May 2014 Blog Posts (171)

Solar Drone Experiments - How much more battery life do you get by adding solar panels to your quad?

How much more battery life do you get by adding solar panels to your quad?

The setup: (I used a lot of Ian's design for the frame)

APM 2.6

2200 MAH LiPo Battery

15x5.5" Carbon Blades

20 Amp Afro ESC…


Added by Daniel Lukonis on May 31, 2014 at 6:05pm — 21 Comments

Horizon Hobby now has Fat Shark and Immersion fpv gear

Attitude V2 Bundle, Dominator V2 Bundle, and many other product they are adding.…


Added by Paul on May 31, 2014 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Think Fast - Feature event based neuromorphic sensors

Censi and Davide Scaramuzza of the University of Zurich present the first state-estimation algorithm.robotic   In a previous experiment Kumar gauged the robots’ location using a battery of external cameras that captured 1,000 exposures a second.

see below link …


Added by Austin H on May 31, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

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Students create APM-powered swarming drones with human-spotting cameras

From Engineering and Technology Magazine, a short piece on a cool project using APM 2.6 and a modified Skywalker X8:

A group of Loughborough University students have devised a ‘swarm’ system using smart unmanned aerial…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 30, 2014 at 9:41pm — 2 Comments

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Planet Money: "Who Owns the Air?" (is <83 feet really unregulated?)

Planet Money, the fantastic NPR radio show/podcast, did a must-listen show called "Who Owns the Air" on the debate over who has jurisdiction over drones, and at what altitude. It sounds like the "floor" of the FAA jurisdiction is 83 feet, and perhaps even 500 feet.…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 30, 2014 at 9:01pm — 2 Comments

How LiPo Batteries are made (with Pictures and Videos)

Came across this virtual tour of a LiPo factory in China;  lots of pictures, pretty interesting.

Sparkfun - How Lithium Polymer Batteries are Made

Added by Scott Reid on May 30, 2014 at 2:14pm — No Comments

The Brown one is 3000Mah, the white one is 4000Mah

Let me ask you, what is the difference between the two?

Do not go for the obvious like size and color, both batteries are the same width and height but the white one is less than half the length.and about half the weight as…


Added by Jared Reabow on May 30, 2014 at 9:30am — 69 Comments

More 433 MHz antenna - the 1/2wave Ring Radiator

This is a reasonably compact, linearly polarised and well behaved antenna, with a gain , when well made, of around 1dBD    ( 1dB more than a dipole). It is smaller than the Big wheel and the Skew Planar wheel, and I have used it very successfully on 868MHz on our SurVoyeur UAV.

It is derived from a 1/2wave ring, located some distance above a large conducting ground plane. The ring is at a point on its circumference shorted to…


Added by Gisela & Joe Noci on May 30, 2014 at 9:15am — 47 Comments

Another APM Clone but in smaller size (35mm x 35mm)

A new APM 2.6 clone in about same size of OpenPilot CC3D is available in following website.

It seems…


Added by Ralph Wu on May 29, 2014 at 9:00pm — 14 Comments

New Product - Super Bright LED lights

I would like to introduce our new BL-NavLV-S : Nav lights / Low Battery detect product (for day-time visibility)

Features are:

- SUPER bright double blink strobe / beacons (blinking as commercial aircraft) and landing lights

8 (expandable to 11) Super Bright 100 lumens per LED light average (can double up blinking LEDs)

Navigation /…


Added by Mark on May 29, 2014 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Drones Are Fun an informational resource for everybody interested in UAVs, especially for personal use.

Hi everybody,

Gary McCray here, past wiki editor for DIYDrones, announcing my own Informational Web Site:

I am very much strong advocate of our APM and Pixhawk flight controllers, but I wanted to produce a resource that was also able to address…


Added by Gary McCray on May 29, 2014 at 5:25pm — 19 Comments

Dipole style antenna for 433MHz

Hugues and a few other folk have been looking at using dipoles on 433MHz, I presume this to be the telemetry or RCS radio frequencies used by them. 

I have been playing with some concepts here to try come up with a repeatable implementation with reasonable performance. The main aim is to obtain a good match to the feedline and…


Added by Gisela & Joe Noci on May 29, 2014 at 3:06pm — 49 Comments

STRATASYS Fortus 400mc Barcelona 3D printed UAV

130h 3D printing process has finished. Take a look at FORTUS400mc UAV apps performance!

Added by Jonatan Domenech on May 29, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

NEW "APM" Powered "Phantom Clone" from hobby king!

Quanum Nova FPV GPS Waypoint QuadCopter (Mode 2) (Ready to Fly)
Quanum Nova FPV GPS Waypoint QuadCopter (Mode 2) (Ready to Fly)    …

Added by Neuro on May 29, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

British CAA moving forward on commonsense guidelines for UAVs operating in congested cities.

Credit to British CAA for pressing ahead on sensible integration of UAVs into British air space. This document addressing congested cities including London.

1 Introduction

1.1 The purpose of this Information Notice is to provide guidance to operators of Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) and Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft…


Added by Greg on May 29, 2014 at 5:53am — 4 Comments

Successful test of the Cheerson CX-20 (APM + Arducoper firmware inside)

I have successfully tested the Cheerson CX-20 Auto-Pathfinder (also called the Quanum NOVA). This quadcopter uses an APM v2.52 with the ArduCopter v3.1.2 already installed. It fly very well and all the Arducopter features are working very well....

Above, a video during the maiden flight of the CX-20 has been taken with a  GoPro 3 "Black Edition" mounted on the anti-jello mounting…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on May 29, 2014 at 2:13am — 76 Comments

3D Robotics
New APM-powered Phantom clone at HobbyKing

At $299, it seems like a great deal. I want one! (Note the 3DR credit, only slightly misspelled, at the bottom of the listing). From HobbyKing:

Get in the action with the Quanum Nova,…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 28, 2014 at 6:00pm — 31 Comments

A Huge, Lightweight Wooden Quadrotor 167g

Via hackaday

[Robert] once built a quadcopter frame by sawing laminate floor tile. It worked, we’re taking the lack of pictures of this build as evidence of how ugly it was. His latest design used a much better looking…


Added by Dez Socks on May 28, 2014 at 4:55pm — 5 Comments

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Autodesk 3DRV at 3DR

Our worlds (and brands) collide! Stay tuned for news of a cool collaboration.  As the APM/Pixhawk platform extends "from the iron to the cloud", you'll see a lot more third-party software integration in everything from mapping to filming. 

Added by Chris Anderson on May 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

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Congress: “FAA may not be well positioned to manage the introduction of UAS.”


It’s no secret that the FAA has been under pressure from drone manufacturers and UAV advocacy groups to establish the regulatory framework that will safely and quickly integrate drones into the national airspace. This pressure has increased all the more since a federal judge threw out the agency’s first and only prosecution of a commercial drone operator earlier this year, calling the FAA’s legal…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on May 28, 2014 at 10:36am — 6 Comments

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