Work on the iOS 7 version of my popular Windsock iPhone app is progressing very nicely. In short it lets you see what the wind and other weather is doing hour by hour for 3 days in advance so you can help decide when to go down to your favourite flying site after work. I don't know about you but I have a couple of places I fly at and it depends on the wind direction and speed as to which…Continue
Game of Drones had a Meetup & Fly-In over the weekend for SF Bay Area drone makers and pilots. It was a great day. About 20 pilots showed up from as far away as Sacramento and Santa Cruz and brought with them all kinds of interesting homemade UAV's.
The weather was sunny, warm and clear and everyone had a great time flying "Groom Lake West" our massive…Continue
Added by Marque Cornblatt on November 25, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Flexible and robust, IRIS can fly missions from an Android smart phone or tablet for true autonomous flight. Built to accommodate a GoPro camera, IRIS will capture awesome aerial imagery for consumer…Continue
Some of you might remember a previous blog post last summer about my trainer 3DR quad going into the trees.
As a result I broke the 433Mhz telemetry module and antenna, as you can see on the picture above (SMA connector was ripped off the board).
This module was in my drawer since then. At the price of such a module I really did not want to throw it…Continue
In Canberra (Australia) we recently ran a "How to use MAVProxy" workshop at the MHV workspace. We had a dozen or so people turn up and we spent the afternoon going through the software and it's numerous modules.
For those who…Continue
Good New York Times round-up of recent examples and some of the policy issues presented by "drone journalism". Excerpt:
The best way to film the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in…
For those of you flying Tau Labs or just looking to re-invigorate a CC3D and get some more fun, we implemented a "Horizon mode" based on the MultiWii code. What this does is when you keep the sticks near the middle, it will be in attitude mode (self leveling) and as you move the sticks further out it transitions into a rate mode. This is really fun for FPV because you have the ability…Continue
12 TED Talks available…Continue
Added by John Githens on November 24, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
A few months ago I recieved an email from Lorenz, main developer of the Pixhawk research project and the PX4 autopilot. He urged me to create a small flying wing platform. Around 35 inch wing span and around 500 grams. capable of carrying a small camera like a gopro or canon s100.camera and an…Continue
We've posted on The Register's cool APM-powered spaceplane project before, but here's a great update on the latest progress from the DIY 3D printing blog:
Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator's (LOHAN) Vulture 2 rocket powered…
A new dev-board PIC32 80MHz based with 10-axis IMU, OSD, GPS, SD card, Xbee, USB connection, etc...
New video showing the GPS and Xbee features:
More information on the website : VGR-Systems feel free to contact…Continue
I've made a quaternion based AHRS with bonus altitude and temperature sensing using an AltIMU-10 and an Arduino Nano. It can print out orientation in either Euler angles (heading, pitch, roll), a north-east-down rotation matrix or as a quaternion over UART serial.
How have the Mission Planner Developers managed to get around the Restrictions laid down by Google Earth regarding the use of Google Earth/Maps imagery and geo data for the Mission Planner software?
It appears that the use of any bulk…Continue
A few months ago, I posted some video and pictures of a tilt-rotor quadcopter called iQuad. Since then, I've been working on building a new version of iQuad which is lighter, has a cleaner design, and adds FPV. The new iQuad weighs 1600 grams w/o batteries (down from 2260) thanks to a carbon fiber body and custom-built rotation mechanism and landing legs. My goal for…Continue
By Evan Ackerman
As amazing as flying robots are, there's a limited amount of useful stuff that they can do today. Oh, they're great for surveillance and inspection, there's potential to use them to deliver stuff, and in some specialized circumstances we've seen them cooperatively building…Continue
AMAZING and THX GUYMCCALDIN ! Guy is the guy, a member of this community, who built a 3D printable APM suspension system. As you see on the hover graph above, for my large X8 octo, I get vibrations between -0.03g and +0.03g (to compare with the…Continue
I know this is probably a little off topic, but this seemed like something that the community might like to hear about for prototyping and as a breadboard alternative. This is a ballpoint pen with conductive ink for creating circuits on paper or any other…Continue
A billion people in the world lack access to all-season roads. Could the structure of the internet provide a model for how to reach them? Andreas Raptopoulos of Matternet thinks so. He introduces a new type of transportation system that uses electric autonomous flying machines to deliver medicine, food, goods and supplies wherever they are needed.
Compile and run qgroundcontrol for Linux Ubuntu .…Continue