October 2013 Blog Posts (155)

3D Robotics
ArduCopters mapping forest treetops in NSF-funded project

Cool app! It originally used a Mikrokopter multicopter, but is now based on APM/ArduCopter. 

From …


Added by Chris Anderson on October 31, 2013 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Gas+electric hybrid multi-copters ...

Hi All,


We have recently discovered a way to build hybrid gas/electric-powered multi-copters and would like to share it with you.


The main advantages are:

1) Heavy lift - due to gas engine…


Added by Armen Poghosov on October 31, 2013 at 1:00pm — 50 Comments

Midwestern Unmanned Agricultural Vehicles Association

I'm creating this Association to bring together the top minds and companies throughout the Midwest.  The goal of this association is create a list of regulations to purpose to the FAA that…


Added by Joshua Johnson on October 31, 2013 at 12:08pm — 8 Comments

MyGeekShow Live Streaming USA Trip Progress Update

Hello DIY Drones! I'm streaming this week's episode live on my Google+ and YouTube channel this Saturday at 3pm CST.

I'll be providing an update on the USA trip's status,…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on October 31, 2013 at 10:37am — 2 Comments

Happy Halloween!

Just wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!


Added by Tenzin on October 31, 2013 at 8:00am — 12 Comments

Alexmos brushless gimbal PID settings : share them with the community


It is very hard to tune a brushless gimbal. Even the best tutorial found on the internet are hard to replicate because we all have different setups : cameras are different, hardware is different, Voltage input to the alexmos board is different, etc.

Let's share our PID settings to constitute an as big library of settings that works as we can. Either…


Added by Hugues on October 31, 2013 at 1:30am — 66 Comments

Self Portrait: Micro Quad

I wanted to share a cool screen capture I took from my micro camera quad. It was a self-portrait of the quad (and partially the pilot) taken while flying in front of a polished black granite wall. 

And, to finish the post, here is some footage from this flight. It was getting very windy, and I had flown my LiPo earlier, so I didn't want to overdo…


Added by HeliStorm on October 30, 2013 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
A copter designed to hit things and keep going

From Robohub, an introduction to GimBall, a flying robot that can collide with objects seamlessly, from EPFL. Excerpt:



Added by Chris Anderson on October 30, 2013 at 4:25pm — 14 Comments

3D Robotics Iris Test Flight with PX4 Firmware

I recently received the Iris RTF package and finally had a chance to take it for a fly today. Here is what I did:

- Unboxed it

- Inserted batteries into the transmitter

- Charged the Lipo

- Flashed the PX4 firmware using QGroundControl (currently the Technology Preview version)

- Selected the Iris from the airframe config section



Added by Simon Wilks on October 30, 2013 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

A conversation with Raphael Pirker

Patrick Egan and the sUAS News podcast were lucky enough to be able to talk to Raphael Pirker (aka Trappy) and his counsel Brendan Schulman earlier today.

Find it here for your listening pleasure.…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 30, 2013 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

New SplineNav 0.3: Smoother Yaw, and Manual Yaw Override


After a few months of hard work, SplineNav 0.3 is now ready to fly! This SplineNav release started with the goal of simply reducing the yaw jitter issues of SplineNav 0.2, but in the end it turned into a major rewrite of the code.


New Features:


  • Smoother Yaw: Updates x and y spline derivative calculations faster, in a separate loop, for a more precise yaw control. Uses a fast…

Added by David Dewey on October 30, 2013 at 4:30am — 32 Comments

Raspberry Pi NoiR and Public Lab Get a Lift

If you're looking for a cool new way to capture and process infrared/near-infrared photos, consider the Raspberry Pi NoiR along with Public Lab Infrared photography kit and…


Added by earthpatrol on October 30, 2013 at 12:45am — 7 Comments

Down on the farm with drones

Patrick Egan

There are bushels of folks out there now spending money and putting time in finding niches for unmanned systems that already exist. You may be saying, isn’t that what we should be doing? Possibly, but first we have to understand that the idea of carrying sensors on aircraft is not revolutionary, it has been going on for years. Drones too,…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 29, 2013 at 10:08pm — 7 Comments

Safeflight Copters releases their first product

In July of 2012 Erik Johnson posted a description of his company's protected-propellers frame prototype.  The production model went on sale today.  http://safeflightcopters.com/…


Added by Dimitri Pappas on October 29, 2013 at 9:40pm — 15 Comments

MidWest is key to Agricultural Drone Market

The Midwest states make up the largest percentage of area of land used for agricultural purposes in the country.  The MidWest offers large area's of land for extremely reasonable prices.  This land is usually land that has been over farmed and is…


Added by Joshua Johnson on October 29, 2013 at 9:16pm — 15 Comments

Modular phone concept for flight controllers

Motorola seems to be getting pretty serious about open hardware after being acquired by Google - it has just announced Project Ara.

We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially…


Added by Ian Lyons on October 29, 2013 at 7:00pm — 11 Comments

Drone flies in to watch NZ farm's flock

An award-winning New Zealand Southland farming family are looking to the sky for inspiration to reduce costs on their hill country sheep, beef and cropping farm.

They purchased a $4000 drone package from the USA and hope to realize a $40,000 yearly savings in time and fuel costs using the drone to monitor their sheep flocks.

Full story here: …


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on October 29, 2013 at 12:58pm — 3 Comments

Introducing the New 3DR Radio

We’re pleased to announce our new 3DR Radio. Featuring interchangeable air and ground modules (both with native USB connectors), Android tablet compatibility, and a protective case, our new radio delivers unparalleled ease of use for viewing in-flight data, changing missions on the fly, and tuning.

Quite a bit of work went into the new radio design. Our first version was simply a carrier board for…


Added by Sue Rosenstock on October 29, 2013 at 11:00am — 53 Comments

Force Servo camera stabilization

Aleksey Zaytsevsky is at it again, another breakthrough in the field of camera stabilization technologies.

Over the past year, video operators have been actively switching to…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on October 29, 2013 at 6:17am — 5 Comments

All in one remote control and video


Added by DroneMaker on October 29, 2013 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

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