Joe Brennan, the competition director, has emailed me the results of the AUVSI student competition
mentioned in the last post
. After a lot of googling, I have… Continue
Added by James Ross on July 3, 2008 at 6:11am —
The Sixth Annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition was held on June 18-22, 2008 (see competition website
There hasn't been much buzz generated on the internet about the competition. However, one of the local Maryland newspapers has covered it.
Student engineers send creations into aerial competition Webster Field hosts UAV… Continue
Added by James Ross on July 2, 2008 at 6:12pm —
I saw this yesterday over on the Make blog. Adafruit has come out with a new Arduino shield which looks excellent for UAV usage. The shield has support for several gps modules, and can log data to an SD card.
Even with the GPS and SD card, there are still 5 digital and 5 analog IO open.
Here are the details(text below lifted from adafruit.com):
GPS shield for Arduino kit with data-logging capability. After building this easy… Continue
Added by Cory on July 1, 2008 at 7:37am —
No, i didn't look down, when i said that, i promise!
Yeah, that was waiting for me when i got home friday night. I've been getting atleast a package a day now, with more to come.
In one of those packages, was a box. In this box, from Electronics Goldmine, had this->
I have never seen components used as stuffing before. I got a kick out of it so i took a pic. Yes,… Continue
Added by Genesis Factor on June 30, 2008 at 8:25pm —
Engineering TV has a bunch of UAV episodes up, including the Berkeley Aerobot Team and the Hybrid Systems Lab at Stanford University.
Links to the videos are below:…
Added by Chris Anderson on June 30, 2008 at 6:24pm —
Yes I know we (as in all of you guys) were there but popsci.com
happens to have a picture of a diy drone at Maker Faire
Added by rad man on June 29, 2008 at 6:15pm —
[NOTE/UPDATE: All the below, from long ago, has been superseded by events. Basic ArduPilot proved capable of every this described here, so we cancelled this version of the product. Thinking about what the next version of ArduPilot could be can be found… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on June 28, 2008 at 8:00pm —
, from the always interesting Jack Crossfire blog, is the smartest observation on neural networks and genetic algorithms I've seen in ages. Excerpt:
"In our last experience with neural network feedback, the feedback always headed towards 0. That one used straight back propagation to predict cyclic from attitude change. That fiasco has cursed all future investments in the radically different genetic approach. The… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2008 at 10:44am —
Farmer Uses Unmanned Eye in the Sky to Maximize Crops
Idaho Business Review
(Excerpt, thanks to the AUVSI news roundup,… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2008 at 8:00am —
My computer has booted up, and is running Win2000 (ram restrictions made it the OS of choice, XP can be used, but maybe later, and with some trimming) and i will be working on servo control and figuring out why my usb decided to reboot the computer when i plugged in the Parallax Servo Controller. Yeah, i'm having issues with the drivers as the Boser site doesn't seem to like linking things. I have a picture of first boot i need to upload on photobucket, as well as a picture of the computer. I… Continue
Added by Genesis Factor on June 24, 2008 at 11:00pm —
In one fell swoop i've bought almost everything i need for this project. Hoorah! This means its time to post because, well, too many people are in the dark. Since i already did the Goals List in the last one, this will be the materials list
This plane will use solid wireless broadband to accomplish the goals of flight control uplink and video and sensor output downlink There will be no receiver. The reason for this is that i will be well out of range of most, if not all radio… Continue
Added by Genesis Factor on June 24, 2008 at 10:30am —
Added by Achal Agrawal on June 24, 2008 at 6:40am —
Cool news from Microsoft: its Google Earth competitor, Virtual Earth
, is now accepting user-generated aerial imagery. Unlike Google Earth, where your own data can only be superimposed on the "real" Google Earth data, and people will only see it if they… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2008 at 8:52pm —
BlimpDuino is a very low cost open source autonomous blimp. It consists of an Arduino-based blimp controller board with on-board infrared and ultrasonic sensors and an interface for an optional RC mode, a simple gondola with two vectoring (tilting) differential…
Added by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2008 at 6:00pm —
[UPDATE Jan, 2009: The description below is our original conception of ArduPilot Pro. However, we were able to achieve all of these features with the basic ArduPilot, so we are now reconsidering what additional features to add to a future dual-core… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2008 at 4:30pm —
In our quest to create the simplest and cheapest autopilot available, we're debating whether we need a barometric pressure sensor or can do reasonable altitude control with GPS alone. The old answer to this was the GPS alone wouldn't work--not only were errors of as… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on June 22, 2008 at 11:00am —
As many of you know, the price of commercial UAVs are through the roof
. Right now is a great time to sell your uavs. They're cheaper than commercial uavs so they will sell easily to anyone who wants a UAV. The point I am trying to make is not for prophit but for devlopement. So we can make bigger, better, and more powerful UAVs.
Added by rad man on June 22, 2008 at 7:30am —
XBee Pros have been raised from $32 to $36. Feel like a fool for not buying more at $32, although the direct store still has some. Still have 2 $32 modules from last year. The higher priced model is the XBee ZB ZigBee PRO Series 2 supporting "more dense mesh networks". Maybe it even has Techron to clean your speed controller.
In 5 years these obsolete modules will be $65. Should buy some paperclips. The next bull market is paperclips I tell U.
The good news is a new 900Mhz… Continue
Added by Jack Crossfire on June 21, 2008 at 5:55pm —
Gravitech has now released a new Arduino board, the Nano
($49.99), which I think is the best one yet. I just got one, and have had a chance to compare it with the two other breadboardable Arduino options: the… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on June 21, 2008 at 4:30pm —
Its been 8 months since my last post and i'm back to UAVs again. this time i have project funding, so money will not be as big of a project halter as it was with the last one.
I am still learning Stamp BASIC programming. I've spent my time learning to fly the heli though. I intend to use a propellor board as my heli's main processor. However, the Prop board leaves a lot lacking. I am into SBCs and big computer calculations, not these microprocessor mini codes. Therefore, when i won a… Continue
Added by Genesis Factor on June 21, 2008 at 12:02am —