“Fly a UAV. Learn about robotics. Explore the universe. LM Tomorrow is a science and engineering app that provides insight into some of Lockheed Martin’s most innovative technologies and how they work. From flying a micro-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and human exoskeleton design to some of the company’s more well-known products such as air and…Continue
Here's an interesting bit from a recent news interview with me and Andreas... for my segment, I had parked the quad so that it would be visible in the background over my shoulder as I talked to the interviewer. While he was recording the quad, the quad was recording him!
If I would have planned ahead a bit I would have framed the shot better, but I…Continue
I decided to work on a new IMU, and I decided to design my own so I could get a higher update rate, higher processing power, some more noise immunity, and I like designing my own systems as opposed to buying them :)
Here is what I have on board:
-500 MIPS XMOS L1 Processor
-12bit 1MSPS ADC
-3x ADIS16060 Gyros
I've been a DIY drones member since at least 2009. I have a couple of sites I likes to fly at but packing the flight gear and driving down to the park only to find it's too windy to fly can be frustrating. Instead I built this app to drop windsock markers down on a map and get the latest wind readings for a near-by location so I know if it's great weather to…Continue
So i decided to try the whole Dji thing. It took all of about 20mins to swop the APM2 with the Naza.
The setup is as simple as it gets. That took no more than 10 mins.
After installing the hardware and software I took it outside and attempted the first flight.
All I have to say is wow! A truly awesome…Continue
I finally have a prototype of the molded epo Techpod ! i will have it in my hands in a couple weeks .
when i receive it I will test fly it and if everything goes well I will launch my kickstarter campaign . I need $40,000 for the…Continue
While adding the AMP to the Shrike, we wanted to understand Flying Wings a little better and explore expos. We incrementally increased expose to 0%, 30%, and 60%, then flew the Raptor with the existing vertical stabilizer at 100%, 50%, and 0%. We were surprised to find that it flew just fine with 0% stabilizer! This test was in low wind, however, so it will…Continue
I'd like to introduce some products comming soon, developed by Nick Arsov with the invaluable assistance of Bill Premerlani, Robert Dickenson, Ben levitt, Peter Hollands, Riccardo Kuebler, Mark Whitehorn and…Continue
MicroFly, an open source nanoquad, hit its Kickstarter funder target of $5,000 and will be funded. From the project page:
I've been inspired by the crew at bitcraze.se, where they are…
Just a hint of what's to come. You'll need to use PLA, not ABS plastic, and it's a challenging print, but just imagine what will be possible as 3D printing technology improves. The design files are here.
Video of printing and flying:…Continue
Since the topic of CNC mills has raised its head here, I thought I'd share this with the DIYDrones community.
One of the things those who are considering this need to be aware of is that the toolpathing of complex shapes isn't a trivial exercise. I would be interested to know if anyone has experience with any open-source surfacing toolpathing packages - please comment below!
I am fortunate to have access to MasterCAM V9 - old-fashioned as it is - but…Continue
Almost ready for product launch. 2 yrs of R&D to get to this point, so my fellow DIY Dronerz, You get the sneek peek before it is to be released:) This is the "Lowdown 420mm" from myself and staff at Models By Design USA. We designed around the 2830 bl motor @850kv= testing it worked very well with plenty of power.The 3s 2200 fits perfect. The Lowdown will come with a 700 tvl Sony color cam, 500mw 5.8ghz tx, Prop balance (by the way every thing about this…Continue
Here's the plane I will install my Arduimu and Ardupilot(legacy) into. I still need to build a motor mount and wind the motor. It should be stable as it is based on a previous version which was very stable. I'm aiming for 10-12 ounces AUW and around 50W.
I'm thinking seriously about getting a CNC. Been browsing on Ebay. Mostly these China made 3020 cnc machines are popping up, and they all seem to be relatively well priced. Just thought I'd get some opinions from members on any actual experience on these. Also any…Continue
With much excitement I found some time to give my dual setting flaperon system a test run. In the video, it's used during the low altitude and climb out at the beginning, the landing, and a couple other points along the way. It does feel a bit better for landings and launches, but I think I might increase the 'flap' angle to the full throw of the servo to get the…Continue