was allowed to freewheel or 'wind vane ". I also had a 180% genoa for it that sheeted to the back of the boat . On a sail boat as you sheet in the head sail you get a slot effect between the head sail and the main which are both air foils pull the headsail in to far you back wind the mainsail and it.a airfoil section will collapse with the rigid air foil for a maim sail you can sheet the head sail right in and get tremendous  acceleration without worrying about it collapsing  it took about  a year to build had 6,000 flush rivets in it and I used a gravel truck front axle  for it to rotate on. Have a good Day.

At 2:00pm on January 21, 2013, Stefan78 said…
Wow, very impressive indeed! 1972... I wasn't even born then!

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