March 2014 Blog Posts (152)

How to Get APM/Pixhawk telemetry on your taranis!


Check out this link for the official wiki…


Added by Jared Reabow on March 12, 2014 at 6:00pm — 36 Comments

MyGeekShow doing another Live Stream Cross Country Flight - 80km/50mi


This Saturday, March 15th at 08:00CST/14:00GMT I will be streaming live on a 80km/50mi cross country flight. I plan on landing at about 09:00CST/15:00GMT. I'll take the video and make it into an episode shortly thereafter.

Tweet or FaceBook me while I'm…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on March 12, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Impressions after UNVEX 2014 UAV Exhibit in Madrid

Here I would like to share my impressions after UAV UNVEX 2014 exhibit in Madrid, Spain. It took place from 4th till 7th of March.

About third of people who attended expo were in uniform. MOD of Spain was personally here for about a half a day. Indra, MBDA, Thales and Airbus have created killer UAV system and that is the center of attention in…


Added by Janis Kuze on March 12, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Can anyone say: awesome!, A 3D printed T4 Quadcopter Cad Drones

Since about 2010 3d printers have been becoming more and more popular, thousands of news reports on the good and bad of 3d printers for the public, politicians looking to ban 3d printers for the public, others looking to put them in all schools, as with any new technology there was outcry and applause.

From the beginning people have wanted to make…


Added by Jared Reabow on March 12, 2014 at 6:04am — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
ABC Denver News: "Drone drifts away in skies over Denver; owner posts 'missing' flyers around city"

Worth watching the video of the ABC Denver news report of a drone flyaway (it was a Storm Drone 6 with a DJI Naza controller).  A screenshot of DIY Drones makes an appearance ;-) I can't embed the video, but you can watch it …


Added by Chris Anderson on March 11, 2014 at 6:35pm — 33 Comments

My Goats decided I was trying to herd them with my Phantom.


I was flying my Phantom yesterday.  Licking my wounds from an earlier pilot error with a plane.  My goats and sheep decided I was herding them back in the pen.  This is a Phantom 2 Vision.  It is a fun scoot around the place quad.  I will be working on my Ecilop NEX5 Cameraship soon.  I am going to use Tiger U3 motors and a Teradek HD AV Downlink.  Thanks for…


Added by Toby Lankford on March 11, 2014 at 1:16pm — No Comments

DJI Phantom Flies Into Volcano

Interesting angle of Yasur volcano on Tanna island, Vanuatu
Amazingly no phantoms where harmed while filming!


Added by AKRCGUY on March 11, 2014 at 10:30am — 19 Comments

Ultrasonic Follower Sensor System

Here is an attempt at an ultrasonic sensor system for tracking an emitter’s relative distance and angle so that an autonomous quad-copter can follow a subject.

Conceptual Image, nominal spacing around 20 feet …


Added by Jeff G on March 10, 2014 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments

A new tools for forest restoration monitoring

( Our new Iris with video team from Al Jazeera Earthrise series )

Recently we try the Iris equip with Gopro Hero 3 in front to monitor the progress of forest restoration in North Sumatra National Park.

The beauty of…


Added by keeyen pang on March 10, 2014 at 8:00pm — 12 Comments

APM Planner 2.0 First Official Stable Release [UPDATED]

[UPDATED to 2.0.7: we had a serious issue with serial connectivity and APM2.x and FTDI, it now fixed. All users that download 2.06 will be notified automatically of the new release]

APM Planner 2.0.7 has been released. This is the first official stable…


Added by Bill Bonney on March 10, 2014 at 7:57pm — 27 Comments

3D Robotics
Introducing 3DR's Aero Fixed-Wing

If you've been looking for an economical plane platform, that search ends here. The new RTF Aero fixed-wing provides at least 45 minutes of autonomous or RC-controlled flight, all housed in a robust, lightweight airframe.

Powered by …


Added by Roger Sollenberger on March 10, 2014 at 5:00pm — 31 Comments

New IRIS How-To Videos

There are some great new IRIS How-To Videos on the 3DR YouTube channel.  They will be helpful not only for those using IRIS, but also for those using a Pixhawk flight controller.… Continue

Added by John C. on March 10, 2014 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
LIDAR-Lite, a cool $79 laser rangefinder for autolanding and terrain following, near crowdfunding target

With ten days to go, the LIDAR-Lite laser rangefinder project is just $5,000 from its crowdfunding goal (it's 91% funded). Now's the time to back it and put them over the top!

I love this project (I've backed it) and we're integrating it into the APM code. Along with…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 10, 2014 at 3:00pm — 25 Comments

U8 large quad


After months waiting for motors and props, we finally managed to put our large quad up in the air!


It flies up to 56min and can currently carry nex 7. next one will be with zenmuse 5D! can't wait!


It was pretty…


Added by renaud barbier on March 10, 2014 at 12:00pm — 37 Comments

CG of the RVJET

Good Monday Morning Everyone!!  I am going to blog about the CG of the RVJET.  There are so many pros that we sometimes forget to talk about a couple of cons with the RVJET.

When the design team were building and designing the RVJET they were not completely sure of all the specs of items like the motor, and ESC. They could not think of all the possible…


Added by Toby Lankford on March 10, 2014 at 9:46am — 7 Comments

Joy, Excitement, Fright, Loss, Confusion, Sorrow, Disappointment

Back in early January I was tasked with the duty of delivering my recently quadrupley bypassed father to my aunty's house down on the south coast of New South Wales for some much needed rest and relaxation.  As it happens, the quiet sleepy town of Moruya, in which my aunty resides, is also home to Hobby King's Australia based warehouse.  Not being one to pass on an opportunity…


Added by Quadzimodo on March 10, 2014 at 9:31am — 26 Comments

Pixhawk installed in Vulture 2 spaceplane

We've wrapped the installation of the Pixhawk in our aircraft, and have now just got to get it talking to our onboard Raspberry Pi.

For your viewing pleasure, here's a schematic of the Pixhawk and R/C rig. There are full details on the install here.…


Added by Lester Haines on March 10, 2014 at 7:01am — 14 Comments

Graphics for Wiki Documentation

Here are the individual graphics I have drawn that depict 3DR Gear as well as standard radio control components. They are in PNG format and I hope that you guys can find it a useful resource for your own documentation purposes.

I use which is a free program and I have never looked back! Here is an example of what you can do with the…


Added by Jethro Hazelhurst on March 10, 2014 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Breaking News : The Black Ops Drone is on AIR and it's Sexy :)

Dear Friends,

i'm happy to present the first Fly of VRI Black Ops Drones ...

See the first official video ... 



After one year of development and a lot of pre serie prototype i'm happy to present the final…


Added by Roberto Navoni on March 10, 2014 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Quadcopter Build by Jethro: Part One..

The other night I went to bed safe in the knowledge that packing teams in Germany, China and America had sprung into life, hurriedly shipping what will soon be my first real world experience with UAV…


Added by Jethro Hazelhurst on March 10, 2014 at 4:50am — 5 Comments

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