Drone Zone II meet up

3689430709?profile=originalThanks to Martin, we had an awesome Drone Zone meet up in UK at Charter house http://www.charterhouse.org.uk/. It brought together folks from different parts of UK and Eoin flying in from Ireland. The geekiest of us were drawn towards Pete's UAV Dev board running HIL on X-planes.

3689430734?profile=originalOther things of geeky interest include Colin's custom build Groundcontrol station among all the quad's, hexa's, Octo's and traditional planes and heli's.

3689430675?profile=originalThe afternoon went too fast for anyone to notice, with all the drones taking to the air. Again the thing that struck  most of us who were there, was the enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise that DIYDrone community created. I hope there would be more of such meet ups and some of the crazy ideas that folks get around to discussed get followed up. So that  we could have more new stuff to chat around :).

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  • Thanks to everyone, It was a fantastic day, had a great time with some wonderful people.

    Love the google earth flight logs from Pete above, i've got the logs from my MK Quad, i'll see if I can muster up something similar from the waypoint flight I did :-)

    Also, here's the video from Jim's Hexa that I flew. It's not very exciting, unless you spot yourself in there somewhere ! but it shows how stable the camera is I suppose, next is to move the mount to get rid of the undercarriage from view.



  • Thanks for the pics Pete, it's nice to see someone else's approach- I spent a long time looking at my twinstar before building, trying to factor in all the issues like interference, weight and space; it looks like we both ended up at very similar conclusions. It's interesting that you had issues with the UBEC. If you're ever tempted to try one, mine is http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbycity/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=... Just beware of the quality of the JST connectors!

    I will have to look into matrixpilot more, I'm looking forward to seeing your twinstar go one day!

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    @Colin, Correction: "I see lot's of interesting possibilities with MAVLink and friendly comparison of MatrixPilot and Ardupilot with nearly identical planes."

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    @Colin, Great to meet you. Thanks for the Twinstar build log. That is an interesting approach. Lots to learn there. (Here are is my own build in pictures.)  Hope we are able to meet up again. I see lot's of interesting possibilities with MAVLink and freindly comparison of nearly identical planes.( tempted to copy your build later with my spare Twinstar kit ).

  • Great photos, you had good weather too, wish I could have made it down, hope there will be more meet ups in the coming year.


  • An awesome day. Thanks to all.
  • Nice !

    I would be there. If only I did know about this event ...

    If you do it again next year I could try to manage to come in :)

    Best regards,


  • Thanks again for a great day guys, looking forward to the next one!


    Nice plots Pete, I like the change in colour for each waypoint. I look forward to seeing it fly the track next time ;-) If you're interested in the kit inside my Twinstar- I've listed details at the end of this: http://www.diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/ardupilot-mega-twinstar-build

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    Thanks Martin and Nigel for all your hard work in setting up the meeting.

    The UDB4, in the very light Axion Alpha 138 (build photos),performed well in the gusty wind. (I enclose jpeg screenshot of Google Earth. We don't seem to be able to post Google Earth kmz files any more to diydrones ? Is that right ?).

    The waypoints are plotted in 3D, and each colour denotes a route to  specific waypoint.

    It was the UDB4's first public outing, and it all worked like clockword.

    Met some some super people,.

    Photo1 shows accuracy of hitting waypoints in horizontal.

    Photo2 panoramic showing flying area

    photo 3 shows accuracy of hitting waypoints in the vertical.3692294635?profile=original


  • Hi Martin,

     Didnt realise u managed to take some cool photos as well ;)

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