April 2012 Blog Posts (148)

3D Robotics
Tacocopter flies! (sorta)

Star Simpson, the MIT grad who started the Tacocopter site/stunt, has been living in Hong Kong and she's decided to build on the media attention by actually working on a copter. As the Huffington…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 30, 2012 at 12:56pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Astounding new nanocopter: the Walkera QR Ladybird

I just got the Walkera QR Ladybird nanoquad and it's just frankly amazing. For $140, you get the quad, a 7 Channel 2.4 digital Devo 7 RC set with graphic backlit LCD display, a 240MaH LiPo and a…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2012 at 8:30pm — 42 Comments

APM 2.0 Attitude Accuracy

I am wondering if anybody has been able to do any sort of characterization of the attitude estimation accuracy of the APM 2.0. I asked on the Blog Post 'Great lecture on the Outback Challenge by APM developer Andrew Tridgell' what type of direct geo-referencing…


Added by David on April 29, 2012 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
An air traffic control system for model aircraft

Andrew Hazelden has a cool project!

This is a concept design for a handheld air traffic control system for model airplanes. This project is designed to allow a small handheld…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2012 at 1:35pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Nanocopter coming along nicely!

John Morgan's nanocopter, which he's doing for this university research project, is coming along nicely! MPU-6050 sensors, MultiWII code, 

Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2012 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Terrain Following using FLEXIPILOT - milestone flight report

2012-04-23 at 19PM GMT+1, FLEXIPILOT (my own closed-source development) with special Terrain Follower firmware, controlling EasyUAV, has made its first long duration loiter at 1.5-3m AGL above sloped terrain. Loiter diameter was around 110m.

10m Flight took place in steady weather, while norhtern part of the field was 4-5m higher than southern part of the…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on April 29, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Strain Relieving Case for 3DR ground module

Prompted by Andreas M. Antonopoulos' comment regarding the possibility of breaking off the USB connector, I made a strain relieving case that also makes it easy to conveniently mount the module on the back of my laptop.

Details here:…


Added by Mark Harrison on April 29, 2012 at 12:28am — 6 Comments

Camera woes

After a lot of fussing, finally got an 802.11 association.…

Added by Jack Crossfire on April 28, 2012 at 10:55pm — 1 Comment

Lesson learned: Always remove the propellers when testing!

Stupidly I left the props on while preparing a demo of one of my kk quads. The board malfunctioned while disarmed, props shattered and sliced most of the pad of my pinky finger right off. It took a trip to the hospital and 13 stitches to get it back on.  

Finger 4 stitches in (Not for the faint of heart)…


Added by mquintilian on April 28, 2012 at 6:00pm — 29 Comments

iFLY Map

We all saw the map generated with COA sites in the USA last week, thought it might be fun to have a map of our own.


There were only 60 or so sites that the FAA had, perhaps there are more private UAS flying around…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 28, 2012 at 4:00pm — 10 Comments

Geo-Fencing for ArduCopter - Keep your copter "fenced in"

ArduCopter now has experimental geo-fencing support, thanks to Andrew Tridgell's superb geo-fencing code for ArduPlane.



Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on April 28, 2012 at 3:12pm — 24 Comments

A new APM Destined Airplane: The Shrike


On this week's episode of MyGeekShow we announce and begin building the Shrike, a Nova & Raptor hybrid. It's function will be to carry the AP and FPV equipment we'll install and test over the next few months. And yes, that includes the APM!

Next week…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 28, 2012 at 3:32am — 9 Comments

Turnigy Integrated PCB Micro-Quad (KIT) and BlueSky RC Micro Quad V2 APM 1 Param File

I have posted this up on various posts but thought I would add it here for reference. I have found the same basic param file works on these two Micro Quads and should give you a decent starting point.

Both quads use-

APM 1-

1811 2900KV

5 X 3 Propellers

For APM 2 further PID reductions are necessary but not much.…


Added by Robert Rhoden on April 27, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Adorable PCB microcopter project on Instructables

From the Instructable:

Main Features:

  • X mode flying
  • MPU-6000 gyro & accelerometer sensor for flight stabilization
  • USB battery recharging on the transmitter, the copter plugs into the transmitter to recharge
  • When…

Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2012 at 1:36pm — 4 Comments

A 350mg, Omnidirectional 6DOF Optical IMU/Optical Flow Sensor

  The ArduEye prototype (left) and the finished sensor (right)



In a previous post, I demonstrated that the ArduEye platform could be used to prototype a…


Added by Travis Young on April 27, 2012 at 12:02pm — 5 Comments

MyGeekShow now on Wednesdays too! Flying two airplanes at once?




On this week's episode of MyGeekShow we flew the Raptor and Nova, at the same time! The Nova flew great and has totally restored our faith in the "traditional" airframe setup. The Raptor flew good as well, however the prop fell off and got lost in the tall grass somewhere. How do you prevent that from happening?


Tell us what you think of the new…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 26, 2012 at 6:15am — 4 Comments

DRONES OVER PERTH. Perth startup gets airborne with Civil Aviation Safety Authority approval

Perth, Western Australia. COPTERCAM is cleared for take off after being issued with an UAV Operator Certificate from…


Added by Hai Tran on April 26, 2012 at 1:00am — 7 Comments

I Have A Dream: See flying my Drone on Antarctica

Summer 2011,

  I Have A Dream:  See flying my Drone from it Antarctica.

  Dream of the meeting of timeless nature and technology.

  I designed for that a Drone, equipped with a APM1 (Thank you DIYDrones).


March 2012,

  I was on the Antarctica…


Added by wilfrid.babilas on April 25, 2012 at 11:49pm — 10 Comments

Drop zone toys (manipulating servos via APM)

So, over the Easter weekend I had some time in the lab and threw together a crude repeating egg dropper for the quad. Of course, keeping me in line and the cops at bay, the other half talked me out of my nefarious plan to deliver raw, yolked goodies from above and instead had me whip up a tennis ball dropper to entertain the dog.

I've seen a lot of questions about manipulating servos with APM to either click the shutter on a camera or squeeze an airsoft trigger, so here's my…


Added by John Church on April 25, 2012 at 9:14pm — No Comments

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