November 2013 Blog Posts (130)

I had a dream last night about 3D Robotics and Agriculture. The year was 2020!

Please watch my video where I describe the dream and how the 3DR drones were being used for agricultural applications.  Also I'd love to know if you think that the dream that I had is actually a feasible goal for 3D Robotics and the Unmanned Agricultural Vehicles Market.  I personally think its a reachable/attainable goal for 3DR, Market, and the FAA!…


Added by Joshua Johnson on November 2, 2013 at 10:34pm — 16 Comments

3D Robotics
Using drones to spot "apple scab" infections

Looks like this University of New Hampshire ag research team is using an APM-powered ArduCopter for their research into the use of drones to spot crop disease. Excerpt from the Modern Farmer article:

“When you think about apple production now, a grower needs to walk through his…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 2, 2013 at 8:46pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Awesome aerial footage of cliff jumpers

These guys have always made great videos, and now they're even better with footage from the air.  Name that copter at 3:07...

Added by Brandon Basso on November 2, 2013 at 6:12pm — 6 Comments

Vr Brain 4.5 : available last firmware update APM Copter rev 3.1.11 ( APM Copter rev 3.1rc5 )

Dear friend,

This is last video doing by Marco with his Marcopter HV2 Full Carbon

yesterday we release last revision of Arducopter rev3.1rc5 for VRBrain with no OS the AP_HAL_VRBrain is very similar to APM.

more tech info about vrbrain here :…


Added by Roberto Navoni on November 2, 2013 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

DIY Drones Vodcast Episode 3 with


Hello All,

I have had the pleasure of talking to the guys fro and what they had to say is very interesting




Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on November 2, 2013 at 1:16pm — 2 Comments

APM 2.5 CAD Model for Google Sketchup Users

G'day All,

I have been working on a new airframe over recent weeks and wanted to replace the rather abstract 66 x 35mm box used to represent the APM 2.5 board with something a little more detailed and accurate.  My search for an existing model found nothing I could use, so a few hours later this is what I came up with.

In line with the spirit of open source, I…


Added by Quadzimodo on November 2, 2013 at 11:46am — 13 Comments

v911 new circuit board upgrade/hack

Has any one played with the v911? Just ordered one and thinking about making a new circuit board for it. Making it a really cheap open source drone. What do you guys think?

STM32F103CB vs atmega328
nRF24L01 vs A7105

Added by geir on November 2, 2013 at 8:44am — 9 Comments

DIY Drones at 45,000 Members!

It's customary and a tradition that we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 45,000!!!!

There were 1.8 million page views in the last month! (we get around 58,000 pageviews a day on average). It took us just 28 days to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging one new member every 40 minutes.

Thanks as…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on November 2, 2013 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Crowdfund A Collapsible RC Tricopter

It looks a bit like Anakin Skywalker's starfighter from The Phantom Menace.


Added by elad orbach on November 1, 2013 at 10:30pm — 21 Comments

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