June 2012 Blog Posts (185)

Stepped over to the other Dark Side... Quadcopters

After the Latest Skywalker crash I decided that the build-fly-crash-build-(repeat) process was too slow, and I wasn't learning as fast as I'd hoped. 


I'd seen an ad at Hobby King for $20 Quadcopter frames... sounded like a good deal and I already had a matched pair of motors/ESC and APM2 so I decided to take the plunge and order the balance of the…


Added by Mike Thorlin on June 30, 2012 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Lost and Found Drone - Losing and Finding our Shrike


We lost and luckily found our Shrike this week! So what happened? Long story, but we believe the following occurred to create the situation:


1.) We were flying from inside a car (Tx only, vRx was mounted on top of the car) which was no doubt reducing the range of our Tx.

2.) APM was set for a 45% throttle cruise speed for Auto & RTL, which for our airplane, was not enough to safely return it home in the 20mph head wind we were…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on June 30, 2012 at 6:57am — 13 Comments

[Crowdsourcing]FreePilot Project - Part 1 Airframe Design and Electronics

(Image linked form Rc Groups)


Hi Guys,

This is my second blog post on my project to design a drone from scratch. The previous post did its work and served its purpose for crowdsourcing the required electronics. Martin(Distributor)of Build Your Own Drone gifted…


Added by Kabir on June 30, 2012 at 4:33am — 3 Comments

Hijack a drone, Got a $1000?.........


A report on how a team of students HIJACKED a drone in midair - all for a "$1,000 bet with

U.S. government"

Not sure if this has been posted here yet, but I was reading the full report…


Added by Martint BuildYourOwnDrone.co.uk on June 30, 2012 at 4:27am — 10 Comments

Worlds smallest One-man Helicopter

Added by Gareth Rens on June 30, 2012 at 12:49am — 8 Comments

Evolution of a position tracker

So the red/blue marker failed when flying…

Added by Jack Crossfire on June 29, 2012 at 8:56pm — 1 Comment

Techpod Prototype Build Blog


Hey everyone . the long awaited day has come . the prototype was delivered to my house via UPS .I took a few pics as I unwrapped it . The guys at airborne models tell me the packaging will match the production models so this will give everyone a good idea as to what will show up in the mail when you order one . The airplane came inside of 2 double layer boxes…


Added by crystal garris on June 29, 2012 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

11 gram Arduino-powered laser rangefinder

I was pleased to see a cool laser rangefinding project on Kickstarter- I hope this project gets fully funded (and I'm a backer). I've actually been experimenting myself with structured light and laser rangefinding using our ArduEye hardware and thought I'd share…


Added by Geoffrey L. Barrows on June 29, 2012 at 1:49pm — 22 Comments

3D Robotics
APM 2 cases now available, also come free with new APM 2s

Good news: the 3D Robotics store is now offering custom-molded cases for APM 2, in both top-pin and side-pin variety. They're $4.99 each. All new APM 2s now ship with these cases, included free!

They're smokey semi-transparent, so you can see the LEDs through…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — 46 Comments

"Float" documentary at 96% funding on kickstarter

An exploration into the fascinating world of competitive indoor free flight aeronautics.  Beautiful cinematography -- I had to watch it twice to realize some of the clips weren't in slow motion, but in real time.  And a surprisingly interesting group of flyers as well.

Help put this project over the top!…


Added by Mark Harrison on June 29, 2012 at 12:42pm — 2 Comments

Eagle Shot

We are doing Aerial Shot across the bali Beach few days a go. Suddenly an Eagle came and chase our Bixler... After dancing and manuvering around we manage to go on top, and point the camera to the eagle... Yes we are lucky to get the perfect shot...

Recorded from the ground, i think the eagle mean no harm to our plane... may be he just exited to see new friend on…


Added by oejang aja on June 29, 2012 at 2:17am — 29 Comments

The Joe Average Antenna Tracker - Build/Parts/Explaination

Want to Make an Antenna Tracker?

I am making this blog more for my future self than anyone else.  That said, I think a lot of people will appreciate the contents as they too might have found that an antenna tracker (AT) build is not easy to find, nor are the explanations as to why they are built the way they…


Added by Chad Frazer on June 28, 2012 at 5:50pm — 24 Comments

An RC receiver deck for the South Carolina Arducopter

Thanks to DIY Drones, I discovered there is another Aruducopter, now flying in South Carolina. None the less, my build continues and this time the RC Rcv deck was the focus.

The documentation on the AR6210 states that the remote receiver must be at least 2 inches away from the main and perpendicular to the main receiver. To accomplish this with the cable that…


Added by R. D. Starwalt on June 28, 2012 at 5:47pm — 7 Comments

Adapter from HobbyKing's square board to the APM2

When started assembling my quadcopter I hated the thought of having to drill holes in the HobbyKing frame kits to get the APM2 mounted.  

So I took some measurements, made these adapters in Google SketchUp and submitting them to Shapeways:…


Added by Robert Sinclair on June 28, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

First quadrocopter. Time lapse from build and maiden flight.


radio: FlySky 9x flashed with Er9x

brain: APM2

esc: HobbyKing 30A

motors: EMP SERIES Outrunner Brushless Motor C2830 KV750

battery: Turnigy Nano-Tech 4Ah

frame: HobbyKing Q450


I had to reverse pitch in my radio as default settings caused copter flying backward with stick pushing…


Added by Marooned on June 28, 2012 at 2:58pm — 1 Comment

Digital FPV with X8

Over the course of the last two weeks, I built a fully digital FPV setup.

Previously, I used an analog camera, Eagle Tree OSD, 1.3GHz Video Link and a handmade FPV ground station + FatShark goggles. But well... the video quality arriving on the ground was pretty bad when compared to current video standards, even when I used a GoPro as the video…


Added by Nicolas Brieger on June 28, 2012 at 7:16am — 31 Comments

Egyptian Engineer Builds a UAV with GSM Control

While I was browsing around I found this guy who built a UAV in Egypt, looks like he made it a couple years ago, it also can be controlled via cellphone, not sure what is he using but here is the post if someone can figure out what makes it ticks!!



Added by Montasser Wahid on June 28, 2012 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Raspberry Pi Computer To Cross The Atlantic Ocean In Autonomous Boat

Found this on Gizmodo

It’s codenamed FishPi, and I’m already hungry. It’s going to consist of a Raspberry Pi computer, strapped to a solar panel and encased in a…


Added by Paul on June 27, 2012 at 10:30am — 14 Comments

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