October 2013 Blog Posts (155)

3D Robotics Brushless Gimbal

Is this IT? Sweet!


Added by Letterman on October 29, 2013 at 1:30am — 9 Comments

A FPV visit to an offshore drilling rig, using Cruise Mode

I thought I'd share my recent marine excursion to a drilling rig that's anchored about 5.2km offshore. I was testing my new ReadyMadeRC 8000mAh 3S batteries (awesome, light) and the new pan & tilt mount, from Flite Evolution (changed my FPV life). As I was cruising down the beach I noticed a drilling boat that I recently saw in the harbour, so I thought I'd…


Added by Hein du Plessis on October 29, 2013 at 1:00am — 9 Comments

DIY Drones Vodcast with ConservationDrones.org


Hello All,


I have the great privilege to have a vodcast tonight at 16:00 pm UTC Time (…


Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on October 29, 2013 at 12:26am — No Comments

3D Robotics drone helps farmers with precision agriculture

Vigneron Paul Sloan spends a lot of time walking up and down his vineyards.

He walks every vineyard that he farms once week -- all 14 of them. He sometimes walks them 2-3 times a week depending on how critical decisions are. Those are issues like irrigation leaks, color variation, or pests like nematodes.

Sloan, a winemaker and viticulturist at Small Vines Wines, still intends to walk through his vineyards, but he now aims to walk with more…


Added by Sally French on October 28, 2013 at 2:24pm — 3 Comments

Adventures in Gimbal Design

Hey DIY Community!  It's been a while since we've posted on the site and we wanted to share some of the progress we've made on our gimbal design project.  If you're interested in our project please visit our blog.  It's filled with a lot of great photos and videos.  We also try to add useful information from…


Added by SkyrisFX on October 28, 2013 at 12:11pm — 7 Comments

Building and flying an incredibly tiny, open-source quadrotor

Recently had a chance to solder together and operate one of the smallest quadrotors on the market: the Crazyflie nano. It weighs less than 19 grams, and measures 9cm from rotor to rotor. The 3.7v LiPo 170mAh gives about 7 minutes flight time. Open-source firmware, computer client coded in Python.…


Added by Matthew Schroyer on October 28, 2013 at 9:39am — 3 Comments

[Update] DroidPlanner v1.2.0

Updating DroidPlanner (v1.2.0).


Well, what can I say about these releases: That I have just done a fraction of the work?

I must especially thanks…


Added by Arthur Benemann on October 27, 2013 at 2:24pm — 28 Comments

3D Robotics
NPR: "Drone Hobbyists Talk Safety"

Good piece from the US National Public Radio on how the hobby community approaches drone safety while regulators deliberate rules. Here's the section I'm quoted in: 

It's counterintuitive, but many in…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 27, 2013 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

Landing In difficult area

Just a short video to share some difficult situation we are facing when flying mission in Highland area.

In this kinds of situation, you really need to use throttle to control the altitude and elevator to control air speed. The touch down point must be accurate to avoid overshoot which may cause damage to the air frame.

cockpit view of…


Added by keeyen pang on October 27, 2013 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Shot this video at Joe Nall 2013 with my Tricopter


Tricopter V2.6HV Deluxe

Camera: GoPro 3 Black edition @ 1080p60

Platform: Tricopter V2.6HV Deluxe

RC TX: Hitec Aurora 9

RC RX: Hitec Optima 9

Video TX: 600mW 5.8GHz ImmersionRC



Added by David Windestål on October 27, 2013 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Hot News ... Available NuttX OS on VRBrain 4.5: First Fligt with Arducopter32 3.1rc5 on NuttX Operating systems the same use by Pixhawke.

After more than a year of VRBrain 4.5 development , thanks to the efforts of FOXTEAM and the VRI dev team, reached a level of maturity and very high reliability .

It ' was the first platform to support Arducopter 32-bit first through the use of a port of the old library AP_XXX then with new AP_HAL_VRBRAIN library , but without the use of…


Added by Roberto Navoni on October 27, 2013 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

And Now for Something Completely Different - APM:Bot

Ive been wanting to build a Hanging Pendulum robot for the last 30 years

Technology (and inexpensive consumer parts) finally conspired to let me try and realize my dream.

Inexpensive 500 watt 48 volt 26" Chinese brushless bicycle wheels form the basis of my bot.

And the chassis is constructed from T6 aluminum plate and extrusions with…


Added by Gary McCray on October 26, 2013 at 8:12pm — 18 Comments

Video Like a TBS Discovery Pro

Hello All,


As promised, here is the first flight with my gimbal adapted to TBS Discovery :



Remember my last post :…


Added by polak74 on October 26, 2013 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

30km (18.6mi) Autonomous Flight!

This week the Raptor 140 completed a 30km (18.6mi) fully autonomous flight! It only used 58% of it's 8.8Ah batteries, giving it a potential ability to cover 51.2km (31.8mi) on a single charge, the whole time flying at 75kph (47mph) for 40+ minutes! Impressive...

Some additional metrics to consider: is average amp draw was 12.8amps, or 21% of the 60amp esc, also it had a 5.8km/Ah (3.6mi/Ah)…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on October 26, 2013 at 4:11am — 32 Comments

A New Singlecopter Airframe Support for Arducopter

apm single1210312 from billking on Vimeo.

You can download the programme from https://github.com/ssq870424/arduvtol and enjoy it.

The singlecopter is a kind of VTOL aerial vehicle such as Honeywell…


Added by Bill King on October 26, 2013 at 4:00am — 53 Comments

Powering your APM drone (or how not to shutdown APM like the US gov would) - practical build log

Figure 1: general wiring diagram for an 8 motors

& APM drone


Practical build blog: powering your APM drone (or don’t  brownout an APM like the US gov…


Added by Hugues on October 26, 2013 at 3:00am — 23 Comments

Ardupilot Camera Gimbal Setup using Mission Planner

We have been skipping the ArduPilot Camera Gimbal page for a while, so finally we are back to revisit this feature.   ArduCopter can stabilize a gimbal with up to three axis of motion using any of the free output channels.  This really mades APM one of the best flight controller around.…


Added by noeL on October 26, 2013 at 3:00am — 10 Comments

AndroCopter - use your smartphone as an autopilot !

Hi all,

I would like to present my latest project, a scratch-built quadcopter with a special autopilot: an Android smartphone !

The phone is onboard (under the battery), and actually computes how to stabilize the drone. Of course, a phone cannot be connected directly to the ESCs, so an Arduino ADK bridges the two.

The idea came from the fact that smartphones now feature a lot of nice components useful for a drone. For example, the Nexus 4 used…


Added by Romain Baud on October 26, 2013 at 2:30am — 16 Comments

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