I've been reading DIY Drones for a year now. So much information, experience, and stories. It is the stories that have kept me from diving into getting my own Y6 or Quad. The very idea that I could lose several thousand dollars in a split second terrifies me. And it should.
I don't want to…Continue
After various CAD atempts to design a quadcopter that is both practical and functional, but not the "standard" design, this is my first prototype. Features:
For my master thesis I have built a quadcopter based on the Aeroquad platform for doing visual guided autonomous landing. All high processing is done on-board, using a BeagleBoard-XM for high level and Arduino for low level computations. OpenCV is used for recognizing of the marker and Kalman filter is used for robust tracking of the maker position input. The Kalman filter does…Continue
Hi All, Just pulled this image in from SUAS News (Thank you Gary) to illustrate a few really good concepts that it incorporates and talk about better Multicopter design a bit.
This copter has a lot of things right and is really a study in design excellence.
1. Most obvious is a sliding…Continue
Hi, I *finally* got round to recording video on my homemade fpv system. The quad is a WLToys V929:
Hi, drone developers. I am a master student at department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of…Continue
I tried to do something different this time: land a quad on a moving car.
After 2 unsuccessful attempts (crashes), the quadcopter finally did a smooth landing on the roof of the moving car.
The RC quad was controlled from the inside of the car using a 7" monitor (480x234 pixels) for FPV. Video was transmitted directly from the onboard GoPro2. A…Continue
After more than a year of design and development, I've built version 2 of the iQuad custom tilt-rotor quadcopter which is capable of achieving high forward speed by tilting its rotors forward in flight. After several days of flight testing and tuning, I was able to achieve stable hover and incredibly fast forward flight. Near the middle of the video, you can see the…Continue
I'm amazed how complicated some of the designs are for the power distribution of a quadcopter so I made my own.
To monitor current put the sensor between the power source and one ESC in order to get a value that can be multiplied to calculate…Continue
NavStik users are now using NavStik to build a variety of autonomous systems. Its extremely small size and light weight (4 grams), coupled with a powerful Cortex M4…Continue
Here is Quaddict, a foldable quadcopter, made for your best aerial video experience.
Take a tour on …Continue
We have recently discovered a way to build hybrid gas/electric-powered multi-copters and would like to share it with you.
The main advantages are:
1) Heavy lift - due to gas engine…Continue
If you're looking for a cool new way to capture and process infrared/near-infrared photos, consider the Raspberry Pi NoiR along with…Continue
Here's a fresh change, an example of UAV's used for good!
cividrones has been in the air with a quadcopter within the area of Lithgow, New South Wales (Australia) during our current fire season highlighting the extensive damage done to property as well as ongoing preventative measures in use by 'firies' to control these fires. The…Continue
Just finished assembling the frame. looks like a tank! lol.Continue
Bending the parts.
Test fit of the stacked up plate and Centerpiece. I really have a hard time bending the parts. I made a sheet metal brake made of wood! Checked the distances from the CAD drawing. everything seems ok. +/- 1mm-- good enough for me.…Continue
Just fresh from the waterjet cutter..
I wanted to design (actually took reference on a couple of existing design) my quadcopter frame. My main purpose is to have a quadcopter carry a gopro for…Continue