June 2010 Blog Posts (138)

Proposing a type of configuration tracker

Hello All,

I've mentioned this before briefly in a couple of posts, but I'd like to pose it in a bit more formal way.

I also ride off-road motorcycles. A 2005 CRF450x to be exact. Fun bike, but it's a hobby, and there's a lot to learn and tinker with.

On my 450x community, we have a very detailed thread on people's setups. Year, mods, carb jetting, suspension settings, type of rider, weight, location,…

Added by John C. on June 23, 2010 at 9:41pm — 5 Comments

Getting Data BACK from Google Earth and Into LabView GroundStations.

We all know it's easy to display information on Google Earth, like the position of a UAV. However getting information back, like the GPS coordinates of a mouse click, is another story. I really wanted to give my LabView GroundStation for my UGV SAGAR the ability the to 'click and go' anywhere on the Google Earth map. This is similar to the various wishes I have heard around here for the ability to upload new waypoints to ArduPilot while she's flying.

Well, I figured out how to do it,… Continue

Added by Bill Porter on June 23, 2010 at 5:32pm — 10 Comments

Beatfly, an illuminating blimp based on Arduino (Kit is available!)

I would like to share my art and DIY project. Beatfly is a small illuminating blimp, whose light and movement can be controlled via various interfaces such as MIDI controller, iPhone, Flash interface on a web site, computer keyboard, mobile phones and voice, and music. It is based on Arduino and its technical resources are published as open source. Beatfly DIY kit is also…

Added by Hideki Yoshimoto on June 23, 2010 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Great Tricopter build log

William Thielicke has done a terrific job of documenting the design of Shrediquette, his custom Arduino-controlled Tricopter. Check out the gorgeous video above. The build log is here, PDF instruction here and the latest news in the blog… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 22, 2010 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

Preorder your FPV Fiberglass Pan-Tilt Camera Mount L-Size

Specifically designed for Hobbyking range of board cameras. Light weight

and easy to install. Price is US$ 4.99

Our HobbyKing FPV mount system is a great way to mount your FPV board camera. Special included bearings make pan and tilt smooth and bind free. Kit includes bearings, screws, ball/socket, threaded rod and pre-cut fiberglass board. Specifically designed for our 1/3 inch sony CCD video camera.…


Added by CrashingDutchman on June 22, 2010 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

Active UAV airspace denial system

Added by Krzysztof Bosak on June 21, 2010 at 5:28am — 18 Comments

Sneak peak at the new AttoPilot v2.0 line up

Here is a sneak peak at the the new AttoPilot v2.0

AttoPilot v2.0 will be replacing v1.8 & v1.9 and be available in 4…

Added by Max on June 20, 2010 at 8:00pm — 15 Comments

AUVSI SUAS Compeition 2010

Overall Results
  1. North Carolina State University
  2. Mississippi State University
  3. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Blackbird)
  4. Sherbrooke University (VAMUdes)
  5. University of California at San Diego
Best Flight - North Carolina State University…

Added by Joe on June 20, 2010 at 5:00pm — 17 Comments

3D Robotics
Great new fiberglass shields/reinforcements for Skywalker

Hooks just sent me the new fibreglass reinforcement skins for the Skywalker (now just $99) and they're awesome. Here's the nose/bottom shield:…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 19, 2010 at 4:00pm — 23 Comments

Triple autonomous flights with MatrixPilot

Yesterday, my GentleLady sailplane, under the guidance of MatrixPilot running on a UAV Devboard with an EM406 GPS and Jordi's magnetometer, achieved 3 consecutive autonomous flights, with the transmitter off most of the time. The above picture shows the tracks of the three landings. Waypoints 18 and 19 were arranged so that the plane was supposed to land halfway between them. The…


Added by William Premerlani on June 19, 2010 at 3:11pm — 20 Comments

This week in unemployment

Flight test photos. It sux, but renaming a ship is bad luck. We still

fly ships named after Russian Heroine. Scorpio is very prominent this

time of year, providing an ironic background.

So in using a model to aid Marcy-1 navigation, the velocity due to

cyclic is always a sine wave in all 3 dimensions… Continue

Added by Jack Crossfire on June 18, 2010 at 4:07pm — 1 Comment

First flight coming up!

Hey Guys.

Just wanted to let you know that after what seems like ages playing with wires and getting things working, it looks like we are about to take to the air for the first time with the Ardupilot and ArduIMU installed and active. 'We' are a team of three from the UK ( Jim, Paul and Iestyn) who have decided to get into UAVs for the engineering challenge.…

Added by Jim on June 18, 2010 at 2:42pm — 8 Comments

AGV update--- Custom Controller

Parts list:


Added by Patrick Mccabe on June 18, 2010 at 11:01am — 5 Comments

Camera stabilizer - Steadicam

Hi to all!
What about to build something like this? At scale, of course...
Somebody tried?

Added by Mauro Rodriguez on June 18, 2010 at 10:42am — 10 Comments

Testing & Tuning the AttoPilot 1.9 RTL with my Funjet - Part 2

KML screenshot of 2 separate flights.

Once the airframe is tuned…


Added by Max on June 17, 2010 at 11:30pm — 8 Comments

3D Robotics
Sims creator Will Wright hacking the AR.Drone

I think this is the one I gave him. Glad it's being put to good use! Taken today at the Augmented Reality Development Camp, report…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 17, 2010 at 9:08pm — No Comments

Parallel programming on the Arduino with Occam

Looks like these folks are implementing the parallel programming language Occam on the Arduino.


They specifically mention a UAV project on running on ArduPilot

- Roy

Added by Roy Brewer on June 17, 2010 at 9:11am — No Comments

10X Optical Zoom camera


Added by tycinis on June 17, 2010 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Simple low cost gyro stabilized camera roll axis

I'm going to mount this 10 x zoom camera under wing inside fuselage in my Skywalker. There is space for it. it will be pointing out to the left side of the plane because the FY 21 AP will turn left in circle mode.

The system are very simple and also low cost. The servo got mems gyro inside. I know it wont stabilize the camera 100 % but I think it will be OK for armature UAV flying.

I got the servo from… Continue

Added by Robert Krogh (hooks) on June 16, 2010 at 10:49am — 31 Comments

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