The latest US purchase of Raven UAVs was announced:
"AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV)…
UPDATE: Looks like some bugs snuck in. I've withdrawn this version. Please Dec 13 instead.
I've uploaded a…Continue
GPS altitude hold is good for +-5m, but what if you want more precision than that, closer to the ground. ArduCopter team member Randy Mackay. He explains what it takes (this is also in the manual):
ContinueTo give it a go do this:…
Arduino 0022 is now out. Mostly bug fixes and optimization. A few additions/improvements of interest to us:
We now have the ability to make the APM boards ourselves, so we can offer the full set of ArduPilotMega gear from the DIY Drones store. APM boards are now in stock (we'll be replenishing supply daily, so check back in a day if the current supply runs out). Starting next week, we'll be…Continue
Due to the usual string of code bugs and dumb thumbs, I've dinged my ArduCopter up a good bit in the testing phase. You can get a good crash repair kit from FahPah that has the most commonly-broken parts, or you can make your own. Thanks to Sandro Benigno, at least some of them (the…Continue
These are the guidelines for DIY Drone's moderators, of which there are currently about 30, although we add them all the time (PM me if you'd like to be one). I'm posting them publicly because they also include some tips for posters, especially on what should be a blog post vs. a discussion topic and how to make blog posts effective and good-looking.
Yesterday some of the DIY Drones team spent the afternoon at Willow garage. Here…Continue
The hilarious Flite Test crew has a video review of HobbyKing's new Skywalker-style FPV/UAV plane. I've got one on order--it looks good and BIG.
Click through to the description of the video for a full list of the components they…Continue
Just a quick announcement that the ArduCopter project has been boarded by (friendly) pirates! The "ArduPirates" refers to a great group of quad hackers over on RC Groups who have been making many useful additions and fixes to official ArduCopter code. Now that the ArduCopter team has…Continue
Tom Pittenger shared this video demo of how you can fly the UAVDevBoard (or possibly any other autopilot) over the Internet via an Andorid phone.
Here's his illustration of how it works:…Continue
As is customary and traditional, we announce each new thousand members. Now we're at 13,000 members. Growth is continuing to accelerate. We now add an average of one new member every 70 minutes. Given the screening process to accept new members (they have to fill out an admission form and be approved by a moderator, a process that is designed to avoid spammers, which we've been…Continue
Here's a great video buildlog of Nitroplane's new fiberglass and carbon RQ-11 Raven clone (1-1 scale). I've got this kit and it looks very good, a real step up from foam for those who want lots of interior room. My only reservations are what looks like a fragile wing attachment with two screws, and this video review's discovery that it needs six (!!) ounces of clay in the nose to get the CG…Continue
Here's an excerpt, but do read the whole thing. It's fascinating:
"The depth image on the Kinect has a field…Continue
The Google Code team reports some good news. (I love that there's a "20% Robotics Task Force" at Google, which refers to the 20% of their time that they're allowed to spend on cool projects that they love):
"Today we …Continue
You know the story: a FPV flier who goes by the handle of Trappy decided to prove something to someone and pulled a stunt in NYC a few weeks ago, filming a flight that went from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Statue of Liberty, and posting and promoting it online. This has generated a huge amount of controversy in RC/FPV/UAV circles. We discussed it…Continue
Not one of ours, thankfully. From the article:
"Holloway said the aircraft that crossed into the U.S. air space is a mini orbiter unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Aeronautics Defense System.
It is designed for use in military and homeland security missions, and is capable of conducting…Continue