February 2012 Blog Posts (129)

3D Robotics
MelbourneUAV Outback Challenge entry goes down hard

Sorry to see this. It was a beautiful bird (see below). It used the AttoPilot autopilot. 

From the team's Twitter feed

We had an RC Lockout in…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2012 at 5:03pm — 15 Comments

My UAV build update

HI, I was busy at Christmas and didn't do anything on the Uav, so yesterday got into it and…


Added by Richard Unwin on February 19, 2012 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
Sphere quad

From Hackaday:

[Jouni] sent in his quadrocopter build that was inspired by the Japanese…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2012 at 9:54am — 2 Comments

Calibration / test bench for Arducopter

After some test flights with strange inflight behavior and a first high impact crash, it's time to alter some of the settings of the Arducopter brain. To minimize the risks of damaging even more I decided to build a test bench.

The build's finished result is shown in the picture below.

The base itself is made from wood, with the pivot point around 19,5 cm from the bottom. This ensures for enough room to amplitude the beams, but gives a natural…


Added by Victor Elsendoorn on February 19, 2012 at 5:15am — No Comments

FAA: commercial uses by Sept. 30, 2015

Source: New York Times

"A new federal law, signed by the president on Tuesday, compels the Federal Aviation Administration to allow drones to be used for all sorts of commercial endeavors" .…


Added by Mike on February 18, 2012 at 9:18am — 6 Comments

Successful Waypoint Navigation Testing




This week I tested the Ardupilot's waypoint and autopilot functionality again, and this time, had a lot more success! I moved the GPS unit to have a better view of the sky, and it's performance improve markedly.


I also tried taping my iPhone 4s to my…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on February 18, 2012 at 4:54am — 1 Comment

Hoover Dam FPV

Flying over the Hoover Dam with a custom-made Quadcopter. Entertaining the tourists until the po-po takes over. All in good fun, though, especially since we asked for permission.

Added by trappy on February 17, 2012 at 11:08pm — 4 Comments

Kickstarter Project by MyGeekShow: Creating a New Series of Videos



As I've progressed over the past year from making little foam gliders to making the APM Powered Nova, I've decided that when I "arrived", aka was able to design, build and fly my own RC airplanes, I'd make a series of high quality videos that would help others make a similar…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on February 17, 2012 at 7:40pm — 6 Comments

Predator Drone Court-Martialed For Afghani Civilian Deaths


Not sure if it was posted before, looks it wasn't. Enjoy.

Added by Krzysztof Bosak on February 17, 2012 at 2:09pm — 17 Comments

ArduCopter in the Kalahari

(Click the picture for the Youtube video)

Some onboard video taken from my quadcopter in the Kalahari desert, South Africa, bordering the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Sorry not GoPro quality and there's no sound.

Separate Mediatek GPS's on both ArduPilot Mega and the Remzibi OSD. A Hobbyking 420 TVL camera provides the video sent back to the ground via a BOB Fox 700 1.2GHz transmitter. Radio…


Added by Graham Dyer on February 17, 2012 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

3.3 million microFarads help your servos and reduces noise

This voltage protector offers 3,300,000 uF of energy storage in a small and lightweight package.


more powerful…


Added by ARHEXA on February 17, 2012 at 8:30am — 11 Comments

Most Simple Quadro - OpenLRS Rx Multi's first flight

Hi Guys,

My new OpenLRS Rx Multi boards arrived yesterday.

It is most simple quadro system, because controller firmware working into the RC receiver's processor :)

No need to any wiring for sensors or controllers, just plug your ESCs and fly.


Circuit %100…


Added by Melih Karakelle on February 17, 2012 at 7:04am — 7 Comments

ArduPilot with ARM? IMU in one chip: MPU-9150

It was an issues of time to build a 9-axis sensor in one chip, and Invense did it again.



I read somewhere that people are working to build an Ardupilot with ARM CPU, so i'm thinking in image or video processing in a platform similar to Raspberry-PI, but this consumes 2.5W in Model A.…


Added by giancarlo.forum on February 17, 2012 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

Lehmann Aviation's LFPV UAV packs GPS, autopilot, 11MP cam, 1080p video, for $2,352

Came across a short article on a new low-cost UAV system:…


Added by Kris Nackaerts on February 16, 2012 at 11:50pm — 13 Comments

3D Robotics
"Printing Drones by the Sheet"

John Robb has a great post which riffs on the Harvard work we wrote about last year on "pop-up fabrication" of micro flyers (shown in the video above).

The FAA currently estimates that there will be 30,000…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 16, 2012 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
"Domestic drones aren't violating privacy laws": Stanford legal expert

Ryan Calo, a Stanford law professor who specializes in the legal implications of new technologies, published an article the Stanford Law Review in December that I've only just now read. It's very interesting and worth reading the…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 16, 2012 at 8:44pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Fast Company article on drones used by Hollywood

"Unmanned Drones go from Afghanistan to Hollywood". A few small errors, but otherwise pretty sound. Excerpts:

This past January, the Los Angeles Police Department…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 16, 2012 at 8:26pm — 8 Comments

Flying Bots Spot Paradrop Targets With Hacked AR Code Makezine: flying bots spot-drop

as reported in this Makezine article,

"The clever designers at Chicago’s Tanagram adapted code developed to recognize…


Added by swordfishBob on February 16, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

President Obama signed the bill for full integration of UAS into the national regulatory framework by Sept. 30, 2015

It's done. U.S President Obama did sign the bill for full integration of UAS into the national regulatory framework by Sept. 30, 2015. Small UAS (under 25kg) will be cleared to fly by mid-2014.

Some reactions already:…


Added by Hasufel on February 16, 2012 at 1:24pm — 11 Comments

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