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At 2:35pm on October 8, 2009, Donald B Andrews said…
Thanks Chris.
I kept looking on Drones site and found Hobby King.
I've ordered parts
You made a comment about The battery hat comes with the kit.
It would have saved me a lot of time if you did include the battery and charger.
So I look forward to the blimpduino build.
At 9:06am on October 20, 2009, Reto said…
Hi Chris.
This just to inform that following member profile seems to spam DIYdrones, refering to these two recent posts:
1 and 2.
At 9:07am on October 20, 2009, Reto said…
Sorry Chris, spam posts are gone (filtered out by the system?) Cheers.
At 11:56am on November 5, 2009, priyan said…
can any one guide me in this We are students from K.L..N.COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING MADURAI. We Students are
> constructing an Unnamed air vehicle for surveillance purpose.
>To design a Unmanned air vehicle for surveillance systems.
>With the altitude of above 30m height .
>Real time video transmission to ground station.
>For detecting man sized object.
>Controlling the UAV from ground station.
>Tracking system for UAV.
>To monitor weather conditions.
> vertical take off
>Wide area surveillance.
>Hover the aircraft for 2 min for imagery.
>face detection
>with minimum payload
>long duration
the uav is quad rotor type
At 3:07pm on November 5, 2009, Chris Houghton said…
What a small world!! Much rather be in CA! A bit cold here at the moment. Quick question. What aircraft would you recommend for a newbie that's available in the UK preferably not made from foam that could be fitted with a DevBoard and camera? Cheers
At 6:31pm on November 7, 2009,
Jason Short
I did recover it. The bay wasn't that cold after all! All I had in hand was carbonated water which I poured over everything. Then I went straight home and scrubbed it and rinsed it. Thankfully, I waterproofed my ESC last week.
At 3:29pm on December 4, 2009, Sahil Jain said…
Hi Chris, I am in the process of designing a board which I want to sell through Sprakfun. I will probably give them the design for free, it'll be like a pilot project for me. I want the board to sell in the $80-100 price range. You have mentioned many times that Sparkfun has a 40% margin, are you sure about that? Do you think a cost target of $50-60 is reasonable? Please suggest. Thanks!
At 5:12pm on January 9, 2010, Jay Smith said…
Is there a way to print an entire forum topic.

I was thinking as big as some are getting a topical index/sort/find control at the beginning would be a nice addition for the larger topics.

At 6:13am on January 28, 2010, Sergio said…
Hello Chris,
I am looking for an autopilot for a big helicopter (3.2 m of diameter for main rotor).
I have been looking some comercial ones but they are quite expensive.
Is ardupilot valid for helicopters as well?.
Do you know other autopilots similar to this ardupilot & valid for helicopters?.
I have some electronics knowledge & it will be fun to asembly & program an autopilot for my heli, also I will save some money!. I am looking for a complete autopilot, full autonomous with waypoint navigation, telemetry & video link possibility.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Best regards.
At 4:14pm on March 4, 2010, Ranger B said…
I've got a question for anyone able to answer it. This may sound as though im an extremely cheap person but im looking to build a UAV thats autonomous only, and if i understand correctly the ATtiny and the multiplexer on the Ardupilot are only there to switch from autopilot to RC. is there a way with the Ardupilot code and just an ATMega328 (no ATtiny or multiplexer) to make an autopilot system? Im pinching pennies left and right these days on my projects and the chip by itself if $5 and the Ardupilot is almost $25 so im looking for a cheap alternative. Could any one prove/disprove my theory?
At 7:34pm on March 7, 2010, Christopher Rhodes said…
Oh that's good to know before do anything.
At 5:48pm on March 8, 2010, Rick Steele said…
Hi Chris,

Thanks, I don't even know what happened. That was my first real post. I had been afraid that would happen so I just never posted. I guess I should have known better.

I know the Heli issue is a sore spot and I attempted to cover that in my initial post but I guess some just didn't get it. I deleted the entire post. I wasn’t asking the N00b question. I was asking for others opinions on the components I was planning to use and checking to see if anyone else was interested in working on this project knowing it would be complex and difficult. Maybe I just didn’t say it the right way.

Thanks for cutting it off. I was not sure how to stop it and David was rally making me feel like a complete idiot for even posting.

Anyway, if I was wrong, I apologize. The post is gone and I won’t be posting again anytime soon.

At 6:25pm on March 8, 2010, David Ankers said…
Rick, I sent you a PM and apologised for the way I came across, I hope this changes things and you reconsider. DIYDrones is a nice site and very well run, it would be good to have you as part of the community.
At 4:12am on April 6, 2010, Bohumil Michalik said…
Hi Chris, Krzysztof recomand me to have look to T3-4 contest, there should be some list of software which is able to process pictures. I mean to get mosaic together.But I can't find it. Please could you write me link to that or recommand me some softwere. Thanks a lot. Bohumil
At 9:25am on April 26, 2010, Steven Tindel said…
Hello Chris, my name is Steven Tindel, I am interested in making my own rc uav. I recently saw a video on YouTube about this, and would like to do it the same way Micheal Weigan made his. I was wondering if you could tell me everything I need to make one, the cheapest way possible!
At 4:45am on May 4, 2010, tais said…
mr anderson hello!
I bought from the store an arduimu v2 flat,gps EM406,the connector and the cable.
the imu works but i cant take any data from the gps.the bleu led is off.
and i cant see the matreces working.they are all 0.what to do??????
thanks for your time!
At 3:46pm on May 6, 2010, Andy Trapani said…

My name is Andy Trapani and I am a MBA student at Santa Clara University. We are working with EAA to bolster enthusiasm for an electric aircraft community page and were wondering if that is something the DIY Drone community would interested in. If so, what would you like to see in an electric aircraft community page and would you be interested in having a wiki for electric aircraft linked to the DIY Drone website?
At 3:50pm on May 6, 2010, Andy Trapani said…
I forgot to leave my contact info. I can be reached at
At 10:43pm on June 6, 2010,
Hi Chris,
I know I've nag'd a few times in the past about having a populated blog/discusion where members can leave project details regarding the type of radio eqp they use for RC, Telemetry, Video, but was thinking it would be cool if we actaully had a dedicated page for members projects. Something that would have a form to guide the member on the specifics of what we see people asking about all the time (ie what radio do you use for ...) Anyway links to the members blog page could be used to post questions regarding their projects, which would keep the project page nice and tidy, but the main benny would be people could easily look at details on other peoples projects and maybe get answers before asking. A "Projects" link in the main menu would make it easy to find.

I'ts just an idea, but I think it would really help.

Regards - brian

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