Jani Hirvinen's Blog (49)

Official ArduPilot SWAG shop is Online...

After many months of working and planning within ArduPilot marketing team, we are finally pleased to announce our own ArduPilot organization swag / merchandise store.

The official store address is: …


Added by Jani Hirvinen on February 9, 2018 at 7:46am — 1 Comment

Jani/ArduPilot receives Global UAV Award in Shenzhen

Great day for ArduPilot and CEO of jDrones Mr. Jani Hirvinen.


On last Saturday 24th Jun 2017 on Drone World Congress ArduPilot and Jani was awarded: “In recognition of outstanding contribution to Global UAV Industry” in Shenzhen/China. This is extremely big recognition for the work that we have done under ArduPilot operations in past 7…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on June 28, 2017 at 11:05pm — No Comments

You think you have it?!? ArduPilot.ORG is looking some fancy merch stuff...

Do you think that you got what we are looking for?? 

Do you want to make ArduPilot even greater that we are now?!? If you do, read more:…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on June 19, 2016 at 7:59am — 8 Comments

New ArduPilot.org Discussion Forums Online

Many of you…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on March 27, 2016 at 9:30am — 22 Comments

The DroneCode Project just launched

Dronecode Project to advance development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; 3D Robotics, Baidu, Box, DroneDeploy, Intel, jDrones, Laser Navigation (Virtualrobotix), Qualcomm Technologies, SkyWard, Squadrone System, Walkera and Yuneec among founding members.

Read more at…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on October 13, 2014 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Arduino ModeSwitch with OLED display and passthrough ports

The ModeSwitch saga continues, I am happy to announce our new OLED ModeSwitch project for all. 

Several days we published LED based Flight ModeSwitch project here and I promised to show this OLED project too so here goes. 

This is more advanced compared to our upcoming…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on December 20, 2013 at 7:06am — 10 Comments

Arduino ModeSwitch with LEDs

6 Way mode switch gets life...

Finally after several iterations on PCB and electronics design, first jDrones ModeSwitches are getting to daylight.

First boards are fully operational and we are testing them with several of our test flyers. …


Added by Jani Hirvinen on December 18, 2013 at 3:23am — 27 Comments

Lady GaGa, first wearable hexacopter



Ok now I have seen it "all"... For some reason I were not stunned to see that it was Lady GaGa who made this first.. But here we are.


On their video it looks a bit badly tuned but it flies. Unfortunately video cannot be embedded to Ning so everyone need to look it by them selfs. 



Added by Jani Hirvinen on November 11, 2013 at 3:11am — 45 Comments

New jD-IOBoard firmware and Configurator is available.

jDrones IOBoard with MAVLink & FrSky bridge
New version of jD-IOBoard MAVLink / FrSky bridge software is now available on our download area. This version contains several bug fixes and also new features.

Also new jD-IOBoard Configurator is available on download area. New…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on November 8, 2013 at 2:10am — 8 Comments

HeavyDuty Antenna tracker

Time to start build next version of antenna trackers. As antennas are getting bigger and bigger we planned to make one heavyduty antenna tracker that can turn 2kg antenna clusters. 

Basic tech:

  • 360 yaw with 1 degree accuracy
  • -5 - 90 degree tilt control 
  • Accelerometer measurement for X/Y and Z axis
  • Compass…

Added by Jani Hirvinen on September 29, 2013 at 12:18am — 51 Comments

Shenzhen Hobby EXPO 2013

Shenzhen Model EXPO 2013 gates

China Hobby EXPO is growing. Normally they have Hobby EXPO in Beijing and Shanghai, this year there were new Hobby EXPO started at Shenzhen where most of electronics comes for whole…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on September 26, 2013 at 10:17pm — 5 Comments

RTAFA 2013, UAV Challenge

Royal Thai Airforce, Aerial Vehicle Challenge 2013

On this year 2013 Royal Thai AirForce Academy is celebrating their 60 years celebration, to honor this celebration, the first UAV Contest was set-up by RTAFA here in Thailand.

It was a thrilling 3 days at Royal Thai AirForce base September this year. Thailands first UAV Contest was finally real. As it was initiated by AirForce Academy and aimed for other Academies, commercial operators and manufacturers like…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on September 26, 2013 at 7:10am — 4 Comments

External Compass for APM2.5+, APM2.6

Custom made APM2.5+, APM2.6 specific external compass module


We made easy to use external compass module for APM2.X Flight controllers. If you need to have external compass and you don't want to change your GPSes yet. Here is your best and easiest choice for it.

This module fits directly to your…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on August 7, 2013 at 10:00pm — 39 Comments

Adding more features to IOBoard

IOBoard Let's make it better... We need testers...

Awhile ago we made first translating program for IOBoard and since that people have been using it as it was and/or modifying its open software. Now that we have more and more devices supporting FrSky telemetry, converting becomes more fun.

So let's make it. Current roadmap for IOBoard…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on July 26, 2013 at 10:30am — 144 Comments

New GPS devices for ArduCopter/ArduPlane/ArduRover use

ArduCopter / ArduRover / ArduPlane specific GPS devices with uBlox NEO6 modules are here...

Finally they are here. We have been testing and developing these GPS devices over 4 months and now they are available on jDrones store. These modules are optimized for ArduCopter and…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on March 28, 2013 at 9:56pm — 17 Comments

What did you do at eve of New Year 2013...??

Happy New Year 2013 from jDrones to all and everyone. 

See you guys/gals next year ( i mean this ).

Jani / jDrones

Added by Jani Hirvinen on December 31, 2012 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

New mystery machines arrives to jDrones

New machines are arriving to jDrones office. 

What is it, we will se in following weeks. But as a hint there are some details that we can share now for it:

- It's 3.000 Kg heavy

- It's 2.7m tall, 1 meter wide and 2.8 meters long

- It uses electricity (and a lot)

- It's rather silent



Added by Jani Hirvinen on December 26, 2012 at 10:54pm — 45 Comments

ArduStation Mega v1.0b arrived

Our ArduStation MEGA boards arrived today and I am truly excited to see how they work. Now starts small assembly job for them and then we can start doing testing for those. 

Big thanks for Colin for his original ASM work, it's great to see…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on November 20, 2012 at 10:00pm — 268 Comments

Protecting APM2.5 Baro sensor

If your barometric sensor exposed on APM2.5?? Or you have tape/foam hack to cover it. Here is more elegant way to cover your baro nicely. On older APM2.0 baro sensor was covered with another PCB so it was not so exposed to wind blows and you got better altitude hold with it. On new APM2.5 board upper daughter board has been removed and barometric sensor is now fully exposed so…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on November 14, 2012 at 9:45pm — 23 Comments

OpenESC one step closer or reality

We have been working lately with Jason.J and few other people to create first real Open Source ESC that is based on STM32 RISC processors. Just moment a go courier delivered first PCBs to my desk here at jDrones and we are thrilled to see how they start perform after assembly has done for these. 

OpenESC pcbs are 35 x 25mm and 4 layers PCBs. Power range…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on November 7, 2012 at 8:17am — 7 Comments

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