April 2013 Blog Posts (215)

We are happy to present the first flight of VR Plane .


After 4 months of work we finish to port AP_HAL library to VR Brain.

so now we are ready for test Arduplane on VRBrain and see our VR Plane fligh in the sky :)

In this video you can see only first test that we doing last week.

Our configuration are :

  • VR Brain 4.0
  • Mediatek…

Added by Roberto Navoni on April 30, 2013 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Let the Competition Begin - A Hundred Students Set To Fly Their Own UAVs

Alma, Québec – April 22nd, 2013 - The municipal Council of Alma, Unmanned Systems Canada, the Alma Airport authorities and the Unmanned Aerial System Center of Excellence are proud to invite you to the 2013 Unmanned Systems Canada Student UAV Competition.

Close to a hundred students from across Canada will attend the…


Added by criro1999 on April 30, 2013 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Uncertainties remain as FAA integrates drones into American skies

Josh Solomon | Medill News Service

WASHINGTON — Thousands of unmanned aircraft systems – commonly known as drones – could be buzzing around in U.S. airspace by 2015 because of a law passed last year, aiding in police investigations,…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 30, 2013 at 6:04am — 4 Comments

Student designs unmanned aircraft for farmers at Shropshire university

A FRENCH postgraduate student has completed seven months research at Harper Adams University developing an unmanned aircraft for use in agriculture.

Marc-Alexandre Favier, from Bourg-en-Bresse, in eastern France, came to Harper Adams as part of…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 30, 2013 at 6:01am — 4 Comments

Perfect UAV platform?.. The RVJET is finally here!

Hey everyone!  We finally got a small shipment of these in and have a few left.  Available now at www.aeroworksproductions.com  Specs are available on our website.

Available in Black and White!…


Added by AKRCGUY on April 29, 2013 at 10:32pm — 16 Comments

Progress of the Hybrid quad design

Hi there welcome back, 

Here is a little picture of the first version of my quad hybrid projet

It's a version to allow "Maxime carrier" to crash it 1 or 2 time before it's broke XD.

The design of the 2 rotating propeler is pending until i got the missing part. beteween 2 and 3 week. and if we can make it flight straight the next step is…


Added by Xavier Simard-Lecours on April 29, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Freezing fog grounds my hexa in less than a minute

Hi guys,

   I was asked to come film in avoriaz, france to film for the volcom rail jam, video above. 

   I have flown in snow storms and temperatures down to minus 10 with no problems, but i discovered on this day is the dangers of "freezing fog".   You can see from the video that it was only snowing a little, wind was gentle and it was a positively warm 5 degrees. I…


Added by tristan price on April 29, 2013 at 7:30am — 17 Comments

Bixler 2 APM alternate mounting.

After having a look at the below upside down mounting of an APM2.5, I thought I would share my APM mounting as an alternative. I created my own…


Added by Jerry Hatrick on April 29, 2013 at 2:36am — 5 Comments

UAV - Full Mission Simulator - Brazil


Added by Luiz Amadeu Coutinho on April 29, 2013 at 2:00am — No Comments

Mounting an APM on a Bixler2 upside down using AHRS_ORIENTATION

I've flown a lot of different planes while working on ArduPlane, but it wasn't till yesterday that I first flew what is perhaps the most popular plane for new ArduPlane users - the Bixler2.

While setting it up on Saturday evening I had a bit of a look through some Bixler build logs in the forums, and I was surprised to find that none of the suggested ways of mounting the APM were really…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on April 28, 2013 at 9:46pm — 25 Comments

Drone vs. Drone

See what happens if two APM powered quads get too close to each other.

The innocent ArcticCoper was in loiter, the TBS Discovery was in stabilized trying to get close up. Slow motion footage shows how one motor of the AcrticCopter completely stops after hitting the TBS Discovery quad. The damaged propeller then drags one arm down of the…


Added by Andreas on April 28, 2013 at 2:00pm — 11 Comments

New FPV Interest Group in Minneapolis/St Paul area

New group just started.  Looking for new members in the Twin City area.…


Added by Rick Rump on April 28, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Positive CNN press coverage for UAS, UAVs

In the middle of a national debate on the value of commercial UAS usage I found it refreshing to see a positive spin from a major news outlet.  The video leads in with a snippet about event security and then moves to show off some neat applications that many of us have seen in the past.  All in all a positive showing on CNN.  We need more of these!


All the…


Added by Chris Hilton on April 28, 2013 at 10:30am — 7 Comments


Airspeed control is critical when flying sailplanes.  You want to fly close to stall but never beyond it, since that will normally cause a tip stall and great loss of energy.  How do you teach an autopilot to fly on the edge of stall?

One solution is to teach the autopilot about the aircraft…


Added by Matthew Coleman on April 28, 2013 at 10:18am — 65 Comments

3D Printed Quadcopter with detachable arms

I have been working on this model for almost two months. The idea was to create a mid/heavy-lift 3D printed folding/detachable quadcopter. this is the first prototype that I have printed out.

Hope you guys helps me to improve the design. There is a lot of things to do before it's done. For example battery holder, in different alternative…


Added by Alejandro Martin Pirola on April 28, 2013 at 4:30am — 21 Comments

New ArduCopter, ArduPlane and ArduRover Wikis Operational (provisionally)

New ArduCopter, ArduPlane and ArduRover Wikis are Operational (provisionally)

The old existing Wiki(s) are no longer getting updated on a continuous basis so you need to start using the new Wiki(s).

During this transition you will need to use both of them (although for the PX4, the new one is the only way to go.

The picture above is of my new F330…


Added by Gary McCray on April 27, 2013 at 8:00pm — 17 Comments

VR GIMBAL : 3 Axis 32bit Direct Drive Gimbal is coming!

This is main board normally put on Gimbal frame near the Quad . 

This is the two options imu available normally is on camera module: 

2 axis with 3 accelerometer and 3 gyroscope 3 magnetometer in one version we use mpu6050 and in…


Added by Roberto Navoni on April 27, 2013 at 12:00pm — 54 Comments

Anti-vibration APM mount

I have been looking into my own method of mounting the APM with antivibration in mind.

To this end I wanted to source some freely available components specifically designed to reduce vibration.

I found a couple of such products which I am hoping will be ideal.

These coupled with a custom mounting plate, I am hopeful it will be a good…


Added by Tissy on April 27, 2013 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

DIY Drones at 38,000 Members!

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 38,000!

There were almost 1.9 million page views in the last month! (we get around 65,000 pageviews a day on average). It took us just 22 days to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging one new member every 32…


Added by Joshua Johnson on April 27, 2013 at 9:40am — 3 Comments

ZuCopter - FullAuto Test #1 including copter flyaway - recovered :)


I’d like to share my experience with my copter (aka ZuCopter) during my first full test using AUTO mode. My quad is ArduCopter, 3DRobotics Quad-C frame using APM 2.5 Firmware 2.9.1b

The plan was to go around the house, full automated, including takeoff and landing. This was executed quite smoothly at the first run J, Then I said… let’s try that…


Added by Alberto Casu on April 27, 2013 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

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