A number of years ago while I was doing research for a little story I was working on I stumbled upon DIY Drones and, later, sUAS News. Hanging out on the DIY Drones forum, building my own amateur UAV and other life-changing events became distractions to finishing my story. Well, I finally got around to doing just that, i.e. finishing it.
This has very much been a DIY effort from writing the story, to putting together the simple cover, to self-publishing and on to…Continue
Rise of the Drones airing again on PBS/NOVA, January 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM eastern.
Preview can be seen HERE.
Click HERE to read article.
Added by Paul Marsh on November 26, 2012 at 6:13am — No Comments
I know that this is simply another APM2 installation, but I thought I would post it anyway in case anyone might be looking for suitable airframes for their DIY drone. Also, this is kind of exciting for me since I am finally doing my DIY drone project and like to share my activity. While my dedicated UAV build is underway, I'm testing APM2 and its…Continue
The mainstream news stories about UAVs getting into the NAS are almost getting commonplace, and maybe that's partly the idea of this post, i.e. to point that out. Still, maybe we should stay on top of what's being said.
One problem with these short radio spots, in this case seven minutes with two guests, is that you just can't get into the details. Not…Continue
DIY Drones and Chris Anderson in the news yet again. You're getting around, Chris! Well done.
It's all about expectations, I suppose, but even knowing that I have to admit disappointment. We just got back from a visit to the National Air and Space Museum on the mall in Washington DC. If you have never been there, you really need to go. This isn't about the museum in general--we have been there many times. One reason I wanted to go this time was to see the UAV…
This post might be a little premature in that I'm just getting started, but after hanging out at DIY Drones for a few years and doing little more than adding editorial comment to other's posts, I'm anxious to share my real DIY Drone project. Since all of the hard work has already been done by others in this community with regard to the autopilot, this blog will focus…Continue
I thought this article might be of interest to this community. It starts:
"In September 2010 the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC vetted the TransAtlantic Model (TAM) and selected it as an historic artifact..."
The short article (letter, actually, from Maynard Hill) can be found…
Excerpt from "President's Perspective," Model Aviation magazine, November 2010
FAA Ruling May Be Challenging to AMA
Things continue to move forward, albeit relatively slowly, with the FAA regulatory process for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) that will…
I did a little digging into the current state of affairs with regard to commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (SUASs) and I'm not really sure what it all means. On the one hand, there seem to be quite a few companies developing and/or manufacturing SUASs. Presumably, many of these are for private, commercial use as opposed to pure research, governmental or recreational activity. On the other hand,…Continue
Wired for War--The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
Penguin (December 29, 2009)
While the mission of DIY Drones is to promote the development of amatuer UAVs in the hobby or even commercial worlds,…Continue
I noticed that my Garmin never says my location accuracy is better than 10 feet. I suspect that's a hard stop--no matter how good it is, nothing better than 10 feet will be reported. I decided to check this by plotting the coordinates given from the Garmin device in Google Maps, then Google Earth, and discovered that if any inaccuracy exists, it's within these two programs. In each case, the program showed my location a good 40-50' from where I actually was. On the other hand, plotting those…Continue
I'm sure this has been discussed here before, but past posts seem pretty well buried now.
I've been giving some thought as to whether rudder or aileron (in isolation of each other) is better for initiating turns via autopilot control. As a bank-and-crank RC flier (it wasn't until relatively recently that I learned that the left stick on my transmitter could be used for more…Continue
Hey Guys! (meant in the most gender neutral of ways),
I have taken my first real step toward building a DIY UAV! This will be boring to most of you, but to someone as far behind the curve as I am, this is HUGE. This community has come so far, and in such a relatively short period of time, that autopilots for RC planes are almost plug-and-play. However, I am determined to learn the basics of process control before moving on to…Continue
This article was brought to my attention. It might be of interest here. The gyro in the article is made by STMicroelectronics. There is another post (click HERE) about the first-ever 3-axis digital gyro made by InvenSense.
DIYDrones got a brief mention in an article in Spectrum, the magazine of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The article is about first-person-view (FPV) flying, but the author mentions he read about FPV here and at FPVPilot.com.Continue