January 2011 Blog Posts (129)

3D Robotics
Skywalker: foam or fiberglass?

I've now had a chance to compare the original foam Skywalker ($83) with the new HobbyKing fiberglass Skywalker clone ($97).  They are both magificent birds, and it's just incredible how…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2011 at 11:00pm — 16 Comments

3D Robotics
ArduCopterMega on a Guai 330s

ArduCopterMega, the next version of the official ArduCopter code, is flying well and will bring full UAV navigation to ArduPilot by syncing it up with the APM codebase. Right now Jason Short is testing it on different airframes. The video above is it running on a stock Gaui 330s frame, with default settings. Late in the video Jason tries some different PID gains, but you'll see there's a bit of oscillation and they're not as good as the default. Awesome to see that… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2011 at 10:00pm — 21 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones factory now supersized

Our San Diego factory is has just moved next door to space more than twice as large as our old factory, in an effort to keep up with the growth in demand. The above is a quickie tour of the new space, which the 3D Robotics (the company counterpart to the DIY Drones community) team just moved into over the weekend.  If you're in the San Diego area, drop Jordi a line and arrange…

Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2011 at 3:36pm — 15 Comments

High Res Camera review

High Res Camera Review


 Click the link above if you're interested in reviewing some of the better

High Res cameras which are available, just make sure to hold onto your

wallet.  One model, made here in the US bya  firm…


Added by Andrew Van Der Plaats on January 31, 2011 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
A thoughtful response to "OMG--The drones are coming!" articles

Evan at BotJunkie has a thoughtful piece that brings some much-needed perspective to the growing crop of poorly-informed articles that we're starting to see in the media by journalists discovering amateur UAVs for the first time. (Actually, most of the time what they're talking about is just RC/FPV, rather than autonomous…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2011 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

NPR Press Request


I'm a reporter with NPR and I'm looking for a someone who is currently building a drone and wouldn't mind showing it off to me. I am in Culver City and would like to talk with someone in the LA area.

I'm doing a story about how personal drones are being used for many different activities beyond military uses.

If you are interested in talking with me, please call me at 310 815-4280 or e-mail me at ckahn@npr.org.


Carrie Kahn…


Added by Carrie Kahn on January 31, 2011 at 10:36am — 6 Comments

Longer distance flights with ArduPilot

Edit: Added plane photo's below.

I'm still using the original ArduPilot v2.7.1 & thermopiles mainly because I have them, don't like throwing anything away and they work pretty darn well now that they're setup properly after many, many test flights! I've also recently got my FPV (First Person View flying) setup sorted too so time to combine the two and fly a…


Added by Graham Dyer on January 31, 2011 at 5:37am — 9 Comments

AutoQuad ver 5

I know, the world probably has enough flying machine projects, but here is yet another one.  AutoQuad's original design goal was high precision autonomous flight.  It took five prototypes before I was happy with the hardware.  The current prototype, AQv5, is showing very promising results.  In fact, there is little left to do before this first goal can be checked off  the…


Added by Bill Nesbitt on January 31, 2011 at 1:00am — 112 Comments

UAS Vision : A daily news blog for the UAS community

"UAS Vision is an independent global forum for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems community.

The aim is to provide a daily news service covering all topics related to Unmanned Aircraft – UA & Unmanned Aircraft Systems – UAS (the current ICAO terms), which are also referred to as Remotely Piloted Aircraft – RPA, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – UAVs, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems – UAV Systems, Remotely Piloted Vehicles – RPVs, Remotely Piloted Vehicle Systems –… Continue

Added by Bertrand Duchiron on January 31, 2011 at 12:40am — No Comments

T3 Contest Entry

OK, I was going to make something much nicer but ran out of time. There's a few funky bits and I gave up on getting the auto take off and landing to work. I've had them working previously, but not this time, so I guess I'm not on top of the APM command language yet.

I used the latest APM release, Xplane 9 and the APM Planner simulator link. I just followed the…


Added by Phil Cole on January 30, 2011 at 9:24pm — 2 Comments

My first quad(8). H design.

After 6 months of watching the rest of you, I finally had a free weekend to begin the build of my own ArduCopter. I really was inspired by Markus's H-design of his eight engine quad copter.


When I checked the store, they only had four of the 2836's but after I ordered 30 more showed up instantly so I purchased 6 more for a total of 10. (in case the first flight…


Added by Alex Lee on January 30, 2011 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

TRI Trial #1 - Successful enough for now

I couldn't get the software serial to work properly, so I am sharing the serial.

This does mean I have to remove the signal wire from pin 0 every time I want to download a new program, but it's doing what I need.

1) Reading the ArduIMU+V2's data stream

2) Sending to the PC for a bit of feedback

I'll be picking up a MEGA soon...

Today was the first trial of the TRI, purely to see if it could lift off, cancel yaw, and maybe stabilize the platform… Continue

Added by James Cann on January 30, 2011 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

ArmQuad Y6 small software improvements


in this test I check a new software management of coaxial propellers.

It seems that everything works well, no micro-oscillation





Added by Danilo Scarato on January 30, 2011 at 2:00am — 13 Comments

T3 Entry

My entry for the T3 contest, ending this weekend.



Added by Brian Wolfe on January 29, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

New discussion forum

I started a forum to keep some of my tangential discussions from taking up the space here.


FAA regulations - current and in process


Recreational autonomous systems

Recreational FPV systems


No censorship other than for abuse and…


Added by Duane Brocious on January 29, 2011 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Multipilot32 - Ardupilot32 Weekly Update #3 First Real Flight

After some months of development this is the first flight of ArduPilot32 platform.

Hardware :

  • Ardupilot32 pre alpha hw.
  • IMU Oilpan.
  • Low Cost (6$) standard PWM ESC.
  • PPM_SUM receiver.
  • Lipo 2200 3S
  • Propeller 10


For this flight I using Arducopter 32 NG firmware. This is my porting of original code to Arm 7 Cortex A3 platform. With this micro will be available more power , more…


Added by Roberto Navoni on January 29, 2011 at 7:47pm — 6 Comments

ArduCopter factory updates


When we started to make DIY Drones ArduCopter frames and parts we could not foresee the surprisingly strong market demand that existed for this product and the very positive response of the DIY community.  Almost from the beginning, we have had a difficult time keeping up with the ever-larger orders and responding to the many requests for parts, technical…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on January 29, 2011 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Are Uthere?

Seen this in one of the latest R/C mags...

Claims to have flight modes to aid R/C beginners...

Fly by wire, Loiter, Autonomous Landing, Panic Mode

Doesn't appear to be open source..seems to have some familiar components though,

Pictures and Article:…


Added by Michael Zaffuto on January 29, 2011 at 3:54pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Let's start an official ArduRover project

Inspired by John Arne's post, I got a Redcat Rockslide, which is totally cool and a great…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2011 at 12:00pm — 94 Comments

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