June 2013 Blog Posts (169)

Parachute Recovery Tests

I've been working for the last few weeks on developing a parachute recovery system for E382s to reduce the need for manual flying. I know from my own experience that any time a human is at the controls, the risk of crashing is significantly higher. Parachutes have been made for small aircraft before but they're often implemented in an expensive or complicated way. The…


Added by Jeff Taylor on June 30, 2013 at 5:30pm — 38 Comments

Arducopter v3.00 Tricopter GPS lock / Loiter with custom frame in Strong wind!

Arducopter v3.00 Tricopter GPS lock / Loiter with custom frame in Strong wind!

Tri Copter Setup:

APM 2.6

uBox GPS - RC Timer (Modified cable to connect with 3d Lab's controller)

RC Time Telemetry, transmitter 900 mhz.

Software 3.00

Main frame: DJI…


Added by Willie Prinsloo on June 30, 2013 at 1:01pm — 5 Comments

Going for distance on the 3dR Telemetry modules.

For the longest time I've only been able to get about 500 meters out with my stock 3dR telemetry modules. No matter what settings I tried I couldn't get any further. There's been discussions in the forum about the specs of the radio modems and how far you can go. I've even swapped out telemetry modems thinking I might have fried one. Finally I broke down and ordered some…


Added by Scott Fuller on June 29, 2013 at 10:00pm — 32 Comments

3D printed brushless gimbal for GoPro

I am a member of a French yahoo group on 3D printing. Today a member posted a link to this nice brushless gimbal that he designed for the GoPro hero3 and posted on Thingiverse. he did not reference the controller he is using but he published the design files …


Added by frederic reblewski on June 29, 2013 at 7:00pm — 25 Comments

Helicopter Rescues RC Model Airplane from Trees

I was browsing through my other news feed ( http://www.flyingmag.com) and notice this.  Here is the Video link to it.    Warning :Strong Language

Well, …


Added by Morli on June 29, 2013 at 11:47am — 3 Comments

TiltyIMU, UDOO and Computer Vision


I was digging around Kickstarter and found this pretty slick project - I hope to help this guy get funded because I want one, he's only about $1,600 shy.  I just backed the $100 for a unit.  If he gets close I was considering doing the $400 or $650 backing to put him over the top, I will keep an eye out.  Anyway I was looking at…


Added by Chuck Durham on June 29, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

UAV Training Program

Since my last post From Nothing To Landing, some reader interested in my training curriculum. A few reader also point out that education is very important and actually essential to be success in UAV operation.

Here I share my " home made "…


Added by keeyen pang on June 29, 2013 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Windows 8.1 Cranks Up Support for 3D Printing

By Pete Pachal

The coming Windows 8.1 update, due in the fall, will bring include better support for 3D printers, Microsoft announced Wednesday.

Microsoft vice president Antoine Leblond showed off the new ability at the company's Build 2013 keynote. With a MakerBot 3D…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on June 29, 2013 at 5:40am — 2 Comments

3DR Hexacopter vs DJI Phantom position hold

I few days ago I took this short video of my stock DJI Phantom and stock 3DR Hexacopter on position hold side by side. What I want to share is with the new 3.0 beta firmware Arducopter now performs very similar to DJI on the part where DJI until now has been the best alone.


Being user of both APM and DJI flight controllers it is very inspiring to follow…


Added by Joakim M on June 29, 2013 at 5:29am — 10 Comments

ACRO for ArduPilot 3.1

Hi all,

My motivation to get involved in the development team was to bring a good ACRO mode to ArduCopter. Three or four months ago Robert Lefebvre suggested that we could integrate the rate error and use it to correct the platform in the body frame. He went on to demonstrate this on Heli's. We have since learned that MultiWii use a similar approach and…


Added by leonardthall on June 29, 2013 at 2:42am — 148 Comments

Carbon Fibre Brushless Gimbal for NEX and smaller.

