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You can't help thinking it looks good, Bird Eye 650

We seem to be on the right track with wings!…


Added by Gary Mortimer on February 10, 2010 at 10:00 — 8 Comments

Tom and Irv

Just in case your missing it, interesting thread here over at RCG

Added by Gary Mortimer on February 10, 2010 at 7:06 — No Comments

Production Boomerang UAV flight test.

EM Technologies Group, LLC Boomerang UAS from Chris McNair on Vimeo.

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Chris Mc Nair has recently finished the first production run of five airframes and the first one is seen here tested.

With parachute failsafe and optional twin engine fit, its a professional UAS… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on January 29, 2010 at 6:48 — 4 Comments

Gonzo Earth

If your after an image crunching service then these guys might fit the bill.

Hands up all those that remember PicEarth ;-)

Added by Gary Mortimer on January 24, 2010 at 9:00 — No Comments

Possible helicopter autopilot system?

Hi all, was just wondering if the attopilot system has been used in a helicopter before? If not, what might it take to integrate such software in order for a smooth conversion to a rotor wing design?

Thanks for your time,


Added by Kevin Golding on January 22, 2010 at 23:16 — 2 Comments

Parachute failsafe

Boomerang flying wing UAV parachute failsafe hatch test. from Gary Mortimer on Vimeo.

Sometimes hitting a big red button and deploying the chute is the only option. This is just one of the things happening in the background that does not receive any air time.

Now if only the airframe was slightly bigger and able to drop a water bottle it would… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on January 22, 2010 at 7:18 — 6 Comments

Dean talks Atto

Added by Gary Mortimer on January 5, 2010 at 20:32 — No Comments

Paper Reaper anyone??

Added by Gary Mortimer on January 4, 2010 at 10:38 — No Comments

Attopilot Website

The website is undergoing a big change, to include such things as order tracking not sure when Dean will have it done but its on the to do list.

There have been a few enquiries and they have found there way here, so nothing lost ;-)

Happy 2010 all


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 4, 2010 at 6:57 — 3 Comments


Always been a big Twinstar fan and have been thinking about getting another, I know there is a SET file for Attopilot out there as well somewhere.

The video above and the simple camera mount

Might convince me to get… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on December 27, 2009 at 11:00 — No Comments

Tom Harpers interesting stuff

Over here at RCG

Tom is starting to do some interesting things.

Added by Gary Mortimer on December 19, 2009 at 19:15 — No Comments


Playing Microsoft ICE yesterday, and setting up a new camera so this is not perfect... yet. That stitch is from an 8 minute flight.

I flew nine times yesterday, went out to fly this morning and the sun just hurt too much!!!

It was 34 at the peak yesterday, so stress testing for the airframe as well, the density altitude must have been up in the way uposphere.

Am increasingly impressed by Andrews GCS, I may even… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on December 18, 2009 at 7:17 — 4 Comments

Solidworks models for Attopilot V1.8

I have created a set of solidworks models of the Attopilot V1.8 system. The dimensions are the same as the actual hardware, the weight and materials are not. You can create a custom material and added to the files to get the correct weight. If there is interest I will create a materials database for the… Continue

Added by Mecha on December 3, 2009 at 1:00 — 5 Comments

New GCS in Beta testing

If you talk very nicely to Andrew Dunlop of the Millswood engineering failsafe device he might send you a copy of his version of the GCS.

Very much in Beta testing at this time, this GCS will allow you easy access to camera control via maxstreams the fail-safe and a joystick.

I look forward to trying this myself, good work Andrew.…


Added by Gary Mortimer on November 19, 2009 at 17:30 — 7 Comments

More flying

Going well, finally getting the airframe sorted out, I have trimmed the elevons physically and reduced the throws, Rob was right, I was yanking and banking way too much in manual flight.The wing was orgionally designed for slow speed soaring, I was asking a bit of it

Flying around and recording the data was the way to find efficient speeds.

I have also slowed the airframe right down, cruising at 55kmh at 3 to 8A minimum… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on November 11, 2009 at 7:30 — 2 Comments

Atto in Africa

Well a long held dream has happened, I need to sort my set file a little with Dean and sort out the CG on the wing, but yet again, it worked.

That's four different flying wings that I have installed an Atto 1.8 into and all worked out the box.

I could not bring our Manta 2 EPP from Flying Wings out with me because it was too big. Instead we made up two kits and changed them slightly so yet again, the Atto flew in an unflown… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on November 7, 2009 at 17:00 — No Comments

Thanks Guys

Hi Guys,

Scott here from Melbourne UAV :)

Just wanted to say a big thanks to Dean (and Chris) for all the help and hours on the phone they gave us in the lead up to the 2009 Outback Challenge.

If anyone it thinking of buying an Atto, DO IT! It is an awesome piece of gear!

During our scrutineering flight at the Outback Challenge, the judges made lots of comments on how well our 12 foot telemaster tracked around the… Continue

Added by Scott James on November 2, 2009 at 4:30 — 6 Comments

Manta 2

Did a slightly foolish thing today, maiden flight of a modified airframe in front of a crowd (small) of quadrocopter pilots with Atto in it to boot.

The proof of success is in the plot above.

Needs some slight tweaks but, quite staggering really. Used the same SET file as last time and will fiddle a little bit now!

Added by Gary Mortimer on October 22, 2009 at 22:53 — 4 Comments


Found this really handy when getting Xbees to talk to google earth.

Added by Gary Mortimer on October 7, 2009 at 0:17 — 2 Comments

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