August 2013 Blog Posts (163)

Labor Day Weekend Quadcopter Build

My 5 year son executed a fantastic Labor Day build, so I thought I would share... 

Frame: Mead Heavy Weight construction paper in "X"

Autopilot: "authentic" purple APM 

GPS: Yup, that is the white thing.

Props: Orange

This quad also advances the state of the art by including a feather "to see how fast the wind is…


Added by Adam Conway on August 31, 2013 at 6:26pm — 13 Comments

Four pilots, planes, and APM's

It's not everyday I get a text message asking if I want to fly with two test engineers from 3dRobotics. But who would pass up the opportunity? Joe and Craig wandered down to SEFSD today to tune some of the airframes they were working on. Plus they wanted to check out my X7. Here's some flying with Joe, Craig, and my friend Josh. This is THE most APM's we've had in the air…


Added by Scott Fuller on August 30, 2013 at 11:30pm — 10 Comments

Why the drone crashed into the stands

Owner knows why drone crashed into stands at bull run

Found the story intriguing. Batteries remane fickle things. Their total charge is still only estimated by stopwatches & coulomb counters, but there is no dip…


Added by Jack Crossfire on August 30, 2013 at 10:25pm — 51 Comments

Telemetry Radio Cases for Ground and Air Modules.

Telemetry Radio Cases for Ground and Air Modules

Now they "hobbyking" have Telemetry radio cases. They look pretty nice i may pop and a set.

Added by chris wilson on August 30, 2013 at 9:31pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
ArduRover Swarming Demo

Here's a video demo at the Berkeley Marina of the APM/Mission Planner UAV swarming interface (control-F in the MP). Although it's designed for multicopters, we tested it first on autonomous ArduRovers (APM-powered cars), which are slow and safe. First demo: Leader-follower, using only GPS data. Works like a baby…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2013 at 8:30pm — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
Ten weirdest robots from this year's AUVSI show

Popular Science has a fun slideshow of weird drones and other robots at the AUVSI show a couple weeks ago. Above, a really cool "pop-up drone":

Created by Bird Aerospace, the Bird's…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2013 at 2:39pm — 2 Comments

VR GIMBAL 2.0 : 3 Axis 32bit Direct Drive Gimbal Hardware is available ,last video on VR Copter Landing Gear , the order is reopen :)

VR Copter Landing Gear now we have a new Option for our new frame. (raw video from VR LAB)

nice compensation example start at 1.30 …


Added by Roberto Navoni on August 30, 2013 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Super Hungry Board Multi-Copter Power Distribution (400A)

The 'Super Hungry Board' allows you to provide up to 8speed controllers with a maximum of 400A in total of power.


Either use the 4mm bullet plugs or the solder pads to connect the power lines of your esc to this power distribution board.


Amps Capable: 400

Connectors: 4mm and solder Pads

Size: 74X22mm

Weight: 101g (less with heat syncs…


Added by CrashingDutchman on August 30, 2013 at 3:00am — 12 Comments

Well its Friday and this is cool

Sorry if you have seen this before, I have been watching this one and don't think it has come up here much. No doubt for all sorts of reasons variable pitch will become popular. The aerobatics are just the half of it.

If you…


Added by Gary Mortimer on August 30, 2013 at 1:30am — 18 Comments

Personal Drones May Present Public Safety Concerns

...Or so says the Joint Regional Intelligence Center. JRIC is yet another anti-terrorist agency most people have never heard of and is comprised of the Feds and law enforcement agencies in the counties of Southern California. The following single page information bulletin was sent out to JRIC's member agencies on August 27,…


Added by Tom Mahood on August 29, 2013 at 10:30pm — 9 Comments

PID position Controller for Arducopter with VICON Measurements!

We have developed a PID position controller that can communicate with arducopter via 3DR radio. The position controller is running on the ground computer and transmitting the commands to hexacopter at 50HZ via mavlink protocol. The mavlink packet used during our test flights is "set_roll_pitch_yaw_thrust_send". We have tested the hovering…


Added by Usman Qayyum on August 29, 2013 at 3:30pm — 20 Comments

PX4 and 3D Robotics present Pixhawk: An Advanced, User-Friendly Autopilot

Almost exactly one year after the first PX4 announcement, we would like to introduce our newest member of the family, Pixhawk! For those familiar with the existing PX4 electronics, it is…


Added by PX4 on August 29, 2013 at 1:30pm — 496 Comments

Full size Y6 Air-Scooter

I sat down and made a sketch after i got the idea of making a full-size Y6 with an APM2.5 and Arducopter firmware :)

A MC like seat and maybe an Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 running AndroPilot or Droidplanner on the dashboard. Or maybe even Mission…


Added by Tommy Larsen on August 29, 2013 at 10:37am — 36 Comments

Flir equipped hexacopter - security UAV in action

We did a recent flight minutes after an attempted break in to scan the area for criminals possibly hiding behind walls etc. We took off from a nearby field and allways stay directly over the flield (just in case).

The APM on AC 3.0.1 has been doing a great job in keeping the Tarot T810 hexa in the air (this frame is epic!) and I'm very happy with a flight time of…


Added by Wesley Versfeld on August 28, 2013 at 10:30pm — 11 Comments

3D Robotics
MAKE is looking for cool drone videos. I think we can help ;-)

MAKE magazine has put out a call for "cool drone videos". I know you guys have the best of those. Please send them in!

We love drones here at MAKE. The growth of the recreational and commercial drone space is exciting to watch. If you’re a drone enthusiast with an eye for…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 28, 2013 at 5:24pm — 8 Comments

DJI Phantom Flyover Video NO GIMBAL

Video can be seen HERE Make sure to watch in HD!

Version 2 can be seen …


Added by AKRCGUY on August 28, 2013 at 4:30pm — 13 Comments

Spektrum satellite directly to APM

I have submitted a pull request that adds Spektrum satellite support to the APM2.0/2.5. I know this was possible with the old APM1 and I've seen some people requesting this for the new APM.

I have tested it quite a bit on the desk, but not in flight,…


Added by Jimmy Bergström on August 28, 2013 at 3:03pm — 16 Comments

ardupilot 2.5 quadcopter with FVP setup

Hi everyone,

I want to show you my new (first) drone working with ardupilot 2.5 on the frame x525 v3 with props 11x4.7 the rest specification is on the following picture. I please for comments or suggestions, I don´t have so much experiences

Sorry for my english :) Martin (17) Czech republic…


Added by Martin Koudela on August 28, 2013 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
Drones increasingly used for arctic research

From Mashable:

Small drones may soon take to the skies above Earth's top with the aim of making survival there easier for both…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 28, 2013 at 1:35am — 3 Comments

Possible solution to the mag problem from hobbyking

A carbon case box was added to hobbyking last night for the apm 2.5. Carbon-fiber is conductive and does deflect/obsorbe 2.4ghz so i wonder if this would provide any mag shielding ?…


Added by chris wilson on August 27, 2013 at 3:00pm — 17 Comments

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