May 2011 Blog Posts (132)

ArmFox V4 Flycam configuration first test

The Armfox V4 is my experimental platform for develop Flycam .

In my development i'm using :

Multipliot 32 :




Added by Roberto Navoni on May 31, 2011 at 5:16pm — 2 Comments

Arducopter 2.0 stabilize mode video

Added by patrice.rance on May 31, 2011 at 4:32pm — 3 Comments

Tilt Rotor Quad

It's been several month, since I started this project, and this project is not moving forward as I have hoped and anticipated, due to my lack of expertise and technical diffulties involved.

Diy Drones have a lot of talented people that they actively comment and exchange great ideas, and I like to share my frame design and I'm also hoping to hear from them…


Added by Martin Kim on May 31, 2011 at 1:13pm — 3 Comments

Easystar Clone from Hobby King!



Guys is it just me or is this plane an exact Easystar clone? It's called 'The Bixler' named after Josh Bixler of the Flitetest youtube series. Here's the review and the link:



Added by Azam Shahani on May 30, 2011 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

New Arducopter build... from Computer Screen, to Reality...

To commemorate the GREAT flying code of 2.0.19, I put my CNC machine to work to cut me a new frame.  As always, I spent a few hours making sure everything looks good, and that it goes together nicely.  To do that, I used Solidworks!  I spend quite a few hours designing the frame (as you can see not entirely my design), modifying and making…


Added by CyborgCNC on May 30, 2011 at 6:00pm — 12 Comments

Propeller Shroud Project

Since several months, my interest in shrouded propeller is increasing, and I started to prototype a shroud.

What are the advantage of a shrouded propeller?

We can list 3 main points:

1 - Increased thrust, compared to the same unshrouded prop. (Possible gain 30% to 100%)

2 - Propeller protection. This adds security and allows to "touch" a wall, by example.

3 - Reduced…


Added by Coptaire on May 30, 2011 at 1:00pm — 26 Comments

AMA working on allowing Autonomous Systems ?

First they ban it because "it has nothing to do with model aviation"

Now its fine if the insurance company will cover it?


From the April AMA EC minutes:

"Outdoor Autonomous Flight Operations

The committee realized…


Added by Duane Brocious on May 30, 2011 at 8:24am — 5 Comments

ArduPilot Mega Test Flight

I have done a few test flights with ArduPilot Mega at the recent weekend. Everything was perfect and I decided to make a video about operating with APM at the field. I hope it will be interesting for newbies and useful for those, who wonder how APM works in real conditions.

Added by Kirill on May 30, 2011 at 12:07am — 7 Comments

Hexa project: gathering hardware...


Well it has been quite long since last update...

the project was kinda delayed....



almost all of the hardware arived.

soon all parts will meet each other... to create the greatest of all..... the.. ____ (still looking for a name)



Added by ARHEXA on May 29, 2011 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

Successful 10 Km full autonomous flight of the MAJA drone with the ArduPilotMega.

A 10 Km full autonomous flight of the MAJA drone with an ArduPilotMega

The MAJA drone has successfully done a 10 Km autonomous mission under flight plan on May 28, 2011. The purpose of my mission challenge is to succeed in a full 10 km autonomous navigation under a flight plan (FPL) with only the steering of the ArduPilotMega and its firmware (v2.2f JLN).

- All the 8 waypoints of the MAJA drone has been defined so as to be…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on May 29, 2011 at 8:13am — 29 Comments

Carbon Fibre Quad

I went through some crashes on my Quad, and this is my solution.

It worked real well, I don't buy props that often now days!

I tried to reply to comments, but my reply link does not work or that may be me, who don't know how.

Anyway, to answer comment; Carbon fibre frame is 0.33 pound, flying time with it is 16 to 18 minutes with 5000 3s lipo

total weight on Quad is 3.42 pound excluding battery. flying time is gained by 4-6 minutes without carbon…


Added by Martin Kim on May 28, 2011 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

Maveric Details


here's some footage which highlights the features found on the

'Maveric', which was on display at the recent SOFIC 2011 event,

which was held in Tampa, FL. SOFLIC stands for "SpecialOperation

Forces Industry Concerence.


The Maveric has a flexible monolithic wing made from carbon…


Added by Andrew Van Der Plaats on May 28, 2011 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

Yet another Build log - Epp FPV Part 3

First of all I installed some magnets on the wings (so they can be detachable)

Then i took out some foam and glued some Velcro to make space for my 2 5000mah batteries


 And finally the Gopro pan/tilt mount :)…


Added by Yiangos Yiangou on May 28, 2011 at 6:28am — 6 Comments

Building my UAV Modular Test Platform


This week I started building my MTP or Modular Test Platform that will help me someday build a full/partial UAV that will cross all 3,000 miles of the U.S.*


I constructed the modular tail section that will be able to separate from the fuselage, nestled the servos in really good to reduce drag, and placed the control horns as closely to the pivot point to increase control surface range.


I tested my electronics: I took the Servo's, Tx…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on May 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones passes 16,000 members

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here. We're now at 16,000 registered members. This site currently does nearly 40,000 page views a day, and around 1 million page views per month. Growth continues at nearly 100% annually. Thanks to everyone who makes this such a thriving… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on May 26, 2011 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

RC Speedo - A speedometer app for your phone!


Hey guys!  A friend and I developed a speedometer app for iOS and Android.  It is a simple to use app that allows your mobile device to "listen" for RC aircraft passes and announce the pass speed.  Furthermore, the app also can log and export all of your pass data via email so that you can review it later.  This works great if you want to analyze how…


Added by RC Speedo on May 26, 2011 at 10:45pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones/3D Robotics T-shirts and Hoodies now available

By popular demand, those cool t-shirts and hoodies that the DIY Drones team wore to Maker Faire are now available in the store. They're black, but we'll be offering other colors in the future.

The t-shirt (…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 26, 2011 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

AMA goes on the attack against FPV !

The AMA responds to an article in Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine.


Note that the AMA claims it is "The national body for aeromodeling…


Added by Duane Brocious on May 25, 2011 at 6:01pm — 45 Comments

UVS-Tech 2011 - UAV Exhibition in Moscow


In March, 2011 there was UAV Exhibition in Moscow which is called UVS-Tech 2011. The exposition was pretty good, however a lot of visitors opine that the number of represented companies reduced comparing with the last year. I visited this exhibition and it seemed for me that there were too few…


Added by Kirill on May 25, 2011 at 2:09pm — 9 Comments

Successful 3.5 Km full autonomous flight of the MAJA drone with an ArduPilotMega

Successful 3.5 Km autonomous flight of the MAJA drone with a GoPro HD

The MAJA drone has done a successful 3.5 Km autonomous mission under flight plan on May 2011.

The FPL is composed of 5 waypoints and the MAJA drone autopilot runs the FPL during 2 loops. The full flight have been recorded with a GoPro HD wide camera. The MAJA drone is fully steered with an ArduPilotMega (APM v1.4) autopilot with a 9D0F IMU and the…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on May 25, 2011 at 1:38pm — 5 Comments

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