July 2011 Blog Posts (122)

Successful Maiden Flight of my Modular Testing Platform


The Modular Testing Platform 2 flies! It flies really well!


I had a great hand toss takeoff, a rough start as I figured out the control sensitivities and trim, some good cruise around time, and a perfect landing.


Any improvements you think I should make? Here is my planned list for the next episode:…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on July 23, 2011 at 4:02am — 8 Comments

Starting Out

My name is Michael and I am just starting to get into UAV's. I currently work as a human factors psychologist helping design a future user interface for Air Force UAV's (kinda how I got interested). I am a licensed pilot and also fly RC aircraft (when the Kansas wind isn't blowing 30 mph).

My goal in building a UAV is to have a fixed wing aircraft with fpv. I really just want to explore and learn more about this area.

I am about to purchase the Ardupilot Mega and a… Continue

Added by Michael Vincent on July 22, 2011 at 4:01pm — No Comments

FAA Reauthorization extension expires at midnite 7/22/2011

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Urges Swift Action by Congress on FAA Bill





Added by Duane Brocious on July 22, 2011 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Better log analyzer for APM

I made a program that shows log data in visual way. I can see plane position, altitude, elevator, ailerons etc.

Here are some screenshots from program:

My plane made strange curves during flight. All curves are in the same places. After a very careful check I found an error in APM navigation code. It is now corrected in version 2.21 (In downloads section…


Added by Alpo Hassinen on July 22, 2011 at 3:48am — 12 Comments

Offer of help with tuning PID loops

Sorry, but I should have made clear that my autopilot design experience relates to fixed wing aircraft so I won't be able to help with rotary airframes.

I should also emphasise that the databse I have relates to PID control only. After a lot of hard work, I have established which stability derivatives the PID gains depend on so that the job for the user becomes one of estimating certain stability derivatives (for which formulae are also available). The PID gains then drop out as…


Added by George Tarrant on July 20, 2011 at 11:35pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Plans for an open source RC Transmitter

Another one from Hack-a-day. It's just a concept so far, but the team that's behind it may be competent enough to pull it off. They're using a Kickstarter-like model to raise…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 19, 2011 at 3:00pm — 29 Comments

3D Robotics
One huge quadcopter!

From Hack-a-day. This ducted-fan beast uses the Sparkfun 6DoF IMU that Jordi wrote the software for. No, it hasn't flown yet.



Added by Chris Anderson on July 19, 2011 at 1:44pm — 23 Comments

Carl Zeiss "Cinemizer" OLED Goggles for FPV Use

fpvmanuals posted a review on the prototype of the upcoming Cinemizer OLED video goggles by Carl Zeiss.  These goggles support full 1080p input sources via HDMI, 3D source display, are super comfortable, and display true black levels and vivid colors.  They offer a dramatic…


Added by Tim Nilson on July 19, 2011 at 9:58am — 8 Comments

Offer of help with tuning PID loops

I've noticed quite a lot of debate about tuning PID loops. I think I might be able to help since I've got 40 years experience designing autopilots for air vehicle flight control and navigation. I could give general advice on the best ways of using the P, I and D terms for both primary stability and navigation loops. With more info on the application aircraft I could probably come up with suggestions on which gains to use along with trial values

I think a combination of flight trials… Continue

Added by George Tarrant on July 19, 2011 at 4:49am — 20 Comments

First time at laying fingers on ARDU PILOT MEGA

the package I have been waiting for arrive today. No Idea on what to do. Plan to build Quad that can lift 4kg AUW. Then will move to Y6 setting. here's what I got from U-drones with latest code loaded+GPS+ful telemetry+only no airspeed.

Added by nubli hashim on July 18, 2011 at 8:52pm — 12 Comments

3D Robotics
AR.Drone nominated for "Makey Award" for ease of repair

From Makezine:

The Parrot.AR drone is manifold awesome. And on top of it all, the…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 18, 2011 at 10:33am — 6 Comments

The 'Ugly Man' meets APM/AC2

The 'Ugly Man' is my mongrel, 660mm, 1.5kg, APV/FPV Quad, so named because a good friend gazed upon it and said 'damn, that thing is ugly'.  This triggered an appropriate old song in my easily programmed mind (Ugly Man), and the die was cast. But, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, right?

The 'Ugly Man' is…


Added by Kevin Lincoln on July 18, 2011 at 10:00am — 21 Comments

Gyro-Stabilized PTZ Gimbal for UAVs


I am an ex-USAF Avionics Sensors guy, and I have always wanted a gyro stabilized laser targeting system. Now that I am all grown up, I'll settle for a gyro stabilized camera.


A little looking, and I found some nice UAV equipment.It's a little out of my price range at $10,000 for the day system and $20,000 for the FLIR system. http://store.micropilot.com/category-s/21.htm




Added by fibrewire on July 18, 2011 at 7:30am — 16 Comments

X-Gyro 500 Single Axis Head Tracking system available from Hobbyking

The X-Gyro 500 is a simple single axis head tracking system that can be used to track head movement to for controlling an on board camera in an FPV system. Since today it is available from Hobbyking for US$ 37.44 



Voltage: 8~12v

Weight: 20g

Range: +/- 90degree



Added by CrashingDutchman on July 18, 2011 at 1:11am — 2 Comments

Hexafox32 Backstage in a Italian Church

Hello Guys,

public a little video…


Added by Roberto Navoni on July 17, 2011 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

WEBCAST TODAY: AUVSI Foundation and ONR's RoboSub Competition



AUVSI Foundation and ONR's 14th International RoboSub Competition

July 12-17, 2011

SSC Pacific TRANSDEC, San Diego, CA


Co-sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), the goal of this competition is to advance the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) by challenging a…


Added by Angela Carr on July 17, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Completion of the MTP II



This week I completed the MTP or Modular Testing Platform II.


For electronics, I added the elevator and aileron servos and mounted the motor, esc, and receiver to the airplane without any trouble. (see links below for which one's I used)


I also completed my Clark Y airfoil, which was much more difficult and time consuming than my prior K2 airfoil, however I anticipate an improvement in performance. As I used Bluecore (aka Fan…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on July 17, 2011 at 6:38am — 4 Comments

incredibly cheap OSD from Hobbyking...


has anyone seen this?... http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__17141__HobbyKing_G_OSD_On_Screen_Display_with_GPS.html


a very small osd at $36 with the gps module included... it was on backorder since some time but i managed to grab…


Added by dincer hepguler on July 16, 2011 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

OK it's heavy but can now fly in the WIND !!! 2.0.34

Hi everyone !!

Here is my Y6 (90 degree branch) !!! can fly in the wind with default parameters !!!

I can put photos of build details ! Thanks



flight in paris at 2 PM, cité…


Added by patrice.rance on July 16, 2011 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

Aerodynamic efficiency

As everybody is working on ways to improve electronic response I thought it was time I did a little work to see what can be done beyond the electric motor.  Coanda and Bernoullis effect put to good use.

Added by Denny Rowland on July 16, 2011 at 5:30am — 23 Comments

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