September 2009 Blog Posts (70)

3D Robotics
Outback Challenge video

Added by Chris Anderson on September 30, 2009 at 10:18pm — 1 Comment

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Draft project assignments--please review

[UPDATE: the team leaders should all now be inviting team members as friends and once the invitations are accepted, they'll be invited to the workspaces. If you're on the team, you'll get an alert telling you that you've been added. It will say nonsense about needing to click on unclickable words, but ignore those bugs. Just go to your workspace by clicking on the Workspaces tab and you should see it.

I'll be swinging by in each Workspace as I'm added to upload necessary files and…

Added by Chris Anderson on September 30, 2009 at 10:00pm — 25 Comments

ArduPilot 2.4 Demo (Not Official Release)

Hi there, well I'm happy to announce the new ArduPilot 2.4 firmware, i still have many things to add, but i will leave them for 2.5 .

What's new:

-Improved ADC conversion, now uses interrupts to free some CPU.

-uBlox parser bug fix, now i can navigate better.

-Added a new header option called "ALT_HOLD_HOME". Let you select what altitude you want to hold for home, 0 will hold the altitude you are when you switch to RTL, 1 = will hold the altitude… Continue

Added by Jordi Muñoz on September 30, 2009 at 4:59pm — 15 Comments

Our very first flight (with two way telemetry)

A couple of people at the University I attend and I had our first flight the other day, and we wanted to tell all of you about it.

I will start with the goals of our "team". Our goal is to create a network of UAVs that allow for mulitple users and/or multiple ground stations attempting to control multiple vehicles. We felt that the ArduPilot platform was perfect because we have access to source code, it is inexpensive and a vibrant community which could, hopefully, provide… Continue

Added by Clarence Hanson on September 30, 2009 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

Open Source Airframe

Can anybody shed some light on the accuracy of the airflow around the fuselage on the attached image? The wing is based on the GM15 foil. Rest of the details is in the picture. The modeling was done with XFLR5.

Does the results of lift, drag etc look credible?


Sarel… Continue

Added by Sarel P. Wagner on September 30, 2009 at 5:33am — 8 Comments

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Workspaces added--what do you think?

Please note that I've added Huddle Workspaces to the site, which I hope will prove useful for the volunteer teams working on various ArduPilot projects. I'll be PMing those who responded to our call for volunteers and giving directions and… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2009 at 11:00pm — 12 Comments

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Cool idea: "point and toss" UAV

From the good BotJunkie… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2009 at 10:36pm — 10 Comments

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T3 Contest, Round 2--UPDATE: Deadline extended (and new contest previewed)

[UPDATE: This one proved a bit harder than we thought, so we're going to extend the deadline by two weeks, to 12:00 midnight PST on Sunday, October 18th.

Also, here's a preview of next month's contest: Break the Stanford team's UAV…

Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2009 at 2:08pm — 146 Comments

Civilian UAS Operator Jobs... DoD Contract

I am currently a Soldier in the U.S. Army at AIT to be an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator/Payload Operator. I am National Guard, so once i am done here in JAN i will be able to search for a civilian job. I will be certified to fly and control payload on the Shadow 200/300 systems and 100% capable of emplacing/displacing all required equipment.

I am curious if there are opportunities to fly the Shadow with a civilian company overseas. I want to find a job with some sort of DoD… Continue

Added by Brian Delaney on September 29, 2009 at 12:41pm — No Comments

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Dramatic reports from the Outback Challenge UAV contest

Lots of drama in the Australian Outback Challenge this year. Once again, it appears that nobody finished the challenge (spot a dummy--Outback Joe--and drop a water bottle near him), but they're getting closer. In the meantime, loads of… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2009 at 9:43am — 20 Comments

Almost off the ground...

Brian and I are almost ready to get our autopilot project "off the ground".

We received a free airplane from a friend of mine who now lives in Japan. (A lot cheaper to buy a new one than ship the old one.) The plane came with a glow engine but we converted it to electric. (Sorry for the crummy iPhone pictures!)




Added by Tom Yochum on September 29, 2009 at 9:07am — 8 Comments

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Help wanted!

Many of you have asked how you can help with the ArduPilot project. Now we have an answer! We're looking for people with various skills: software, hardware, documentation or project management.

Here are some things on our to-do list that we could use some help on (Jordi's focusing on core ArduPilot Mega development himself). Please look through and see if something sounds like fun. The reward is that you get to work closely with us and you're helping create a little bit of the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 28, 2009 at 9:03pm — 24 Comments

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DIY Drones live chat/podcast tonight at 9:00pm PST

Free video streaming by Ustream

Tonight (Sunday) we'll do our fourth podcast, which everyone here is welcome to participate in by listening to the chat live above and commenting and asking questions via the DIY Drones… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 27, 2009 at 10:17am — 2 Comments

Our new airframe, Voyager

Some of you might remember the bigger version of this, the Voyager is 1.2m in wingspan, autopilot, RC receiver esc and motor all stay in the centre section attached to the wing and battery and whatever you want in the nose.

There is 2lt of space in there.

Its early days, only 6 ot so flights but it flew and we took it home in one piece!!

I have some video but I'm out the door real flying now.

Oh for ballast… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on September 27, 2009 at 6:16am — 8 Comments

Outback Challenge

Keep an eye out for TV streams from the Atto equipped entries here....

Mostly from the bar I think ;-)

Added by Gary Mortimer on September 27, 2009 at 2:44am — 2 Comments

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Reminder: just two more weekends to qualify for this month's T3 contest!

[Update: My mistake--I forgot that I made the deadline four days later to allow for a slightly late start in announcing this contest earlier this month. So you have two weekends to go, not just one. Still, get cracking!] For those of you who have day jobs, just a reminder that this is the last weekend you've only got two more weekends to enter this month's T3 Contest. If the weather isn't… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 25, 2009 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

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Best entry-level UAV platform?

I just got what might the best entry-level UAV platform yet. It's the Busy-Bee RTF from HobbyKing and at first glance it looks practically perfect for our needs. It… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 24, 2009 at 10:01pm — 17 Comments

Ateryx is airborne and looking great! (homebuilt imu autopilot)

Ateryx 2.3 has been in different levels of development over the past year or so but I finally got some motivation to clean up some code and pull it all together.

Cloud layer has been at 800ft for the past three days so I have been weather canceled with my Navy schedule. Considering the UAV development is all low altitude stuff this was the perfect time to get some flights out on the… Continue

Added by Ryan Beall on September 24, 2009 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

Finally, my autopilot is "finished"....

But is is ever? I define finished as in it works every time I go fly now. I go to the field, turn on my plane and it takes off, flies to waypoints, and lands with no user intervention. It's done this now for the last 4 times I've been to the field! So it feels more "finished" than ever.

I didn't use any kits or open source stuff, and built everything from scratch. Except the EZ-Star of course! I also use my own sensor fusion algorithm, which is to be featured in Circuit Cellar… Continue

Added by Tj Bordelon on September 24, 2009 at 6:05pm — 16 Comments

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