April 2011 Blog Posts (172)

Sensors Labs : A discussion about the Sensor available for MP32 Available ArduPirates32NG

Dear Friends,

I'm happy to inform you that i have upload the VRIDE 0.0.3 Alpha Revision.

Inside this early version of our ide i put some example about the opportunity to use on MP32 a lot of Analog and digital sensor.

In this thread is possible to discuss about the experience on sensor , driver implementation , code example , performances…


Added by Roberto Navoni on April 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Yet Another Build Log (YABL) - Part 1 - Reducing Arducopter vibration

Hiya, folks!

First of all, if you're sick and tired of looking at Arducopter official frame builds, you might decide to skip the whole post right about now ;)

Yes, it really is going to be just another ArduCopter build (my first quad, actually), but i hope people doing the same can learn from some of my mistakes and, perhaps, avoid them. So let's get on with the show, shall we...

Since i've been having some pretty nasty vibration issues with a traditional heli i've been… Continue

Added by Ante Vukorepa on April 7, 2011 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

KK multicopter

Hi, I've made a Quad X copter using KK Multicopter blue board v4.5 (ofcourse I waited for 15 days to receive the board after placing the order). But mine is not going up. Its rotating on the ground. I don't what the problem is.... I've tried and tweaked as much as I can do by referring many sites. Also build 4 frames. But in vain. Its been two weeks I'm trying to make it fly.


I've used 

1450kv outrunner brushless motors

12A BEC Esc

3S 25C 2500mAh 11.1v…


Added by Anil Kumar. M on April 7, 2011 at 12:00am — 8 Comments

ArduPilot Mega 1.4 with ATmega2560 will be available on Friday, April 8

Hi guys, just letting you know that the ArduPilot Mega v1.4 with the ATmega2560 will be available at the DIY Drones store starting Friday, April 8. Here's the product page: http://store.diydrones.com/product_p/br-ardupilot-01.htm


Here's what will be changing in the store/products:



Added by Sam Kelly on April 6, 2011 at 1:30pm — 47 Comments

the Rocket Science approach to Quads!

Starting at about 2:46 in this NASA video, a rocket powered quad with payload!


Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) Mission Animation


Added by Mark Harrison on April 6, 2011 at 11:26am — 10 Comments

The Planning Begins

ITU Tilt-Rotor VTOL UAV concept from here



A good mate and I were talking a few weeks ago about the AR Drone and…


Added by Mick James on April 6, 2011 at 1:00am — 33 Comments

Arduino Satellite Tracker

Very cool project uses Arduino to track dozens of satellites in real time.

From Dangerous… Continue

Added by Shannon Morrisey on April 5, 2011 at 8:46pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Arduino use is exploding, thanks to its huge community

One of the best decisions we made was basing our autopilot system on Arduino (credit goes to Jordi for spotting its potential so early and selling me on it). The engineers all sniffed at it, complaining that it was just an 8-bit processor running at 16Mhz and could never compete with 32-bit ARM processors running at 70Mhz and faster. But what Jordi spotted was something more:…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 5, 2011 at 12:30pm — 17 Comments

Project Ursula

Whilst those of you in the USA await regulation to allow flight, other countries are pushing forward.


Project URSULA (UAS Remote Sensing for Use in Land Applications) was launched by Welsh Assembly Minister for…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 5, 2011 at 10:40am — 3 Comments

Laser-powered quad aloft for an unprecedented 12 hours and 27 minutes .....

About autonomy this is ..... WOW ! 

From the Economist (jan-11)  http://www.economist.com/node/17951584…


Added by Bernard Michaud on April 5, 2011 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
3D printed gyro-stabilized pan-tilt gimbal for the GoPro

Fantastic project, which was 3D printed at Shapeways. Here's their blog post describing the whole thing. Check out the lovely snap fit with a twist-knob closure design.



Added by Chris Anderson on April 4, 2011 at 11:50pm — 15 Comments

3D Robotics
Raven GCS manual online

Want to know how the pros do it? Check out the complete manual for the Raven B Ground Station and Sim.

Added by Chris Anderson on April 4, 2011 at 11:17pm — 17 Comments

How to read PPM stream and PWM pulses on sound card oscilloscope



trying to help a developer (Ben Levitt) to track down a bug on my UavDevBoard system, it was hard to explain by email the strange behavior.

After he suggested me to try with a sound card oscilloscope, I decided to try something I was planning from sometime now : a soundcard oscilloscope.

I build a voltage divider to scale down PWM…


Added by Riccardo Kuebler on April 4, 2011 at 12:25pm — 8 Comments

Rfm22 telemetry link, MS5706 , and new android software


here is the last news of my development.


I received my small 5dof imu, some new sample of the last 24bits integrated pressure sensor from intersema MS5706, I plug everything on my RC receiver and telemetry transmitter and look at what will work... Surprisingly .. everything...


I check the range out of my telemetry board with just a crap antenna, and it is…


Added by Roman on April 3, 2011 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

Stop motion excitement & LCD drivers

Got some high speed photographs of Marcy 1 spinning at flight speed, to see if the actuator & the wing did anything.   A slow motion video cam would be nice.




Added by Jack Crossfire on April 3, 2011 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
DIY Drones passes 15,000 members!

As is customary and traditional, we mark the addition of each 1,000 members here at DIY Drones. Today we passed 15,000 members. Growth continues at 100% annually, and we now do about 1 million page views per month.  Thanks to all who made this possible--you know who you… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on April 3, 2011 at 5:42pm — 5 Comments

Japan Reactor Aerials

Just saw this on Reddit, thought others would find the AP work interesting:




Added by Steve on April 3, 2011 at 1:00pm — 13 Comments

New UHF JR module for Turnigy 9X Transmitter

New long range module for Turnigy 9X 9Ch Transmitter or other JR Radios.…


Added by Robert Krogh (hooks) on April 3, 2011 at 10:43am — 13 Comments

Balancing props

well, that's an annoying thing to do ...!



But definitely rewarding.




My test bench was actually the arducopter arm, on which i mounted the prop to be balanced.

i hesitated how to balance them,…


Added by ARHEXA on April 3, 2011 at 7:30am — 12 Comments

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