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GPS Issues with shared power - Help!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Aqntbghd Oct 6, 2011. 9 Replies

Morning all. My flying buddy and I are trying to finish off our APM build, but are running into a very odd problem, and we are not sure what could be causing it. That is normally a good reason to ask…Continue

Parrot quad copter

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Oct 7, 2010. 2 Replies

I've just been sent the following link about the Parrot AR.Drone.…Continue

Airframe design - Payload design first, or fit payload to airframe design?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hamish Nov 26, 2010. 12 Replies

Morning all!A long time lurker here finally breaking his silence, and choosing the topic that has been driving my crazy since I started thinking about building a UAV - Airframes.I have a decent idea…Continue


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been thinking about this for a while to try and get some way of finding out how bad the traffic is on the roads near my house

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UAVs at DSEi London 2011

Posted on September 15, 2011 at 7:30am 6 Comments

DSEi is the world's largest fully integrated security and defense exhibition, or at least that is what the website says. The claim is bold, but with over 1300 exhibitors from nearly 100 countries, the claim looks on paper to be valid. Once inside London's ExCel conference center, you certainly get the feeling that the promotion literature is true; the place is huge and…


UAVs and 3D printing - A match made in heaven?

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 7:44am 7 Comments

Have just seen the following article on The Register:




Ok, so it is a touch pricey (£5000), but not so long ago, 3D printing was silly expensive. Then came RepRap and the others.


More information from New Scientist:…


Flight testing - Well, learning to fly

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Since my last post here, I've been patiently waiting for HobbyKing to get more Turingy 9x radio systems in stock. Alas, they sold out of Mode 2 before I could get an order together with a friend at work, so I went for a mode 1 when he placed his order and laid plans to break out the tools and change things over.

However, after a short wait, the assorted kit we…



Posted on January 18, 2011 at 5:30am 6 Comments

I was not able to find anything about this ont he blog so far, but as I was browsing Hackaday this morning, I saw a link to the Vicacopter site. http://vicacopter.com/vika1.php

It looks very similar to the ArduCopter, but seems to only have 2 accelerometers rather than…


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