August 2012 Blog Posts (149)

3D Robotics
Nice retractable pan/tilt mount

Clever! As the poster says, "This is a prototype, soon to be available at"

Added by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2012 at 1:35pm — 13 Comments

the Techpod ,carbon fiber and wing flex

 So , more than a few people have expressed concern over the amount of wing flex exhibited by the techpod . To exhibit just some of the strenght of the 9 mm OD 7 mm ID tubes I use I put together this quick clip .

that is 2 x 42 inch long 9mm tubes connected by a 6 inch x 7 mm inner connector rod , lifting a 5 gallon jug of water @ 42lbs suspended in the…


Added by crystal garris on August 31, 2012 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Acro Mode PID Options and "Fly by Wire"

Thanks for taking the time to read another Blog post.

"Not another Blog post" you say, "Get off your *** and code something up I hear you say" :)

Yeh I know, I hope to have some time over xmas. I am using this BLOG to clarify what I want to do, attempt to make notes that I can refer to (when I finally get my finger out), and get feedback from people to better…


Added by leonardthall on August 31, 2012 at 8:00am — 28 Comments

Update on first APM 2 quad build

This is an update to my previous post about bulding my first quad copter. Finally the most important packages from China & Hong Kong has arrived, containing the motors and the new Hobbywing Quattro 20A ESC / 3A BEC. 

I have also purchased the Turnigy 9x which was quickly updated to the ER9X firmware using a standard Arduino as the programmer. I…


Added by Eirik Mikkelsen on August 31, 2012 at 6:08am — 4 Comments

Time to try Hexacopters

Was getting annoyed by the stupidly heavy frame of the Scorpion Y650 which is made of thick fibreglass sheets (available from Hobbyking).  With the GoPro sitting on the camera gimbal and a 4S 3000mAh battery I was only getting 6-7 min flying time.  

Had a look at the price of CF sheets and CF 450 size heli tail booms and it looked like an affordable project to…


Added by John Grouse on August 30, 2012 at 9:00pm — 48 Comments

Thought-controlled quadcopter takes to the skies

Up, down, bank, take a photo! Researchers at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, have developed a quadcopter that can be controlled by thought alone. The idea is to give people with impaired motor abilities a…


Added by elad orbach on August 30, 2012 at 7:47pm — 3 Comments

Maryland Student Hovers 8 Feet High in Human-Powered Helicopter, Smashing Previous Records

Rising to Eight Feet High The bottom of each strip of tape on Elizabeth here marks one foot. Team Gamera

Records are made to be broken, and a bunch of students at the University of Maryland are smashing the ones they just set earlier this summer. They're so close to winning the crazy-hard American…


Added by elad orbach on August 30, 2012 at 7:36pm — 6 Comments

My T-drone project update

My wing is complete now I am back to working on the fuselage. Having left the fuselage for a while I have come up with some different Ideas for it. My Eflite 6s 22.2v 5000ah 30c lipo battery is about a pound more than I figured on. So I took the air frame back to the shop and lightened it up even more I cut out the material between every…


Added by Carl La France on August 30, 2012 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

New TBS Wing - Development sessions in Thailand

So we packed a bunch of prototype planes and went to Thailand to do a bit of flying. Much like our Road Trip series but a bit shorter, we'll be showing the ins and outs of modern airplane design - and the fun that can be had while being completely serious :)

Prototypes weigh around 450 - 600g, up to 40" wingspan. Please keep that in mind when watching some of…


Added by trappy on August 30, 2012 at 6:30pm — 27 Comments

New Tool for Hurricane Trackers: Drones

Some excerpts:

NASA's Global Hawks, for example, were first used to gather data during a limited number of…


Added by Ruwan on August 30, 2012 at 8:29am — 4 Comments

APM2.0 - MaxiSwift

APM2.0 with ArduPilot 2.6 and MinimOSD v 0.1 (firmware 1.9 mav 1.0) installed on Maxi Swift.

All launched and landed in Stab mode, few seconds after lauch - mode switched to RTL, then to Auto.

During flight no 1 (has 3 "missions") - WP list loaded in-flight via telemetry.

Telemetry: Xbee Pro 900. On the ground - 13.5 Yagi, On MaxiSwift -…


Added by Marek on August 30, 2012 at 12:30am — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
Important note for APM 2.5 users: if you're not using an enclosure, cover your baro sensor!

One of the differences between APM 2.0 and APM 2.5 is that on APM 2.5 there is no daughterboard covering the barometric pressure sensor. So what? Well, if you've got your APM 2.5 in an enclosure of some sort, it's no big deal (the official enclosures will be out in a few weeks and will be included with APM 2.5 orders then; people who have received an APM 2.5 already are…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2012 at 10:30pm — 18 Comments

Techpod completes first one hour long test flight

hey everyone ,

  Quick update on the techpod testing . the milestone of a one hour flight running full fpv gear with OSD has been reached . enjoy :-)

I fast forward around 1:30 and go back to normal speed around 55:00 so you can see it pass the 1 hour mark and land .sorry for the poor quality of the upload . the origanal looks way better . I am trying…


Added by crystal garris on August 29, 2012 at 3:00pm — 11 Comments

Using an Airspeed Sensor


On this episode of MyGeekShow we tested a new airspeed sensor we installed on the Shrike. It allowed us to get our first cruise airspeed, max airspeed, and stall speed. Very cool!


See you…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on August 29, 2012 at 12:29pm — 3 Comments

Joining the DIYDrones community, My hexa build

I have been following DIYDrones for years now, and have gleaned lots from other people's efforts along the way.  I recently decided (after finding some cost effective frames on ebay) to get started for myself.

I started the heli hobby 2 years ago with a trex-450 in which i learnt pretty quickly, start small... much smaller than a 450 class heli!  Constantly breaking various parts of the 450…


Added by Daniel Chote on August 29, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Suggestion to fix Alt Hold to Stabilize Mode altitude drop

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. First of all I would like to reassure you that this is in no way a criticism of the code or the Dev team, they have done a fantastic job.

I am working towards making my own contribution to the Arducopter code base to improve the "Fly by Wire" aspects, but it will take time for me to get the environment set up. (two…


Added by leonardthall on August 29, 2012 at 8:00am — 18 Comments

Good Glider Platform for APM-- NEED ADVICE

UPDATE : I have discarded the Zephyr V70 option due to input from you guys . I am now torn between these :

  • Bixler 2 
  • Phoenix 2000 (again space problem) (…

Added by Kabir on August 29, 2012 at 5:00am — 15 Comments

3D Robotics
Call of Duty Black Ops II video game kit comes with actual flying quadcopter

The $179 "Care Package" version of the new videogame comes with a "MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone" (whatever that is). News here

This is the same game that sponsored this fake video that got posted everywhere a few months…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 28, 2012 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments

Quad copter flying for 4-8 hours

Hi all,

I just want to know your opinion about this page:

It says that their quadcopter can fly for 4-8 hours thanks to their propietary technology.

Anyone knows something about this? It it's…


Added by lot on August 28, 2012 at 5:09pm — 60 Comments

Montreal Mini Maker Faire – updates and pictures

Hi guys, the weekend in Montreal was great, really hot out there but we still had a lot of people coming down to the Big O for the Faire.

It was a first time event for the Montreal Maker Faire organization and I think they did a great job.  They will be taking in all that experience and making an even better event next year.  (Better venue? Maybe)

Did I…


Added by Dany Thivierge on August 28, 2012 at 8:17am — 6 Comments

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