Drones and ROVs and Arduinos

A journey building drones and ROVs and other open hardware and Arduino based stuff

Remember you need to reverse the pitch channel in Arducopter

This is what you get by flying indoor without doing a proper check of all systems before taking off. While I was doing the test to see if yaw, roll … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Arducopter ready to fly (with bonus indoor flight crashing)

Over the last 2 weeks I completed the assembly of the Arducopter, which is now just waiting to be taken out and tested with a bit of space around. This … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Testing Arducopter using a bench power supply

While testing the Arducopter I’ve seen that soon after the first basic tests with the Mission Planner and the USB, testing with a real power supply was needed. But I … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · 6 Comments

Starting to work on Arducopter

Now that the OpenROV Cockpit 1.0 beta has been released, and since I don’t envision diving in a lake before the temperature goes back above zero degrees Celsius, I decided to … Continue reading

December 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

Makers Italy: the Italian Makers Faire

On my way back from the Node.js Conference, I stopped by at Makers Italy, the first Italian Makers Faire in the new expo area of Milano. There were a lot … Continue reading

November 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

A new telemetry

Last year I bought the 2.4Ghz XBee telemety kit, and even if I haven’t used it yet, 3D Robotics came out with a new telemetry kit, based on more low-level … Continue reading

July 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Dealing with a puffed LiPo battery

I bought lot of stuff for my quadcopter in the past year and half, but never got the time to build anything. But with the holidays in sight, and having … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

GoPro on the copter

Last February I bought a GoPro Hero HD, to use during my sports, but also to use with the copter: soon will come also a back for the GoPro that … Continue reading

May 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Radio telemetry

One of the coolest features of the ArduCopter is that, via the Mission Planner, you can see where the copter is, see its attitude, see the logs of how it … Continue reading

August 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

A new brain: APM2

There is a new brain in town: the APM2 It was announced last December and it took a while to have it shipped, but now it’s here. It’s smaller than … Continue reading

February 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Arducopter arrived at home

Just wanted to share my excitement about the arrival of my Arducopter. Want to thank and congratulate with Jani for the super fast shipping (despite more than one month of … Continue reading

November 29, 2010 · 1 Comment

Choosing the transmitter and receiver

Eight and nine RC transmitter and receivers, especially the ones for aircraft and helicopters are hugely expensive, some even reach 1500€. Definitely I’m not going to buy one of those. … Continue reading

November 15, 2010 · Leave a comment

Starting my journey with Arduino vehicles

A few weeks ago I got hooked on DiyDrones, a community of people building an air drone (both plane and copter) whose “brain” is a pimped Arduino. At the moment … Continue reading

September 25, 2010 · Leave a comment