January 2010 Blog Posts (113)

Ardupilot 2.5 Release Candidate

I was finally able to test 2.5 over the weekend and added a few tweaks to the code.

Here's what I hope is the final release.

As the new Manual gets formatted, you can view it at: http://code.google.com/p/ardupilot/wiki/ArduPilot25

Until the content is finally moved over the 2.4 manual is still a great resource.…


Added by Jason Short on January 31, 2010 at 10:30pm — 136 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones live chat/podcast with Tom Pycke tonight at 10:30pm PST

Free video streaming by Ustream

Tonight we'll do podcast #15, which everyone here is welcome to participate in by listening to the chat live above and commenting and asking questions via the DIY Drones… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2010 at 11:10am — 6 Comments

A nice home-made UAV on the way

Hello everybody,

congrats from a newbie on this superb website.

For those interested in home-made UAVs, I am creating something similar to the Shadow 200.

This is the project :…


Added by FPVaddict on January 31, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Turning optocouplers into servo amplifiers

If you're using the UAV DevBoard with Futaba equipment or any other modern RC gear that outputs servo voltage of less than 3v, you're going to need a servo amplifier (also known as a booster or buffer) so the autopilot can reliably read your signals.

You can buy one from a commercial supplier like FMA for… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 30, 2010 at 12:30am — 7 Comments

Septentrio to Release the AsteRx3 Compact GPS/GLONASS/Galileo Receiver

What GPS lock problem.....

Septentrio will start shipping its new AsteRx3 receiver in the first quarter of 2010. The AsteRx3 is, a compact multi-frequency GPS/GLONASS/Galileo, and Compass-ready receiver designed for integration in demanding precision positioning, navigation, and automation applications such as land and maritime survey, machine control, UAV payloads, and others.

Providing simultaneous access to legacy and modernized GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on January 29, 2010 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
"Living With Robots", an excellent 8 min documentary from Honda

From BotJunkie:

"Honda was also at Sundance to screen a wonderful 8 minute documentary called Living With Robots, which is totally worth watching simply because of how well it sums up so many of the issues relevant to robotics today and in the near future:

Honda’s got it exactly right: the biggest hurdle to overcome when it comes to the future of robotics is not… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2010 at 2:58pm — 4 Comments



After years of JB Weld, Cyanoacrylate, & epoxy failures, someone in China finally invented a material that bonds to plastic: SHAPELOCK You might even bypass the shipping costs by driving to Sunnyvale & getting it from this guy's house.


Heat it to 150F & it permanently sticks to plastic, allowing repairs to ever broken T-Rex landing… Continue

Added by Jack Crossfire on January 29, 2010 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Flybarless E-Stabilizer 3-Axis gyro $159.99

I know it's a bit of topic.

Questions: Would it be possible to use this 3-Axis gyro as stabilizer for modelplane.

And if not: Why?

Flybarless E-Stabilizer $159.99

Added by Robert Krogh (hooks) on January 29, 2010 at 6:37am — 22 Comments

a 3d printed object in metal!

Over the christmas holidays I got fired-up by Chris's posts on the makerbot...I didn't got out and buy one but I did give google sketchup and shapeways (www.shapeways.com) a try and designed this very complex (sarcasm) brace: http://www.shapeways.com/model/77738/simplereinforcement12.html.

And then it arrived in the mail today and looks just it should. So here's a… Continue

Added by Randy on January 28, 2010 at 6:02am — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Update on Tom Pycke's Gluonpilot

Tom Pycke just got in the first batch of beta boards for his new IMU-based autopilot, Gluonpilot, which we wrote about earlier… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 27, 2010 at 9:16pm — 1 Comment

President Promises to restructure exports controls

In his State of the Union Address tonight, President Obama acknowledged that export controls are an unnecessary burden on the US economy and promised to restructure exports "in a manner consistent with our Security".

No guarantee on the outcome, but it's a start...

Added by bGatti on January 27, 2010 at 7:42pm — 8 Comments

Project Andromeda

I've put together a website for a project I've been working on for 2 years now and will hopefully enter it into the Australian Outback UAV Challenge if it's held in 2010. Just wanted to post the website here for those who are interested. I'll post here when I add new entries for the blog with an excerpt for those who wish to follow the progress.

Website:… Continue

Added by Nima Kayvan on January 26, 2010 at 5:19pm — 25 Comments

3D Robotics
My Wired cover story on the "New Industrial Revolution" (including DIY Drones)

One of the ways I can reconcile the amount of time I spend with DIY Drones is to think of it as a grand experiment in open innovation, which I not only participate in but also observe. That, in turn, helps me do my day job (editor of Wired Magazine) better. So for those of you who suspected that this is all grist for my next… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 26, 2010 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

New 3-Axis MagnetoMeter Available (HMC5843)

Yes you got me, i love to make boards. ;-)

The new magnetometer is pretty flexible, it will let you (through a solder jumper) select 5V or 3.3V mode, it has a 3.3V voltage regulator and an I2C translator (translate the I2C signals to 3.3V to void damage to the unit), so you are free to use it with any microcontroller (normally you don't… Continue

Added by Jordi Muñoz on January 25, 2010 at 1:30pm — 53 Comments

Student Unmanned Air System (SUAS) Competition

16-20 June 2010
Webster Field
Patuxent River, MD, USA

The SUAS Competition, aimed at engaging students in a challenging mission. It requires the design, integration and demonstration of a system capable of conducting air operations to include autonomous flight, navigation of a specified course and use of onboard payload sensors.

Added by Mike on January 25, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

10th birthday of GoRobotics.net

So, I run a robotics blog at GoRobotics.net, and low-and-behold it's been 10 years since I started it! Yikes! Time flies (autonomously?). As a way to celebrate and say thanks to all the loyal readers and followers, I contacted several robot companies (Pololu,… Continue

Added by William Cox on January 25, 2010 at 10:08am — No Comments

2010 UKAP meet.

Planning has begun for the next Southern Counties Radio Controlled Aerial Photographers meet

That was last year, and heres a bit of David Hoggs video as well..

UKAP/AV Meeting - 4th/5th July 2009 from David Hogg on Vimeo.

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Check out the following… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on January 25, 2010 at 9:15am — 12 Comments

All in one UAV controller board

Well, almost... few more things will be added in the next hardware version.

This is a project that started about 3 years ago when I began building a P-47 rc airplane. Back then I decided that if it is worth doing it is also worth overdoing, so I began working on a small on board computer that would cycle the landing gear hatch doors when as it is being retracted. Since then plane never progressed forward but the simple on-board computer did.

Here is what it looks like… Continue

Added by Radoslaw Kornicki on January 24, 2010 at 10:45am — 18 Comments

FalconView - open source mapping application

In doing some research on ground stations, I came across FalconView - an open source pc based mapping software.

"FalconView is a PC based Mapping Application developed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute for the Department of Defense.

The software is widely used by the US DoD and Allied countries, but historically it has not been available to the general public. Thanks to an… Continue

Added by automatik on January 23, 2010 at 10:55pm — 11 Comments

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