November 2009 Blog Posts (95)

3D Robotics
Does open source undermine innovation?

Krzysztof "Chris" Bosak made some important and interesting points regarding the effect of open source on the overall health of the industry in a comment on another thread yesterday, and I thought they deserved to be discussed more fully (although there are many good comments in that thread, and I'd encourage you to check out that, too). So I'll give them their own thread, starting with my own… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2009 at 6:30pm — 56 Comments

3D Robotics
Most dangerous video of the month (personal heli)

Nothing to do with UAVs, but thought the heli guys would appreciate this one (found on Makezine): a personal helicopter/suicide device. Hope he keeps his head!… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2009 at 3:25pm — 10 Comments

Shrediquette open source tricopter

Tricopter - The Movie... from W. Thielicke on Vimeo.


"The Shrediquette is a tri-rotor helicopter built by William… Continue

Added by Howard Gordon on November 30, 2009 at 12:31pm — 1 Comment

$26 GPS with NMEA on Skytraq

When the most expensive component goes to half price, it's a day to remember?

We'll see.

Added by bGatti on November 30, 2009 at 11:47am — 3 Comments

Outback Challenge - Who's up for a run??

So some time has passed, and I have a nagging in the back of my mind - why couldn't we field an Outback Challenge Team? We are already working on several projects, and combined we have a PILE of UAS time in the air. We could even purpose-design the entire system; airframe, autopilot, all of it from ongoing projects or designs here on DIYDRONES. I have no doubt we could raise a little money and could field a competitive team. I know we are spread all over the world, and that this is all… Continue

Added by Scott Plunkett on November 30, 2009 at 10:43am — 13 Comments

What did I just do (head in hands, gentle sobbing)

I just disqualified one of the coolest UAS projects around from the T3 contest.

If you have not been following Dan, then you should!!

Added by Gary Mortimer on November 29, 2009 at 10:19pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
No DIY Drones chat tonight...

We're taking two weeks off from the live chat/podcast while I'm travelling. Back on Sunday, December 13th

Added by Chris Anderson on November 29, 2009 at 7:11pm — 9 Comments

Beginner with $650

My aim is to make a simple Ardupilot setup on a EasyStar for strictly £400 or $650 (but shipping is expensive globally as I'm in the UK). I have the Fidi programmer and reasonable Arduino experience so thats not a problem but I want to know, for instance whether the 4Hz GPS is worth the extra $100 etc. (I already have the 32 Channel LS20031 GPS 5Hz Receiver carried by sparkfun) and a Spectrum DX5e w/ receiver.

Any mods to the EasyStar worth doing to start with? (I can get it for £80 inc.… Continue

Added by Giles Barton-Owen on November 29, 2009 at 4:09am — 22 Comments

Exploitation of a Unique VTOL UAV Concept – Feedback Please!

We are developing a unique, patented VTOL [Vertical Take-Off & Landing], UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] specifically targeted at urban, mountainous and maritime environments. Full details of the concept and business case can be found in a slide presentation under the SlideShare section of my LinkedIn profile… There is also a video which can again be accessed from my LinkedIn profile or from You… Continue

Added by Ashley BRYANT on November 29, 2009 at 2:14am — 6 Comments

For those of you planning to buy from UNAV

Chris might pull this post down fast when he sees it!!

I am getting increasingly angry at the attitude of UNAV towards Ardupilot, most people know I don't use an Ardupilot, I'm not clever enough to put one together, but I like the project.

I will let you guys read and decide.

Added by Gary Mortimer on November 29, 2009 at 1:34am — 36 Comments

GPS Emulator Now Outputs uBlox and NMEA sentences

The GPS Emulator v1.2.0 that's part of Remzibi's OSD Configuration software now supports uBlox emulation. It has the option to enable NAV-VELNED, NAV-POSLLH and NAV-STATUS (which are the 3 messages ArduPilot uses for positioning). <- Includes GPS Emulator v1.2.4

EDIT: Here are all the sentences the emulator currently… Continue

Added by Paul Mather on November 29, 2009 at 12:30am — 11 Comments

UAV and air regulations

Just for your information here is what is coming in Canada as far as UAV regulations.

Enjoy the reading...

Added by Mario on November 28, 2009 at 9:10pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
ArduIMU+ V2 on sale ($99)!

ArduIMU+ V2 (flat version) is now priced at $99, which is $30 less than its orginal price. It was already the cheapest IMU/AHRS on the market, but no there's no excuse not to get one (or more!) to integrate into your own projects. The current version now has… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2009 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
Dealing with spammers on DIY Drones

Folks, you may have seen that the price of DIY Drones' increasing traffic and Page Rank is that the spammers are now targetting us pretty regularily. As a result, I've had to turn on moderation for blog posts. That means that when you post, it won't show up until a moderator (there are a couple dozen of them) approves it. Hopefully, that will always be within an hour. Sorry for the inconvinence!

(This doesn't affect the discussion forum, which the spammers don't seem to target)

Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2009 at 6:00am — 25 Comments

3D Robotics
Cool new tracking antenna

Isobot has created a very cool tracking antenna to work with the ArduStation. Lasercut plexiglass and Lego wheels! Check out more pictures here, and the video… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 27, 2009 at 10:12pm — 7 Comments



So fabricated this board to see if the wrapping wire & radio interference was making the C328 unreliable. It writes all the control codes for the C328 to make it output continuous JPEGs.

Sadly, it's no more reliable than the previous methods. The… Continue

Added by Jack Crossfire on November 27, 2009 at 7:00pm — 8 Comments

Ardupilot Ground Station 2.6.4 A&B New Look

Hi All,

Been hanging around here for quite a while now and gleaning as much information as i can, maybe its time to give something back.

One of the biggest problems we found was that when in the field, its hard to get all the information where you need it, re-sizing all the windows, if you touch the pad, you can lose the window you want, always the GS, hard to find the pointer to bring it back, when you have one eye on the… Continue

Added by Dr Mike Black on November 27, 2009 at 7:30am — 154 Comments

3D Robotics
Arduino in the Wall Street Journal

Cool WSJ coverage of our chosen platform, which has won the open source hardware stakes so far. Excerpt:

"The Arduino represents an early entrant in the emerging open-source hardware movement, which like Linux and other open-source software projects is driven by the belief that allowing duplication is a better way to spur innovation than keeping designs… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 26, 2009 at 11:13pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
New Arduino GPS shields from Sparkfun and Adafruit

A couple new GPS shields for Arduino have just come on the market.

The first is the Sparkfun GPS shield. It's a basic shield, which allows other shields to be stacked on it. No code is provided, although you can use ArduPilot code for our GPS parser. It… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 26, 2009 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
Open Hardware Camp in London on Dec 4

ArduPilot and Paparazzi folks in the UK may be interested in attending this Open Hardware Camp. From Adafruit:

"… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 26, 2009 at 7:34am — 1 Comment

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