October 2007 Blog Posts (11)

NASA's Ikhana UAV over SoCal Fires

Looks like NASAs Ikhana UAV is the first over the fires here in our backyard. The PE Crew will be out shooting imagery with our DIY systems in the next several days. Stay Tuned!

RELEASE: 07-58

NASA Aircraft Aiding Southern California Firefighting Effort

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – In response to a request from the… Continue

Added by Jeffrey Johnson on October 24, 2007 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Help needed


Added by Tom Mason on October 24, 2007 at 2:46pm — 2 Comments

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See DIY Drones on PBS tonight!

The mini-documentary on amateur UAVs that we were filming at our fly-in at the Alameda Naval Airstation earlier this year will be broadcast as the lead-off feature in Wired Science tonight, Wed Oct 24. It's 8:00pm in most markets, but check your local listings for

You can… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 24, 2007 at 7:42am — No Comments

Back in the air - for about 10 seconds

The flight

My new parts arrived on Friday. Included in the order was a new RC plane (Firebird Phantom) as well - it turned out that it was cheaper to add the complete model to the order rather than ordering each of the parts separately. So, on Saturday morning, I took my new bird out for another spin.

The winds were much closer to ideal this time, and I imagine they were well within the tolerance of the UAV to maintain control - given a reasonably competent… Continue

Added by Pierre McCann on October 21, 2007 at 11:59am — 5 Comments

Parallax Propeller as an Autopilot - Bench test

I've been working on and off toward creating an autopilot using the Parallax Propeller microprocessor and finally have something to show for it. My autopilot has the following features:

  • Return to starting point when pilot looses the plane
OK. It's not a very large feature set yet, but it is both a personally… Continue

Added by paul hubner on October 16, 2007 at 9:02am — 6 Comments

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My labs incident makes the local paper

"Wired editor flies into security kerfuffle" reads the front-page article in the Contra Costa Times. Here's an excerpt:

"Not even the bucolic Berkeley hills are immune to security concerns in a post-Sept. 11 world, as the editor in chief of Wired magazine has discovered.

Chris Anderson, a 45-year-old Berkeley resident and aerial-reconnaissance enthusiast, sparked a minor security scare Sunday…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 12, 2007 at 10:59pm — No Comments

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Lesson: Don't fly planes over secure National Labs!

I had the wackiest near-catastrophe this weekend. My kids and I were running aerial mapping patterns over the Lawrence Berkeley Labs cyclotron (which is very distinctive from the air) and testing some ISO settings on the Pentax A30. Because we were over a built-up area and had to hand launch and recover from a hillside, we…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 12, 2007 at 12:20pm — 8 Comments

Pylon Mount for my engine.

I've just made something that I have meant too for ages. A pylon mount for my electric engine.

Why you ask why.

Well it frees up the nose of the aircraft so it can carry a camera that does not see a propeller.

I made it so my battery pack fitted into the base. That has freed up an awful lot of fuselage space for whatever. It also lends some weight to the base to counter act the torque that… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on October 9, 2007 at 2:59pm — 2 Comments

Hello to DIY Drones

Where I came from, and what I'm doing:

I just joined DIY Drones today, after having known about the site for two weeks now. I came to it, in directly, via John Robb's Global Guerillas blog (http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com), and I am intensely interested in building my own UAV.

I've already taken the first step: Order the Firebird Phantom beginner RC airframe, and learn to fly RC planes. I suppose I've already taken the first step of learning to fly as well: a fuselage… Continue

Added by Pierre McCann on October 8, 2007 at 7:52am — 7 Comments

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How it's done: Australian UAV winner tells all

Check out this great post from the winners of the Australian amateur UAV contest--the guys at Dionysus Designs, a Chico, CA-based team who focus on advanced RC technology,…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 5, 2007 at 7:09pm — 2 Comments


Helicopter- Why the EFlite Blade CX

It is small, light weight, modifiable, and parts are cheap and readily available at the local hobby shop or on eBay. The Blade CX is considered

an indoor outdoor, meaning I can test the helicopter indoors during inclement

weather, and a Ready To Fly (RTF) helicopter, so limited set up is

necessary. It is…


Added by Genesis Factor on October 1, 2007 at 8:00am — No Comments

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