November 2012 Blog Posts (142)

3D Printed Air Foil Section

Hi Folks, 

Check out what Harry and I have been working on in the 3D printing group.

We're designing air foils that can be 3D printed.

Check out this discussion to get the Blender CAD files, and for more details:

3D Air…


Added by Ellison Chan on November 30, 2012 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

3D Robotics
Vice's Motherboard TV on 3DR and the domestic drone movement

Vice did a really well-made 20-minute documentary on the domestic drone boom, including a fun visit to 3DR. Here's there description:

When Chris Barter, program manager for the …


Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2012 at 2:43pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
The DIY kid-tracking drone

Nice job by IEEE's Spectrum's Paul Wallich in creating a DIY "follow me" box (working with ArduCopter) to keep an eye on his kid on the way to school. Sample from the article, which appears in print this month:

On school-day mornings, I walk my grade-school-age son 400 meters down the hill to the bus stop. Last winter, I fantasized about sitting at…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2012 at 2:08pm — 5 Comments

CO2 Parachute System

I know that people have discussed this before, but I have yet to see anyone declare that they built a worthwhile system or create any documentation.  I did see some youtube videos using pyro charges, but that makes me nervous.  I want to use CO2.  If anyone has any information or observations I would love to hear it as I start this project.  I am throwing all my ideas out there to see what people would do differently, or to find out if it is a pipe dream (pun intended).  So here we…


Added by Patrick Davis on November 30, 2012 at 12:00pm — 19 Comments

3D Robotics
Software combines GPS track data with video in Google Earth

Originally designed for road/bike videos, it supports flight videos/tracks, too:

From the Google Earth blog:

GPS4Sport has just released a new product that combines GPS track data with action cam movies, then overlays the movie on top…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2012 at 10:47am — 4 Comments

DOH! (check your radio settings before flight!)

Just got back from the park, was going to do some FPV.

Everything looked good, lifted off, corrected for a bit of lean to the rear, it got worse, corrected more, hit full forward and quad continued to accelerate in reverse, killed throttle and rolled it breaking a prop. 

New prop, lifted off and it started again. This time all that air time training I've…


Added by Bill Patterson on November 30, 2012 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Princeton: Mapping Africa

Slightly off topic for the minute but there is a UA element soon. Lyndon is a friend of mine and it was with him many years ago that this entire UAS interest (pun warning) took off for me. At the time Lyndon was looking for antelope…


Added by Gary Mortimer on November 30, 2012 at 12:55am — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
New alternative Arduino IDE

As much as we love Arduino, the IDE could use some improvement. So one user did something about it, with this new IDE that should be 100% compatible, but adds these features:

  • Runs over Arduino install: MariaMole uses the Arduino software that you have installed, so all your Arduino…

Added by Chris Anderson on November 29, 2012 at 8:56pm — 9 Comments

Prepping for the Drone Olympics

Andreas and I will be at the Drone Olympics this Saturday.  We received our loaner ar.drone and started fiddling with it.  Chris of course is judging, but is anybody else going to be there?  We can wear the diydrones colors to identify ourselves!

I've started some notes here.  There's some good information for getting node.js, ardrone, etc libraries set…


Added by Mark Harrison on November 29, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Configure LEDs and beeper in Mission Planner

Hello community!

The beauty of open source is that if you don't like something, you can change it. So here I am showing you my last changes to both: Mission Planner and ArduCopter (in the future it could be moved to library to be used by all Ardu* projects).

Before I start I would like to…


Added by Marooned on November 29, 2012 at 8:49am — 28 Comments

Antenna tracker for the MultiWii platform using MW V2.1 protocol.

Just spent a couple of hours getting my head around the MultiWii V2.1 serial protocol.  This involved looking at EOSBandi's MW-WinGUI Visual Studio c# code and adapting the essential bits I need to a simple test VB 2010 app.  The app sends the commands to get the GPS bearing and distance to home as well as the Baro altitude.  The BT module connected to the Pairs…


Added by John Grouse on November 29, 2012 at 8:10am — 43 Comments

Transformer Robot Car With Vision

Watch this transformer on YouTube…


Added by AVS on November 29, 2012 at 6:09am — 8 Comments

3D Robotics
Hybrid quad can roll or fly

From Gizmag:

A team at the Robotics Lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has come up with another take on the caged flying robots like the spherical air…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2012 at 10:12pm — 13 Comments

Lifehacker interview of Chris Anderson

Happen to run across this today.  Great interview and a look at the workshop!

Added by John Hestness on November 28, 2012 at 9:23pm — 20 Comments

3D Robotics
Teach kids the principles of aeronautics with a cool bird game for iPad by Bill Nye

As a dad, this is the kind of thing I can get behind. A Kickstarter project for an iPad (and eventually other platforms) game to teach the principles of aeronautics through simulating bird flight. Called AERO, you can get a copy of the game when it's…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2012 at 3:01pm — 1 Comment

MyGeekShow's New APM Airplane


The USA trip is back in focus! (I had taken a few weeks off to do a side project)


I'm also announcing a new airplane, the Polaris; a combination of the Nova and Shrike. It will feature a longer endurance airframe and power supply, and, of course, full automation through APM.


I'll capture the build process while I build the Polaris, and present it as a build log for others to follow along.


More about the USA…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on November 28, 2012 at 12:42pm — 5 Comments

How About Open Source?

Yesterday HK released a video about their new 433Mhz LRS modules.

And i shocked. Because it is unauthorized copy of my OpenLRS !

OpenLRS is an Opensource RC and i'm the developer of that system.

Stop the video on 1:08 and check the receiver.…


Added by Melih Karakelle on November 28, 2012 at 12:00pm — 39 Comments

3D Robotics
Adding Node.js sensors to the AR.Drone

If you're thinking of competing in this weekend's Drone Olympics in San Francisco, this tutorial will come in handy. Or even better, replace the AR.Drone's closed-source controller with the open source PX4, and make a real…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2012 at 11:35am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Good primer on control theory and machine learning in UAVs

ArsTechnica has a good primer on UAV control theory and machine learning. The good stuff starts around page 2. Here's an excerpt (citing this Stanford research):

The helicopter is…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2012 at 11:07am — 1 Comment

APM test flight of the Ace Quad Copter

  This is my first real test flight of the APM 2.5 on my Ace Quad copter.


Its a pretty good demo of what it can do. During the manual control I switch back and forth between stabilize and loiter modes.


0:00 - 1:30 warm up

1:30 start auto mode following waypoints

2:30 max altitude of about 60 meters

3:00 start heading…


Added by captaingeek on November 28, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

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