Lego Autopilot Project Update

Posted on April 9, 2007  Comments (3)

An update to, The sub-$1,000 UAV Project from Chris Anderson – Lego Autopilot is Working!:

Our summer project is to create a sub-$1,000 UAV as a proof-of-concept for a drone competition for kids. This weekend we passed a major milestone with a successful ground test of the key elements. The video below shows the prototype working.

We’d initially intended to do all the autopilot functions in Lego, but the gyro programming turned out to be beyond our abilities. So we switched to a commercial stabilization unit to keep the plane level and just use the Lego Mindstorms for waypoint navigation.

Very cool.

Related: More Lego LearningLego Mindstorms NXT PodcastOpen Source for LEGO Mindstorms

3 Responses to “Lego Autopilot Project Update”

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