November 2009 Blog Posts (95)

3D Robotics
Reminder: last few days to enter the T3-3 contest

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

Added by Chris Anderson on November 26, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Finally first working OSD firmware dedicated to Ardupilot


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

Added by remzibi on November 25, 2009 at 4:54pm — 16 Comments

How to remove the High Pass Filter from your ArduIMU and Razor boards.

Some details you must remember:

-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

Added by Jordi Muñoz on November 25, 2009 at 4:30pm — 14 Comments

High tech bird watching: small is beautiful

Hey, for those interested in miniaturization, tech and flying things, here's the smallest complete long term GPS logger I've found around and developed for tracking peregrinations of living birds:

1.5 grams and 30x13.5x5mm in dimension, including: GPS, antenna, 512KByte Memory for 25,000 x 20 bytes locations, no microprocessor, battery + solar cell. No photo is yet available.

It can be implemented on a living bird as light as 30 grams (the logger shouldn't exceed 5% body… Continue

Added by Reto on November 25, 2009 at 2:38pm — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
Location-aware, swattable helibot

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

Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2009 at 1:06pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Obama's new science education initiative features Blimpduino!

Yesterday, President Obama announced an “Educate to Innovate” campaign, including “National Lab Day” in the US. First among the projects they recommend for aspiring young engineers and… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2009 at 12:30am — 8 Comments

Free Day is January 7th, 2010!

Just begs to be mentioned here.

Ardupilots for Free Day is January 7th.


Added by bGatti on November 23, 2009 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Anybody able to guess what this is??

I can't tell you exactly where it is, but I can tell you there are only 75 in South Africa and we managed to fly bang over the top of it at first attempt yesterday.

There is a good reason for only posting a low res image as well.

All in all a very exciting use for sUAS in Africa and exactly what we set out to do. There will be stacks of environmental uses for… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on November 22, 2009 at 10:47pm — 28 Comments

Potential to capture and broadcast FPV video through phone

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

Added by Colby sts on November 22, 2009 at 9:30pm — 8 Comments

3D Robotics
RobotC Version 2.0 now out

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

Added by Chris Anderson on November 22, 2009 at 1:17pm — No Comments

IASSA, Light Unmanned Aircraft Flight Demonstration

This event happened on Sunday 22 November 2009.

More images and videos to follow soon.

UAV Flying Day v2.pdf The brochure.

All these shots on a Sony HD Webbie (my UAV camera) as a test.

Added by Sarel P. Wagner on November 22, 2009 at 8:30am — 19 Comments

3D Robotics
In AUVSI mag: "Do Terrorists Want UAS, Too?"

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

Added by Chris Anderson on November 22, 2009 at 12:30am — 13 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones live chat/podcast Sunday. Guest: Steve Morris of MLB

Free video streaming by Ustream

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

Added by Chris Anderson on November 21, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Beta of AttoPilot GCS

The folks at Millswood Engineering have a beta of a groundstation for AttoPilot, reports Gary Mortimer at the AttoPilot User… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2009 at 10:13pm — 6 Comments



For the first time since Mike Fouche documented it on Goo Tube.

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.

Since the radio seems to work… Continue

Added by Jack Crossfire on November 20, 2009 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

CHR-6d, US$125, 1.5grams 6DoF IMU

CHR-6d, US$125, 1.5grams 6DoF IMU

Did anybody use "CHR-6d Inertial Measurement Unit" (US$125, 1.5grams 6DoF IMU) in his/her UAV?

Added by Roberto Hawkowski on November 20, 2009 at 6:00am — 11 Comments

The ASP XR-01 UAV with the Ardupilot v2.4.6

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

Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on November 19, 2009 at 1:19am — 30 Comments

ArduIMU V2 Test Application

This application was designed to help you test your ArduIMU V2 by showing graphically and numerically all of the data being output from the IMU.

You can download the Setup here: ArduIMUTest Setup (3 MB)

This version of the Test App uses the MSCOMM control, so the max COM port number is 16 (unfortunately a limitation set forth my Microsoft).

Before starting the… Continue

Added by Paul Mather on November 18, 2009 at 8:30pm — 51 Comments

Pushing the UAV DevBoard to the limits

Tailless & Wingletless from Bryan Cuervo on Vimeo.

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

Added by Bryan Cuervo on November 18, 2009 at 6:06pm — 9 Comments

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