May 2010 Blog Posts (98)

Stryker with Atto IMU flight over lake.

I added rudders to the Stryker and added a good amount of D term on yaw. Seemed to make a huge difference. I will keep tuning to see how good we can get it.

Enjoy and comments are welcome.

Second Stryker flight over lake from Chris McNair on Vimeo.…


Added by Chris McNair on May 31, 2010 at 9:00pm — 12 Comments

3 new camera systems and a new camera

Hobbyking has launched 4 new camera systems on their website today.

1. 1/3-inch SONY CCD Video Camera

The camera uses a quality glass lensed SONY CCD system.


1 x SONY CCD 1/3inch Camera


Added by CrashingDutchman on May 31, 2010 at 6:00am — 19 Comments

ArdupilotMega Shield/Oilpan available for preorder

For those who don't want to be waiting for it, here's your your best option: Order it and be one of the firsts to receive it (As always FIFO service).

Go for it here:

It will be released… Continue

Added by Jordi Muñoz on May 30, 2010 at 1:20am — 60 Comments

ArduCopter meets Wii

Here is an ArduPilotMega coupled with a WII IMU and displayed on the ArduCopter Configuration screen.
This will be inexpensive Quad control.
Add Ping sonar - GPS and dang....a full autonomous quad that takes off, goes to altitude, flies to point A,B,C,Home and then auto-lands !
It is soooo...close to being real for a very low price

Added by Earl on May 29, 2010 at 11:53pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
A safety reminder: girl badly injured by irresponsible flying

This is just a reminder that you can badly injure or even kill people with model aircraft. Don't let this be… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2010 at 11:16pm — 27 Comments

An Alternative Platform...

Hi Everyone,

I got interested in aviation via this website, and I'm thinking of becoming a pilot myself in an ultralight of some sort. I was intrigued by powered parachutes. Basically, you have a fan, a parachute (similar to para-gliders) and shift weight around to steer. You go at a nearly constant speed of 25 mph. Because the structure is stable, it's very hard to crash. Even if the engine were to die, you have a 7:1 glide ratio to get somewhere safe. A company has a design which you… Continue

Added by Zak on May 29, 2010 at 9:24am — 5 Comments

Grassroots mapping needs you

Grassroots Mapping: Kickstarter Pitch from TungstenMonkey on Vimeo.

The guys at Grassroots mapping are doing a great job with their kites and balloons at trying to keep BP honest. They need help now.…

Added by Gary Mortimer on May 29, 2010 at 9:00am — 8 Comments




Returning to the place we saw MAJOR MARCY in real life for the 2nd &

final time, this campaign produced a lot of decent images & videos.…


Added by Jack Crossfire on May 28, 2010 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Successful ground station communication field test today

I have a lot of work still to do adding graphic controls and mission planning via GSM/google. Both board options have an oboard SD card, both support touch screens, both run at 100mhz from a 5 volt supply. There are some much faster 3.3v versions (with 5 serial) due later this year that will make connecivity simpler.

Added by AVS on May 28, 2010 at 6:01am — 16 Comments

Hobbyking Global Hawk UAV

Hobbyking launched a new product on their website that will interest many here: GlobalHawk UAV w/70mm EDF Kit with 2 meter wingspan.

This GlobalHawk has a wingspan of 2 meters, also we have included a 70mm ducted fan with 5 blades for 4,000kv motors. We have supplied this in kit form because it is fun and easy… Continue

Added by CrashingDutchman on May 28, 2010 at 4:05am — 20 Comments

3D Robotics
Build log for the Skywalker

I'm still travelling and haven't finished mine, but here are some build log photos.

Also, the good EPO one is on sale for $99 right now…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 27, 2010 at 4:23pm — 44 Comments

3D Robotics
Futaba and Spektrum RC clones coming?

Some interesting reports from RCG that the Futaba FASST and Spektrum DSM/DSM2 2.4 Ghz RC standards have been reverse engineered and cheaper clones with more features are going to be coming out of China soon.



Added by Chris Anderson on May 27, 2010 at 3:11pm — 15 Comments

And now IAI

Its multi rotor week


Added by Gary Mortimer on May 27, 2010 at 12:20pm — 7 Comments

The first pictures of Xaircraft OCTO!!

Added by TESTPILOT on May 27, 2010 at 10:28am — 20 Comments

Aggressive Quadrotor Maneuvers

Just received this link from my professor. Pretty cool… Continue

Added by Stephen Carlson on May 26, 2010 at 11:53am — 37 Comments

Podcast episode 24: Ari Krupnik at Maker Faire in San Mateo

[Apologies for the rough editing and loud background noise—there were tens of thousands of people there and it was nearly impossible to find some quiet to record.]

iTunes links



Added by Tim Trueman on May 25, 2010 at 10:33pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Grounded! Model airplane flights halted while President Obama visits San Francisco

The FAA routinely issues "NOTAMs" restricting aviation where top government officials are. This week it was San Francisco, where President Obama is visiting today and tomorrow. From the AMA alert:…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2010 at 6:00pm — 21 Comments

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