October 2011 Blog Posts (138)

Dynamic Density Airship Concept

This is an airship I designed for the UAVForge competition, it takes advantage of its ability to alter its volume (and thus its density) to take off and land. It is 6 ft long, however folds down into a rucksack.

 

Some interesting technology I am looking at in terms of software is the Surface From Motion 3D environment…

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Added by narwhal on October 24, 2011 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

Arducopter Tethered Tests

My AC2 is assembled, and I was able to do a couple indoor tethered test flights to make sure things are connected and setup properly.  Here is the first test:

 

This was somewhat of a success for the first flight, in that all of the electronics were basically working correctly, including wireless telemetry.  After re-checking all of the connections to…

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Added by AndrewF on October 23, 2011 at 7:40pm — 13 Comments


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Video Stabilization - Easy, Fast, FREE !!!

YouTube added video stabilization tool to new video editor.

And its super easy to use: Upload your video go to video editor and click "Stabilize".

It will take some time to process the video, but who cares... you can keep using your PC !!!, because all the work is done in the "cloud" :) No more After…

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Added by Max Levine on October 23, 2011 at 5:29pm — 5 Comments

Solar Ship sails the skies, schlepps supplies

"By crossing airships with airplanes, Solar Ship is planning to build a craft that can carry heavy loads long distances with a tiny carbon footprint. Filled with helium, they soak up rays from the sun to provide the energy for forward motion and fulfill its original design challenge – carry 1,000 kilograms (2,205 lbs) of payload 1,000 kilometers (621.4 miles). The craft is heavier than air,…

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Added by ionut on October 23, 2011 at 1:44am — 4 Comments

AVroto / BQ-2 / Quad build

 

 

 

Hello everyone, this is my 2nd quad.  I decided to go heavy…

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Added by john seaman on October 22, 2011 at 11:05pm — No Comments

New AreoHawk in Service

RQ-84Z AreoHawk is now is service in NZ after a months trial in Canada and NZ.  We are acquiring 8 Sq/km in 36 min from 400-600 AGL and endurance 90 min+ -in 25 km 'hr winds.

Sensor is Sony Nex-5, Migrating to Sony Nex-7 in one week (when they arrive).  Our Terrain Aware IP allows for dynamic operations factoring in wind direction, DEM, overlap requirements and acquisiton rate depending on ground speed.

No need for catapult.  Parachute recovery (automated) and…

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Added by Rowland on October 22, 2011 at 5:30pm — 15 Comments

GeekStar Completed

 

I finished my version of the EasyStar, which I have dubbed the "GeekStar" in honor of the show's name "MyGeekShow".

 

I've got it as close as possible to the EasyStar; CG, Weight, Strength, Angle of Incidence on the Wing and Motor, Throws, etc. Everything I could think of.

 

Why re-build an Easy Star you might ask? Well, first of they cost $80 for the basic kit, and secondly, I want to be able to modify the design at some future…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on October 22, 2011 at 1:14pm — 2 Comments

A complete Arduino development system for Visual Studio 2008 and 2010

A few weeks ago the new version of the free Visual Micro addin for Visual Studio was released. The addin provides full featured, 100% compatible, arduino development inside all Visual Studio 2008 and 2010 versions (except for express). This release means that we can code, compile, upload…

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Added by AVS on October 22, 2011 at 12:30pm — 63 Comments


Distributor
Multiplex Easystar II just spotted





Coming in December




Was ist neu?



• Kräftiger Brushless Motor, 3fache Leistung gegenüber EasyStar I

• Klapppropeller für weniger Luftwiderstand im…
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Added by RC Tech.se on October 22, 2011 at 11:00am — 16 Comments

Skywalker w/APM & GoPro HD

Added by Derin Hakan Karakurt on October 22, 2011 at 10:10am — No Comments

Custom Quad build (v2)

After my first custom quad wich took a lot of rough landings and finally crashed from about 40 meters due to disconnected battery Ive kinda overbuild this one.

Arms are 15x15x1mm aluminium profiles, centerplates are 2mm laser cut aluminium. Im using 3S batteries (5000 or 2200 mAh), ESCs are 18A Turnigy Plush and motors 900kV Turnigy from HK, driving APC SF10x4.7. M2M is 40cm (so i dont have to make extensions for ESC-motor wires. it weights about 900g with the smaller…

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Added by Michal Rusina on October 22, 2011 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

Tricopter video

Here's a video of my tricopter. First attempt at some editing so it's a bit rough and it's got a bit jumpy in translation.

 

Specification:

14x4.7" APC props on 750mm centres, AUW 1700grm. Battery 4S 5A. flight time about 20 mins. ACM running 2.0.42.

Camera Canon Ixus 130.

 

Added by charlie Soppelsa on October 21, 2011 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Berlin, Berlin

Added by trappy on October 21, 2011 at 9:59am — 14 Comments


3D Robotics
White House report on DIY Drones

I'm not sure if I've posted on this before, but last September the White House Office of Science and Technology policy commissioned a great report on DIY Drones and the rest of the amateur/civilian UAV movement. It's full of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 21, 2011 at 12:03am — 6 Comments

[Lightly off topic] printed hydrofoil, IMU stabilization on the way...

Hello,

Some time ago I fell on this :

http://www.diydrones.com/forum/topics/printed-wing-concept

that was the…

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Added by Roman on October 20, 2011 at 11:49pm — 6 Comments

UDB4 Available Today from SparkFun

SparkFun released a new version of the UAV Dev Board today.  It comes with a new, faster processor with much more program memory and RAM, and loads of extra digital and analog IO.

MatrixPilot 3.2 is already fully compatible…

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Added by Ben Levitt on October 20, 2011 at 4:39pm — 28 Comments


Developer
Google's Self-driving car

This is a great talk showing off the technology around Google's self driving car. Heavy use of Slam and the fusion multiple databases including Google maps.

Sebastian Thrun is also teaching AI at Stanford online here: https://www.ai-class.com/

 

 

Added by Jason Short on October 20, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment


3D Robotics
DIY Drones passes 19,000 members!

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. We're now at more than 19,000 registered members. We had another month of more than a million page views. It just took us six weeks to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging about one new member per…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 19, 2011 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments


3D Robotics
New Bixler Accessory - Electronics Chassis

Hello all,

The Bixler Electronics Chassis is being added to the DIY Drones store today. This accessory allows you to mount your APM/Oilpan, GPS Module (Mediatek or uBlox), Differential Pressure Breakout, Receiver, and pan/tilt camera mount on your Bixler. The chassis provides access to the CLI…

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Added by Alan Sanchez on October 19, 2011 at 4:50pm — 9 Comments

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