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UAVs at DSEi London 2011

DSEi is the world's largest fully integrated security and defense exhibition, or at least that is what the website says. The claim is bold, but with over 1300 exhibitors from nearly 100 countries, the claim looks on paper to be valid. Once inside London's ExCel conference center, you certainly get the feeling that the promotion literature is true; the place is huge and…


Added by James on September 15, 2011 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

UAVs and 3D printing - A match made in heaven?

Have just seen the following article on The Register:




Ok, so it is a touch pricey (£5000), but not so long ago, 3D printing was silly expensive. Then came RepRap and the others.


More information from New Scientist:…


Added by James on July 28, 2011 at 7:44am — 7 Comments

Flight testing - Well, learning to fly

Since my last post here, I've been patiently waiting for HobbyKing to get more Turingy 9x radio systems in stock. Alas, they sold out of Mode 2 before I could get an order together with a friend at work, so I went for a mode 1 when he placed his order and laid plans to break out the tools and change things over.

However, after a short wait, the assorted kit we…


Added by James on May 20, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments


I was not able to find anything about this ont he blog so far, but as I was browsing Hackaday this morning, I saw a link to the Vicacopter site. http://vicacopter.com/vika1.php

It looks very similar to the ArduCopter, but seems to only have 2 accelerometers rather than…


Added by James on January 18, 2011 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

Getting started - First steps into the UAV world

As a total newbie into the world of electronics hardware and software, I took the big step a few months ago of deciding to build myself a UAV. Actually, I decided to build myself a quadcopter after seeing what was to become the ArduCopter on Hackaday, but the dream changed and the desire for payload carrying overcame my initial desires.

Anyway, I ordered myself an Arduino board and set about going through the learning examples,…

Added by James on November 30, 2010 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

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