September 2010 Blog Posts (138)

I was already crazy...DIYDRONES made it worst ! The story...part 2

This is part 2. To avoid ending up trapped in the twilight zone read Part 1

Hey Guys! First, I have to confess. I lied... It did not started by looking and drawing on an autocad 2009 computer screen.

It started with some delirium about designing a different kind of quad. I talked about it to my partner and… Continue

Added by Mario on September 30, 2010 at 5:10pm — 58 Comments

W00T cheaper GoPro hd's!

Got to love that 179$ MSRP for a HD Go Pro though you lose ability for external battery and external screen, but who cares, get this, strap it into a camera mount, maybe with an FPV camera attached for sending back fpv video, as well as for aiming the go…

Added by Chris on September 30, 2010 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

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Outback Challenge results

The five teams that made it past the qualifying did better than ever this year, but nobody won the $50,000 prize.

Here's a news report of the results. Excerpt:…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 30, 2010 at 7:00am — 12 Comments

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DIY Drones' big new pick-and-place machine up and running!

Our big new Manncorp pick-and-place machine is now up and running in our new San Diego factory, joining the smaller pick-and-place that we already had. In the above video, it's placing components on IMU shields in pairs. We should be back in full production by the end of the week. We have all components on hand, including the hard-to-find dataflash chips, so we should be ready to meet demand for ArduCopter and the public release of the APM code. (ArduCopter pre-orders… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2010 at 9:30pm — 12 Comments

x650 Technical Documents Translation:XAircraft Flight Controller Architecture Design

Due to most of xaircraft X650 documents are chinese that hard to get the

details of it, for convenience I will translate(poor translation) all

article on their website and post it in… Continue

Added by infmetry on September 29, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Cross-Platform Library for Interfacing to APM_BinComm (ArduPilotMega binary protocal library) GCS's just got easier :-)

I spent today figuring out how to piece together an interface to the APM_BinComm library for talking back and forth to a ground station. My idea was to wrap a serial class around the Stream interface for the arduino. By doing this there is no need to recode the APM_BinComm library. Just compile against it and go. This should make our lives easier trying to interface with the protocol for ground control software. Hopefully if all goes well I can get this added into the Arducopter svn for… Continue

Added by James Goppert on September 29, 2010 at 8:30pm — 16 Comments

Project Andromeda - System Integration

The lack of updates on the Project Andromeda blog has been mainly due to the amount of work we've been trying to do coming up to the Outback Challenge competition. Unfortunately, we didn't quite make it this year but we've made a lot of progress on the different sections of the project. I've updated the blog with some new pictures and videos of our airframe, electronics and launch… Continue

Added by Nima K on September 29, 2010 at 4:20pm — 5 Comments

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Using Arduino with LabVIEW

A quick tutorial, found here. Excerpt:

"This is a quick (REALLY quick) writeup on establishing a connection between the Arduino Duemilanove and LabVIEW. I used a very simple setup where…

Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2010 at 2:41pm — 3 Comments

Command Augmentation System

I've been doing some more work on my CAS system. CAS stands for "Command Augmentation System" and implies the pilot stick inputs do not directly map to control surface deflections. Instead the pilot stick inputs command a roll/pitch request and the flight computer does it's best to match up. The video (hopefully) can do a much better job of explaining the system than words.
More details and additional "real" video footage of the system in action are…

Added by Curt Olson on September 29, 2010 at 1:17pm — 4 Comments

Testing the IMU

Here i have the APM and IMU Shield set up for testing the GPS. I put a small piece of doublesided tape on the GPS antenna and stuck it to the window. After a few minutes of warming up, the GPS started receiving data.

The thingy hanging down the vent is the airspeed controller.

APM is powered by the 5V adapter.…


Added by RC on September 29, 2010 at 5:21am — 8 Comments

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Very thorough Parrot AR.Drone review

A long and very thorough review of the Parrot AR.Drone is over at Toucharcade, a iPhone gaming blog. We;; worth reading the whole thing. Here's just the conclusion:


Added by Chris Anderson on September 28, 2010 at 4:33pm — 6 Comments

Bezmiechowa UAV contest is over.

Rzeszow university of Technology with PR-5+ Wiewior won by finding the square target located among bushes on a slope. It was about 1km from takeoff point. Find the footage from decisive flight below.Congratulations for the whole team!

Observe custom groundstation and… Continue

Added by Krzysztof Bosak on September 28, 2010 at 3:51pm — 3 Comments

Introducing Palentier: An Open Source Aerial Mapping Application

Palentier processes aerial photographs collected from a camera aboard a MikroKopter, or similar Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) then scales, orients and projects the images to real world mapping systems. It does this by analyzing the telemetry data from the UAS and merging it with the aerial photographs. The resulting data is then superimposed for viewing in Google…


Added by Mark Willis on September 28, 2010 at 11:30am — 19 Comments

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More dancing quads

Another fun dancing quad video from the ETH Zurich team. They've got one of those awesome half-million dollar motion capture rigs, so don't try this at home!

Previous dancing quad video here.

(via… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 28, 2010 at 6:49am — 8 Comments


Photo shopped in screens…


Added by Earl on September 27, 2010 at 11:30pm — 21 Comments

Latest UAV Replaces Flaps With Jets

A novel UAV has successfully demonstrated 'flapless flight' in the UK.

From Dailymail: "A British unmanned plane that uses jets of air to fly instead of conventional ‘flaps’ has made aviation history.

The experimental unmanned air vehicle (UAV), called DEMON, uses blown jets of air to…

Added by Shannon Morrisey on September 27, 2010 at 4:10pm — 12 Comments

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Arduino 20 is out!

Mostly just adds support for the new Uno and Mega boards: Get it here. From the release notes:…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 27, 2010 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Outback Challenge about to start

Briefing for the four teams still to be cleared to fly starts in one hours time, 2100 BST or 2000 GMT thats 0600 in Kingaroy.

Flights should start very shortly afterwards.

The only team to actually make it through in one go, passing both the ground test and pilot competency test at the first try, Team Robota fly their challenge attempt at 2200 GMT 0800 local at…

Added by Gary Mortimer on September 27, 2010 at 12:14pm — 15 Comments

Fried motors

Doomed flight is here: has great prices and great motors. I think. But for some reason I seem to be having some very bad luck frying motors lately.

I've been running one of their 450TH motors rated for 230 watts ( at exactly 230 watts, and haven't had much issue with very short bursts at the 230 figure of 40 seconds or less for… Continue

Added by Tj Bordelon on September 27, 2010 at 8:00am — 20 Comments

Testing my APM

So i finally got my brown bag from Sparkfun. I soldered all the pins, downloaded and installed the Arduino software from here:

I wanted to try the test programs from this page:…


Added by RC on September 27, 2010 at 6:06am — 1 Comment

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