I now have an RCTimer OpenSource BGC board ("Martinez") and a couple of LD-Power Gimbal Motors which are large enough for an NEX or smaller.  I looked over a number of BGC frames for sale but they all seem to incorporate metal or glass fibre, both of which do not have…


Added by John Grouse on June 28, 2013 at 11:01pm — 36 Comments

3D Robotics
Drones used to spot, protect wildlife in farm fields

Not sure how widespread the problem of baby deer in farm fields is, but at least one team is trying IR-camera drones to spot them before farm machinery hurts them. 

FromBoingBoing (linked video is in French):

By indicating to farmers who are…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 28, 2013 at 8:26pm — 4 Comments

North Texas Drone User Group to host a Drone Fly In - July 13th!

Ever wonder if anyone was going to let you cut loose with your drone?  Been looking for local drone types but just can't seem to find them?  The North Texas Drone Users Group (NTDUG) is a support and networking organization in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Our goal is to provide a…


Added by Chad Frazer on June 28, 2013 at 7:22pm — No Comments

ArduIMU V3 code is out of date -- team up to improve it?


I've seen huge improvements in terms of sensor fusion algorithms implementations into the APM 2.5, but none of those changes have been made to the ArduIMU v3. As a result the arduIMU is EXTREMELY sensitive to vibration and drift. I have taken…


Added by Daniel Nugent on June 28, 2013 at 7:00pm — 11 Comments

Cameraman caught flying drone around Mandela hospital

 A dozen police officers apprehended a man who flew a radio-controlled mini helicopter over the Pretoria hospital, where former president Nelson Mandela was being treated on Friday.

The multi-copter had a rotating camera and was in the sky for a few minutes. A multi-copter looks like a spider.…


Added by Justin M on June 28, 2013 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Synopsis of findings, post 3.0.1 update & new mounts

Ok, so I eventually got one of my quads working on 3.0.1! Did the compassmot, and eventually started loitering correctly!Also did a vibe upgrade - double moongel corners for APM and the jdrone motor mounts (props were already balanced). The effect has been dramatic. Used to be +/- 5 on Acc z...now....this:

Bump in the middle was a hard landing after I forgot to…


Added by Euan Ramsay on June 28, 2013 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

CUAir Takes Home First at the 2013 AUVSI SUAS Competition

At the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 11th annual Student Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) Competition held at the Patuxent Naval Air Station, the Cornell University Unmanned Air Systems Team (CUAir) came in first place.

Team Lead Phillip Tischler said of the team’s win at the competition, “it was a great victory not just for the team members, but also for everyone involved - our sponsors, the Cornell community, and friends and…


Added by CUAir on June 28, 2013 at 12:12pm — 3 Comments

CDAutoRover - updated with Turnigy9X

Updated pics:

I have cleaned up the placement of the electronics on the CDAutoRover and added my newly received Turnigy 9X.  Worked out the 6 flight mode settings.  I have something I am going to test for the temporary switch into Channel 7,  I am going to try out using the Rudder, since it jumps back to center  - calibrate it with center and just to the…


Added by Chuck Durham on June 28, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Drones, 3-D Printing, and Our Distorted Views of New Technologies

I recently had a piece posted on Slate comparing society's reaction to 3D printing and drones. It is excerpted below.

When 3-D printers first hit the…


Added by Timothy Reuter on June 28, 2013 at 10:16am — 2 Comments

APM Planner Automation

I have a developed a sensor network which detects gunshots for anti-poaching purposes. When a gunshot is detected, the event data is sent to a sensor server for further analysis and triangulation of the gunshot location. Currently the prototype is running on Arduino Due boards with Xbee coms but this will soon be changed to a less power consuming custom PC board with incorporated and more secure communications.

I wish to incorporate fixed wing UAV’s in this concept…


Added by Petrus Botha on June 28, 2013 at 1:00am — 11 Comments

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