Chris Anderson's Blog – December 2008 Archive (29)

QuadCopter platform for UAV use--cheap!

Over at RCGroups, Clarkst has developed a cool quadcopter platform that looks very suitable for UAV use. Suggested price: $129. And it's even backpackable!…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 10, 2008 at 4:12pm — 3 Comments

The right stuff

Jack Crossfire updates a classic with his autonomous quadcopter…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 8, 2008 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Buy bare boards and components for a DIY ArduPilot

You'll soon be able to buy ArduPilot already made, but for those of you who would rather build their own, here are the necessary parts:

You can buy the boards here.

Eagle (PCB and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 8, 2008 at 2:00pm — 13 Comments

A small fleet of BlimpDuinos going out to the beta testers

We're still hand-assembling these--it's a lot of work! But if they pass the beta tests, we can have the boards pre-made and just package the other parts in a bag for user assembly (it takes about an evening). Right now we're sourcing the parts to keep the price under $100. Not sure what volume we'll need, but we'll start with a… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 7, 2008 at 11:42pm — 2 Comments

Build your own BlimpDuino platform

Here are the instructions to build your own BlimpDuino platform. All the parts, with links and prices, are at the bottom:

Step 1: If you're buying a pre-made BlimpDuino board (not available yet), you're done! If you're doing it yourself, order the parts and assemble a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 7, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Jack Crossfire's quadcopter now doing autonomous takeoff and landing

For those of you who follow "Jack Crossfire"'s entertaining diaries of his autonomous helicopter projects. He struggled for more than a year to get a conventional helicopter to reliably fly autonomously, then switched to a quadcopter in hopes of a smoother path. Seems like… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 5, 2008 at 8:49pm — 1 Comment

New board to allow use of 5Hz GPS modules with ArduPilot

(Shown at left above, with a Locosys LS20033 GPS module for size comparison)



ArduPilot is designed to use the solid and reliable EM406 GPS module, which is a 5v, 1Hz device that works well under most conditions. But if you want more precise navigation, you may want to upgrade to the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 5, 2008 at 1:30pm — 58 Comments

Review: Multiplex EasyGlider Pro for UAV use

We all love the Multiplex EasyStar, but for autopilots that separate stabilization and navigation, its lack of ailerons is a limitation. (Stabalization--FMA Co-Pilot in our case--uses ailerons and elevator; navigation uses rudder and throttle).…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 4, 2008 at 8:43pm — 19 Comments

Final ArduPilot production candidate



Third time's the charm! This is the ArduPilot board that's now going through the production process. If it passes QA, we're good to go!



No big functional changes, but we added the option to use external power or RC receiver power, and we've broken out unused Atmega pins so you can use them if you want. Some other… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 1, 2008 at 7:02pm — 14 Comments

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