October 2011 Blog Posts (138)

3D Robotics
Another video from that amazing Chinese UAV carrier competition

From Flight Global:


At least 100 teams from around China and the world entered vehicles to compete for roughlyUS$378,000 in prizes. It is possible that the event included the…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 6, 2011 at 5:59am — 8 Comments

Low Voltage warning LEDS


Untitled from charlie soppelsa on Vimeo.

This little gizmo has saved my bacon on many occasions.



Multirotors tend to fall out of the sky…


Added by charlie Soppelsa on October 5, 2011 at 10:41am — 10 Comments

Fly-By-Wire Low Altitude Limit!

Hi there!


I've always wanted to take part in arduplane development, so I finally have chance to do it =)


Here you can find info on how to do the same http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/how-to-contribute-to-a-diy-drones-project-start-with-something-sm


I have chosen this one -

8) Minimum altitude…


Added by YureZzZ on October 5, 2011 at 8:00am — 26 Comments

ArduCopter arm mount for Maxbotix sonars.


New Sonar mount for your ArduCopter @ jDrones


We just added those more elegant ArduCopter sonar mounts to our storesystem. This mount was inspired by the mount what Chris created first from his plastic knife and mounted with a rubber band to the arm. We made them a bit more…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on October 4, 2011 at 8:11pm — 10 Comments

OpenLRS firmware1.10 with Transparent Serial Bridge

Hi Everyone,


Maybe you know, i'm working on Open Source RC (OpenLRS) project since 1-2 years and we released it in this summer.

Today I just finished the firmware v1.10 with transparent serial bridge!

This mean, you can talk with autopilot or other telemetry modules without any extra telemetry device. Your OpenLRS Rx and…


Added by Melih Karakelle on October 4, 2011 at 5:06am — 13 Comments

First APM flight in auto mode

Hooray!  Finally got the xbee assembled and tested... still seems somewhat miraculous to be logged into to a computer flying around overhead.


Went with copilot Andreas and his friend Reto, (an old schoolmate visiting from Switzerland -- they did their robotics project together), to the park to try fully automatic flight…


Added by Mark Harrison on October 3, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Full autonomous flights of the MAJA drone with ThermoPilot v5

On october 1st, 2011, my MAJA drone has done successfully a full autonomous flight under flight plan with the ThermoPilot v5, an updated version of the Arduplane v2.23. The video of the flight is recorded with a GO pro HD wide on board. This test flight is a part of my ThermoPilot project (Autonomous Thermal Hunter glider).

The flight of the real…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on October 3, 2011 at 9:51am — 2 Comments

Flight Tests with Arducopter 2.x

This are the pictures from my first auto fly mode wich took place today. I was happy with the results even if alt must be tuned, but I had no crash, and any flight without a crash, for me is a good flight :D

I made 2 passes of the same path and as you can see there are some alt variations, the quad looked like a frog jumping from point to point.…


Added by Rui Manuel Cravo Marques on October 3, 2011 at 4:00am — 8 Comments

Arducopter32 test of RTL and Loiter mode


Dear Friends,

in these days we're doing test of stable version of code for Multipilot32 + VRIMU FULL. We hope to release the stable version of code before the end of month.In this video is possible to see how work return to home , I'm very happy of this result ... During the debug is possible to have some problem if the point of return is exactly the same where you pilot your drone :) See video ... It's very nice .. :)


Functionality available…


Added by Roberto Navoni on October 3, 2011 at 1:38am — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
Chinese UAV competition with autonomous simulated carrier landings

What's going on in China now is very impressive. From SUASNews:

It's thought at least 100 teams took part in the AVIC Cup…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 2, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

QGroundControl v1.0.0 and MAVLink v1.0.0 Releases closing in


GroundControl and MAVLink have been improved substantially behind the scenes over the last months. The most obvious new feature on the user level are custom user widgets. You can configure yourself parameter sliders and buttons and even export this widget into a *.qgw file, which other users can import. The video shows how to create a custom attitude…


Added by pixhawk on October 2, 2011 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

Not even ArduPlane could save my F22 Twin 70mm EDF

This was my ArduPlane F22 Twin 70mm EDF on it last 2 flights before I stalled it trying to do a high alpha fly by.  The crash is at the end of the video, but a totally awesome take off is at the start, I got vertical straight after rotating.


Added by Hai Tran on October 2, 2011 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

Modified HK FPV platform

I made following modifications

wing span increased to 74 in

root cord 12inch

Tip cord 9inch

Tested with 2x8000mah Tenergy pack

got 1hr endurance

Di-hedral 4inch from wing tip 

IT is very hard to turn from aileron will reduce the di-hedral to 2inch

Prop apc 1407E will test 1412E

Takeoff weight was…


Added by Ahmed Rehan on October 1, 2011 at 2:53pm — 15 Comments

OCTOV travelling stability with 2.0.42

So today i tried to make a movie with the GoPro and the OCTOV platform and it seems to be stable.

Next step is to put caoutchouc under the motors to absorb more vibration.

This Plateform is really dedicaded for movie !! enjoy Guys !!

Added by patrice.rance on October 1, 2011 at 2:29pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
"Oh, no. My wife's drone!"

From this week's New Yorker

Added by Chris Anderson on October 1, 2011 at 11:56am — 3 Comments

Version 10 of my Custom Frame for AC2


After several crashes my frame has finally evolved into something I'm fairly happy with. It uses all standard AC2 kit electronics, but custom built frame/arms, etc. It has a modular base so I can easily change out Camera mount for just plain, centralised battery mount. The camera mount has an offset battery position to keep COG towards the middle. The camera…


Added by Owen Booth on October 1, 2011 at 4:30am — 8 Comments

New 3D Robotics frame build of my ArduCopter

I had a fully tricked out with every options ArducopterMega I purchased fully assembled from jdrones last year. I usually assemble all my own stuff so it figures that I crashed it *hard* on the first or second flight and basically destroyed the frame. This sent me down the rabbit hole and since then I have built 8 multi-rotors by hand including a few quads, a Y4, a Y6 a…


Added by Ezra Zygmuntowicz on October 1, 2011 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

Successful Maiden Flight of my Modular Testing Platform III


Successfully maiden'd the third version of my Modular Testing Platform. My eventual goal is to scratch build an airplane that carry and utilize FPV and UAV components, but I wanted to start small and basic first.


Overall it flew well, had plenty of power, and wasn't as "pitchy" as the last MTP, however I'm going to have to strengthen my motor mount or have some other total new solution to landing (different method, prop location, etc.) I may…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on October 1, 2011 at 4:10am — 4 Comments

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