November 2013 Blog Posts (130)

iQuad Tilt-Rotor Quadcopter (v2) Flight Testing

After more than a year of design and development, I've built version 2 of the iQuad custom tilt-rotor quadcopter which is capable of achieving high forward speed by tilting its rotors forward in flight. After several days of flight testing and tuning, I was able to achieve stable hover and incredibly fast forward flight. Near the middle of the video, you can see the…


Added by Ilya R. on November 30, 2013 at 7:25pm — 25 Comments

APM 2.6 external compass making a difference


Last month, we had the opportunity to setup an APM 2.6 for a candidate, i.e. this baby will be shipped away after field test. We received one of those revised board that has no onboard compass, where the compass can be placed away from power and motor sources as far as possible to avoid magnetic interference. On this build, we decided to keep it simple, mount the compass/gps on the side bay, as shown on the picture, and the “compassmot” result was at an acceptable…


Added by noeL on November 29, 2013 at 4:00pm — 11 Comments

3D Robotics
"Small Drones Deserve Sensible Regulation"

IEEE Spectrum has a very sensible opinion piece in their latest issue, arguing that small drones should not be treated like big drones and deserve a new approach to regulation. Excerpt:  

While many other countries…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 29, 2013 at 11:38am — 9 Comments

Continued Work Towards a "Virtual Gimbal."

One of the many projects I am currently working on is a, "virtual gimbal." The idea is that gyroscopic sensor data can be used in conjunction with post processing software to steady recorded video after the fact. This is different from existing software which attempts to determine motion based on reference points in the video, instead of direct data recorded during the flight. The reason for using a virtual gimbal as opposed to adding an actual gimbal to a…


Added by HeliStorm on November 29, 2013 at 8:15am — 5 Comments

uPilot32 Test OSD on-board integrated MAX7456

Test of the uPilot32 UAV Devboard. The MAX7456 OSD Layout Display is composed of 30 rows and 15 lines.

Therefore, the WriteString functions has a x (1 to 30) and a y (1 to 15) to position the first character of the string in the screen.

See more about the MAX7456 OSD :…


Added by VGR-Systems on November 29, 2013 at 12:38am — No Comments

Prop Change

I have just purchased 4 new Graupner 10x5 Propellers to replace the existing APC 10x4.5 slow fly props on my TBS Style Quad as I was not happy with the vibration levels.

Thought I would share the results.

Vibration levels for APC Props…


Added by David Ardis on November 28, 2013 at 3:30pm — 16 Comments

The Video section is open on!

We have good news for you aerial video lovers!

By popular demand, we finally opened our video section, which is live right now!

You can submit and share your best aerial motion pictures, clips and footages taken with your drone camera.

To do so, it is as simple as pasting a YouTube, Vimeo or Dailymotion link into this page:…


Added by edupin on November 28, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

DroidPlanner Telemetry Bluetooth Bridge

Pleased with the way this has turned out for a Saturday project :-)

It compliments Arthur Benemanns DroidPlanner app to give a wireless link between the aircrafts radio and a Bluetooth connection to the Android tablet.

  • Its fitted with a 1000mah LiPo battery and charge circuit which is chargeable by a small USB slot at the bottom of the unit.
  • Ultrabright LEDs for the…

Added by Tissy on November 28, 2013 at 8:52am — 29 Comments

FAA endorses AMA rules to govern personal use of sUAS for Precision Ag

November 25th… In an online news story by Oklahoma City Channel 9 News, FAA effectively endorsed AMA’s safety guidelines for the…


Added by Joshua Johnson on November 28, 2013 at 2:07am — 20 Comments

DIY Drones Vodcast Episode 4 featuring the leadership team of the wcUAVc Challenge

Hello All,

I am please to share with you my interview with the organizers of the wcUAVc challenge.

Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on November 27, 2013 at 11:38pm — No Comments

"Terrence"*gets his gimbal running at last

Ok, I've finally found some legs that I'm reasonably happy with, which means "Terrence" (formally known as Platypus) now has his gimbal in situ, and running!

The legs are Tarot's off the shelf, but seem to perform ok. The shape of the frame means they are toe-out, but this aids video clearance anyway, so may leave them as is.

Got the rest of the…


Added by Euan Ramsay on November 27, 2013 at 3:13pm — 14 Comments

Fly high with 3DR this holiday season!

To make your holidays more merry, 3DR is bringing you exclusive discounts on some of our most popular products.

Each week, we’ll feature a new selection, available while supplies last. Don’t miss out! Follow @3DRobotics on Twitter, #3DRHoliday.

Today through Monday, Dec. 2, get ready to fly copters! Check out our …


Added by Sue Rosenstock on November 27, 2013 at 12:45pm — 6 Comments

PowerUp 3.0 - Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane

Simple idea! This is how you sell drone era to mass consumer :)

I think I'll have one :)

PowerUp 3.0 turns your self-made paper airplane into a smartphone-controlled flying machine

  1. Fold It: Simply fold a piece of copier paper into a paper airplane
  2. Attach It: Attach the Smart…

Added by Greg Dronsky on November 27, 2013 at 10:21am — 5 Comments

Group Attempts Prison Contraband Deliver with Hexacopter

I think this is actually the second attempt at this.  Wasn't there one last year?  Good to see that they actually caught the people involved and arrested them.  Hopefully it won't result in a knee-jerk reaction, but I doubt it.  The article is horribly written, but at least they didn't call it a "drone".…


Added by Rob_Lefebvre on November 27, 2013 at 4:15am — 7 Comments

Overlaying GPS Coordinates for Camera Crosshairs

Hey Guys!

I am working on a project to allow us to implement GPS coordinates for the location of the crosshairs of a PTZ camera, other wise known as Geo-pointing.  This will essentially give us the LAT/LONG of what we are looking at.  

I have found several methods to do this, but I'm looking for the simplest way but accurate as possible.  I am fairly new…


Added by Hunter Parris on November 27, 2013 at 2:30am — 35 Comments

Updates from NavStik: World's smallest/lightest micro navigation and control module!


NavStik users are now using NavStik to build a variety of autonomous systems. Its extremely small size and light weight (4 grams), coupled with a powerful Cortex M4 processor and digital sensors, allow its use in a wide range of…


Added by Nitin Gupta on November 27, 2013 at 1:30am — 8 Comments

World Record Duration Flight Using APM 2.5 (Nov 2013)

1 hour 20 minutes - APM 2.5 takes the world record for Multi-Copter Duration of Flight powered by a rechargeable battery. [note: other records exist for hover]

Flight Requirements…


Added by Forrest Frantz on November 26, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

World's first" smartphone-controlled SmartPlane takes off


November 25, 2013

Parrot's AR Drone quadcopter has been strutting its smartphone-controlled stuff for a few years now, but fixed wing remote controlled aircraft have been a little thinner on the…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on November 26, 2013 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
"Train driver flummoxed after drone hits Sydney Harbour Bridge"

The train stopped after the driver spotted the drone lying on the tracks.

Drone's-eye view: The train stopped after the driver spotted the drone lying on the tracks.

This guy was lucky to get his quadcopter back. Key sentence: "Mr Prescott, who was in Sydney as part of the support crew for US singer Rihanna's Australia tour, says he was testing new equipment on his drone when he lost control of it. He says he never intended for it to fly into the bridge."

From the…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2013 at 11:45pm — 9 Comments

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