Send your own Pocket Spacecraft on a Mission to the Moon!

Members of our team co-created the first space mission funded on KickStarter (KickSat – due to be launched by NASA later this year), and have created or co-led influential workshops such as the Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop at MIT, and the Keck Institute for Space Studies Small Satellites: A Rev

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New Quad-Copter Frame

It’s been a little while since I posted any updates on my aerial adventures.

This means I have been working hard and/or having lots of fun 🙂

Here the middle size copter in my current fleet. (mini quad, quad, octo)

This quad-copter version 2.0 has an upgraded frame and computer (newer arduino mega).

I will try to edit and upload some of the video footage from it when I get some time.

Quad-Copter – Update

I have been pretty busy and have not had much time to work on my quad-copter. Since my last post, I have made a few more test flights and now have wireless avionics via XBee modems working.

My next goal is to upgrade the frame (ideas), attach video for FPV (GoPro HD) and integrate GPS (Google maps way-point control).

My new motivation c/o RCExplorer

For more on my Quad-Copter project, check it out here

Quad-Copter – Test Flight

So I managed to procure another set of ESC’s, soldered them up, and finished the power harness. I still want to build some landing gear and move the battery to the bottom, but for now it will do.

I tested it briefly after work on Friday, but today I was able to tweak the programming and had a very successful test flight until one of my props broke. I ordered some more props for backup and will be back in the air soon. 😉

Thanks Robbie for shooting the video!

More detailed pics and information on the build process to come.

For more on my Quad-Copter project, check it out here

State of Arduino – 2010 World Maker Faire NYC

Me at the “State of Arduino” talk.

I went to the World Maker Faire this weekend in NYC. It was really nice to see the Arduino team in person and see all the cool things they have planned.  I’m really looking forward to seeing more details on the new Tinkerkit and getting to play with the new Uno and Mega. (Funny side note: At 38:10, my awesome wife accidentally bumped a light switch that caused the lights to dim.. oops..hehe)



The video c/o adafruit industries: 

“State of Arduino” talk at World Maker Faire 2010 from adafruit industries on Vimeo.