Been some time since I've posted anything, since I've been working on this really big dream project of mine, a quadcopter which can fly for around 60 mins , provide a HD video downlink and have a really powerful flight controller.
I had to consider many things to acheive my goal, especially :
I recently connected with senseFly's Adam Klaptocz who founded the non-profit group DroneAdventures to promote humanitarian uses of UAVs. I first came…Continue
(I don't you think you launch them like an Easystar Chris)
Marco Della Cava USA Today
BERKELEY, Calif. — The flight plan of Chris Anderson's life is filled with funky layovers. Punk rocker. Physicist. Magazine editor. Book author. Geek dad.
But all those stops were just formative detours on the journey to his current…Continue
This review compares three 3D printing services available to me in the New York City area, all of them local and two of them able to ship. I had them all print a set of anti-vibration mounts for the awesome PX4 and Pixhawk flight controllers from 3D Robotics. The cost of the service and the quality of the output differed more than I expected, and…Continue
Not quite the $15 billion they spent on Whatsapp last month, but still more than the $1.1 billion they spent on Instagram. The speculation is for grand universes of virtual reality news feeds, virtual reality sharing of private UAV flights, but…
I bet 3DRobotics could never produce those! That's what I'd call perfect gimbal stabilization technology : no soldering required, no battery and it flies.
We finally got everything super stable. This video was taken with the following equipment installed on our Freedom X4 frame:
- Naza Controller
- Dragon link - Long distance
- Tarrot Gimbal System
- GoPro 3 Black Edition Camera
- iOSD (For flight information)
- Lost and Find
Few pictures of our new…Continue
Hey guys, throughout my time working with multirotors i have never seen a mini Octocopter, i have teen tonnes of min quads and a few Hex but no octos??? So I decided to build my own, this tiny beasty has 8 1534KV 53gram motors.
I could have gone smaller and gone for micro octo, but i wanted to be able to use 4s and 3s and these were the smallest motors that offered…
Hey all, I just wanted to remind everyone the MAVBoard Indiegogo Campaign is ending in less than 5 days. It is just shy of half way meeting its goal, but its a flex funding campaign, so everyone will get their boards regardless. But if you would like one in the initial batch, now is the time to…Continue
Hello everyone from the Aerial Vista Challenge Team. We have been trucking along on out competition UAV. We are real happy with the progress and we are getting all knids of stuff in from sponsors. This week we received our Arsov AUAV3 and in a couple of weeks we should be getting our AUAV X-1 Autopilots in. We will really be talking about those a lot in the near future. I…Continue
Hi i´ve been working for a while doing photogrammetry test, and basiclly building the learning curve of me and my workmates.
What i want to share with diydrones community is a very cool process that we completed last week, and is the following:
I was recently introduced to a new initiative that seeks to empower grassroots communities to deploy their own low-cost xUAVs. The purpose of this initiative? To support locally-led disaster response efforts and in so doing transfer math, science and engineering skills to local communities. The "x" in xUAV refers to expendable. The initiative is a partnership between California State University…Continue
In the framework of the VlIR-UOS-North-South-South initiative aimed at capacity building for developing countries, Latin-American and African Universities participate in a 7 day workshop on UAV-technology, currently being held in Lima, Peru. In this workshop organized by University Nacional la Molina, researchers from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Cuba and Ethiopia…Continue
Today we decided to finally get out of the office and go fly !
I wanted to test a new pack which has been sitting on my desk for a while, a 14.8V 4s4p 24400mAh.
This is a different type of lipo , with a energy density of 262 Wh/kg.
Simply, this battery has an energy density which is x 1.62 of regular lipo (160 Wh/kg), which can help you get long flight…Continue
In the last post just two days ago, I talked about the fundamental matrix and a homography which allowed 2D images to be warped in such a way that they overlap. That technique works a bit better if you take the photos from the same…Continue
Trappy, this one's for you!
Jeff Bezos at Amazon hasn't done it. Nor has Fred Smith at FedEx or Scott Davis at UPS. No American CEO has persuaded Washington to relax its chokehold on commercial drone use in the United States. But this month a 29-year-old Austrian entrepreneur living here in Asia broke Washington's drone…Continue
Last week I did some bench testing on the NCR18650B Lithium Ion cells, and the results were very promising, showing twice the energy density as a LiPo. This week I wanted to get the packs out of the lab and in the air on the Raptor 100 for some real life testing.
First I tested what…