March 2010 Blog Posts (118)

Sorry everyone, no podcast this week.

Scheduling didn't work out at the last minute…

Added by Tim Trueman on March 21, 2010 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Commercial Quadrotor Recommendations?

I am setting up a lab this summer for some student research that will be similar in most ways to this one at MIT:

I would like to buy 6-8 commercially available trirotor or quadrotor helicopters in the $1000 - $1500 price range that would be similar in capabilities to the old Draganflyer V Ti. I've looked around and I would be very happy using Parrot AR Drones, but they have not set a date for releasing them or published a… Continue

Added by Garry Qualls on March 21, 2010 at 9:24am — 10 Comments

F-35B STOVL flight tests


What could be the last US manned aircraft project has just had it's STOVL

capability proven this week on its flight tests.

Here are some videos.




Added by Paulo Geraldes on March 20, 2010 at 5:30pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
New ArduPilot Mega boards off the production line!

That's Nathan Siedle, CEO of Sparkfun, handing me the very first ArduPilot Mega board to come off the Sparkfun production line. We were at an Arduino planning meeting in NYC; that's Massimo Banzi of the Arduino project in the back.

Here's a closeup photo of the board. It looks great! The only thing that's not quite right is the GPS connector is…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 19, 2010 at 11:00pm — 35 Comments

Maiden Ardu-Flight for me

It was my first flight with an Ardu-anything today. Working towards getting an ArduIMU/ArduPilot working.

So far it was just a data logging flight. I had a GPS and ArduIMU installed in my Stevens Aero Edge 540 along with an OpenLog from Sparkfun.



Added by Tom Hastie on March 19, 2010 at 1:21pm — 3 Comments

This week in aerospace




These aluminum GWS prop adaptors are ridiculous. Lately they started stripping before getting anywhere near the required tension. Down to threadlock on plastic again.

Forget about those tiny set screws. Use… Continue

Added by Jack Crossfire on March 19, 2010 at 11:18am — 2 Comments

USB DSM2 Transmitter for my Blade MSR helicopter

Today i flew my Blade MSR using a joystick, my PC, and the 2.4ghz LP4DSM transmitter which used to be in the tx controller. The serial protocol is best documented here, but information on this exists elsewhere including here in a few posts, on diydrones. I'm pretty excited that I finally got this took a…


Added by Jeff on March 18, 2010 at 6:17pm — 5 Comments


Airservices Australia has taken the extraordinary step of banning model airplanes from entering Canberra airspace during next week’s planned visit of President Obama,…

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 18, 2010 at 3:00pm — 17 Comments

Introduction and UDB mode switching question


I've been silently following the progress of the UAV Dev Board team for a while now, and want to congratulate Bill Premerlani and his great team for their amazing accomplishments.

This is my first posting, so please let me introduce myself. I'm relatively new to RC flying, and have very little experience with micro programming, but do have some background in aerospace and software engineering. Anyway, after crashing a few planes, it's exciting to see that such a… Continue

Added by Philip Giacalone on March 18, 2010 at 2:28am — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
Voice controlled heli UAV

From BotJunkie:

"This little helicopter is able to understand you when you tell it what to do. No pushing buttons, no using… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on March 17, 2010 at 9:42pm — 10 Comments

ArduPilot Mega sensor shield testing report

Hi all,…

Added by Jose Julio on March 17, 2010 at 10:30am — 27 Comments

Is this Epson 6-axis sensor useful for DIY drones?

It's intended for game machines but it comprises 3-axis gyros,

and 3-axis accelerometers. It's tiny: 0.4 x 0.3 x 0.15in. (10 x 8 x 3.8mm),

It could be useful in small UAVs, couldn't it?

Added by Alex Arevalo on March 17, 2010 at 9:21am — 6 Comments

A public thank you to Caleb from CH Robotics

As some people might know there is a team hard at work on OpenPilot and we are making some progress, like every complex project things don't go as fast as you like but progress is happening. One of the things we are working on now is the low level infrastructure for the AHRS, this makes it so our EKF developers can just drop their code in without…


Added by David Ankers on March 16, 2010 at 9:30pm — 11 Comments

A small blog tracking our progress...

Just in case anyone wants to see what me and a college buddy have been doing, pretty amateur compared to this site's standards (I promise it will get better ;)

Any help or advice/feedback would be appreciated :)

Added by Irfan Mohamed on March 16, 2010 at 1:14pm — 1 Comment

Lab View Ground Station time lag cut to less than 1/2 second.


After playing with lab view and the ArduPilot with the ArduIMU I have finally managed to get the time lag from the plane to the displayed action on the GroundStation to less than a half a second.

New VI file 1 AM 3/17/2010

Here is my rather crude video.… Continue

Added by Earl on March 16, 2010 at 12:00am — 15 Comments

Great Article on how 'robots think' (or more accurately, how robots SEE)

Good 5-page article on algorithms, sensors and platforms used in modern robotics.

Added by Jonathan Lussier on March 15, 2010 at 11:48pm — 1 Comment

UAV flying in/around New York City?

Hey guys, this is my first post here on DIYDrones (I've been reading this site for a few months now, just not posting anything until now).

I'm in New York City (Brooklyn to be exact) and I'm really interested in building and flying a UAV. However, I'm wondering whether it's a good idea, or rather if it's even possible to fly an RC plane here. Obviously I'm not planning on flying around skyscrapers or anything, I just want to fly something and take a few camera shots or videos.… Continue

Added by Robert Godlewski on March 15, 2010 at 7:51pm — 9 Comments

Inexpensive Online Machine Shop

Have you asked yourself "It would be great if I could get this part, but smaller" or "i could use this but it needs extra flanges or tubes or whatever" then you're in luck

check it out - you get instant part price quoting from the ***FREE*** CAD software program

A little patience goes a long way!

Added by fibrewire on March 15, 2010 at 10:05am — 6 Comments

Air Force Academy had to wait for full COA, how can our best minds learn when they can't test fly?

This would work for me..

Verbal Approval/Waiver Authority, pending through review of applications

Added by Mark Colwell on March 15, 2010 at 9:30am — 27 Comments

March Robot Giveaway to Celebrate GoRobotics’ 10th Birthday

Leading up to the 10th anniversary of my robotics blog,, I'm doing a series of robot prize giveaways. This month's giveaway features $250 worth of prizes from our sponsors… Continue

Added by William Cox on March 15, 2010 at 7:41am — No Comments

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