Feeds

LOHAN gets intimate with 50,000 hot-blooded pilots

Hooks up with DIY Drones for fulfilling relationship

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

It's all go on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) avionics front, what with handsome young autopilots springing into life and Raspberry picams snapping fetching spaceplane selfies, so this seems like a good moment to point those in search of the more esoteric aspects of the mission in the direction of our DIY Drones presence.

Described as "The Leading Community for Personal UAVs", DIY Drones is where amateur experts and newbies alike share their projects, seek and dispense advice, and generally hang about to see what's what in the wonderful world of UAVs.

The site was started back in 2008 by Chris Anderson, head honcho down at 3D Robotics, which kindly provided our Vulture 2 spaceplane's Pixhawk autopilot.

Chris told El Reg he expects membership to hit 50,000 in the very near future - proof of DIY Drones' growing success and the explosion in amateur UAV projects over the past few years.

The place gives us a chance to connect with people such as APM:Plane and APM:Rover lead developer Andrew Tridgell, of Samba fame, who's lending us a hand with autopilot programming.

Since the LOHAN mission profile is unique, the Pixhawk needs a bit of wrangling to persuade it to behave differently according to specific phases: ascent, launch, descent and landing.

Some of the groundwork has already been done and people such as Larry Grater, and his North Texas Near Space 4, have shown the potential for autopilots to guide aircraft home from improbable heights.

So, we'll be chewing the fat with the folks down at DIY Drones about just how we handle our particular challenges, and those of you with a penchant for autopilot intimacy are welcome to join us. ®


More from the lovely LOHAN:

  • You can find full LOHAN coverage right here.
  • If you're new to LOHAN, seek out our mission summary for enlightenment.
  • There are photos our our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane here, and detailed structural plans here.
  • For your further viewing pleasure, we have all our photographic material stored on Flickr.
  • Our LOHAN and Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) videos live on YouTube.
  • We sometimes indulge in light consensual tweeting, as you can see here.

LOHAN - A Special Projects Bureau production in association with...

  • 3T RPD logo
  • University of Southampton logo
  • Applied Vacuum Engineering logo
  • Escher Technologies
  • Flashpoint Fireworks logo
  • HAB Supplies logo
  • Rock 7 logo
  • Random Engineering logo
  • Space Graphic Solutions logo
  • 3D Robotics logo

Paper Aircraft Released Into Space

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!
Spanish launch goes titsup, we're off to the US of A
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
Astronomers scramble for obs on new comet
Amateur gets fifth confirmed discovery
Boffins build CYBORG-MOTHRA but not for evil: For search & rescue
This tiny bio-bot will chew through your clothes then save your life
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.