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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…
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. …
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…Continue
Quick update regarding dronemapper.com. 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…Continue
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…Continue
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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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:…Continue
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.…Continue
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…
Fresh out on Ted : From mach-20 glider to humming bird drone, Regina Dugan (DARPA) on…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue