The deadline for the current T3 contest (break the Stanford UAV altitude record) is Sunday the 30th, and there's no better way to use your Thanksgiving days off (if you're in the US) than to enter. We already have a number of people who have broken the record (including, just today, Mark Griffin) and they'll all get prizes, with the top prize… Continue
The first working firmware for OSD to display raw data from Ardupilot seems to work now .
This firmware should also work with ArduIMU - but I had no chance to check it - I have not arduIMU - I hope Paul will do this .
The main problem for me - is that I do not understand well how actually ardupilot works .
At summer Jordi tryed to made me an expalanations but i lose all that emails :( , hard to say but I have not enought information about ardupilot and his way of… Continue
-Your solder skills must be advance or medium-advance to attempt this.
-If you try to do it with your razor remember that you will void your warranty with SparkFun.
-The same with ArduIMU, if you can't do it i will for you (free of charge).
-Not all the ArduIMU's flats have high pass filters, please double check. Check if the HP resistors are already gone.
To remove the capacitors and the resistors is pretty easy. First try to… Continue
Carnegie Mellon's SensorFly inlcudes a full IMU and an ultrasonic sensor in just 29 grams. Designed for interior autonomy and swarming. Impressive!
"The SensorFly is a novel low-cost controlled-mobile aerial sensor networking platform. A flock of these 29g autonomous helicopter nodes with communication, ranging and collaborative path determination capabilities, can be extremely… Continue
My friend and I just set up our Easy Star following Chris's recommendations (brushless, ESC, and lipo). We wanted a cheap way to grab some FPV footage to show to our friends and family. We decided to cut a hole in our Easy Star fuselage cover to mount my Blackberry Curve so we could use it as a video camera. I bought a 2 Gigabyte SD card from Rite Aid for $19.99 and we we're set to go. Although the video quality is rather poor we think the smartphone serves as a cool platform to broadcast FPV… Continue
For those of you who, like me, love Lego Mindstorms as a robotics prototyping tools, good news. The best programming language for Mindstorms is Robot C, and it's just been upgraded to 2.0. (It's a free upload for registered users of the previous versions).
New features include:
* Tabbed Programming Interface – Multiple programs can be open at a single time.
* New… Continue
There's a provocative piece in the current issue of the AUVSI's offical magazine, Umanned Systems. It asks how likely it it is that terrorists will use UAVs, which is as you might imagine is a question that comes up quite often for those of us in the open source UAV world, where we don't restrict who uses our… Continue
Tomorrow (Sunday) night we'll do our regular podcast, which everyone here is welcome to participate in by listening to the chat live above and commenting and asking questions via the DIY Drones… Continue
An autonomous copter has flown at a certain very high altitude in a certain country. The exact altitude & country is a secret to protect the innocent of course. It was also at midnight, like all our most extreme test flights.
On nov 15,2009, this was a great day, my ASP XR-01 UAV fully equiped with the ArduPilot v2.4.6 has done successfully its first series of 10 full autonomous flights under the flight plan. The ASP XR-01 is a customized version of the Sonicliner from Multiplex, my model has already done a lot of flights since 2007 but only with a… Continue
In one more attempt to test the abilities and push the limits of Bill's UAV DevBoard, I removed the winglets from my tailless design so now there are no horizontal or vertical stabilizers.
The video is in three segments; the first showing manual flight with stabilization disengaged. You can see the… Continue