Heres a summary of Aerial Round 1:
The aerial heats started off with a blast as Team Lawn Dart one crashed into turn one's (familiar) tree shortly after an amazing auto-takeoff.
Team DIY- Drones equiped with Ardupilot Mega auto had a great run with an auto-take off but unfortunately did not finish the run (hawk sky pic below).
Team Arducopter was the first entry and had a smooth and dramatic run, making the first three corners well. Almost…Continue
Cold weather and light snow hasnt deterred dedicated competitors and spectators from showing up at the 2011 Sparkfun AVC.Attached is the morning schedule. The first heat had several large ground vehicles, including a wheel chair equipped Dinosaur of the sorts, which almost immediately headed for the trees. Stay tuned for blow by blow updates.Go…Continue
As you all probably know, the Ardupilot/ArduIMU uses ADC oversampling to achieve greater than 10 bit resolution of the internal ADC. I beleive they achieved alomost 12 bit resolution- not bad, I'd say.When I discovered this, I started using that approach to increase the resolution of cheap ADC's at my work, saving but loads of $ in the…Continue
If you are familiar with the FIRST organization, you know that its filled with great students, mentors and of course robots. I have infact read rumors of DIY drones working with FIRST to develop a quad competition (awesome!). Lots of events around the country are happening…Continue