Featured Blog Posts (11)

Thrust vectoring coaxial Drone Update


 Just a quick update for the thrust vectoring coaxial drone project,


Maxxprod Himax contra-rotating brushless motor CR2805,

7x5 props replaced by T-Motor carbon fiber 9x3 resulting in more efficiency.

Flight time is about 15 minutes with Fatshark HD pilot and 12 minutes…


Added by VGR-Systems on August 14, 2016 at 2:29am — 23 Comments

Users feedback report around GCS software investigation

Users feedback report around GCS software

Hello, everyone.

As many of you already know we are putting a strong effort on…


Added by Beatriz Palmeiro on September 30, 2015 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

3D Robotics
AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations

Sorry to see this notice from AirDroids, who had launched the PocketCopter on Kickstarter, but glad to see their list of "lessons learned". Manufacturing is really, really hard, and they were not the first or last Kickstarter project to get in over their head in the process of going from prototype to…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm — 40 Comments

Dronecode Unconference Announcement and Agenda for March 25, 2015

The ELC/DroneCode conference is fast approaching. We are really looking forward to meeting many of you in San Jose next week!

We have put together a rough agenda for the 'unconference' and the first physical meeting of…


Added by Craig Elder on March 18, 2015 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

EastBay RC Guide to PID Controllers


PID loops can be pretty confusing when you're first getting started with autopilots.

Here's my attempt at explaining them "intuitively", i.e. with no math.

I'm working on plugging in a physics engine into the demo. Two more videos in this series are planned:

- Understanding the math behind PID controllers.

- Tuning PIDs…


Added by Mark Harrison on February 24, 2014 at 10:31am — 13 Comments

Thirty Days (#14): 12-rotor demo at Maker Faire 2013

Joe and Justin give the Maker Faire 2013 crowd a demo of their new heavy-lift 12-rotor creation -- including an example of flying with only six motors operational. The downwash from this monster could be used for clearing leaves off the lawn or removing snow from the driveway, in addition to keeping a large camera aloft.

Added by Joshua Ott on May 20, 2013 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

A few tips for the APM Mission Planner

Having learned the hard way on a few things, I thought I'd put together a little video that shows some tips and tricks with the APM mission planner.

The first time I tried mission planning some things were a mystery, like how do you actually get into auto mode to fly a mission? I found something that looked like a way to do it from the APM software flight data tab, but…


Added by Chris Lovett on January 21, 2013 at 1:00am — 36 Comments

Database to search motors, servos, batteries etc

Something like a beta version of my "startup" http://www.rcdetails.info

Website and database to search motors, servos, batteries etc by a different criterias.

You can check several items to compare all properties.



Added by Alexander Novikov on October 31, 2012 at 6:59am — 9 Comments

Introducing the PX4 autopilot system

The PX4 team is pleased to announce early availability of the PX4 autopilot platform, with hardware available immediately from 3D Robotics. 

The platform is a low cost, modular, open hardware and software design targeting high-end research, hobby and industrial autopilot applications.

PX4 is an expandable, modular system…


Added by PX4 on July 25, 2012 at 9:30pm — 149 Comments

Geo-Fencing for ArduCopter - Keep your copter "fenced in"

ArduCopter now has experimental geo-fencing support, thanks to Andrew Tridgell's superb geo-fencing code for ArduPlane.



Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on April 28, 2012 at 3:12pm — 24 Comments

3D Robotics
How to contribute to a DIY Drones project?

One of the biggest challenges in an open source development project is getting the "architecture of participation" right. Like a great game, contributing should be easy to pick up but hard to master, giving people of all skills and experience an opportunity to engage. Right now we have scores of developers working on dozens of projects, but a lot of it is behind the…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2011 at 5:00pm — 28 Comments

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