Where I came from, and what I'm doing:
I just joined DIY Drones today, after having known about the site for two weeks now. I came to it, in directly, via John Robb's Global Guerillas blog (http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com), and I am intensely interested in building my own UAV.
I've already taken the first step: Order the Firebird Phantom beginner RC airframe, and learn to fly RC planes. I suppose I've already taken the first step of learning to fly as well: a fuselage… Continue
Added by Pierre McCann on October 8, 2007 at 7:52am —
Check out this great post from the winners of the Australian amateur UAV contest--the guys at Dionysus Designs, a Chico, CA-based team who focus on advanced RC… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on October 5, 2007 at 7:09pm —
Helicopter- Why the EFlite Blade CX
It is small, light weight, modifiable, and parts are cheap and readily available at the local hobby shop or on eBay. The Blade CX is considered Continue
an indoor outdoor, meaning I can test the helicopter indoors during inclement
weather, and a Ready To Fly (RTF) helicopter, so limited set up is
necessary. It is…
Added by Genesis Factor on October 1, 2007 at 8:00am —
They're not amateurs (their quadcopter systems cost around $60,000) but the Microdrones
guys do amazing work. In this video: hand-motion control, GSM communications and… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on September 28, 2007 at 7:36am —
A few months back, this got some play on the RCGroups.com UAV websaite, but I have not heard much since the initial conversations. Is anyone planning a visit or in the area to report? As of today, only four teams qualified for the outback challenge and three highschool teams for the target drop event.
Added by paul hubner on September 25, 2007 at 8:43am —
If you're planning to turn your UAVs (or just R/C planes) into aerial mapping machines, you're going to want a GPS data logger. What they do is give position information that you can match with each of your shots, so you can properly align them into a mosaic and place it on Google Maps. Companies such as Pict'Earth can take a GPS log file and a zip file of a few hundred shots and turn them into a beautiful orthorectified Google Earth overlay like… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on September 24, 2007 at 12:16pm —
Noah Schachtman at Wired's Danger Room blog reports
from his recent trip to Iraq. Turns out that we're not the only ones having trouble with airspace regulators:
"The Defense Department's unmanned air force has… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on September 22, 2007 at 9:10am —
It took us three months to get our first 50,000 page views
. It took us just a month to get the second 50,000. This site passed 100,000 page views earlier this week. How long till we get a million?
Added by Chris Anderson on September 21, 2007 at 3:10pm —
Work has actively kept me away from doing stuff I would really like to get into.
The main problem being a move to cover for somebody that is ill to Scotland. Initially for two weeks but thats turned into 2 months. The point, all my gear was down south.
I went and picked it all up last week so can start again.
The weather will be the problem now!!
Anyhow I will post a video from a Pentax Optio T10, taken from a hill, East Lomand just to the north of… Continue
Added by Gary Mortimer on September 20, 2007 at 11:44am —
are one of the most popular aerial photography aircraft for a good reason: they're cheap, stable, tough and easy to modify. In an earlier post
, I described how to upgrade one for better performance. In this post, I'll show you how to install a camera for great Google Earth mapping, producing high-resolution,… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on September 17, 2007 at 9:37pm —
In a comment on a thread at right, David Albert makes an important point about frequency clashes between spread specturm radios and 2.4 Ghz video downlink systems, such as the RangeVideo and Black Widow AV setups that we use. If you haven't been following the chatter on aerial photography newsgroups, you might have missed this (as I did). This info may save your… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on September 11, 2007 at 4:02pm —
I hope we can all contribute to the Anti-Terror war, by building UAVs, sending them into the DOD and having them take consumer research and make it into something that will protect us in return forn our troubles...
I certainly will donate some of my butterflies...
Added by Nathan Guannan Zhang on September 11, 2007 at 9:30am —
Analog Devices is about to start selling a very cool-looking device: a small box that combines three-axis gyros with three-axis accelerometers, along with an embedded processor to massage all that data and deal with calibration and drift issues. Called the ADIS16355
, it will retail for about $300, which isn't cheap, but when you consider what it would cost you in time and money to duplicate that… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on September 10, 2007 at 10:38pm —
As I mentioned
, I totaled the first Predator UAV
, due to the combination of an underpowered motor and the marginal controllability of that design's V-tail-only steering. I spent last weekend… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on September 10, 2007 at 11:26am —
Hi everyone, I am running a student satellite project in Pakistan. http://www.informationvision.net . Now I want to start a student UAV project. My aim is to develop an agriculture UAV which can monitor SALIN water in Rahim Yar Khan which is major issue for the farmers in the region. Can anyone help me with documentation for the projeect.
Added by Ahmad Usman on September 8, 2007 at 8:39pm —
Now that we've got several UAVs running well, it's time to show what they're good for. Aerial photography is fun, but it's not really useful unless you can cover large areas and integrate the imagery into Google Earth. I've been stitching together images optically and… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on September 7, 2007 at 2:59pm —
I was reminded by the Pict'Earth guys last weekend that one of the best all-purpose planes for carrying cameras, GPS recorders and any other sort of equipment you want to test is the Multiplex EasyStar, a virtually unbreakable powered glider. Because it's made of… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2007 at 6:30pm —
I have joined this group in the hopes that I will be able to learn more about UAVs. I would like to be able to utilize them in search and rescue. Often we have no good imagery or even maps of areas that we have searches for lost people. It would be great if we could get imagery from a UAV and make it available to rescue personel to assist in search efforts.
Added by Leon Herbert on August 30, 2007 at 2:06pm —
me and my college friends built small Glider UAV with real time video camera transmission. but my remote control works only visual range. We intend to extend the uav range to 5 miles with the help of Autopilat and ground control software. can anyone help me to chose the extended range remote control. (what model RC and where can i buy this things by online or anywhere in europe.)
SOOn i will post my entire UAV project in website.
Added by alison on August 29, 2007 at 7:50am —
We had our amateur UAV fly-in (the world's first?) on Saturday at the Alameda Naval Air Station. Along with my own 4 UAV's, Adam Williams brought his fully-autonomous-in-training heli, the Pict'Earth team
was there with their Nokia N80-carrying Easystars, RCAPA's Patrick Egen brought a nifty camera-carrying slowstik, and we had a handful of other observers, along with the PBS film crew.
Since this was done mostly for the cameras (which can't… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on August 28, 2007 at 7:40am —