State of the Design #26
In the last month, I have been successful in the communication between the director and the motor controller. Right now, the motor will spin up when wifi connection is established.... Read more
Two New Videos
I have continued working on the communications between the director and motor as well as the communications to WiFi and USB. There is not much to show related... Read more
Control Loops are Amazing.
Since last time, I have been working on the control loop to tune the RPM lock, and there has been very good progress. I was seeing sporadic results which I... Read more
Hardware Integration (and more)!
First, I want to say hi :) Lots of progress since the last update.
Accomplishments Since Last Update
- Continued stress-testing Motor Controller standalone board and concluded the board can handle... Read more
The last big hurdle in terms of electronics hardware has been conquered! As of this afternoon, the brushless motor controller is finally working! This portion of the electronics has... Read more
I've been a little delayed on an update, strictly because it would be difficult to demostrate progress before today. I spent the last month working on the software, specifically around... Read more
Almost there on hardware
Sorry it has been so long since the last update. It has been a little frustrating waiting on parts or PCBs to arrive or something breaking when I didn't need... Read more
Microfly Revision C Walkthough
Above is a video of the revision C Microfly. Minor hardware tweaks at this point, then it is all steam ahead on the software and hardware docs.... Read more
Mini update; expect big update this weekend
I plan on posting another video walk through of the fully assembled revision c boards this weekend. Minor changes to hardware are required to get the closed loop brushless motor... Read more
Revision C in assembly
The Revision C boards arrive about a week ago and went straight into assembly. It is being assembled at RapidPCB in Austin, TX. Assembly was set for 15 business days... Read more
Happy New Year!
I promised a post, but didn't get all the way to where I wanted to be. I underestimated the time it takes to route a PCB like this, and this... Read more
Project Timeline Updates
I would like to apologize for the speed and time this project is taking to complete. Originally, I set a goal to get partial code/schematics up for early release viewing... Read more
Let's talk progress
Things are taking a bit more time than I hoped to test and verify the designs. I will need a third revision, to test all my fixes, from Revision B.... Read more
It's been a while
I know, I'm pretty bad at these updates, but do know I've been spending several hours a day working on the MicroFly since I last posted an update :)
Hardware... Read more
Revision B's circuit board has been sent to manufacture (2 samples of course, to prevent over spending in case of mistake). Hopefully this fixes all issues with motor power and... Read more
Its time to bring in the heavy weapons
I've pressed the last few weeks trying to integrate brushless motor control while maintaining the 4 inch width of the PCB, and its turned out to be impossible... Read more
State of the Quadcopter #3 - A Minor Setback
The motor mounts, motors, and propellers arrived, and the big question was finally going to be answered -- does it fly? Unfortunately, the answer is no, but there is a... Read more
Weekly State of the Quadcopter #2
First and foremost, Funds have been released! Second, I apologize for missing last weeks "Weekly State of the Quadcopter". I didn't have much time to work on the quadcopter, until... Read more
Weekly State of the Quadcopter
I decided it would be a good idea to keep a weekly log of the progress on Kickstarter so everyone can stay informed about the progress and also the process... Read more
It's been a while!
First off, Thank You and Congratulations! You all made it happen, and we raised nearly double the initial funding goal! The funds are trickling into my amazon account slowly but... Read more
The PCBs I order about almost 2 weeks ago arrived at my doorstep. They are perfect except from two rookie mistakes:
The silkscreen is too small to read well, this... Read more
50% There (Already!)
Thank You! Only a few days in and we are halfway there. Here is my dashboard view of the progress so far.
Just as a mini-update where I am at... Read more
First Prototype board ready to order!
Thanks for the support so far! As a mini-update, I spent the entire day routing the traces on the first revision (REV A) of the Microfly board, and is running... Read more