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
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
"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
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.
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".
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.
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
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
16-20 June 2010
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.
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
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