November 2011 Blog Posts (108)

Please welcome ArduPilotMega 2.0!

APM 2.0 is the culmination of almost a year of hard work. We wanted to make it perfect and we finally have it, we are pushing the limits of AVR and Arduino.…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on November 30, 2011 at 11:30pm — 1052 Comments

ArduPilotOne Quadrotor Hardware-in-the-loop Testing with Arkscicos Scicoslab Toolbox Dynamics Modeling

We recently got APO quadrotor autopilot support working for HIL and wanted to share this cool video.

Added by James Goppert on November 30, 2011 at 6:51pm — 2 Comments

Slow and steady progress, wings cut and mounted

This is taking longer than i thought but happy with progress in the last two weeks or so. I got the wing cores cut (by Glenn at OfftheEdge)and proceeded to wing bag the centre section. This was a disaster as i tried to get too fancy and mylar the top which resulted in a very heavy section, I have since decided to mount the wing either side of the fuse and reduce the wing span by 350mm.

So i have now mounted the wings either side of the fuse snd will proceed with the design from… Continue

Added by Richard Unwin on November 30, 2011 at 3:00am — 10 Comments

Arduino 1.0 release preview…

Arduino 1.0 release preview… if you want to check it out!




It is almost here I hope. The I2C looks to be working after you…


Added by Troy Reabe on November 30, 2011 at 12:41am — 4 Comments

X-Plane 10 is here!!!

Since I'm tired of seeing nothing here for the past day (yes some of us for some reason check for new blogs over and over....its a compulsion), I figured I'd share some of the not-so-spammy-spam that has been cluttering my mailbox from Laminar Research!


X-Plane 10 is here!!!  Full information here

and here …


Added by apocolipse on November 29, 2011 at 3:42pm — 5 Comments

Flying robots to build a 6-meter tower

 The FRAC Centre in Orléans, France will for the first time host an exhibition to be built entirely by flying robots. Titled "Flight Assembled Architecture," the six meter-high tower will be made up of 1,500 prefabricated polystyrene foam modules. The exhibition has been developed by Swiss architect Gramazio & Kohler and Italian robot designer Raffaello D'Andrea, to inspire new methods of…


Added by AVS on November 28, 2011 at 5:26pm — 6 Comments

RC transmitter joystick conversion

I have converted RC transmitter into joy stick using 10$ game controller and checked it with quad it fly's quad good . problem with original game controller was throttle control . Also added 6 position switch for mode control but the switch modes give some error  only stabilize and auto mode don't give error.

Attach please find few photos of conversion.…


Added by Ahmed Rehan on November 28, 2011 at 9:58am — 11 Comments

T3 Contest Entry #1

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OK, here's my first attempt. Times for three laps:




Slow, but consistent. You'll also see that I overdid the size a bit, at 237 m. Even though it didn't always go around…


Added by Phil Cole on November 28, 2011 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

My DIY Y6 using ACM 2.0.40 beta

I made two flight videos, the first was flying with default PIDs, the second I tried to reduce the oscillation after 3 tuning tries.

From your experiences, do you think this is good enough? or I might be trying to elimilate the vibration as much as possible from tweaking these PIDs again, but is it possible to do auto tuning or auto calibration via a smart coding to get a Pitch Roll Yaw balancing without oscillating or sluggish reflections ?…


Added by hsucliff on November 28, 2011 at 2:49am — 5 Comments

Successful tests flights of the ArduCopter v2.0.51



Hello to All,

I have done successful tests flights with the version of the ArduCopter v2.0.51 (original firmware version, not modified). I have used a hands build quadcopter frame (550 mm wide) . In spite of the windy and gusty weather (wind 18 Km/h gusting 22 Km/h), I have been very suprised by the stability of my quadcopter with this new firmware (thanks to Jason and to the DIY Drones team).…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on November 27, 2011 at 9:23am — 16 Comments

Skywalker belly protection

Skywalker belly protection

Many have been asking for this belly protection for the Skywalker platform. Finally we decided to make this in big numbers so it can be available for the people who ask for it. It's made in glass fiber and only…


Added by Robert Krogh (hooks) on November 27, 2011 at 5:13am — 7 Comments

You may or may not care about this in the USA, we think you should

Patrick Egan has recently made a freedom of information (FOIA) request to the FAA to find out who sat on the last committee that met to make rules for flight in the NAS in the USA.


It makes for interesting reading and should be of some concern if you are planning on commercial flight ops any time soon.


I am beginning to think that the genie might be out…


Added by Gary Mortimer on November 27, 2011 at 12:36am — 11 Comments

Hexa flying


Thank you Jason and everyone else in the ardu team for the great job done in this project!!

I've finally got Hexa to work, the setup is as follows (v2.0.49):Jdrone frame Hexa, Jdrone engine 880, jdrone 30 amp esc, 10x3, 8 prop, 2x4s lipo main batteri(6000 to 10,000 ma), Spektrum DX8 with telemetri, 2xcastlec becs connected to two blocking diodes one of the becs have his own 2s lipo to keeping the voltage stable if the main battery is overloaded. I have worked extensively with…


Added by Arnt-Inge Hansen on November 26, 2011 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

Arducopter building timelapse...



I've just built our arducopter named "Mugen" and so I can share a little timelapse video showing the building process...




Next step will be in fact to learn how to flight properly the arducopter and use the different modes...

Then, later, it'll get some FPV upgrade!



Added by nicolas B on November 26, 2011 at 3:08pm — 16 Comments

Flying with wood...

Here's my quad copter flying with my 1.7 kg 3/4" plywood bench testing jig designed to prevent it from flying.

I was in the backyard yesterday testing my failsafe settings and decided to give it some throttle, much to my surprise it actually lifted off.  I'll have to try lifting something in the near future... and I'll have to clamp the test jig down from now on.

(Yes, I am concerned about prop safety and the motors are not powered up most of the time.  The test jig is for…


Added by john seaman on November 26, 2011 at 2:34pm — 5 Comments

Scratch Built Clark Y Airfoil Testing


This week I did testing on my scratch built clark y airfoil to compare it to the Easy Star's wing.


The new wing:

-Generated more lift, and consequently more drag.

-Required an increase in rudder size and throw to get the proper control

-Could carry more weight while maintaining good flight characteristics

-Flew slower and more stable

-Was less prone to tip stall

-Was more active in correcting when…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on November 26, 2011 at 9:24am — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones member creates new CAD program

Check out Shapesmith, a brower-based open source parametric modeling program created by DIY Drones member Benjamin Nortier. As explains in this MakerBot interview, he created it to design UAV…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2011 at 11:59am — 4 Comments

My T3 Entry


Catagory: Fixed Wing- 125cm Flying Wing

Total Time: 1:40.


This is the 3rd or 4th time I've flown my wing with the APM. (And my first experience flying with the APM.) Tuning is still in progress, but I've been very impressed with the system thus far. The stock PID gains have worked pretty well. For the run entered here, the speed was set…


Added by Stephen Carlson on November 25, 2011 at 12:10am — 9 Comments

Welcome to DiyDrones users ;-)

Hi DiyDrone,


my name is Piotr. I live in Poland. I was born 36 years ago... Since 21 years I'm…


Added by Piotr Kleczynski on November 24, 2011 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Quad art...

A very interesting architecture web site has a short blurb on a sculpture that will be assembled by quad copters.



Added by Sky Monkey on November 24, 2011 at 6:41pm — 4 Comments

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