June 2010 Blog Posts (138)

Senior Telemaster Flight + Glass Cockpit Display

I just thought I'd share a quick video (and picture.) This is a movie I made of a replay of a real flight a couple days ago. I collected the data remotely while the flight was in progress via a maxstream radio modem connection between the aircraft and the ground station. I saved the flight data on the ground station and then can replay it later in FlightGear. The display is a "glass cockpit" style display I'm just…

Added by Curt Olson on June 30, 2010 at 7:55pm — 15 Comments

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Microscopic pictures of the iPhone's MEMS gyro

Our MEMS gyros work the same way. Gorgeous.

(From iFixit, via…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 30, 2010 at 5:16pm — 12 Comments

Project Andromeda - Perseus Autopilot and Airframe Developments

It's been a bit overdue but I've posted a number of updates on the Project Andromeda blog detailing our recent progresses with the manufacturing of the airframe, autopilot development and some software tips. The articles are as follows:

The Perseus Autopilot:…


Added by Nima K on June 30, 2010 at 5:24am — 8 Comments

Ardupilot 2.6.2 Beta

This beta brings support for the new MediaTek GPS unit. The MTK works great and it's very light.

I've also added some bug fixes including:

  • Auto Trim - (on by default) When you enter any flight mode from Manual, you'll save your current trim values. Great for trimming your plane…

Added by Jason Short on June 29, 2010 at 9:32pm — 152 Comments

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New in the DIY Drones store: the ultimate Xbee adapter

I know, it's been messy. One Xbee adapter for the ground, another for the air. Why…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2010 at 6:00pm — 19 Comments

Ardupilot Mega's First Complete Mission

This only ran in simulation (Mega has an internal mission sim), but it shows the mission script hitting three waypoints and returning home to loiter. The mission scripts can be MUCH more complex.
I'll post the code in the…

Added by Jason Short on June 29, 2010 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

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Unboxing the Gaui 330X Quadcopter

[UPDATE: I've now flown this a bit. A few tips, which I learned the hard way:

1) Don't connect the green wire (gain) to your Rx. That disables all the onboard buttons…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 28, 2010 at 11:00pm — 13 Comments

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Unboxing the Feiyu FY-3ZT IMU autopilot

As promised ("take one for the team") I bought one of the Feiyu FY-3ZT autopilots from Hooks at FPVFlying.com, and it arrived…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 28, 2010 at 10:30pm — 46 Comments

ArduPilot Mega moves off the bench and into the air

Progress report: The ArduPilot Mega v1.0 firmware has reached a flyable state!

There is a lot of work left to do before v1.0 is ready for its beta release, but things are progressing. At present STABILIZE and FLY_BY_WIRE_A are working well. Full 4 channel control has been implemented. On board data logging is really making me smile.

Jason Short and I are working closely together and working through the… Continue

Added by Doug Weibel on June 28, 2010 at 8:25pm — 9 Comments

GPS-INS EKF library

I've been writing a GPS-INS integration EKF for my Master's research. This may be the first implementation of this algorithm to be published as Open Source software and you can find it on bitbucket. See also some discussion on the OpenPilot forums.

Added by Jonathan Brandmeyer on June 28, 2010 at 7:45pm — 5 Comments

I though this was kind of interesting.


The video in the link is to a video of a camera that uses electromagnetic induction to supply power to the camera from the power lines. Near the end of the video they are showing a 4 armed copter that has two motors with blades on each arm to make an octocopter. They said it will be able to lift the 10 pound camera load with no problem. Has anyone else ever…

Added by Taylor Cox on June 28, 2010 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Manned Octocopter

Not sure I would want to fly…

Added by Gary Mortimer on June 28, 2010 at 8:09am — 9 Comments

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Aviation Week: How UAVs Will Change Aviation

There's a long but not very illuminating cover article in Aviation Week's Business and Commercial Aviation this month on how UAVs will change civil aviation.

Best bit: "… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 27, 2010 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

On My Way...

Hey Guys! (meant in the most gender neutral of ways),

I have taken my first real step toward building a DIY UAV! This will be boring to most of you, but to someone as far behind the curve as I am, this is HUGE. This community has come so far, and in such a relatively short period of time, that autopilots for RC planes are almost plug-and-play. However, I am determined to learn the basics of process control before moving on to…


Added by Paul Marsh on June 27, 2010 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

Unibody Design "Tedrocopter"

Teaser pics of the unibody design "tedrocopter" made of 2'x2' 1/4" thick pine. I have to clean up the edges but you get the basic idea.

Added by Tedro on June 27, 2010 at 3:17pm — 4 Comments

8 autonomous takeoffs+landings in 24 minutes with EasyUAV

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle EasyUAV fully automatic takeoffs and landings from Krzysztof Bosak on Vimeo.

This is an entry for T3-7 contest.

The best distances landing to takeoff are 35 and 37m.

Only the last 6 of 8 flights are recorded in this video.

Compressed Google Earth logs:…


Added by Krzysztof Bosak on June 27, 2010 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

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New PixHawk quadcopter board adds visual waypoints

The new PixHawk quadcopter controller board has some serious horsepower onboard! From the team's post:…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 27, 2010 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

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