Anyone else getting excited for the longer days? I've been looking forward to spring/summer for a good 3 months now and it's slowly approaching... so why not prepare yourself for those extra hours of sunlight with some of our new FPV related items? We have many new products for you to investigate including the SPRacing F3 Mini flight controller, the new Emax Nighthawk kits and an impressive MR series of racing motors from DYS. Interested? Well please read on...
We have been working hard on our Grove range over the last few months to provide a wide choice of products and so why not take a look and decide what your next project will be? Read on for some information...
Navio2 - an autopilot for your raspberry pi
We love the pixhawk autopilot (and its derivatives), so we got excited when the Navio 2 auotpilot arrived. The Navio 2 is a Raspberry Pi hat that turns your raspberry Pi into a Pixhawk-based autopilot but with serious processing power. It runs the ardupilot, and arducopter code so you know its packed with great features and robust code. But since you have all that extra processing power you can mod your drone to include things such as streaming HD FPV video (over wifi or 4G), or install OpenCV to run some object detection tasks.
Other notable feature improvements include improve camera compatibility, allowing you to use any gopro hero 4, 3, and 3+ including the GoPro LCB BacPac. However you can also use other cameras such as the Xiaomi Mi Cam. Read more for full details.
If you are new to building your own drone, using a started guide is a great way to learn the basics of making a drone. We have written an illustrated guide that will walk your through the entire process from the frame assembly, to wiring the FPV equipment. The guide is based on the silver blade FPV miniquad, but the principles discussed in the build guide can be transferred to just about any other mini FPV quadcopter.
A number of you have asked us about if our Headplay goggles have the blue screen problem. The good news is that if you have purchased a headplay headset from us since August 2015, then you already have the new firmware that was introduced to solve this issue. A demonstration on how the firmware works is shown in the video below.
A few days ago, DJI released a new firmware version for both the Phantom 3 series and Inspire 1 series of drones. The firmware update turns them into actual autonomous drones enabling features such as waypoint flight, follow me or point of interest. Read more to find out full details of the flight modes including videos.
If you want to record stabilized video with your gopro camera onboard your FPV plane, using a 3 axis brushless gimbal will get the job done. However in order to keep it safe during landings and takeoff you dont want to hang it underneath your aircraft so you will need to invert the gimbal to mount it on the top of your plane. For details on how to do that head over to our guide over on dronetrest.
Our SimonK ESC's have been out of stock for about 1 month now due to some supply issues with our manufacturing partner, but fortunately they have now all been resolved and are back in stock.
We also have more stock of our 20A, and 30A quattro ESC which is great if you are looking to build a quadcopter and dont want to mess around with soldering a PDB together. Other advantages of a 4in1 esc is that it includes only 1 BEC (voltage regulator to ouput 5V to power your flight controller or RC gear), the 4in1 ESC also inlcude a large single heatsync to keep the ESC's running cooler than individual ones especialy when its buried deep inside your quadcopter. The other nifty feature of the 4in1 quattro ESC is they are compatible with the USBlink device to change settings easily via USB on your PC.
Lastly I can also suggest you add our new 8 way ESC hub to make calibrating your ESC's much easier
If you are looking for a new 250 size mini quadcopter for FPV racing then the BG250 is a great option as it arrives fully assembled, an integrated CC3D, ESC's and LED lights.