Scout Hexa – Autonomy Tests

I have been working on a hexacopter version of Scout.   This version is ideally suited for mounting a larger camera than a GoPro or Contour camera.   The max camera weight for a hexacopter is around 400 grams.   Scout Hexa is equipped with a ArduPilot Mega and a camera gimbal with tilt stabilization.  The ArduPilot Mega is equipped with sonar, a magnetometer, and GPS.   These sensor enables Scout to have autonomous capabilities like GPS position hold, terrain following and return to home. Read More…

Scout 3 Update!

Scout 3 now is offered with the ArduPilot Mega Flight Controller Kit.  Scout 3 also supports additional flight controllers.

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ArduPilot Mega 2.0 Released!

This is big enough news for me to write post about it. The release of ArduPilot Mega 2.0 is big step forward in the DIY Drones community and pushes the limits on the Arduino platform. Read More…

Improving a Quadcopter’s Stability

Getting a quadcopter stable in the air isn’t trivial.  Stability of a quadcopter relies on the harmonious working of all of it’s parts.

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Scout 2.0′s View

This video is the first flight with an onboard camera.   At the time I was still testing Scout’s flying behavior with the added weight of the camera.   The extra weight of the camera decreases Scout’s agility.  The onboard camera was a ContourGPS.

Scout 2′s View – First on-board Flight from Russell de la Torre on Vimeo.

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Scout’s First Outdoor Flight

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