June 2010 Blog Posts (138)

Wish to extend a massive congratulations to DIY Drones - Cross Country Trust Flight - Using Pure Telemetry

Firstly I wish to convey my highest appreciation to all the developers and members of this community.

For those who do not know us, i wish to make a small explanation as why i am posting this.

Im my/our line of work, i/we have worked (and still do when required) on high end Mil spec UAV/UAS, and we wanted to do a mission not dissimilar, to what is required in real world situations.

This is the…


Added by Dr Mike Black on June 27, 2010 at 5:54am — 21 Comments

A Robot That Balances on a Ball and Little Dog self learning Robot.

You need to see this.

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Added by Morli on June 27, 2010 at 5:07am — 4 Comments

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Skate drone folds up into a lunch box

Aurora Flight Science's prototype VTOL Skate folds up real small (see below). From the official site:

"Aurora’s Skate UAS…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2010 at 10:37pm — 2 Comments

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Great build log for the new 8-foot Nitroplanes Reaper

NightFlyyer has some great flight and build videos for the new NitroPlanes 98" Reaper (which is supposed to start shipping again on 7/15 if you're backordered, as I am). …


Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2010 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Ardupilot 2.6 MediaTek Parser

I have a quick beta of the MediaTek GPS parser for Ardupilot 2.6. Quick caveat - I don't actually have this module in my hands yet! I just modified Jose Julio's parser to match what 2.6 needs and read the data sheet on the new protocol. So, if someone who has the new modules could try this out and let me know if you are getting the right values, I'd appreciate it!

Set your GCS_PROTOCOL to 4 in your header…

Added by Jason Short on June 26, 2010 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

>200Km/h Funjet : the fastest UavDevBoard plane ? ;P

Hi all,

here is a full autonomous flying Funjet.

It is equipped with :

- motor Turnigy 2836 with…

Added by Riccardo Kuebler on June 26, 2010 at 5:30am — 30 Comments

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ArduCopter beta flying!

Here's one of the first test flights of the ArduCopter quadcopter setup, from team leader Ted Carancho. Try doing that with a Parrot AR.Drone!

This is using the ArduPilotMega hardware (APM board and IMU shield) on the original AeroQuad platform. The ArduCopter platform is in final design tweaks before it goes into production. The merger of the AeroQuad and ArduPilot Mega software is going well and a public beta is probably a few weeks…

Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2010 at 5:30am — 19 Comments

Flight Control Board trial run. part3

Testing Item:

1.Kalman filter for attitude estimate.

2.900MHz,2W RF datalink.

Although the sensor board not be modified for GPS and airspeed sensor. but I have tested the attitude estime via Kalman filter and RF datalink first. It's sad that I forgot take DV to record it. Orz

The RF made in Taiwan is stable and higher data rate that CL4790.(I have both). But It need specific command to sent data. It is not suitable for general purpose.…


Added by Ho-Chung Chang on June 26, 2010 at 3:27am — 1 Comment

Multiplex Easy Star UAS Configuration


I am acquiring a Multiplex Easy Star to learn to fly, and to work on a UAV build. This blog post highlights my proposed configuration, which is to be incrementally upgradeable

I plan to split up my project into five parts:

  1. Learn to fly,

  2. Fly with a camera payload (just for fun),
  3. Fly manually with sensors, a data logger, and maybe a camera,…

Added by John_NY on June 25, 2010 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

This week in unemployment

It's the National Ignition Facility, the most powerful laser in the world. $4 billion. 500 Terrawatts. Enough power to feed 413,223 time machines. It requires 5 hours between each 4ns laser firing to cool down.

It was too windy to get very high. Only got 1 shot at 400ft. Angle of attack got to the abort limit where GPS could be lost & conventional control… Continue

Added by Jack Crossfire on June 25, 2010 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Three more autonomous flights with MatrixPilot

Hi guys,

Today MatrixPilot controlled three more autonomous flights. All three flights were executed with the transmitter turned off. The picture above is the track of the first landing. It was aiming for the midpoint between the two fields, along a line that connects the centers of those two circles.

Recently I posted three flights of my GentleLady flying…


Added by William Premerlani on June 25, 2010 at 11:00am — 28 Comments

Simulation, taken to the next level.

Hi guys,

I finally decided to join the community with my first post, enjoy.

My work started with great inspiration of the 6.th round of the T3 contest, where the task is to simulate a flight, writing DIY Drones. While the description of the open loop, nor the closed loop simulation did not include any real sensory inputs, I decided to setup a small test scenario on my desktop. I…

Added by Niklas on June 25, 2010 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

Interesting new tri-copter

There is a big brother (6 rotors) and this mini version. Still in prototype stage but great performance and payload capability.

The whole article is here…


Added by space_nut on June 24, 2010 at 11:38pm — 6 Comments

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Congressional UAV Caucus website

It's been up for a while, but if you haven't checked out the website, here it is:

Mission Statement:…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 24, 2010 at 10:08pm — No Comments

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More eye candy from the ArduCopter team--WOW!

Random images from the ArduCopter dev team mailing list this week. They're doing world-class work--amazing to watch! Stay tuned for product announcements...

Above: Base plate prototypes made with the CNC machine, some of them…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 24, 2010 at 8:32pm — 8 Comments

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SciFi Airshow

As Adafruit says, how did we miss this show?

Added by Chris Anderson on June 24, 2010 at 8:12pm — 4 Comments

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Sparkfun GPS tracking tutorial (with cool module comparisons)

Our favorite geeks at Sparkfun have just ubergeeked out on GPS modules. Here's an overview on GPS modules and tracking, and here is a really thorough…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 24, 2010 at 7:59pm — No Comments

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New GPS module--Tiny 10Hz Mediatek unit (just $38.95!)

Great news! Jordi has now released the awesome new (and tiny!) 10Hz Mediatek GPS module attached to an adapter that makes it 100% ArduPilot (and ArduIMU and ArduPilot…

Added by Chris Anderson on June 24, 2010 at 7:30pm — 44 Comments

ArduIMU/Ap test platform ready!!

Hello all,

Developers of this combined project, Thanks!

Ugly and dirty, the system is ready to roll tomorrow, the bench tests all went well, although I think that the elevator amplitude (gain) isn't enough when in stabilize, which probably will happen also with RTL mode.

More to come, tomorrow.…


Added by jalves on June 24, 2010 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

EZ430-Chronos as Telemetry system


Some month ago TI developped a watch based on there super low current 430 ic,

in it you can find a µc, a triple axis accelerometer, a pressure sensor, and a 868Mhz RF chip with antenna.

they also give the sdk for cooking custom apps...



Added by Roman on June 24, 2010 at 3:30am — 6 Comments

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