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Alternative 868mHz transceiver for Europe

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 5:06am 10 Comments

Hey Folks.

While looking around on the interwebs today for alternatives to the Digi Xbee 868 modules for use in Europe, I found this from http://www.rfsolutions.co.uk.  It's specifically the Tiny Pro with external antenna that caught my eye. (The…


Twinstar APM takes to the sky!

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 10:03am 8 Comments



Today I flew my Twinstar with APM in the hotseat. It's the second flight I've had with it wired in, but yesterday I was only using the stabilise mode. It's been a couple of great days from a weather and wind point of view, so ideal for testing.  The Stabilise mode is lovely.  The Twinstar (mine has a stock power system) when it is trimmed up is a super stable platform anyway, so I'm not too surprised that stabilise didn't have a massive impact, but it was…


First flight coming up!

Posted on June 18, 2010 at 2:42pm 8 Comments

Hey Guys.

Just wanted to let you know that after what seems like ages playing with wires and getting things working, it looks like we are about to take to the air for the first time with the Ardupilot and ArduIMU installed and active. 'We' are a team of three from the UK ( Jim, Paul and Iestyn) who have decided to get into UAVs for the engineering challenge.…

Games tech of interest?

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 6:07am 2 Comments

Hey Guys.

I know some of this has been discussed before, but does anyone want to speculate on how interesting the MS project Natal (now called Kinect) and the rumour that there may be a 3D camera on the new Nintendo DS could be for amateur UAVs?

Would a 3D camera be useful to us? I'm guessing not really on a relatively high altitude (>10m) fixed wing airframe, but perhaps for multi-rotors it would be great. If the 3DS really does contain a 3D…

Comment Wall (2 comments)

At 11:20pm on August 2, 2010, space_nut said…
Hey Jim,

You back in town yet?
At 4:02am on August 3, 2010, Jim said…
Yes I've been back a while, and congratulations, those videos look ace. the NMEA parsing stuff looks really good. I've suffered all sorts of issues that have kept be back from this project, I am still trying to get a stable airframe to start flying with an ardupilot, I get about 1 hour flying time a week if i'm lucky :(

I've also spent some time trying to get to grips with android.processing.org, and have my first app running on the phone. Hopefully this may allow us to use a smart phone for a ground station one day.

I've been meaning to sit down and get to grips with GSvideo so I can reliably get the ground station video feed working, maybe I'll get time to do work on that this week. How have you been getting on, did you have any luck with arraylists?

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