July 2012 Blog Posts (167)

"T Drone Update

Hi Guys I got the wing covered With Ultra Cote from a roll I bought 25 years ago when I first got into R.C.and added flaps and Ailerons out of solid Balsa. mounted with 1/2 inch nylon hinges with a brass cotter pin I put black markings on the bottom of the wing so I will know if it is right side up or not I am debating putting 1 3/4 inch slats 3/4 of an inch ahead of the leading edge to give it "STOL" performance I think I will leave it the way it is for now and finish the build I still have…


Added by Carl La France on July 31, 2012 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

World's first manned Multicopter

Hi all, this is my first post here.

For all of you who understand the German language, here is a video of a TV show which I watched this evening.

The topic is Electric Mobility and the first part of the show is about the world's first manned multicopter, which they call "Volokopter".…


Added by Stanley on July 31, 2012 at 5:00pm — 15 Comments

3D Robotics
New, lower prices for RTF ArduCopters and ArduPlanes at uDrones (APM2.5, 3DR uBlox GPS come standard!)

Now that uDrones is a 3DR subsidiary and we've moved half of the electronics production there, uDrones is able to lower prices and provide the latest 3DR electronics. That means that the ready-to-fly ArduCopter Quad now comes with APM 2.5 and the new, awesome 3DR uBlox 6 GPS for…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

jDrones News: jD-IOBoard goes MAVLink

jDrones NEWS: IOBoard goes MAVLink 1.0

Time has come to make another exciting release. New software has been released for our mini IOBoard. With this software you are not anymore depending on static flashes, blinks and other patterns.

We made blog post about basic jD-IOBoard few weeks ago and you can read…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on July 31, 2012 at 6:00am — 78 Comments

CDX4 version 2 now out and ready to ship

Sam over at LightRC has his new version of the CDX4 up at the Cheap Drones Site These are packed and ready to ship

Here are a few Build pictures…


Added by Christian - CheapDrones.com on July 31, 2012 at 2:13am — 4 Comments

More progress for a South Carolina Arducopter - The APM2 lives!


It was a productive weekend: MP up and running on my shop PC, aircraft firmware loaded into APM2, radio connections troubleshot and calibrated, Wow! There's my house with a graphic quad hovering over it! (I am not worried about giving away my coordinates. Come on by but call first, please.) After performing the leveling cal I even was able to watch the…


Added by R. D. Starwalt on July 30, 2012 at 6:22pm — 7 Comments

The High Tech Line

What is the High Tech Line? Wingsuit base jumpers call the tracks they fly down "lines". The High Tech Line is what you see here ... lines that are flown with high tech equipment. Little lower, little better glide angle ... and a little less dangerous :)

Added by trappy on July 30, 2012 at 6:05pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
40 years ago, the CIA created a dragonfly drone!

It flew about as well as you'd expect (60-second flight time, no tolerance for wind) but what a cool bit of mechanical design! No idea how that "laser beam" control works. From Engadget

Back in the '70s, the CIA needed some kind of miniature…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2012 at 3:05pm — 9 Comments

Balloon #6 7-27-12 OOPS !

You always have that ONE flight where nothing goes right. 7-27-12

The balloon slipped off the filling neck and got away. We had a backup balloon ! The second helium tank was EMPTY.

Dang..what luck.

Soooo... I will show pictures of the X8 wing we will try to launch Friday 8-3-12.

The Big Wheel antenna on the front is for the 5 WATT ATV TX on 434 mhz.…


Added by Earl on July 30, 2012 at 9:33am — 16 Comments

First quad flights successful.....pretty much.

