Just a quick update this weekend. I've printed all the pieces, even got to the laser cutter to try cutting some of the body parts out.
Here are some images and a small demo of a non scientific flex test between a 3D printed part and an acrylic part.…Continue
From Makezine, great instructions on how to build a waterproof copter with PVC pipe elements:
WAVEcopter is a fully waterproof multicopter frame that I have constructed mostly from…
APM Planner 2.0.6 has been released. This is the first official stable release of AP2, which is the cross-platform (Mac/Windows/Linux) ground station/setup utility for APM/Pixhawk-based UAVs. Here's a list of…Continue
NCR18650B: A Lithium Ion battery with a ton of promise! People say it has twice the energy per gram as LiPos... but is that true? Lets test it!
But it doesn't stop there! I want to know how to actually use this on an RC Aircraft, how to charge it, what it's maximum amp draw is, how many watt hours of power does it have, and in the end, can you actually use these on RC…Continue
It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time we have a really special occasion to celebrate as we have reached the 50,000 member mark!!!!
Congratulations to Cantor Wargfn, of Charlotte, North Carolina USA, who…Continue
The original and world’s best recognized small business end-user association is back for another round of, please keep your onerous regulation off of my business plan. Seriously, things have started to heat up with congressional mandates and media coverage of an industry that can longer be ignored. All gray areas in the law aside, there is…Continue
Where are you going to celebrate?
Recently I was asked about reading multiple PPM encoded signal streams, merging their data with other signals, and generating new PPM outputs. I've writing a new PulsePosition library, which is in need of beta testers.
The PulsePosition library is designed to be able to…Continue
I'm excited to announce that two of EastBay RC's APM-powered videos will be featured at the upcoming Great Wall of Oakland screening. If you're in the Bay Area, stop by and check it out... it's a great and fun venue!
Friday, March 7, 7pm - 11pm.Continue
Added by Mark Harrison on March 6, 2014 at 3:50pm — No Comments
I know that gimbals are really cool and make great things possible, but I just can't wait for them to die. They are heavy, draggy and add complexity. It would be great to just record everything and then scroll to the portion on video you want to see. If you are capturing video for a production, you can fix it in post. If you are doing surveillance, you could completely stabilize your view with software. Maybe this will get us one step closer:…
**UPDATE 3-6-2014** Trappy Case Dismissed
Current Drone Law by Peter Sachs, Esq.…
A great article by the Drone Law Journal on the FAA mythbusting fact sheet in SUAS News…Continue
CHEAP LIDAR: We were looking for an inexpensive LIDAR (laser ranging) solution for a robotics project we were working on. We could not find one so, using the lidar unit for the XV-11, we developed one: PROTOX2D LIDAR (…Continue
i've been watching this and other communities for the last few months, and finally jumped into making my own quad. here is my attempt to document my thought process, and write about what i've figured out since i started. maybe this will help some people out, but i'm also looking…Continue
Here's a couple of screenshots of a little experiment I did today. This is a slightly reduced mesh from the point cloud example yesterday. In this work I'm using the blender game engine for path planning of an autonomous robot. My "robot" is that green cube over there and it's trying to get to the purple sphere. I'm…Continue
This is the first in what I hope will be a series of posts about my new mini h-quad build.
I'm going to be working from an existing design to start. You can find the design files here. This was NOT designed by me, it was designed by Steve, check out his site here. I hope to build up this design then move on to designing my own…Continue
TPAC was flown this morning with thrust to spare, carrying a total payload of 5 LBS (2.27 KG). The payload consisted of six 12 ounce beverage containers, as shown below. Total weight was 12 LBS, including two 4350 mAh lipo batteries. Flight was carried out WITHOUT resorting to bigger motors. Estimated flight time with…Continue