October 2011 Blog Posts (138)

More FPV from a quad

I'm just getting all my equipment sorted out for FPV on the quad, but made some good progress today that I thought I'd share.


I got the idea for a standalone FPV pod from flitetest.  Just wanted to get things working quick and dirty for both the quad and the…


Added by John C. on October 11, 2011 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

Object Tracking - Working on Mission Planner Integration

I am currently working on integrating an object tracking algorithm of my own making into the Mission Planner. The algorithm combines Lucas-Kanade and SURF and attempts to learn negative and positive reinforcement values as it runs. Right now it is in the early stages of development, but I hope to have something fully functional within a few…


Added by Adam Rivera on October 11, 2011 at 7:30am — 38 Comments

Quadcopter FPV in the Canadian North.

After a few rough landings (cough crashes) and subsequent repairs, I got the feel for flying FPV. Canadian thanksgiving was this weekend, and there were still some nice colours in the trees. Just thought i'd share.

  • I'm flying a Quadcopter running ArduCopter 2.0.45…

Added by Bart on October 11, 2011 at 5:05am — 8 Comments

Compufly Port to Java with enhancements

This is a port of Flytrons USB2PPM Project Compufly with enhancements 

You can use multiple usb sources and map any axis and button to any channel of your choice. 

You can also map multiple buttons to the same channel and adjust the ppm value to them for a 3 way switch with 3 buttons type set up

Current feature list…


Added by Ryan C Smith on October 10, 2011 at 11:50pm — 22 Comments

The new Javelin Mk2 test flight

Finally a somewhat nice enough of a day for us to put another flight on the new Javelin Mk2. It's very windy however and cross wind too - I do hate Melbourne weather.

In this flight, I'm just getting the control surface angles and mixings dial in so we can input that into the autopilot. All live telemetry was recorded.

It flies really well and plenty of power and lift. Current weight comes in at 11kg with a design max gross of 16 - 17kg



Added by Ryan on October 10, 2011 at 5:03pm — 15 Comments

Remzibi OSD copy hardware with 10hz GPS

Remzibi OSD with USB and 10Hz GPS

Copy hardware, but works great with Ardupilot.

Price: 94.95 USD


Added by Vern joes on October 10, 2011 at 12:03pm — 9 Comments

Full scale octocopter


There has been some posts lately about people building and trying to fly full scale multi-copters. Following this trend I though I should share the most successful project I have seen so far. Mr. Ivoprop over at youtube seem to have a fully working octocopter design built around…


Added by John Arne Birkeland on October 9, 2011 at 11:30pm — 8 Comments

Wiki Ninja
Relaxing sunday flight with friends

Just want to share a relaxing sunday RC flying with friends at Elk Grove. Flown with homemade quadcopter/ Multiwii FC and GoPro.…


Added by Gent Armedo on October 9, 2011 at 5:17pm — 3 Comments

ArduPilot Legacy - RTL & Loiter FPV Video


A couple flights this morning using my trusty old ArduPilot Legacy & ArduIMU. Separate Mediatek GPS's on both AP and the Remzibi OSD. A Hobbyking 420 TVL camera provides the video sent back to the ground via a BOB Fox 700 1.2GHz transmitter. FPV is done with video goggles. Radio is a Hitec Aurora 9.



Added by Graham Dyer on October 9, 2011 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Sonar mount on Pan/Tilt mechanism?


On my 3rd major rebuild of my custom-framed AC2 after losing her to strong wind (stupidity really) and I'm again relishing the opportunity to change further aspects of the design. I'm REALLY hanging to see the OSD integration the boys are working on (come one Jani, hook me up!!!!!). The thought occured that if I wanted to fly really close to the ground in…


Added by Owen Booth on October 9, 2011 at 1:05pm — 9 Comments

Peking, we have lift-off!

It starts to get really interesting at about 3 minutes into the film.…


Added by Björn Geir Leifsson on October 8, 2011 at 11:52pm — 18 Comments

(Getting Past) Coming Down with Something

In what we can only hope are unrelated news stories, Wired Magazine is reporting a virus infestation of Reaper and Predator ground control systems, and sUAS News is reporting the crash of a Reaper…


Added by Michael Pursifull on October 8, 2011 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

The end of my Modular Test Platform and a new direction



This week I flew and crashed my MTP3. I know, I know, I crash more than I fly sometimes!


I learned a lot from this experience;


1.) Rudder/elevator needs to be much larger, or keep it at a standard of 1/3rd of the wing area

2.) Don't expect control surfaces to work if they don't have any air going over them

3.) CG (at least for me) never really works at 33%, it needs to be more like 25% or even 20% on my clark-y…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on October 8, 2011 at 6:55am — 10 Comments

What is the maximum range of an Xbee? - Lets find out...

I have recently been pushing the limits of the XBee Pro to see how far it can go.

Unfortunately my current plane (SkyFun) only has a 38 minute duration and a maximum travel distance of 20km, this means the furtherst I have been able to go is 10Km (a 20Km return trip).

I have a 14dB patch antenna which has still shown signal of 85%+ out at this…


Added by Toby Mills on October 7, 2011 at 9:00pm — 56 Comments

3D Robotics
London DIYDrones meetup with Chris Anderson on Oct 13th

I'm going to be in London on Oct 13th and 14th for the Wired UK conference (where there will be an ArduCopter demo--thanks to those coming to do that). For those who can't make it to the conference, I'm hosting a meetup dinner at 7:00pm on Thurs, Oct 13th…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 7, 2011 at 8:00pm — 20 Comments

TBS Video Update

We've been busy behind the scenes, but now we're back with a double-dose of FPV videos. Enjoy!


Added by trappy on October 7, 2011 at 2:00pm — 14 Comments

Drone Zone II Meeting Guildford UK



We would like to invite anyone interested in amateur unmanned systems to a get together in…


Added by Martint BuildYourOwnDrone.co.uk on October 7, 2011 at 12:24am — 39 Comments

3D Robotics
3D Robotics ArduCopter now available in complete kit with motors/ESCs/props

The cool black 3DR ArduCopter kit is now available with motors/ESCs and props included for $295. Or get it with full APM autopilot electronics (including GPS and magnetometer) for…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 6, 2011 at 5:00pm — 21 Comments

Test flight using new Auto Flap feature

I had an excellent test flight with the new Auto Flap feature this morning.



This picture is the end of a fully autonomous flight.  Sorry, I should have had video running....  It is impressive that the Skywalker is sitting within about a meter of the center of the runway.  However, what is really cool about this landing is that there was a 10-15…


Added by Doug Weibel on October 6, 2011 at 12:18pm — 12 Comments

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