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Maiden flight of the ArduPlane

Started this discussion. Last reply by apocolipse Nov 25, 2011. 10 Replies

Flew my SkySurfer/Bixler today for the first time with the ArduPlane.  I've been flying the plane for the past few months when i had time/weather at the local AMA field with an instructor learning to…Continue

Unusual (bad) behavior with RX and servo's

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonny Nov 10, 2011. 4 Replies

So i plugged in my handy EE DC Power Supply to my Rx because i didnt feel like charging batteries, thought it was set at 5v, as it was before, but it was at 12v, quickly turned it off as soon as i…Continue

 

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apocolipse commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Arduino-Controlled Outlaw Pinewood Derby Racer
"*grits teeth* "I only used what was in the approved kit..." *looks down and away*"
Apr 21, 2013
apocolipse commented on brett binnekade's blog post Drones threaten RC model flying
"I agree Matthew, rather than try to change public opinion by tossing around technical terms, it would be simpler to explain the difference between civilian and military equipment.  Think back to "Jets".  The first Jet aircraft…"
Feb 14, 2013
apocolipse commented on brett binnekade's blog post Drones threaten RC model flying
"Well the RC (non-FPV community) would prefer you not refer to them as RC Models, as they arent models they are fully functional scale aircraft ;)"
Feb 14, 2013
Josh Nacol commented on apocolipse's blog post DIY Drones mentioned on The Daily Show
"Great to hear the 'shout out' on the Daily Show for DIYdrones.  I agree there are many issues to consider to reduce 'nefarious' use of the technology (as John Stewart called it). "
Jan 28, 2013
apocolipse commented on Tobin's blog post Clean/ lightweight way to mount radio receiver
"ER9x firmware should solve your problems, its a software mixers dream.  Also, a suggestion might be to solder female pins to the reciever instead of soldering direct to APM?  to swap out if reciever dies or whatever"
Jan 25, 2013
Isaac Sloan commented on apocolipse's blog post DIY Drones mentioned on The Daily Show
"It was a little disturbing that they mentioned using them to deliver anthrax. All we need is a bunch of psychopaths joining this hobby."
Jan 25, 2013
Joshua Johnson commented on apocolipse's blog post DIY Drones mentioned on The Daily Show
"I was thinking the exact same thing apocolipse!  Once they come here and see for themselves they will understand fully how good of a community we are.  I accepted a lot of new account requests last night that said they heard of it from The…"
Jan 24, 2013
apocolipse commented on apocolipse's blog post DIY Drones mentioned on The Daily Show
"I agree, and as happy as I was to hear our community mentioned on The Daily Show (which i watch... Daily...)It was with a bit of malcontent as to how she spoke of DIYDrones.  The second time she mentioned she noted "anyone can go to do it…"
Jan 24, 2013
Joshua Johnson commented on apocolipse's blog post DIY Drones mentioned on The Daily Show
"This is awesome!!!! I love Jon Stewart he's beyond funny.  It makes me emotional with joy to see diydrones.com being mentioned on main stream media and news a lot lately."
Jan 24, 2013
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DIY Drones mentioned on The Daily Show

Associate Professor  of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT Missy Cummings dropped a line to DIY drones on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight, not necessarily the most direct mention but she said "you can go to Do It Yourself Drones dot com and build your own..."http://www.thedailyshow.com to watch the whole episode, the interview is a bit…See More
Jan 23, 2013
apocolipse commented on Claudio Natoli's blog post iPad Ground Control Station
"@Hugo KWifi would add extra interference in 2.4ghz band that is probably being used by many users for either control link or video link.Bluetooth however is in the same band but much weaker signal so poses less risk for interference.I think the idea…"
Aug 3, 2012
apocolipse commented on Claudio Natoli's blog post iPad Ground Control Station
"@Grant West  Ideally the ipad app is to have a more mobile ground station (i.e. ipad w/ a few electronics strapped to back), that adds too much in-between ;)  However, i would propose looking into a bluetooth serial link with a PC running…"
Aug 3, 2012
apocolipse commented on Claudio Natoli's blog post iPad Ground Control Station
"Yes unfortunately due to the hardware you cant put it in the appstore, but should you need help putting it on Cydia for jailbroken iPads I can lend you a hand, I'm a CydiaStore developer (I make mostly tweaks but a few apps), not everyone wants…"
Aug 2, 2012
apocolipse commented on PX4's blog post Introducing the PX4 autopilot system
"GPS?"
Jul 25, 2012
apocolipse commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Interesting stats on DIY Drones user operating systems
"I think these statistics are interesting, however far from an overall "actual popularity of OS".  Windows is heavily weighed simply due to the fact that Mission Planner is for Windows.  So even when us Mac users are running…"
Jun 13, 2012
apocolipse commented on Stephen Rayleigh's blog post AUVSI Competition using ArduPilot
"Which competition is this?  I live in MD and have not heard of anything..."
Jun 9, 2012

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DIY Drones mentioned on The Daily Show

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 11:30pm 5 Comments

Associate Professor  of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT Missy Cummings dropped a line to DIY drones on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight, not necessarily the most direct mention but she said "you can go to Do It Yourself Drones dot com and build your own..."

http://www.thedailyshow.com to watch the whole episode, the…

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X-Plane 10 is here!!!

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 3:42pm 5 Comments

Since I'm tired of seeing nothing here for the past day (yes some of us for some reason check for new blogs over and over....its a compulsion), I figured I'd share some of the not-so-spammy-spam that has been cluttering my mailbox from Laminar Research!

 

X-Plane 10 is here!!!  Full information here 

http://wiki.x-plane.com/What%27s_New_in_X-Plane_10

and here …

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First video with the ArduBixler

Posted on November 3, 2011 at 5:06pm 12 Comments

I've been building a Bixler/Sky Surfer for a few months now, and had ardupilot mega and all in hand, yet no pilot experience.  So i've joined a local AMA club and learned to fly.  Last week i flew with the APM for the first time, and this week (after waiting to get the pan/tilt mount in) flew with the camera, so figured I'd show the results of video recorded with the APM planner :)…

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Landing gear for Easy Star / Hobbyking Bixler / Sky Surfer and other EZ Clones

Posted on September 3, 2011 at 2:00am 1 Comment

Hi all, first post after mulling around reading everything on the site and then some.  I have 2 Hobbyking Bixlers (well, 1 bixler, and 1 Sky Surfer from http://readymaderc.com/, they are the same and sold also on other sites).   After reading into it, getting it, flying it a bit, and having it a bit, i decided i really want some landing…

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