Jordi Muñoz's Blog (86)

Announcing Blimpduino 2.0

Almost 10 years ago with the community help, we released an open source robotic blimp platform based on Arduino and we named it Blimpduino. It was a really cool project, despite the limitations back then..........

And by back then I mean that we lacked cheap WiFi modules, 3D printers, and all sorts of fancy sensors! This leads us to use…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on October 5, 2018 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

mRo mid 2017 updates

Hi there! It has been almost a year since we re-opened our DIY store and I can report a lot is going on inside mRo as I write this. Our mission to be the best drone component manufacturer in the USA (World?) is no easy task!

In January, our sales increased more than we have anticipated, rather…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on August 3, 2017 at 1:00am — 21 Comments

[mRo] The new DIY store

Hello everyone, we are back!

Let me introduce myself, some of you might remember me as the cofounder of 3D Robotics/3DR. Since then, a particular and well-selected team of people from 3DR San Diego and 3DR TJ and I are pleased to announce we are continuing to develop legacy & new products for you.

Be patient with us, we are just…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on November 29, 2016 at 3:00pm — 17 Comments

3DR Customer support nightmare (Our bad, sorry!)

Last week we implemented a fancy ticketing system that will enable us to properly track issues among customers and be able to supervise the time response of our representatives but at the same time give them access to a set of tools that will help them be a lot more efficient.

Unfortunately the systems blow up last Friday (the 20th) so we were receiving emails from customers but any of our responses made it out, they were probably sent to the

The system…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on July 27, 2012 at 11:00am — 10 Comments

Announcing APM 2.5!

I’m pleased to announce the new APM 2.0 revision, better known as APM2.5!

But before you start screaming that you just got an APM 2.0, let me explain that there’s NO difference in performance at all between the two, the board is still the same in terms of functionally and it runs exactly the same code as APM 2.0. We just took the liberty of throwing in a…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on July 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — 150 Comments

Please welcome ArduPilotMega 2.0!

APM 2.0 is the culmination of almost a year of hard work. We wanted to make it perfect and we finally have it, we are pushing the limits of AVR and Arduino.…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on November 30, 2011 at 11:30pm — 1052 Comments

ArduIMU V3 ready for pre-order and check our new color!

Hi there! Finally you can pre-order the ArduIMU V3 here.. You can find more info abut it in my last post here

The final version of the board for full production is here, I'm…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on November 15, 2011 at 6:30pm — 183 Comments

ArduIMU V3 is finally here!

Long time since my last post!

I'm glad to announce the new ArduIMU V3 that will take the place of the very successful ArduIMU v2 (flat version). We called it flat version because ArduIMU V2 was created in a time where 3 axis and even 2 axis gyros were not so common and we had to place some of the…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on November 2, 2011 at 1:00pm — 66 Comments

Early Christmas for DIYDrones store!

Finally our new MC-385 arrived! We are lucky to have Manncorp just a few miles away, they have been very supportive with us. Thanks Manncorp!

This little machine is similar to the Sparkfun one (MC-384) but ours has dual head! This is another step forward to fully automatize the assembly…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on June 20, 2011 at 6:00pm — 10 Comments

DIYDrones Magnetometer issue resolution


It's a long story that I will try to summarize. The latest revision of the magnetometer that had some design improvements including making it easier to manufacture to boost production using the pick and place machine, but that also came with a weird…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on January 12, 2011 at 11:00pm — 88 Comments

Help wanted for top secret project

Happy new year folks!

DIYdrones hardware development team needs some help, if you think you can contribute in something please PM, our requirements are:

-Any microcontroller capable to handle a little web server can be used.

-The hardware must have WiFi access (behave as an access point).

-The hardware must have SD card slot (where you can…


Added by Jordi Muñoz on January 2, 2011 at 6:00pm — 210 Comments

APM Oilpan Rev. H, Version 1.0 now in production!

The new ArduPilotMega Shield "Hotel' Version 1.0 has finally replaced our old and problematic Foxtrap 2.2, many of the changes are just to accelerate the assembly process and reduce production failure rates, working in conjunction with the very supportive Invensense Team (Thanks guys!).

Note: if you are a user… Continue

Added by Jordi Muñoz on September 16, 2010 at 5:00pm — 43 Comments

New MTK firmware fix update.

Help wanted! Here is the latest firmware revision that fixes the longitude issue. If you are one of those that are having problems please try this new version:


Let me know your results.

Instructions for reloading your firmware are…

Added by Jordi Muñoz on September 2, 2010 at 5:30pm — 31 Comments

DIYDrones Store Switching back to FedEx, up to 50% off on international shipments!

This a long, long story but let's go to the point: We are now offering FedEx again and they offered us unbelievable "negotiated rates" compared with UPS. Thanks to Chris Anderson and Fred Smith! (And Paul the octopus!)

This what… Continue

Added by Jordi Muñoz on July 14, 2010 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

The store has Twitter!

Hey hello guys, if you want to fallow me on Twitter and see what's going on inside, well take a look:

I hope you like it!


Added by Jordi Muñoz on June 15, 2010 at 5:56pm — 5 Comments

ArdupilotMega Shield/Oilpan available for preorder

For those who don't want to be waiting for it, here's your your best option: Order it and be one of the firsts to receive it (As always FIFO service).

Go for it here:

It will be released… Continue

Added by Jordi Muñoz on May 30, 2010 at 1:20am — 60 Comments

Quick Post: ArduPilotMega Shield/OilPan Photos!

Is not ready yet, has tiny mistakes, but the tweaked boards is under the last hardware performance test's , as soon as i get an answer, I will start the mass production... ETA two weeks! (Maybe sooner).

The shield can be bottom placed (oil pan) or in the top (Shield). I would suggest the bottom side so you protect the IC's and have a lower… Continue

Added by Jordi Muñoz on May 16, 2010 at 10:30am — 62 Comments

Meditek MK3329, 66 channels, 10Hz for just $34.95!

With my endless effort to keep everything cheap and I'm just starting (I just got a pick and place machine!). If you want a cheap GPS here is the best deal you can get, pretty good actually:

Click Here!


-Based on MediaTek Single Chip… Continue

Added by Jordi Muñoz on May 13, 2010 at 10:30pm — 35 Comments

uBlox GS-407 Antenna Problems.. (Solution)

A few batches of the GS407 (uBlox) modules came defective. This problem includes units sold by SparkFun and DIYDrones Store ... The problem seems to be around the antenna solder joins, they are weak and break easily, so any little crash may break it. You can try to solder them by removing the hard glue, but is not recommended because you will void the… Continue

Added by Jordi Muñoz on May 6, 2010 at 12:30pm — 23 Comments

ArduPilot Mega Updates, updates!

I have several stuff i would like to explain! Let's enumerate them:

1.-The first batch of ArduPilot Mega's may be released this Wednesday 28.

2.- The lasted shield is ready (codename: Foxtrap) and has many advantages compared to the last board, including the Invensense gyros (cheaper and better against vibration), smaller board size, can be… Continue

Added by Jordi Muñoz on April 24, 2010 at 7:00pm — 36 Comments


Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

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