March 2012 Blog Posts (155)

3D Robotics
Announcing T-3, Round 3: The Reliability Round

It's time for the third round of the third round of the second season of the Trust Time Trial (T3) competion! Now that the weather is improving, there are no excuses for not participating. Valuable prizes await!

This the Reliability Round. Our Judge, Gary Mortimer, describes the rules…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 31, 2012 at 5:00pm — 59 Comments

How long will unregulated FPV and RC last?

Another title might be "How long before we kill someone?".

Why such a provocative title? Well, a few days ago a fellow RC enthusiast approached me brimming with pride and sense of accomplishment. He wanted to tell me how he had flow his FPV RC airplane up to 3500 feet and in the clouds and successfully brought it back to it's launch location. I commended him on…


Added by Ron Curry on March 31, 2012 at 2:00pm — 38 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones and 3D Robotics in great Dutch TV documentary on drones

It's a hour-long documentary that just went live on Dutch TV, which you can watch here. The DIY Drones/3D Robotics stuff starts at about 25:00. It's about 50% spoken English with Dutch subtitles, and is really well done. There's an interview with me at the Wired offices and then shots…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 31, 2012 at 9:30am — 11 Comments

NEW FEATURE: Automatic Compass Declination


Hello DiyDroners,


I recently completed the implementation of a new feature for ArduPlane & ArduCopter. I have to thank Jan Scherrer for the idea and especially thank Andrew Tridgell for pushing me to improve the original implementation. The new feature is automatic compass declination.

Currently you are supposed to look up…


Added by Adam Rivera on March 31, 2012 at 7:38am — 28 Comments

Successful Raptor Maiden Flight!

It flies!!!…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on March 31, 2012 at 3:19am — 10 Comments

Y650 Scorpion Glass Fiber Multi-Rotor Frame

 Y650 Scorpion multi-rotor frame is a high quality glass fiber frame that offers both great looks and performance. Built from light weight yet extremely rigid glass fiber and aluminum, the Y650 offers a great combination of weight savings and strength.

The Y650s aggressive styling makes it look more like a deadly creature than a multi-rotor frame, while still offering excellent…


Added by CrashingDutchman on March 31, 2012 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

Interesting 3 axis Gimbal for GoPro

From the description:

This is my new pan-tilt-roll gimbal for my GoPro HD camera. It is supposed to go onto a remote controlled airplane for FPV and aerial video. The whole mechanical structure was printed (laser sintered) by Shapeways. …


Added by Mauro Rodriguez on March 30, 2012 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Report on Drone Journalism meetup

I participated in a great Drone Journalism meetup at the Storify offices in San Francisco last night, with packed house of attendees. Other panelists were Matt Waite of the University of Nebraska Drone Journalism Lab, Tyler Brown of the…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2012 at 5:49pm — 2 Comments

DM Update: Ardu Progress, 3D Mosaic, 3D DEM Models and SRTM3 DEM Underlay / GeoTIFF Generation

Hey everyone,

Quick update regarding Big thanks to all the best test users who have been helping me work out plenty of bugs and also get certain data formats more reliable. TLOG processing is working and now using the correct log fields, for the best results we have found you should have…


Added by JP on March 30, 2012 at 12:34pm — 12 Comments

3D Robotics
MPU-6050 now available with breakout board

Want to play with the awesome Invensense MPU-6000/6050 sensor used by APM 2 but struggling with the fine-pitch surface mount form factor? Sparkfun has come to your rescue with this handy breakout board version of the 6050. They're a little expensive at $40 each, but it's a great chip and very much the future of aerial robotics. 

(BTW, the difference between the MPU-6000 and the MPU-6050 is…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2012 at 10:48am — 6 Comments

SmartAP - Smart Autopilot

For the last six month we (my friend and I) have been working on the development of autopilot. We called it SmartAP - Smart Autopilot.

It's all started in October 2011, when I decided to try to build our own autopilot, designed using the latest components.

Firstly, we purchased evaluation boards for a desired microcontroller, we have chosen STM32F103, based…


Added by Kirill on March 30, 2012 at 9:21am — 7 Comments

Sailboat kit

Since my last post I have been working on building a cheap RC sailboat. And I must say that the feedback I got from the community has been very helpful. So special thanks to people who showed their interest and gave me tips.

My aim is to…


Added by Sina Kazemi on March 30, 2012 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

Custom autopilot for the ArduImu V3

The ArduIMU v3 is a very interesting little device for minimalists. For my own project, I needed a device that could keep the plane level, maintain heading/altitude and sometimes steer to a particular waypoint. The majority of the time, I intend to control the plane myself, but I need the autopilot to take over at certain times to allow me to perform some other…


Added by Gerard Toonstra on March 30, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
ArduCopter makes the Colbert Report!

Thanks to our friends at Tacocopter, who decided to base their only slightly imaginary robotic food delivery service on the ArduCopter platform, we have now made the big time: The Colbert Report does a whole segment on ArduCopter-powered fictional food…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 29, 2012 at 10:30pm — 12 Comments

Spektrum DX8 and AR8000 Failsafe setup

I've been struggling to understand how to get the APM failsafe working properly and have yet to find some clear instructions that a noob like I can follow. It suddenly dawned on me how to get it all setup.

Here is my normal zero throttle output:

Here it is when the radio is off:…


Added by Crispin on March 29, 2012 at 2:30pm — 52 Comments

I wonder how good these will be... RTF FPV gear 2.4 control 5.8 video

My money is on a few people buying the systems just for the video downlink and screen. 

Lets see how the first few review ones fly.…


Added by Gary Mortimer on March 29, 2012 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

MQ-200 microquad setup and first flight


Hi Everyone,

Maybe you remember, last week my 200mm size quadrocopter (MQ-200) was lifted a GoPro.

After outdoor flight under 15-20km wind conditions without any problem,  i designed MQ-202.

It is same size microquadro but including landing gears and more rigid than MQ-200.

MQ-202 flying with…


Added by Melih Karakelle on March 29, 2012 at 7:19am — 1 Comment

From mach-20 glider to humming bird drone ; Regina Dugan (DARPA) on TED

Fresh out on Ted : From mach-20 glider to humming bird drone, Regina Dugan (DARPA) on…


Added by Anis Nielsen on March 28, 2012 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

My First UAV project


My name's Gabriel.

Basically I am a software developer. My previous work was in the avionics field as a s/w developer. But that was several years ago. Since then I did web dev (Django) and a little bit of native iOS development.

For several years I've been looking on many DIY and commercial UAV projects. And I find the whole thing very interesting and fascinating. 

So I finally started my own project.

It will be a DIY quadcopter. I think that…


Added by gamil.gabriel on March 28, 2012 at 12:05pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Timeline for FAA regulation on civilian drones

Gary Mortimer at sUAS News spotted this excellent post from the Center for Democracy and Technology that gives the timeline for the FAA rulemaking process on integrating commercial UAVs into the national…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 28, 2012 at 8:40am — 6 Comments

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