March 2013 Blog Posts (229)

Raspberry Pi (Rpi) and GoPro Hero3

I recently purchased a raspberry pi from adafruit.  Without much difficulty I was able to get a demo python script for opencv running (see here).  It was able to…


Added by Liam Honecker on March 31, 2013 at 10:00pm — 10 Comments

Loitering around in calm air

The wind was calmer then it has been in months so I decided to see just how stable the Arducopter (2.5 APM, UBlox GPS) can be with the 2.9.1 code.

I was pleased, I could have hovered until the battery runs down. Also, landing while in Loiter is really smooth, much better than I could do flying in stable mode!. Just had flip the switch back to stable mode once down to finish the flight…


Added by Richard Evans on March 31, 2013 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Arduplane At ASPRS Annual Conference

Follow up from my recent post : 

Arduplane goes to ASPRS


A Great week for all attendants and a glorious 2day for all DIYDrones members and APM users & Devs!!

With glad, i realized that a great amount of US and EU researchers use APM for…


Added by James on March 31, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Roof inspection using quadrocopters...

Hey, I had to get my roof repaired, and so I took my quad up for a little roof inspection afterwards.  Worked great.  I reckon you could sell this as a package to roofing companies.  That way they could show home owners how bad their roofs are and why they need repair, and then show them how great it looks when all the work is done. …


Added by Chris Lovett on March 31, 2013 at 3:00pm — 21 Comments

VRBrain and last Great Update from Taulab Project first alt hold + loiter by Stefan:)

This is first halt hold (acc z compensation)  + loiter of VRBRAIN using TauLab Firmware (Open Pilot Fork)

Dear Friends,

after some months of work Stefan send me last update about his work on Taulabs Project.

this is his Repo on Github : …


Added by Roberto Navoni on March 31, 2013 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Minneapolis, Minnesota Fly Club Group Feel Free To Join!!

*** This Group's Main Focus is to Help Assist in Any Way in the Development of the Fighting Walrus Radio for iOS…


Added by Joshua Johnson on March 31, 2013 at 12:55pm — 7 Comments

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Congratulations to Adrian Mescalchini, winner of the "New DIY Drones Banner" competition

We have a winner! Adrian Mescalchini is the victor of our "Design a New Banner" competition, and his work is now gracing the top of this page.  We'll work with him to slightly enlarge the type, but the…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 31, 2013 at 12:30pm — 24 Comments

Octa V maiden

Our target is to have a multicopter

  • to capture smooth video --> choose to make a flying steadycam
  • to have redundancy for safety--> choose an octa / 8 motor configuration.

V-frame was chosen over X-frame due to better fit with with steadycam.

Arducopter works fine - we have noticed 2 bugs with…


Added by heikki.tukiainen on March 31, 2013 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

RFDuino Wireless Arduino Platform

I've just stumbled across this RFDuino Kickstarter project with only 4 days left to run. 
It's a Bluetooth Low Energy…

Added by Bill Bonney on March 31, 2013 at 7:54am — 2 Comments

Another example of how to conduct commercial drone ops

Videos posted online of multicopter crashes including the one of the DJI S800 crashing in a stadium in Brazil and the aerobot crashing in the CBD of Auckland NZ make the public and safety regulators concerned about drone operations.  Every drone crash posted online is a hit to our community, whereas every successful drone flight shows the public the potential and future…


Added by Sam Short on March 31, 2013 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

UAV swarm

I thought I would post some information about some research I have done.

This video shows a simulation of UAVs swarming with an advanced control algorithms.

Seven UAVs are shown, which find a source of fumes or aerosols by measuring the…


Added by Armin Strobel on March 30, 2013 at 5:42pm — 5 Comments

Today I tried my quadcopter, but I didn't like it...

I finally have found some time and good weather conditions to try my new quadcopter.

Unfortunately, it was absolutely not like I thought it would.



After few attempts (three), I noticed that it was not well "balanced" and has the…


Added by M.S. IBN SEDDIK on March 30, 2013 at 11:30am — 22 Comments

3D Robotics
Treasure trove of swarm robotics research

From Hackaday. How many of these would be aplicable to UAVs?

The above video just one of many demonstrations from…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2013 at 10:11am — 1 Comment

Civilian drones in crosshairs amid privacy worries


WASHINGTON — It’s a good bet that in the not-so-distant future, aerial drones will be part of everyday life in the U.S.

Far from the killing machines whose missiles incinerate terrorists overseas, these generally small, unmanned aircraft will help police departments find missing people. Real estate agents will use them to film videos of…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 30, 2013 at 6:37am — No Comments

Some details on the AllwaysInnovating MeCam

Earlier this year there was some discussion of the AllwaysInnovating Mecam.  Here's some more details, which make the unit very interesting.

The MeCam is based on the Always Innovating Cortex-A9 SoC Module which can run from 1.0GHz to 1.5GHz depending on the configuration. It's the world smallest module available on the market that offers GHz…


Added by Mark Harrison on March 29, 2013 at 5:18pm — 2 Comments

USNews article on Fighting Walrus Radio

As usual the press has lots of questions about the legality of drones, and Jason Koebler in, my opinion, wrote a very factual unbiased…


Added by Bryan Galusha on March 29, 2013 at 2:36pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
First solar powered copter?

Very nice engineering proof of concept from this team at Queen Mary University in London. Hasn't flown yet, but the airframe design is done. 

(via sUAS News)

Added by Chris Anderson on March 29, 2013 at 10:59am — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Business Week on DIY Drones

There's a really good piece in this week's Business Week (print, web and Ipad, shown) about DIY Drones. 

Here's how it begins:

The Federal Aviation Administration isn’t expected to approve unmanned aerial vehicles…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 29, 2013 at 10:46am — 2 Comments

Future farmers fly drones

According to popular Swedish newspaper 'Dagens nyheter':

Drone associated today with the battlefield but in the future it over the fields as the unmanned aerial craft will make its main effort.…


Added by Dimitar Kolev on March 29, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

A new publication : Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems

The Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems (JUVS) is a new quarterly, electronic-only publication that is now accepting papers; the inaugural issue is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2013. Developed in partnership with Unmanned Systems Canada (USC-STC) and with support from the Kenneth M Molson Foundation, JUVS is an exciting…


Added by Bertrand Duchiron on March 29, 2013 at 2:53am — No Comments

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