May 2012 Blog Posts (153)

Black X8 EPO wing

Hi All

The Big Black X8 Wing is now in stock at

Wing span : 2122mm

Wing area : 80dm2



Added by Robert Krogh (hooks) on May 31, 2012 at 1:30pm — 17 Comments

3D Robotics
Kids robot racing at Sparkfun's AVC

Good news for those joining us at Sparkfun's Autonomous Vehicle Competition: if you're bringing your kids, they'll have something fun to do:

Sparkfun announcement:

At this year's competition, we will have an 8-by-8 foot maze, as well as a racetrack, where you can…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 31, 2012 at 12:26pm — No Comments

SpaceX Dragon touches down completing the first private flight to the ISS

In case you've missed the news today:

The return to Earth completes a historic first mission to the International Space Station (ISS) by a privately operated vehicle.

Impact with the water was confirmed at 08:42 Pacific Daylight Time (15:42 GMT; 16:42 BST).

Fast boats positioned in the splashdown zone were despatched to recover the…


Added by Robert Sinclair on May 31, 2012 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

RC quad helps surveying buildings destroyed by earthquake

As you might have heard, a few days ago a strong earthquake hit the North of Italy, destroyed lots of industrial buildings and caused several deaths. On an Italian news portal there is a video of a RC quad (cannot recognize the model, but maybe someone else can) used to survey collapsed buildings, trying to spot survivors and assess damage.

Unfortunately the…


Added by Simone Chiaretta on May 31, 2012 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

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Another 3D printed quadcopter

Printed Quad with RADAR mount

A few details here (love the RADAR mount!). 

(Via Robot…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 31, 2012 at 7:37am — No Comments

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Housekeeping note: Kevin Finisterre

In the five years that we've been running this site, the Moderators have banned thousands of spammers, but only three or four members for violations of our Terms of Service, which make clear that civil discourse is paramount and personal attacks will not be tolerated.

This is not something we do lightly. It happens only after repeated violations and warnings, and we do it with a heavy…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 31, 2012 at 6:30am — 34 Comments

New Heavy Lift QuadCopter Frame from HH

The Turnigy H.A.L Frame looks to be quite nice....Not sure what Heavy means, but this this is made of aluminum, and at 614grams, is not too heavy, provided the right motors and props are used....I think I will go ahead and order one, and try it out...

Anyway, more information over at HobbyKing: …


Added by CyborgCNC on May 31, 2012 at 5:05am — 11 Comments

A new 9 axes inertial sensor from ST

ST extends it's gyro line with a new 9 axes IC - LSM333D.


1. 3 axes gyroscope with ±250 to ±2000dps selectable rotational acceleration full-scale range;

2. 3 axes accelerometer with ±2g to ±16g selectable linear acceleration full-scale range;

3. 3 axes compass with ±2 to ±12gauss selectable magnetic full-scale range;

4. LSM333D…


Added by Nick Arsov on May 31, 2012 at 3:28am — 8 Comments

Add a backup battery on the MTK GPS module.

Hello Everyone, we all know our GPS board (the one that comes with the APM1) has no battery to backup data.

This has the disadvantage to make the GPS not very precise in the first minutes after power up and that every startup is a cold startup (at least one minute to get a 3D fix).

This is because the GPS needs find the satellites without a…


Added by emile on May 31, 2012 at 2:28am — 40 Comments

Has anyone tried electric imp?

[Sorry had to change some inlined images to link.  Too big]


This is very good for Home Automation. I was just thinking if this can be anything useful for our UAV Automation....

Any Suggestions or comments ?…


Added by Mogly (Umesh Tharanath) on May 30, 2012 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

3D Robotics
UAVs for wireless sensor charging

New research by the NIMBUS lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has demonstrated how a UAV could hover over electronics on the ground and charge them. This might be useful for distributed sensor networks that can't use solar energy to recharge batteries. 



Added by Chris Anderson on May 30, 2012 at 11:34am — 2 Comments

UPDATE: Aeromapper UAV aiframe RTF now available! Full autopilot option (with APM 2,0) coming soon...

Hi all,


We have been selling our AeroMapper UAV as a kit so far, and we are glad to announce our new Ready To Fly version is available now.  Basically this is our second option which includes installed servos, motor and ESC, batteries, RC transmitter, and even battery charger.

We have our first batch in stock. Please note that availability status change…


Added by Mauricio on May 30, 2012 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

The Trimaran(Anna)


It has been a long time since I have posted, however things haven’t stopped in the autonomous sailing group. We have built and tested a quiet stable RC Trimaran, the head-designer of the boat is …


Added by Sina Kazemi on May 30, 2012 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Obstacle detector using OpticalFlow sensor and laser pointer.

I've been thinking include OpticalFlow whit laser sensor point.

all came into my mind after seeing …


Added by Norman Sanchez on May 30, 2012 at 6:59am — 20 Comments

APM-1 Ride-Along HAB Flight to 86688 ft (Dual Launch, also from Albuquerque)

On 5/20/12 North Texas Near Space (NTNS) and Project Soar collaborated on a dual launch during the annular eclipse. Albuquerque was directly in path of the eclipse. The NTNS payload had most of the electronics that I had intended for a guided flight. That airframe is no more, but I have some data that I'd like to share with the group as a result. The dual launch was a great target of opportunity…


Added by Larry Grater on May 29, 2012 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

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LEGO NXT-based quad!

Long time readers here will know of my love for LEGO Mindstorms NXT, and my first NXT autopilot many years ago. So I was delighted to see this project, which…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2012 at 12:25pm — 5 Comments

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OpenROV in the New York Times

From Boing Boing:

"In the New York Times today, Brian Lam (formerly of Gizmodo, now the creator of …


Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2012 at 12:20pm — 14 Comments

How a MEMS Accelerometer is made.


Pretty interesting video on the basic principles of these chips.

Added by John Moore on May 29, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Australian miners send drones to work

A Slashdot user aesoteric writes "Australia's top miners have opened a new front in their march to automation, flying unmanned aerial vehicles in increasing numbers at remote sites across the country. They've been used to inspect a fire-damaged oil rig, perform aerial photography and stockpile surveys.

There is also a trend towards non U.S.-built UAVs, due to the lag in receiving export approvals for the aircraft and spare parts."…


Added by Paul on May 29, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

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