Andrew Hazelden has a cool project!
This is a concept design for a handheld air traffic control system for model airplanes. This project is designed to allow a small handheld…
John Morgan's nanocopter, which he's doing for this university research project, is coming along nicely! MPU-6050 sensors, MultiWII code,
Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2012 at 12:44pm — No Comments
From the Instructable:
- X mode flying
- MPU-6000 gyro & accelerometer sensor for flight stabilization
- USB battery recharging on the transmitter, the copter plugs into the transmitter to recharge
From Extremetech, a glimpse of a way to do indoor navigation in public spaces:
For all of their awesome applications — from portable navigation devices, to self-driving…
Totally scratch-built electronics, including MPU-6050 sensors and DSPIC processor. Fantastic build log. From Hackaday:
What a sweet thing it is to see the first outdoor flight of a quadcopter. [Botched] has done a wonderful job of …
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Cameras for navigation and mapping
One innovation of the flying robots is that the devices are able to stabilise and locate their position using only the cameras and a miniature computer installed on board, without the…
Great start for people interested in using the PhoneDrone Android/APM interface board.
From the video description:
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ArduPlane team leader Andrew Tridgell and the rest of the Canberra UAV team show their stuff in this required video for the Outback Challenge. The first part is all checklist stuff, but flight starts at 11:41. Listen closely for the ArduPlane automated voice reports!
Resistance is futile...
John Villasenor, senior fellow at the Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution, was on NPR's Talk of the nation today talking about civilian drones. 3D Robotics gets a mention.
As usual, there is some confusion over terms and definitions:
VILLASENOR: Well, first of all, I think it's very important to emphasize that model aircrafts are not drones. Model aircraft are flown within the line of sight of, and under the control of…
Back in 2004, in the day before ubiquitous smart phones and data networks, Microsoft and some hardware partners such as Fossil and Swatch introduced SPOT (Smart Personal Objects Technology) watches, which used a satellite constallation to send 41-character messages to low-power…Continue
Article here. Excerpts:
It’s a land rush in the air.
Jordi Munoz Bardales is one of a handful of San Diego entrepreneurs staking out new territory in the rapidly commercializing field of unmanned aviation.
Munoz, 25, is CEO of 3D Robotics…
One of our priorities as 3D Robotics grows is to improve the customer experience in everything from product design and documentation to packaging. You'll see a bunch of new efforts in this direction over the next few months, ranging from a branding/design overhaul of the storefront to a new platform for our documentation that should be easier to use and better looking…Continue
One of the APM features the dev teams have been working hardest on is improved compass calibration. Magnetometers are a tricky thing to get right because there are at least three kinds of variation: 1) each sensor is different, 2) the Earth's magnetic field varies around the planet (Declination), 3) The "hard iron" magnetic interference of each aircraft is different, and even…Continue