October 2010 Blog Posts (104)

Getting started

Hi there, I am Diego from Venezuela, i want to start in the UAV proyect after being rc modeller for 15 years and robotics entusiast for a year, http://aventgps.blogspot.com

I have ordered from this site, Spark fun and Adafruit all the items i was intructed by this page… Continue

Added by diego colonnello on October 31, 2010 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Evil Tilt-Rotor Ghost!

I put together a large tilt-rotor ghost to scare kids with. It's based on the KKMulticopter flight control board. For more info check out… Continue

Added by Michael Colton on October 31, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Multicopter Spirit!




Quadrocopter and Tricopter Mega Link…


Added by Jim Solinski on October 31, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Happy Halloween


Added by Roberto Navoni on October 30, 2010 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

ArduCopter in Brazilian Sky

Hello guys!

Here goes a little video of my recent flight!

Morning happy today with ArduCopter Beta. :)

Good time flying there, even with some wind. I needed to change the commands quickly sometimes because of wind, but the response of the IMU and firmware is awesome to keep it nice.

ArduCopter is awesome nice! And I'm not talking it as a member of the core team, but as an user. When you fly it, you'll understand why. Happy flights… Continue

Added by Sandro Benigno on October 30, 2010 at 1:24pm — 13 Comments

Laser Powered Quadrotor Sets New Aviation Record

From Xconomy: "A couple of startup companies set a world aviation record last night.

But they were pretty low-key about it. As I walked into the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo, WA, a half hour north of Seattle, I saw little activity. It was after hours, and the…

Added by Shannon Morrisey on October 28, 2010 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
ArduCopter pre-sales now up at the DIY Drones store

ArduCopter is now available for pre-sale in the DIY Drones store in the US, too. This is the same kit as the Fah Pah model, but without the APM board, which you must buy from Sparkfun as usual. (This is due to regulatory rules in the US).

The price is $439.90, reflecting the fact that it does…

Added by Chris Anderson on October 28, 2010 at 5:51am — 17 Comments

IFR Project - QUT Avionics Engineering

We just finalised the IFR Project for one of our University Courses.… Continue

Added by Chris Walsh on October 28, 2010 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

ardupilotmegacomm library now on google code, supports host-side HIL and Binary Protocols for communicating with ArduPilotMega

The ardupilotmegacomm library is successfully sending/ receiving HIL communication and is sending/receiving the standard ardupilotmega binary protocol. yagcs and dronegcs (several ardupilotmega ground stations) both currently use the library. I updated the apmcomm library to fix some bugs and also added hardware in the loop support. I renamed the project from apmcomm to avoid a bunch of misc. hits on google. I have packaged a linux version using cpack -G DEB, but could use a developer on… Continue

Added by James Goppert on October 27, 2010 at 10:29pm — 5 Comments

The flight of the ADAV/VTOL Tricopter with a HD camera on board

ADAV/VTOL Tricopter flight with a HD camera on board from Jean-Louis Naudin on Vimeo.

Successfull flight of the ADAV/VTOL TRICOPTER v1 with a HD camera on board done on October 2010 by Jean-Louis Naudin.

Wind conditions: 15 Kts gusting: 20 Kts…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on October 27, 2010 at 9:17am — 17 Comments

Full metal copter first flights

First test flight:

First flight ends in a crash, but I attribute that to pilot error rather than a problem with the copter. This flight did bend one of the legs slightly. I believe the holes I drilled to reduce weight have compromised the strength of the leg. I will replace with solid pieces.

Second flight. No crash, and quite a stable… Continue

Added by David Wolfenbarger on October 27, 2010 at 7:13am — 6 Comments

Sand art photos taken from UAS

More of the story here pretty cool eh.

Added by Gary Mortimer on October 26, 2010 at 11:30pm — 7 Comments

Full Metal Copter

Thanks to all in AeroQuad and AduCopter communities for their inspiration and ideas. I submit this photo record of my build hoping that it may help others.…


Added by David Wolfenbarger on October 26, 2010 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

HK GCS Proof of Concept

I must be crazy throwing my hat in this ring... but here goes.


Yet another Ground Control Station project has begun. It's little more than a proof of concept. There is absolutely no documentation or error trapping and is not overly functional... but hey, you've got to start somewhere.

My hopes are to…


Added by Paul Mather on October 26, 2010 at 1:30pm — 30 Comments

Open Source Business Model

Looking for constructive feedback on OSBM - Hard or Soft I suspect.

My motion is that successful Open Source brands, such as Arduino, DIY, Linux etc... are the natural distributors of derived works, and should (therefore) encourage derived works specifically by hosting a marketplace for them - in which they charge a fee.

The argument in favor is that google searches and other reflections of mindshare will gravitate to the Copyright holders; derivative works are therefore… Continue

Added by bGatti on October 26, 2010 at 1:28pm — 9 Comments

Opened Overdrive

Well after some hours of playing around with the jlx overdrive, heres what I've got for now...

Removed wheels from Overdrive, opened chassis and pcb cover:

next, unsoldered the tech 1 rc brain ;) and added some screw contacts (dont know the correct english… Continue

Added by Michael Winkler on October 25, 2010 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

ArduCopter Alpha & GoPro HD

custom frame

motors: BC2836-11 750kv

ESC: 30A

10X4.7 APC

3S… Continue

Added by Max Levine on October 25, 2010 at 11:00am — 31 Comments

A Milestone: single-button UAV for photomapping - The Pteryx

Pteryx UAV photo mapping from Krzysztof Bosak on Vimeo.

After completing testign campaign and delivering the first examples we have rushed to publish a short documentary.

Pteryx is an UAV designed for civilian use, together with its mission-oriented autopilot.

Our focus is in reliable operation and single button interface. basically you… Continue

Added by Krzysztof Bosak on October 25, 2010 at 5:00am — 31 Comments

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