I built my first quad from scratch.  It's based on the ArduCopter.  I used aluminium towel rods for the arms and some sixteenth inch aluminium plate for the support and sixteenth by half inch strips for landing gear.  The motors are A2217-9 950Kv, APC 10 x 4.7 props, Hobby Wing 18A ESCs, Hyperion 4000mAh 3s lipo,  and an APM 2.0. The total weight is at 1449…


Added by Tony Heaton on July 30, 2012 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

ArduCopterNG v2.7 tested on All In One Pro (AIOP) with a F450 Quadcopter

Here a video of a test flight of the ArduCopterNG v2.7 with the All In One Pro IMU board (AIOP). The official release of the ArduCopter v2.7 firmware for APM has been ported and tested successfully in flight on a quadcopter with an All In One Pro (AIOP) v1.0 full IMU on board by Jean-Louis…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on July 29, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Target audiences

It may be that the blog reaches more people on RCGroups than DIY Drones.  The audience of both tends to be the same RC pilots, not electronics designers, but RC Groups tends to be frequented by more electronics designers while DIY Drones is frequented by more absolute beginners. 

Because of the lack of jobs, the Marcy class…


Added by Jack Crossfire on July 29, 2012 at 1:30am — 21 Comments

3D Robotics
New drone model at HobbyKing

Looks cool and costs just $72. From the Hobby King product listing:

The Target Drone is a great little FPV platform that has been specifically designed for the job and not only is the kit cheap to buy, this great little model…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2012 at 8:00pm — 9 Comments

Robot Control course from Coursera featuring quadrotor control

I thought some of you might be interested in this:

Control of Mobile Robots


Magnus Egerstedt (Georgia Tech)

About the Course

This course investigates how to make…


Added by Roy Brewer on July 28, 2012 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

Chris Anderson, Commercial Drone Disruptor!

Chris speaks DEFCON...

"The do-it-yourself (DIY), open-source drone movement is turning into a real business that could disrupt the commercial and military drone industry. It’s another case of how exploiting the curiosity of hackers can turn into a commercial opportunity.

"That’s the view of Chris Anderson (pictured), editor of Wired magazine and a drone…


Added by Mark Harrison on July 28, 2012 at 12:52am — 20 Comments

3DR Customer support nightmare (Our bad, sorry!)

Last week we implemented a fancy ticketing system that will enable us to properly track issues among customers and be able to supervise the time response of our representatives but at the same time give them access to a set of tools that will help them be a lot more efficient.

Unfortunately the systems blow up last Friday (the 20th) so we were receiving emails from customers but any of our responses made it out, they were probably sent to the limbo.net.

The system…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on July 27, 2012 at 11:00am — 10 Comments

Some FPV from my Bixler

Just got some recording software for FPV figured out and I figured I'd post a video of me and some friends flying the Bixler in a park. The conditions were pretty windy so there wasn't any fancy flying, but still some nice views :). The battery dies so the motor cuts off at the end of the flight. The sound was coming from my laptop's mic not the mic on the plane so…


Added by Nate C on July 27, 2012 at 10:03am — 1 Comment

Bixler. The sad story of my maiden RC flight.

I've spent last couple of days preparing my Bixler. I did some mods listed here like reinforcing wing spar and fuselage with additional carbon fiber rods and changing prop to 6x4. Even my tail was detachable using …


Added by Marooned on July 27, 2012 at 6:00am — 18 Comments

Quadcopter first flight

This week I tested my quadcopter. Some while ago I replyed to a blog and showed my homemade super cheap motor vibration dampers. Some poeple where sceptic. But totday I can show you that my multicopter can fly



Its's build from scratch. Wifi controlled and has aruidno compatible control board. It has a 9DOF imu, but I currently use it as a…


Added by Wipo on July 27, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Invensense releases licence to allow use of the MPU-6000 DMP processor

Good news: Invensense has finally released a licence that allows open source projects such as ArduCopter/Plane to use the built-in sensor fusion processor in the MPU-6000 gyro/accel chip used in APM 2.x!

This processor, called the Digital Motion Processor (DMP), has been in the APM 2.x sensors from the beginning, but we weren't using it because Invensense had…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 26, 2012 at 11:00pm — 26 Comments

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