February 2012 Blog Posts (129)

Music anyone


Quadrotors designed and built at the University of Pennsylvania perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame. The quadrotors play this “couch guitar” by…


Added by Gary Mortimer on February 29, 2012 at 2:04pm — 14 Comments

AR.Drone 2.0 Pre Orders to open March 1st

Now with a loop at the touch of a button and USB port that allows you do grab your HD images.

The AR.Drone is beginning to be a useful platform, not long before every builder has one.…


Added by Gary Mortimer on February 29, 2012 at 4:30am — 9 Comments

ArduCopter on Ice

Hi folks!

I have been tinkering with the ArduCopter since autumn 2011. While still being lightyears from perfection I do appreciate the possibilities it brings and the community spirit here around is inspiring!

Here is a video from yesterdays test/ demo flights on the frozen Lake Maelaren (Stockholm, Sweden).

I use 3DR frame, stock motors and…


Added by Tomas Soedergren on February 29, 2012 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

CircuitLab - Online electronics simulator

I just discovered CircuitLab, a online electronics simulator. I haven't had time to play much with it yet, but it looks very promising from what I have seen so far. Especially considering that they just launched the site.

Added by John Arne Birkeland on February 29, 2012 at 12:47am — 7 Comments

Controlling via satellite

Hi guys,

I think we can use sat modem to control uav and view the telemetry data digi international was made tiny sat modem 48gm wight for data TRX and cost around 140 USD http://www.digi.com/pdf/ds_digim10.pdf…


Added by mohammed on February 29, 2012 at 12:30am — 13 Comments

Marcy 2 parts

So after another $75, all of Marcy 2's brain finally arrived.  To be sure, Marcy 2 has gone through a lot of failed iterations & airframes.  This time, she's a Wifi monocopter.

As bad as it is for business, the cheapest…


Added by Jack Crossfire on February 28, 2012 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

The search for the holy grail..eh bowl

After scouring most of the shops in my area for a cover/box/hat for my 3DR Quad I found the Orthex 140 0,75 liter kitchen bowl.

The fitting is so good it almost brings tears to my eyes.

It sits on the bottom plate just outside the…


Added by RC Tech.se on February 28, 2012 at 1:42am — 11 Comments

3D Robotics
APM 2 update -- Ordering reopened!

Good news: APM 2 preorders have reopened. You can now choose it with the onboard GPS or without, so can use an external GPS or any other supported GPS module (the Ublox GS406/407 can be used with…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2012 at 1:30pm — 48 Comments

Arducopter Hexa 3DR Frame Now on Pre-Order!


The rugged Arducopter 3DR frame is now available in a Hexa version capable of supporting larger payloads and longer flight times. With the stock 850kV (purple) motors, a basic Hexa with ESCs, APM, GPS and an RC Receiver weighs in at 1356.3g and can lift more than its own weight.


This version supports a fancy new feature allowing easy access to…


Added by Jeff Taylor on February 27, 2012 at 1:30pm — 61 Comments

3D Robotics
A REALLY DIY quadcopter

Wow. Florian did his own motor controllers, RC (via Xbee) and everything else. From Hackaday

We think [FlorianH] did a bang-up job of prototyping his Minima Quadcopter on the cheap. The total bill comes in…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2012 at 10:33am — 9 Comments

Monument Valley (TBS @ USA Road Trip)

Part 6 of the series takes us to Monument Valley in Utah. We had the coolest guide ever. Quickly explained him the concept, where he needs to take us so we can take shots, and then off we went in an old rusty bumpy vehicle. Great fun, great scenery and I think none of the "random tourists" that were there with us will ever forget the views ...

Added by trappy on February 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — 9 Comments

This is what a failed attempt at setting PID's looks like....  Truly Painful to watch....

This is what a failed attempt at setting PID's looks like.... 

Truly Painful to watch....


Added by Archangel06 on February 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

Police, Border Patrol, other agencies looking to expand drone use at home.

Full article Here

Heads up: Drones are going mainstream.

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military…


Added by Eraser on February 26, 2012 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Six modes with Graupner MX-16

Maybe there is a better way to do, but this one works fine...

I'm using channel 8 of the radio and the following switches : SW8 (2 positions) and CTRL9 (3 positions)

In the main menu, navigate to “controller settings”…


Added by Colin Bouriquet on February 26, 2012 at 1:19pm — 14 Comments

New ArduEye using Stonyman image sensor chips

Awhile ago we (Centeye) started ArduEye, a project to implement an open source programmable vision sensor built around the Arduino platform. The first ArduEye version used a simple Tam image sensor chip and a plastic lens attached directly to the chip. After…


Added by Geoffrey L. Barrows on February 25, 2012 at 2:25pm — 7 Comments

Successful Auto Takeoff!


This week I tested and mastered the auto takeoff feature on the APM I've installed on my Nova. It took a few tries and a cracked fuselage to get it, but once I got it performed very well; I set the flight mode to auto, I run down the field, and the motor kicks on without me telling it to, I throw it, and it takes off on it's own. Very cool. 


Seems to be working well, am I doing it right?


Next week I'll be testing the auto land…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on February 25, 2012 at 7:24am — 18 Comments

New Build, arducopter V2


After the crash of my stock arducopter due to a dying battery on my controller I had to rebuild.

The result of my rebuild pleases me a lot, for one I decreased the weight by almost 500 gr. The total weight with a camera and battery (not shown) is ~1400 gr. Adding telemetry will increase the weight only marginally and there is still plenty of space in the canopy for FPV gear.



standard jDrones arducopter electronics but with the…


Added by koen.hufkens on February 25, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Supersonic UAV School Project Graduates into a Business

A University of Colorado Asst. Professor is transitioning his GoJett Supersonic UAV project into a business.

From University of Colorado News:

"The UAV is intended to shape the next generation of flight experimentation… Its…


Added by Shannon Morrisey on February 24, 2012 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
All-PCB quadcopter

Another cool one from Hackaday today.

[Frank] managed to pull together an impressive collection of features when developing the project. First off, the quadcopter itself uses all-PCB construction. Even the supports for the motors are PCBs…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2012 at 3:50pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Variable pitch quads fly upside down

Check out those flips! From Hackaday

Straight from the Aerospace Controls Laboratory comes a variable-pitch quadrocopterdesigned by [Mark Cutler] and [Jonathan P. Howe].…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2012 at 1:28pm — 36 Comments

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