July 2013 Blog Posts (201)

3D Robotics
Lifeline Drones creating drones for medical deliveries in disaster areas

From the Lifeline Drones website:

Lifeline Drones is a cost effective and scalable series of custom designed networked 3-D printed drones.

With a payload of 3 kilograms, the drones can carry lab samples and medications to areas that are normally hard to reach in the event of a medical…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 29, 2013 at 9:47pm — 24 Comments

Airframe Wing Project

PX31 is a 44inch large wing with a payload of 150g-200g using a external pod its one of the earlier models I used as demonstrator mainly as a simple FPV drone

One of the highlights is its structure. Likewise this wing takes a lot of beating…


Added by CliffN on July 29, 2013 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Northrop Grumman sponsors high school students studying UAV's

Northrop Grumman Corporation  is sponsoring a team of high school students from Dickson College who are competing in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Outback Challenge 2013, aimed at promoting UAVs and demonstrating their vehicles in civilian applications.

As part of the UAV Challenge the students will develop their own UAV. They are required to design, build…


Added by Andrew Moss on July 29, 2013 at 1:27pm — 1 Comment

Techpod High Altitude Flight Test

ConservationDrones.org tested the vertical limit of the Techpod in open ocean and 30-40 km per hour wind conditions. We were aiming to reach 1 km above sea level. But the motor gave up at 700 m, from where the APM guided the Techpod down extremely well. During an attempted manual landing (on Stabilize mode), it crashed into a mangrove tree with damage only to the motor…


Added by lianpinkoh on July 29, 2013 at 8:07am — 13 Comments

Funding schemes in Congress could ground drones; FAA pressured over privacy

The lagging federal effort to fully integrate drones into U.S. airspace is in danger of falling even further behind schedule.

A funding bill now before the Senate essentially would stop the process in its tracks by prohibiting the …


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on July 29, 2013 at 6:58am — 13 Comments

Marine Conservation Drones

ConservationDrones.org went to Glover's Reef in Belize upon the invitation of the Belize Fisheries Department and Wildlife Conservation Society. We explored the use of our drones for supporting enforcement of marine conservation areas.

Glover's Reef is about 50 km offshore with winds of 30-40 km per hour. We flew a modified version…


Added by lianpinkoh on July 29, 2013 at 5:18am — 5 Comments


I just got a 3DR quad with APM2.5+ with GPS, and I was itching to try out the mission planner and its ability to program a mission with GPS. Here's a video of my first successful flight!

I'm a pretty experienced multirotor guy with an xproheli xp2 and a Cinestar 8, but these are flown the old fashioned way. :-)

Added by Steve Maller on July 28, 2013 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Ghetto fpv Quadcopter

  1. Ok, so in my last post, I wrote about making a video recording quadcopter using an 808 #16 keychain camera and a cheap toy quadcopter, the …

Added by benbojangles on July 28, 2013 at 8:00pm — 23 Comments

Arducopter 3.0.1 Large Heli Demo

I just did a quick demo video to show Arducopter 3.0.1 flying a large electric heli.  This is my new GreyHawk Maxi development frame.  Loosely based on TRex 550 mechanics, stretched to 700 size, and with a direct drive tail rotor motor.  The DD Tail gets rid of a lot of unreliable, noisy, vibrating geartrain.  The heli is very smooth and you can…


Added by Rob_Lefebvre on July 28, 2013 at 6:30pm — 24 Comments

First flight with the GoPro attached


I'm pleased to report that after an initial successful flight at Easter I have my plane back in the air (helped by finding somewhere in London to fly it), this time with the full weight of the GoPro and corresponding ballast attached.

Its a stock EasyStar with added CF in the wing spars and up the tail to strengthen it, with the addition of APM2.5+3DR and a GoPro hung at the root of the port wing. To balance some lead shot is in the starboard wing towards…


Added by Chris Austin on July 28, 2013 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Drone Journalism leader on the absurdity of anti-drone legislation

Scott Pham, from the Missouri Drones Journalism Program, has a great piece in Mashable about his sobering experience in the state legislature trying to fight misinformation about drone use:


In just five years from now, 7,500…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2013 at 12:24pm — 6 Comments

About my ride from the sUSB EXPO

So I catch a Sidecar ride after the fantastic sUSB EXPO, and the driver and I are chatting about civilian drones. He totally gets the good things that can be done for agriculture, the environment, and other purposes.

As I am about to step out of…


Added by John Githens on July 28, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Drone humour hour

My god they reproduce

Is it bad doctor ?

Added by Hugues on July 28, 2013 at 7:15am — 13 Comments

170 minute techpod flight

Hey everyone, so I don't have the APM tuned very well but at least its hitting waypoints and holding altitude and airspeed. I decided to get it flying and see just how long it would go. Here it the result:

here are the Tlogs

this is the equipment list:…


Added by crystal garris on July 28, 2013 at 12:30am — 87 Comments

3D Robotics
Great report from the Small Unmanned Systems Business Expo; focus on agriculture

Andra Keay has a terrific report on RoboHub on last week's SUSBX conference in SF, which was really excellent (sold out, great speakers, fantastic venue). She highlights some themes, including the paradox of ITAR (intended to control arms, it actually often forces companies to become "arms dealers" because military sales are the only ones allowed), and public…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 27, 2013 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Reading I2CXL-MaxSonar ultrasonic sensor with RPi's GPIO

This is a post about how to receive data from a I2CXL-MaxSonar ultrasonic sensor with RPi's GPIO. Maybe this information can be useful to you or it can save you some time. I am happy for some feedback or optimization proposals etc.




The I2CXL-MaxSonar sensor should be connected to the following RPi GPIO Pins (*):

  • [P1-01]…

Added by Jan Wagner on July 27, 2013 at 3:58pm — 1 Comment

Drone show attendees flock to new $700 model

3D Robotics gave a sneak preview of a comparatively cheap consumer drone at an unmanned aircraft convention in San Francisco this week.

The company's new quadcopter, or four-rotor helicopter, can be controlled from a tablet running an Android flight system or other similar app. The…


Added by Gary Mortimer on July 27, 2013 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

VR GIMBAL 2.0 : 3 Axis 32bit Direct Drive Gimbal Hardware for developer and end user is coming , the pre order is reopen :)

This video is doing by our VRGimbal user VR Gimbal with Sony 3D HXRNX3D1U ( 720 gr) in handeld mode…


Added by Roberto Navoni on July 27, 2013 at 3:00am — 6 Comments

Diy Drones LinkedIn

Linkedin DIY Drones Group

What's LinkedIn you may be asking…


Added by Joshua Johnson on July 27, 2013 at 1:30am — 12 Comments

3D Robotics
FAA certifies first two drones for commercial use

From the Washington Post:

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators say they have certified two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use, a milestone…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 26, 2013 at 7:30pm — 23 Comments

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