November 2013 Blog Posts (130)

Windsock iPhone App - Need beta testers

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…


Added by Richard Warrender on November 25, 2013 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

SF Drone Meetup Videos

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…


Added by Marque Cornblatt on November 25, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

3DR's IRIS is now available for pre-order

3D Robotics is now taking pre-orders for IRIS — our first personal drone developed with the consumer in mind. IRIS delivers powerful performance at affordable prices.

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…


Added by Sue Rosenstock on November 25, 2013 at 2:56pm — 6 Comments

3DR Telemetry module recycled with DIY dipole & Bluetooth (tested succesfully on Droidplanner)

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…


Added by Hugues on November 25, 2013 at 1:35pm — 26 Comments

MAVProxy Workshop and Documentation

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…


Added by Stephen Dade on November 25, 2013 at 4:01am — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
New York Times on "drone journalism"

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…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 24, 2013 at 9:53pm — 29 Comments

Tau Labs has MultiWii style Horizon Mode

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…


Added by James Cotton on November 24, 2013 at 5:00pm — 9 Comments

TED Talks Playlist: Will drones save us or destroy us? (12 talks)


12 TED Talks available…


Added by John Githens on November 24, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Techwing maiden flight

Hello everyone!

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 and an…


Added by crystal garris on November 24, 2013 at 1:30am — 18 Comments

WizeArtz RiotQuad prototype ready for testing

After spending hundreds of hours building and testing the WizeArtz Hero, foldable quadcopter, I decided to take some time out and sink some R&D into something lean, mean, and a lot simpler.



Added by Owen Booth on November 24, 2013 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Update on LOHAN: APM-powered 3D-printed spaceplane

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…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

A new 32-bits DevBoard

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…


Added by VGR-Systems on November 23, 2013 at 3:00am — 14 Comments

Quaternion based AHRS using AltIMU-10 & Arduino

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.




  • 50hz update rate
  • Half second warm up time. Usually it…

Added by Samuel Cowen on November 23, 2013 at 1:30am — 7 Comments

Mission Planner Legal use of Google Maps/Earth content

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…


Added by Gisela & Joe Noci on November 22, 2013 at 10:30pm — 38 Comments

Tiltrotor Quadcopter (v2)

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…


Added by Ilya R. on November 22, 2013 at 7:12pm — 54 Comments

IROS 2013: UAVs Get a Grip With Full-Size Robot Arms

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…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on November 22, 2013 at 4:46pm — 4 Comments

Review of the APM 2.x anti-vibration 3D printed :Omnimac


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…


Added by Hugues on November 22, 2013 at 11:38am — 18 Comments

Circuit Scribe

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…


Added by Tommy Neubauer on November 22, 2013 at 11:22am — 4 Comments

No roads? There's a drone for that

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.



Added by Ruwan on November 21, 2013 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

qgroundcontrol 4 Linux Ubuntu 13.04 and 14.04 64 bits

Compile and run qgroundcontrol  for Linux Ubuntu .…


Added by Marius on November 21, 2013 at 10:30pm — 11 Comments

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