January 2012 Blog Posts (129)

Swarm of Quads!

Latest Progress from the Folks at the GRASP Lab

Would love to see what flight control algorithm they're using on these things.

Great picture of the infrared lamps, at the end of the video:…


Added by Ellison Chan on January 31, 2012 at 9:36pm — 38 Comments

Kickstarter Drone is a Hoax

After receiving much attention over the past few days, the aforementioned Eye3 Drone project on Kickstarter has been officially pulled on account of photoshop shenanigans and overall shadiness.



Added by Shannon Morrisey on January 31, 2012 at 6:57pm — 21 Comments

Cool flying people.... and a quad!!

Added by Brett Horton on January 31, 2012 at 4:30pm — 31 Comments

3D Robotics
A quad with everything for less than $100

HobbyKing's done it again. Check out this deal: their mini-quad with four motors for $33.95! (Or $31.95 if you just let your browser sit open on that page for a few minutes). 

All you need to add to make a RC quad (in…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2012 at 8:30pm — 34 Comments

More Progress on the Quad Frame

I have just finished the first revision of my full frame.  The arms are designed to be very ridged in every bending moment.  I added anchor points to the arms about half way out.  This will allow me to attach stay wires that will also help keep the frame ridged.  The hub is designed to break at bolted connection to the arms in the event of a hard crash.  The hub has the fewest parts and would be easiest to replace.  The arms can fold together for compact storage.  The hole…


Added by Dirk Van Essendelft on January 29, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Difficulty with using Ultrasonic Ranging (Sonar) for landing flare control.

A feature frequently requested is to add support to ArduPlane for using sonar to control the landing flare.The answer, unfortunately, is probably no.  Take a look at this graph I obtained yesterday...

This has been on my to-do list for ages as I have never gotten around to getting some real world data to see if this would work.  Finally got the real world…


Added by Doug Weibel on January 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — 51 Comments

Marcy 1 with POV

A 3x2 propeller, another tuning of the PID & azimuth, & a lot of camera flashes got it up to 9 minutes. Previously, it was a 3x3 propeller. The motor stayed just cool enough.…


Added by Jack Crossfire on January 28, 2012 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

Quad First flight

It took me a while to get to this point, Build log (in dutch) but now i am almost there. Yes almost, I've got myself a very strange arming procedure. But enjoy the video first.



Arming procedure:

  1. Connect copter whit USB to laptop.
  2. Let APM 2.0…

Added by Imko van Beckhoven on January 28, 2012 at 12:08pm — 12 Comments

QRM [DIY quadcopter] update 2

This week all necessary parts for the QRM quadcopter arrived, and we test fitted them on the aluminum prototype frame. Everything fitted perfect, and we finalized the designs so that the frame could be machined out of carbon fiber.…


Added by s.v.itterzon on January 28, 2012 at 6:57am — 20 Comments

ArduCopter: "PIDT1" code and hex files to try...

Hi all,

a while ago, I wrote about control structure and started a discussion. Now the discussion about PIDT1 is going on also in the "…


Added by Igor van Airde on January 28, 2012 at 3:25am — 10 Comments

MyDIYTri Part 5. A month late!

Wow, the fun I've had and the things I've learned along the way with this little project. But at long last, I'm happy to say that I've actually finished the build! This whole thing started as a way to relax and pass the time during the holidays. I was thinking at the time, that I'd actually be able to finish things a month ago and end my holiday break with something that was at…


Added by Don Brooks on January 27, 2012 at 10:30pm — 25 Comments

Open source G10 quad frame

I have just finished the design and prototype phase of my open source quad frame. Its a 1.5mm G10 frame for 10"-12" props. I am in the process of designing a two axis gimbal for it, but to do this i need access to a faster prototyping process. I have entered the instructables shopbot contest and I really hope that i can win that as it will make prototyping so much easier. I've spent approximately 3 months on this design so id really appreciate it if when downloading the dxf…


Added by Chris Starke on January 27, 2012 at 2:30pm — 17 Comments

ArduCSR (Universal Remote Arduino IR Camera Shutter Release System)

Sorry for the video quality, but the slr was tied up :)

Finally finished the universal IR camera shutter release device.

The requirements were:

1. Remotely trigger the camera to take 3 photos in a row using a switch on the transmitter.

2. A solution that doesnt involve a physical connection to the camera, as my…


Added by Gareth Rens on January 26, 2012 at 8:00am — 15 Comments

UAV fiction

I have been working through the idea that in the future the functional equivalent of military UAV surveillance systems will be implemented by government agencies for domestic policing. I am interested in the software systems associated with networked surveillance platforms.The following is some fiction that I wrote to help me visualize the processes…


Added by tonant on January 26, 2012 at 12:30am — 9 Comments

stop the production of UAV

hello friends, I have a new toy

It is a fiberglass telescoping tube with a length of 6 meters!…


Added by Peter Koppendorfer on January 26, 2012 at 12:08am — 8 Comments

Sebastian Thrun Online Class: Programming a Robotic Car

Sebastian Thrun, most well know for the Google Car and his recent online AI class at Stanford, is branching out with a new startup focussing on online education.

He will be teaching a free 7-week class "Programming a Robotic Car" starting on February 20.

There's no direct link to the class, but …


Added by Mark Harrison on January 25, 2012 at 4:17pm — 2 Comments

ArduCopter with the APM v2: Long duration LOITER test (GPS position Hold) with the firmware v2.2 B4xp1

Here a video of a long duration LOITER (GPS position Hold) with my QRO quadcopter piloted by the ArduMega v2 board and the firmware ArduCopter v2.2 B4xp1 (with JLN mod). The flight is very stable and secure.…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on January 25, 2012 at 1:14pm — 10 Comments

Futaba T14 Mz Mode configuration for all 6 modes

Here a quick guide how to set up your Futaba T14
I use 2 switches
  1st switch “SE” – 2 position switch
  2nd  switch “SB” 3 position…

Added by Alex on January 25, 2012 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
Drone hacking tonight at Ace Monster Toys hackerspace in Oakland

Please join me and other Bay Area UAV fans for a "drone hacking night" at the Ace Monster Toys hackerspace in Oakland. It will start at 7:00pm at the space at …


Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2012 at 10:06am — 7 Comments

Wind capable ArduPlane and vector field navigator - demo video

An update on my project (please see my previous two posts).

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhdR2Iesfuw

This is a screencast of APM2 running in HIL mode with the X-plane RC plane in an 8kt wind over a simple course, takeoff, circuit including loiter, land, fully auto (radio not touched). In…


Added by Justin on January 25, 2012 at 5:30am — 25 Comments

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