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New spam filter

After getting quite literally 100+ spam comments per day for the past week I have decided to install a rather aggressive spam filter. So far it seems to be working great, well maybe too great. I have found that it will once in awhile block legitimate comments or questions. So until I can figure out this spammy situation, please direct all important questions or messages to my email address located at the at the bottom of the page. Thanks! is now live!

My new website/store is live! will be the place where I will sell all my UAV products. If you are looking for more Drone Zoom systems you will find them there. Just make sure to sign-up in the main menu screen to be the first notified when they are back in stock. You will also be notified when we release some other even cooler products. Thermal cameras anyone?

Limited cameras in stock.

Right now I am selling only a limited number of drone zooms with cameras. After they sell out I don’t think I will be selling any more. I have recently been in talks with a pretty big company in the drone safety market and that has been taking up most of my time so I no longer can manage the drone zoom project. Exciting stuff! If you bought a drone zoom and still need a camera please email me directly using the contact info at the bottom of the page.

Camera boards back in stock – 1.3v

The new camera boards are back in stock. This is version 1.3 and there are some small changes to the design.



The first thing you should notice is that most of the passives are now surface mount… again. I found that the time I was saving with through-hole wasn’t all that much and I also wasn’t happy with how through-hole looked aesthetically. (Light brown resistors on a purple background. Gross.)

Upclose solder jumper

You’ll also notice that the voltage selector jumper is now on the front of the board. It also has indicator lines showing exactly where the 5v signal is coming from.

I’ve also added more decoupling capacitors and more ground shielding. This should reduce RF noise and increase the reliability of the system as a whole.


The connector cables are back to the older servo style connectors. The added expense and time to create each and every fpv cable/connector plug was getting out of hand and since I don’t really sell these cameras/boards for a huge profit it really just wasn’t making sense. Unless someone can point me in the direction of cheap pre-made connectors I think that I will be sticking with the servo plugs. (You can rearrange the wiring in the servo connector to fit your FPV transmitter pin-out if you wanted to. Comes pre-configured for most Fatshark and Immersion pinouts.)

The pin-out is slightly different. The battery pins are now more separated from the IC and video pins. This should protect against user created shorts.

Overall the circuit is pretty much the same so the old video showing how to hook everything up still applies to this board.

3D Printed Rocket!

Admittedly the quality of the print is quite bad. You can see that the fins split during the print. But with a little bit of glue and Acetone you can fill in the gaps.

I downloaded the files from Thingiverse here.

I think that I am going to design a new bottom section with removable fins. That way I can print each fin flat on its side which will make the print much higher quality and make the rocket more repairable and re-usable.

I really like this kind of small project because it demonstrates how powerful at home 3D printing can become. In less than a day I can test exactly how a new design for a rocket affects the flight path of that rocket when compared to a standard rocket. Then using some open source sensors like an accelerometer and an altimeter I can gather really usable data on that specific rocket configuration.

This would have been really useful back in middle school when I did a science project about the effects of wing placement on rockets and had to build 20 rockets all from the same Estes kit… *Shiver*

Tomorrow I am going to fly it and see how it goes! *Fingers Crossed*

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Split wings.
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Print sections.
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Ready to fly!