December 2013 Blog Posts (150)

3D Robotics
2013 DIY Drones and 3DR Year in Review

There's a huge amount to celebrate as we reflect on this community's accomplishments in 2013. Just as we did in 2012, we had record membership this year (we'll hit 50,000 members in a couple months), traffic (nearly 1.8 million pageviews a month) and…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 31, 2013 at 6:30pm — 10 Comments

GoPro parts used to mount Tablet onto RC Transmitter

Here's a hack that worked pretty well for me. Thought I'd share the how-to.

I leveraged some leftover GoPro parts to mount my tablet onto my radio:

I used the two sticker based helmet mounts (1 on RC Transmitter, 1 on tablet) and the "3 way pivot arm". I had to cut the tab holding the…


Added by Hopper on December 31, 2013 at 3:29pm — 4 Comments

DIY Drones at 47,000 Members!

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 47,000!!!!

There were 1.8 million page views in the last month! (we get around 60,000 pageviews a day on average). It took us just 27 days to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging one new member every 39…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on December 31, 2013 at 6:30am — 6 Comments 3D Printing Services Page (Hobby & Commercial)

Click Here to View the 3D Printing Services Page

What's up!?  I wanted to let you folks know I built a 3D…


Added by Joshua Johnson on December 30, 2013 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

DJI Releases iPad Ground Station for Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Flight


DJI officially released 2.4G Bluetooth Datalink & iPAD Ground Station.  Nice simple interface, seems very intuitive.  Can't wait to see Droid Planner 2.0 :)

Added by AKRCGUY on December 30, 2013 at 6:30pm — 29 Comments

FAA selects six UAS test site operators in the United States, covering nine states

In a telephone news conference today, FAA Administrator Michael Heurta explained that the test sites will evaluate "what uses evolve," and consider "appropriate certificate and regulatory regimes."

The first test site is planned to be up and running in 180 days, and test site ops are due to conclude in February 2017, which incidentally is the same time…


Added by Matthew Schroyer on December 30, 2013 at 10:12am — 8 Comments

Tree Top FPV

Quadcopter FPV line with my Multiwiicopter Reconn V3 and Tarot T-2D gimbal

Normal speed, no post production

Added by Ruben Caser on December 30, 2013 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

A flying hexacopter with flexible mounting options

After some years of experimenting with copters and fixed wings there was a need for a flying system with flexible mounting options for different sensors, transmitters and other payloads. It is made of cheap materials, easy to get and easy to repair. The bars are made out of 15x15x1 mm aluminium, the rest is 3D…


Added by Thomas Griesbeck on December 30, 2013 at 4:59am — 7 Comments

Awash in GPS autopilots

Clicking through…

Added by Jack Crossfire on December 30, 2013 at 2:48am — 7 Comments

DIY FPGA Reflow Oven

Cool Xmas Day project uses Papilio FPGA control

From HackADay:

"For Christmas, [Hamster]‘s wife gave him a mini-oven. Later that day, he tore it apart and built this FPGA controlled reflow oven.

We’ve seen plenty of reflow oven builds in the past. Most of…


Added by Shannon Morrisey on December 28, 2013 at 11:52pm — 7 Comments

Announcing APM Planner 2.0 RC1 -- the cross-platform GCS for Mac, Windows and Linux

I would like to announce the first RC1 release of APM Planner 2.0. This is a cross platform Ground Control Station to accompany the consumer release of Pixhawk and Iris for APM:Plane, APM:Copter & APM:Rover. More information can be found …


Added by Bill Bonney on December 28, 2013 at 6:24pm — 34 Comments

Parachute dropping!

Earlier this year I was testing some parachute designs to drop payloads.


Feel free to ask any questions!


As always, happy Droning!



The building Log (sorry for the bad photos)



Added by Aaron Wiedenfeld on December 28, 2013 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Fully Autonomous Marathon Flight!


This week I successfully piloted the Raptor 140 over a marathon's distance (42km or 26mi) by flying 45.7km or 28.4mi. I say pilot, but really it was a 99% autonomous flight, controlled by the APM2.6 Flight Controller.

It was also a flight duration record for me, taking 39 minutes to complete, with an average airspeed of…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on December 28, 2013 at 5:18am — 8 Comments - Beta Now Open - Open Source Community/Database

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Hello my Fellow Diy Drones Members.  I am currently opening up…


Added by Joshua Johnson on December 28, 2013 at 12:29am — 27 Comments

Uncovering tomfoolery and vandalism on a drone mapping mission

Over Thanksgiving, I planned to map out a bayou in north Louisiana, and use it as a teaching moment for high school students involved in the Drones for Schools program back in central Illinois.

Due to issues with configuration and calibration, the mission didn't go according to plan, and I didn't end up with a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of…


Added by Matthew Schroyer on December 27, 2013 at 4:47pm — 3 Comments

Overview of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat Lighthouse, french riviera, south of France


The Lighthouse of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is located in tip of the peninsula known as the "Pearl of the Cote d'Azur", between the city of Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer. This monument of the Alpes Maritimes department is an historical heritage. We hope, you'll enjoy this aerial view. All our best wishes for next year to everyone. Team DN

Added by Drone in Nice on December 27, 2013 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Bluetooth Telemetry Bridge - Last Chance

Just a friendly reminder, now is the last chance to grab a Bluetooth Telemetry Bridge before the Kickstarter ends tonight at 10:30PM EST. We've already had an overwhelming response and reached our goal in less than 24 hours! After tonight, there will be a bit of delay before we can take any more orders because we'll prioritize Kickstarter…


Added by Jeff Taylor on December 27, 2013 at 5:59am — 2 Comments

Which is more dangerous, drone hacking or unsafe drone operation?

Let me just state that  I respect Daren his work and contribution to hack and IT community and that this comment isn't directed in any way against him or his work.

Just a month ago while watching one of the Daren's videos I noticed DJI Phantom sitting on his desk and I couldn't…


Added by Dusan on December 26, 2013 at 8:00pm — 20 Comments

UAV testing in the Saudi desert

The Distributed Sensing Systems Laboratory (DSS) is a research group with the systems subgroup of the Electrical Engineering department of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Among our research activities, we are interested in the development of Lagrangian-based flash-flood sensing systems (and the associated control/estimation algorithms). We are…


Added by Christian Claudel on December 26, 2013 at 4:00am — 10 Comments

Multiple drones and multiple operator support in U[g]CS


Here is footage from software showing our software capability to simultaneously plan and execute mission with 3 different drones. Arducopter, Microdrone MD4-200 and Mikrokopter were used.

As we support at this moment Arducopter, Mikrocopter, ArDrone, Microdrone this demo can be interesting at least for professional users of…


Added by Alexey Dobrovolskiy on December 26, 2013 at 12:03am — 2 Comments

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