Super excited...the Parrot team sent me two AR.Drones as development kits! (One is for me and the other for a famous game designer friend). They just arrived, and here are some first impressions and closeups.
The Parrot AR.Drone was not the only quadcopter at CES. From ArsTechnica, a report on a toy quad with impressive-sounding specs ($299 show price; $399 MSRP). Gyro stabilization and some sort of… Continue
We're starting another year of weekly DIY Drones podcasts, and we need your help in choosing guests. Who should we invite to join us for a half-hour Q&A, to be recorded for the podcast audience?
Anybody who is doing something cool is a good candidate, professional or amateur--we've had everyone from NASA scientists to other hobbyists. Please give us suggestions in the comments below. Who would you like to hear from?
This awesome display of VTOL --> horizontal flight -> vertical landing is accomplished by the Booz Paparazzi-based quad project. Although many people have tried VTOL aircraft that are meant to transition to wing-based horizontal flight, it's very hard to accomplish the transition, especially the transition from horizontal flight back to vertical. This one does it very naturally.… Continue
I don't know how I missed this before, but there is a pretty mature project for a Arduino-powered quadcopter, called AeroQuad (also known in RC Groups as Quadrino, which is a much better name IMO!). Rather than using a custom board, they use a standard Arduino devboard and off-the-shelf Sparkfun sensors (although they did make a… Continue
From a Parallax user group meeting last June, but still interesting. (Thanks to Gary Mortimer for the find). BTW, the Attopilot website is down while they revamp it. Do not see the GoDaddy parking page and freak out...should be up again…
DIY Drones is a sponsor of the AUVSI Silicon Valley one-day meeting at NASA Ames this Friday (Jan 8), focusing on UAV use for fires and other emergency response. We get a free guest pass as a result, which I'll give to the first person who asks for it in the comments below (you must be a US Citizen or permanent resident, due to NASA rules).
Here's the description:
"The Silicon Valley Chapter, AUVSI will conduct a… Continue
Today we hit another milestone, with 7,000 members. Over the past year, traffic on DIY Drones has grown more than 3x, from an average of 5,000 page views per day a year ago, to 18,000 today, with a current average of 5,000 vistors per day. We are adding 1,000 members every 70 days, or an average of 14 a day, a pace that is… Continue
Just a reminder to the community members and especially the moderators: blog posts are for information of general interest to the community. Questions and requests for help should be posted in the discussion forum. Moderators: If someone accidentally submits a blog post that should have been in the discussion forum, do not approve it. Instead, copy it and paste it into a PM to author, asking them nicely to repost in the discussion forum. Then delete the post.
One of AUVSI's primary goals set by our membership has been to work with Congress and the FAA to move forward implementation of UAS into the National Air Space. While this is an ongoing challenge for our industry, we are making headway. We have scheduled a meeting with the leadership of the Unmanned Aircraft Office of the FAA this week and value your input.
I am inviting you, as a member of AUVSI, to have your… Continue
I had a great day today testing MatrixNav 2.0 on the UAV DevBoard, and part of the pleasure (along with the excellent performance of the autopilot) was my new cheap EasyStar substitute, the Dynam Hawk Sky. Basically it's an EasyStar clone, but with… Continue