September 2013 Blog Posts (165)

3D Robotics
GoPro Hero 3+ Announced

GoPro just announced its new camera, the Hero3+. I am really interested to see how much smaller it really is than the hero3. Longer battery, sharper lens, smaller, 720p at 120fps sounds really good to me. The buttons on the enclosure seem bigger, I hope so, the old ones were a pain to press. Anyone getting…


Added by Alan Sanchez on September 30, 2013 at 11:30pm — 34 Comments

Temporary DiyDrones Forum Search Engine

Click Here to Go to the Diy Drones Forum Search Engine

This is just a temporary search engine for the Diy Drones Forums that I built until Ning 3.0 fixes our current forum search engine.  The Forum search…


Added by Joshua Johnson on September 30, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Device which could keep a Quad with Engine failure from crashing....

a four rotor quad copter needs all four engines/props to be functioning to fly - if either a prop or motor fails the air vehicle rolls in the direction of that engine due to the change in the center of lift and it tumbles out of the sky like a rock.  one potential solution to this condition would be to cycle the opposite prop to control the…


Added by Dennis Okeefe on September 30, 2013 at 6:24pm — 30 Comments

Flite Test : Kickin' it with Kenny

Cleveland's local television show "Kickin' it with Kenny" featured Flite Test on a live TV broadcast! -
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Added by Max Levine on September 30, 2013 at 3:55pm — 5 Comments

Autonomous flight for the ARDrone implemented in Javascript

I've developed an Autonomous flight library for the Parrot ARDrone 2.0, entirely in Javascript. It implements things like an Extended Kalman Filter, PID Controller, Tag detection and mission planning. It is built on top of the popular nodecopter nodejs library. Being Javascript, this makes it really…


Added by Laurent Eschenauer on September 30, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Aluminum uniframe quad.

in a quest for weight reduction

its now key to remove unnecessary bits and pieces from a quad frame that is just to overly complex

if anyone remember my last post of…


Added by CliffN on September 30, 2013 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

Democratizing The High Ground

The quadcopter in the video is the Hubsan H107c v2, which is an HD camera quad not much bigger than a cellphone, and costs only $80. I have one of these on order after playing with the standard definition version, and finding it fun, but somewhat lacking in video resolution. While many on here will consider…


Added by HeliStorm on September 29, 2013 at 10:03pm — 12 Comments

How Boeing uses Lidar to autonomously land a heli

Check out how Boeing uses Lidar to autonomously land a helicopter

Added by Austin H on September 29, 2013 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments


Lian Pin Koh ( and Brenden Duffy ( went on a trip to Barro…


Added by lianpinkoh on September 29, 2013 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

'Simpler' Andropilot 1.8 released to production

Hi ya'll,

Thanks to Luciano Zanchi, Gary Mortimer and Remigijus this new release is now out to production.  

The main features compared to the last GA release:

  • Substantially simplified user interface (the sidebar now gets hidden by default in…

Added by Kevin Hester on September 29, 2013 at 11:46am — 27 Comments

APM 2.5 in the Philippines - Part 1


Since a long time I do fly airplanes together with an APM 2.5 for safety and RTL feature.

Now, back in February I started to fly quad copters and "tested" a lot of different FC. However my favorite one is still the APM since the code is open source and it is easy to program new stuff that I use for aerial filming.

In April I went…


Added by Andy on September 29, 2013 at 11:15am — 4 Comments

Tarot 2D Brushless Gimbal Installation and Review

Added by AKRCGUY on September 29, 2013 at 10:07am — 1 Comment

HeavyDuty Antenna tracker

Time to start build next version of antenna trackers. As antennas are getting bigger and bigger we planned to make one heavyduty antenna tracker that can turn 2kg antenna clusters. 

Basic tech:

  • 360 yaw with 1 degree accuracy
  • -5 - 90 degree tilt control 
  • Accelerometer measurement for X/Y and Z axis
  • Compass…

Added by Jani Hirvinen on September 29, 2013 at 12:18am — 51 Comments

The new forums need YOU!

By now everybody must be aware of the excellent new wiki's that the team has been putting hours of work into and really doing a fine job of it. You might have also seen the Community drop down menu at the top of the page at under that you will see a links to here and …


Added by Gary Mortimer on September 28, 2013 at 11:20pm — 44 Comments

We will do it!

Finally, we flew a latest plane - Primus III.

In one of test fly (engine stop in air)  I set new personal glide record: distance 976 meters from 68 meters altitude.…


Added by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on September 28, 2013 at 9:30pm — 40 Comments

Eweek 2013 Triple Tree Aerodrome -- What a great place almost in my backyard!

Why did I wait so long to go to Triple Tree Aerodrome? The facility is fantastic and literally a gem less than a hour from my house.

I brought my two Arducopter quads and spent a huge amount of time letting folk hold them, and pour over the details. There was so many folk wanting to talk about them, I did…


Added by R. D. Starwalt on September 28, 2013 at 7:47pm — 1 Comment

Laser Rangefinder Flights tests in Namibia

                                                          SF02 Laser Rangefinder Flight tests:

I recently purchased three of the SP02 Laser Rangefinders from Laserman, and have fitted one to one of our SurVoyeur mk-II planes. I had intended to fly earlier this week, but was beset with PC hard disc failures so…


Added by Gisela & Joe Noci on September 28, 2013 at 2:51pm — 15 Comments

[Update] DroidPlanner v1.0.0


DroidPlanner has reached a milestone  (v1.0.0). For me at least, it can now be used as the only GCS when you are flying. Since this is why I started working on it I think we have reached the objective, and in the way I…


Added by Arthur Benemann on September 28, 2013 at 11:07am — 50 Comments

Wow! Check out this perspective....

Based on the Rotor Mount concept found HERE

Added by AKRCGUY on September 28, 2013 at 5:30am — 21 Comments

Done with the frame

Just finished assembling the frame. looks like a tank! lol.

I really have a hard time bending the arms! I decided to build a wooden brake for these arms (gave my hands a hardtime).. Bolted up with M4 x 10mm screws.

Need to put some …


Added by rjc_quadcopter on September 28, 2013 at 4:01am — 15 Comments

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