Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!! Hopefully we have the luck of the Irish as we get moving on our competition plane. The Aerial Vista Challenge Team has been moving full steam ahead. We have been working with sponsors and assembling the pieces to make our design concept a reality. Joshua has started the drawings and schematics as we…Continue
Yesterday I had a few tests with our Tiger Shark in Octa Quad configuration.
The tests were made to see how the copter would cope the loss of one or two propellers.
Obviously the test was in a ideal condition where the propeller just loosens and falls off the Octo.
A short segment on Drones in America that was featured on 60 minutes this…Continue
I am using my APM 2.6 as a "smart" data logger for a vintage rail dragster which i am on the team for as their "engineer". I have some experience using the APM with RC planes…Continue
At last, I was able to get the payloader into the field today! A good day for it too - moderate breeze, so a good test of 3.1.2 loiter as well. It flew great - the hex barely even noticed the weight, and Nicadrones magnet worked perfectly with a sub kilo load - was able to sling it about no problem.
So spent a couple of packs doing practise runs…Continue
Today i create a Google Community Group for manage the beta testing of VR Pad Station this is the link :
This is the official Virtual Robotix Discussion group about VR PAD Station 2.0 :…Continue
After having some difficulty launching the heavier Raptor140B+ (carries three 5Ah batteries) I decided to invest the time into building a crossbow launcher.
It has a few key features that make it an excellent launch platform:
-Totally retains the airplane in all directions (gust of wind won't knock it off the the launcher)…
So for the last week or two I have been looking a bit at the performance of the Tau Labs altitude control and INS filter we have and the altitude control loop.
One issue I was suffering from is that the velocity estimate would be biased because of variations in the accelerometer bias. I switched to using a 16 state version of the INS written by Dale Schinstock that included an estimate of the bias terms for…Continue
I see a lot of work being done to increase the update rate getting to the motors of a quad for stability. The APM only updates the PWM value at 100hz (not ideal), so I got to thinking about how one could improve the performance without too much headache... (TODO: see if the 100hz loop could be increased to 200 or more...)
In this graph I modeled a…Continue
Congrats to AirDroids, who's PocketDrone Kickstarter campaign raised nearly $1 million. Delighted to see another APM platform company hit it big! From TechCrunch:
The AirDroids …
Congrats to Conservation Drones and Falcon UAV for the great coverage in Smithsonian Mag!
The forest rangers of Nepal’s Chitwan National Park are charged with protecting some of the world’s last…
Good piece on the beginnings of a market to ensure drone operators, from DroneReport. Excerpts:
There is no federal requirement for aviation…
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Various UAVs were on display at the 2014 Security & Policing Event, 11 - 13 March in Farnborough, UK.
The exhibition featured a Live Demonstration Zone, allowing exhibitors to present their equipment to the audience.
Below a few UAVs showcased at the event:
COBHAM Surveillance UAV…Continue
I am pleased to announce the first multirotor frame X-UAV has launched. It is all made of foam so the weight is kept to a minimum and at a Price of $32 for the kit one can afford to crash it every now and gen.
Once my shipment has arrived I will build one of these oaks and do a review on it.…Continue
X-UAV has released the following accessories for the Talon to me.
Gopro Brushless Gimbal
Wing Extensions (15cm)
Transparent Dome (angled)…Continue
The journey begins with 3 XV-11 lidar…
In the past few years, over half of Indonesia’s rain forests—the world’s third largest—have been lost to logging and agribusiness. ConservationDrones member Keeyen Pang is doing something about it.
Pang, a tractor parts and service dealer for a local oil palm plantation in Sabah, Malaysia, has been flying RC planes and helicopters for more than twenty years (he…Continue
Hello All, I had the wonderful opportunity to have Trappy as my guest on the DIY Drones Vodcast.
Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on March 12, 2014 at 11:25pm — No Comments