February 2010 Blog Posts (82)

Beta access for open-source EKF

If you want to gain access to the pre-release source code as a tester or early adopter shoot me an email and I'll send you an invite → tim@dronedynamics.com

Please include your name and if you're on Windows, Mac or Linux (or anything else you want to tell me).…


Added by Tim Trueman on February 28, 2010 at 9:41pm — 1 Comment

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Podcast/Livechat tonight with Reed Christiansen of Procerus, 9:00 PST

Free video streaming by Ustream

Tonight we'll do podcast #18, which everyone here is… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2010 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Skylark UAV

Found at: http://www.army-technology.com/projects/skylark-II/skylark-II3.html

I Really like the simplicity of this one - though I'm not sure how it lands. Is there anything like it in the hobby market?

Added by simonl on February 28, 2010 at 11:41am — 16 Comments

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Great day of ArduPilot 2.5 testing. Bugs caught, some fixed

Jason Short and I had a great day of flight testing yesterday after the rains cleared in Point Richmond, across the Bay from San Francisco. We were testing the 2.5 code on a range of different hardware (RC systems, ESCs, GPSs and airframes) to catch incompatibilities. The good news is that we found lots of them! (that's the bad news, too).

These are the bugs found:

--When ArduPilot is pulsing the servos after it's got GPS lock with the…

Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2010 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

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Newsweek article about defending against small, cheap UAVs

From this week's Newsweek: "Defending against Drones: How our new favorite weapon in the war against terror could soon be used against us". Slashdotted and discussed here. Mentions us ;-)



Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2010 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

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AttoPilot 3.3 price increases from $3,000 to $4,200

When the IMU version of AttoPilot (version 3.3) was first announced, the price was given as $3,000. Now I see it's $4,200. The IMU by itself is $1,500. I was kinda hoping the price…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2010 at 9:30am — 35 Comments

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Six-page AUVSI insert in Fortune magazine

AUVSI, our industry trade group, took out a six page advertising insert in Fortune this month. Mostly UAVs, but also ground and water autonomous vehicles. You can read it…

Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2010 at 3:55pm — 2 Comments






While many people regret burning up their lives & 401k's perfecting thermopile autopilots only to end up switching… Continue

Added by Jack Crossfire on February 26, 2010 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

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Crowdsourcing works! New, equally peaceful but more realistic banner

After much discussion about my poor effort to turn a military Reaper into a NASA Ikhana, IKE took the initiative to do it right and go straight to the source. He took a Ikhana photo, flipped and tilted it so it was…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2010 at 10:42am — 16 Comments

UAV Flight from Vieques to Puerto Rico!

Hello Everyone,

I am an aerospace engineering Ph.d student at a university in New York and also the teaching assistant for an undergraduate course in aircraft design which will be partly taught in Puerto Rico. One of the main objectives for the course is that the studens have to design, document, and build radio control airplanes following traditional design formulae. Having following this community for a while, I proposed to the…


Added by Victor Maldonado on February 26, 2010 at 8:48am — 20 Comments

Fried Video Transmitter, minor set-back :-(

Lesson learned: don't try to wire small circuitry at 11pm at night. Last night I received a small CMOS video camera + transmitter combo (2.4 ghz LTS wireless camera) and put it on my E-Flight Blade MSR. I was actually able to…


Added by Jeff on February 25, 2010 at 10:57am — 7 Comments

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Check out our new header, now more peaceful!

Some people thought our old header looked too much like the military's Reaper drone, so I had it redone more like the NASA Ikahana. It's not a perfect model, but close…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 25, 2010 at 7:00am — 48 Comments

ArduIMU Quadcopter part II (mini)

Hi all,
I have finished my second quadcopter with ArduIMU. This time is a "mini" version with only 28cm from rotor to rotor and has the new Jordi´s magnetometer integrated!.
This tiny machine is fantastic, with a great stability. Look at the hands-off part of the video inside house!!
Very funny :-)…

Added by Jose Julio on February 24, 2010 at 3:30pm — 195 Comments

Store Updates!

Remember you have to start saving now, so your wife (or mom) can't tell that you bought an ArduPilotMega with all the gear included!

-I have the honor to announce the last and missing sensor of our mini UAV store. Yeah the easy to use i2c absolute pressure sensor for just $169.90 dlls! Just kidding. Check the… Continue

Added by Jordi Muñoz on February 24, 2010 at 2:00pm — 24 Comments

Updates-- trying to control a micro indoor helicopter with PC and transmit wireless video

I just bought a wireless camera for my micro heli E-Flight Blade MSR. More on this below....

I took a few weeks to digest everyone's suggestions, and I think I now have a better grasp on my project and where I should take it. For a while I couldn't quite understand why everyone was telling me that I should loose the complexity and stick to simple designs, but then I remembered… Continue

Added by Jeff on February 24, 2010 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

RE: The Long Tail as applied to Atoms (the new bytes)

Struck as I was by Chris's report in The Long Tail that sales of obscure items were outpacing sales of "hits", it seems trivial to conclude that economic growth - should we be so lucky - would not only come from "small business" generally, but from products for small markets in particular. While the the Long Tail explanation - that distribution and advertising costs are low - holds for bytes (songs, software, "apps", search, etc.… Continue

Added by bGatti on February 24, 2010 at 9:30am — 16 Comments

Day 1: the Noomie [read "New Me"] LOL

Ok, SO...Thanks to Gary for flipping the switch in my slogging grey matter...

All future Blog Posts will be about my search and acquisition of a trainer that is suitable for me. There will be no questions (from me) here...

I'm off to the forums now...

Day 1


Added by Ron Jacobs on February 23, 2010 at 7:45am — 2 Comments

Starting over...maybe.

I have stopped my Predator build and sold most of my gear, for now. Doing more research and looking to get a good basic trainer (.40 or .60 class) not sure if it will be nitro or electric yet. A 2.4 gHz radio system. And put in some simple build time and then get experience flying.

The Predator became a stalled frustrating build because I was trying too much at once, without any experience to back myself up.

I hope to get a system with at least…

Added by Ron Jacobs on February 22, 2010 at 11:41pm — 16 Comments

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