October 2013 Blog Posts (155)

Reptile 500 FPV Rebuild


Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on October 20, 2013 at 11:30am — 29 Comments

3D Robotics
Drone Journalism documents their COA (FAA approval) process

From Matt Waite at DroneJournalism.org, the university research team who was recently shut down by the FAA for lack of a COA:

As part of our efforts to get a Certificate of Authorization from…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 20, 2013 at 10:37am — 1 Comment

Behold part of the future Flextrotor flies from autonomous boat.

I can't get enough of this platform

The aircraft is Aerovel’s 20-kg Flexrotor, which combines VTOL and small footprint with Hawaii-to-West Coast range. The carrier is a 4-metre skiff equipped to launch, retrieve, and service…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 20, 2013 at 9:15am — 12 Comments

The VR goggle meets Rube Goldberg

Google recommended this video & it's relevant to the RC hobby drone industry VR goggle…


Added by Jack Crossfire on October 19, 2013 at 11:44pm — 10 Comments

Like a TBS Discovery Pro



Hi all,


I have a TBS Discovery for some time now, very good quad.

But when I saw arriving Discovery Pro I said I want it!

I almost had a heart attack.

So I decided to custom mine.

I had to…


Added by polak74 on October 19, 2013 at 3:30pm — 18 Comments

Raptor 140 - Flight Testing with 17k of Autonomous Flight


This week I conducted the Raptor 140's flight testing. I put it through the paces by testing it's general maneuverability (pitch and roll), high maneuverability (rolls, loops, climbs), its speed performance (cruise, max, stall) and it's technology performance (video, telemetry, GPS, compass, autonomous flight, etc). 


It passed all its…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on October 19, 2013 at 3:49am — 3 Comments

FrSky Taranis Setup 6 Flight Modes plus 1 for APM Ardupilot

Using a FrSKY Taranis X9D, we have been mixing different switches and testing 7 flight modes. RTL on a one-switch return home and 6 other flight modes.   We have included our video logs of how we set it up.   You can use any switches following our…


Added by noeL on October 18, 2013 at 11:00pm — 28 Comments

Trails and Trees

Here is a video from an arducopter hexa of some walking trail in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada. Video and production need a lot of work as well as smoothing out the video itself but had to start somewhere. 


You can see more pictures and videos at my website www.airviewmedia.com 




Added by droner on October 18, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Phantom pilot arrested

The pilot of the Phantom that crashed on a Manhattan street earlier this month has been arrested, ABC reports:

David Zablidowsky of Brooklyn has been charged with "Reckless Endangerment" for allegedly losing control of a helicopter drone at "an unreasonable height creating a substantial risk of serious physical…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 18, 2013 at 11:50am — 112 Comments

DIY anti vibration motor mount for round tubes

In my previous quad project I had already found a cheap, simple solution for creating a diy motor mount that reduces vibration. Now I adapted it for my current Y6 project. The only difference lies in the fact that the quad had square arms and the Y6 round arms. For those who might be interested, I have created a small …


Added by Wipo on October 18, 2013 at 10:41am — 14 Comments

3D Robotics
"Electro-cosmetic" copter control

Definitely file this one under "silly", but it's a toy copter launched with blink of some sort of electrical false eyelash controller. I just wish they wouldn't call every flying toy a "drone".

From Popular…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 17, 2013 at 4:28pm — No Comments

IRIS unboxing (photos)

Disclaimers:  This is still called a DEV kit... things may change in real production version. 

Full disclaimer, I am the Canadian reseller of 3DR stuff, but people knowing me know that I keep it true and if there is something I don't like I will point it out! 

So my IRIS RTF arrived Guess what I did... yeah pictures…


Added by Dany Thivierge on October 17, 2013 at 8:41am — 83 Comments

Castle Creations QuadPack 35, 35AMP Multi-Rotor (4)Pack

Castle Creations is introducing the QuadPack 35. This pack of four 35-amp multi-rotor ESCs is equipped with three (3) ESCs without a BEC and one (1) with a BEC*. Each ESC has optimized firmware specifically designed for quadcopter and other multi-rotor platforms. Refresh rates up to 490 Hz give your platform optimum stability and maneuverability without missing…


Added by Paul on October 17, 2013 at 7:53am — 32 Comments

Qualcomm Zeroth - brain like processor

Qualcomm Zeroth processor to not only mimic human-like perception but also have the ability to learn how biological brains do.

This might be the powerful new tool for drones development in the next few years. Just imagine what possibilities it gives.

We have a lot of switches on our radio (or tablet). It would be amazing, to use one as a "good drone"…


Added by Greg Dronsky on October 17, 2013 at 4:55am — 2 Comments

All the presentations from DARC

All the presentations are going up very quickly. YouTube playlist here:…


Added by Ian Lyons on October 17, 2013 at 3:12am — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
"Weed Mapping in Maize Fields Using Object-Based Analysis of UAV Images"

Cool article from the open access scientific journal PLOS One


The use of remote imagery captured by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) has tremendous potential for designing detailed site-specific weed control…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 16, 2013 at 8:17pm — 20 Comments

Tablet Ground Station via Bluetooth Telemetry Bridge

We've been experimenting more and more with tablet ground stations here at Event 38 and have had a lot of success using the DroidPlanner app. The software has been working well for us but we found our ground station setup was really cluttered, the…


Added by Jeff Taylor on October 16, 2013 at 2:29pm — 45 Comments

3D Printed Quadcopter

The project was realized in the Dassault Systemes Fablab. Matthieu designed this summer a Quadcopter with CATIA, Romain made the electronics and the controller part. Using CATIA, all the mechanical parts have been designed in 3D, the core of the drone and the rotor supports, total of 7 parts, produced in plastic ABS with the Cube 3D…

Added by Fred Vacher on October 16, 2013 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Mexico's first Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Symposium 17-18 Oct.

For all of you interested, who live in or around Mexico City. The Research and Advanced Studies Center (CINVESTAV in spanish) of the National Polytechnic Institute just announced this.

Program in Spanish Only (sorry!)

Mexico's first Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Symposium …


Added by Rod Mafud on October 16, 2013 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

"Real" instruments for MAVLink UAV groundstations


You all might remember my integrated groundstation project, which I started earlier this year. Based on this project, I started integrating flight instruments from Dutch manufacturer Flight Illusion.…


Added by Stefan Gofferje on October 16, 2013 at 4:08am — 15 Comments

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