August 2010 Blog Posts (126)

Shape Shifting UAV

The little airplane is able to withstand rough conditions thanks to three aeroservoelastic trim tabs, which are located on the trailing edges of the wings and tail. When the plane is hit by wind gusts, the tabs perform rapid high-frequency shape…

Added by Adam R on August 31, 2010 at 10:07pm — 13 Comments

Playing With UDB LOGO

We've been working hard to make MatrixPilot ever more modular, and to test this modularization, I thought it would be fun to build a LOGO-like mission planning language as a plug-in replacement for the existing waypoints module.

After a few evenings of playing, I ended up with something that actually feels pretty useful. All the logo basics are there: HOME, RT, LT, FD, BK, REPEAT, etc. You can also set…

Added by Ben Levitt on August 31, 2010 at 10:01pm — 11 Comments

Techpod 1.0 beta


cruise speed - 27knots



Added by crystal garris on August 31, 2010 at 8:00pm — 38 Comments

Evolution = change or die

Hello everyone - again
my activity on this site has been low for the past year as i have been up to my ears with starting a business and developing a few products for us to sell . I would encourage anyone reading this to take a good long look at my profile so as to understand my background and my history with the diydrones community .

As most are aware , the only true constant in life is change . However the…

Added by crystal garris on August 31, 2010 at 1:46pm — 11 Comments

rudder-roll stabilization

If you are flying a UAV DevBoard in a plane without ailerons, you should be interested in a recent revision to MatrixPilot that will tighten the turns in waypoint mode, without overshoot. The above picture is the track of a portion of a test flight in an EasyStar. The control mode was switched from stabilized mode to waypoint mode with…

Added by William Premerlani on August 31, 2010 at 11:19am — 7 Comments

Latitude 38s UAV Outback Challenge D2 Video

Here's a copy of our Deliverable 2 video that we presented for entry into the 2010 UAV Outback Challenge.

We are using a Penguin-B UAV airframe from UAVFactory(.com) its a very stable platform and as seen in the video it is flying at an AUW of 15kg (~30lb) and tootling along at 1/3rd throttle.

Thought some of you might find it…


Added by RolandS888 on August 30, 2010 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
ArduPilot-powered WiFi sniffing drone at DefCon

Spotted at the DefCon hacker conference this year, the ArduPilot-powered WiFi Aerial Surveillance Platform (WASP), basically a UAV with WiFi sniffing capability. It flies until it finds an open WiFi access point and then loiters over it. Here's a video…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Last week to drop an egg!

The current T3 competition (egg drop round) closes next Sunday, and so far we've only got one successful entry! (Mark Griffith, whose admirable splat is at right) I know several of you have tried runs without success so far, but this is your reminder to give it one more go this… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Choose your equipment carefully.

With the profusion of low-cost components available today, it's tempting to pick the cheapest one that looks like it will do the job and not stop to think too hard about how well it's going to work. After all, if it's for sale and other people are using it, it must be OK, right?

Consider this post by the respected DIY ESC developer Takao Shimizu, talking about a low cost controller available from a popular vendor:…


Added by Michael Smith on August 30, 2010 at 3:29pm — 20 Comments

sonar altitude for $25 on APmega!

Take a look at the mod I made for the mega to incorporate a sonar range finder.

Code in zip above…


Added by Earl on August 30, 2010 at 3:27pm — 28 Comments

DIY Reflow Soldering - Ready for Pizza?

Solder yourself in a pizza oven! While we're still waiting for the last quotes to get… Continue

Added by pixhawk on August 30, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Sometimes we need reminding 1917 cutting edge

Just amazing to see just how many people are needed to launch the kites to get one shot at a time, developed on site. If you have not tried KAP, you should! Its great fun. This could have been you 90 years ago…

Added by Gary Mortimer on August 29, 2010 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Novel means of quadrotor control / adjust

Here's the demo of my gamecube remote controlling my quad. Newly implemented is the ability to adjust the PID.P value on the field using just the remote.

This method can be implemented with the analog remotes most people use. I've got another remote that uses only analog sticks to drive a menu system. Something similar could be done for the main AeroQuad project if anyone is interested.

The idea was that I wanted a durable,…


Added by Tim O'Brien on August 28, 2010 at 11:11pm — 7 Comments

Laser Range Finder Hack?

I think we should hack this baby for a laser altimeter.

Added by Ryan on August 28, 2010 at 10:38pm — 25 Comments

Ardupilot 2.7 Final

Ready for download.
Please use to report any problems.


Added by Jason Short on August 28, 2010 at 2:32pm — 27 Comments

HG3 the era of quad variable pitch has begun!

Multipilot Board support Hg3 Variable Pitch Mega Quadcopter actualy I'm implementing the support of HG3 (Variable Pitch Quad) to new Arducopter firmware. The last flight had doing with Aeroquad 1.5

This is last post from Pipposoft as lot of work this is a new version of HG3.2 Variable Pitch Propeller.


Between job and family commitments

although slow, here's some special preview of the new HG3 V2 ...

... To see it… Continue

Added by Roberto Navoni on August 28, 2010 at 2:08pm — 11 Comments

The journey begins

For my first post I thought I'd give back to the community (and edit later to add anything else I can do).

Viability spreadsheet

I'm pretty new to RC planes although I have had a JP Zagi for years but with it being unpowered I'm at the mercy of the wind and I'm still pretty jittery. Seeing the DIY Drones setup I thought it would help me become a bit more competent but instead I bought an EasyStar… Continue

Added by Ritchie on August 28, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Indoor UAV - 3D position estimation

Watch on Dailymotion


I am currently working on 3D position and attitude etimation of my indoor drone. I use a 6 Dof IMU, a 3D magnetometer, and 4 sonars (Devantech).

The position estimation is not yet accurate (still bugs), but I am working to improve it. I also have lot of problems…


Added by Leon on August 28, 2010 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

How to setup an Overo to work with your AP -- This is just a quick run down even though a long post

The gumstix overo is literally the size of a stick of gum.

This will show BASIC functionality of how to get the UAV DevBoard and the ArduPilot working. The rest is up to your imagination and the recipes you come up with and the add ons you want as well. I am sure there may be cleaner and better ways to interface the two but this was the easiest for me to be able to get the functions on board the plane i needed.

I will be showing you… Continue

Added by Jeremy on August 28, 2010 at 3:00am — 33 Comments

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