New BALUA launch is coming!

New BALUA launch is coming!
This launch will be done in collaboration with the institution Solar do Mimo, aiming to promote the “Our Dream” project, which boils down to the construction of new facilities for the institution. The launch will be on March 29 (Saturday), between 13 and 19 hours. Solar do Mimo is a temporary Shelter of children at risk, nonprofit, ...

Balua members obtained the National Amateur Certificate

Balua members obtained the National Amateur Certificate
We now have even more Balua members with the National Amateur Certificate. Congratulations! This accreditation is essential to be able to work legally in RF in Portugal (especially in the frequency ranges used in Balua). Below you can see the CAN cards and the respective call signs, they now join the previous members already certified.

GPS mount for F450

GPS mount for F450
  Today we’ve made a GPS mount for our quad! Built from scratch and printed in house! All the files required can be found HERE. Take a look!

It’s alive!!!!

It's alive!!!!
    Few hours after, multiple connection cables (re)made, S-Bus issues solved and  a couples of firmware updates this boy it’s now alive and kicking! Can’t wait to field test it !!

PixHawk – Unboxing

PixHawk - Unboxing
  A new platform to bring Balua back from the skies! Unboxing photos:    

New Launches and a New Balua Article in Diferencial

New Launches and a New Balua Article in Diferencial
Balua’s Team have new launches planned! Expect surprises coming soon, so check our website frequently! There is also a new article about Balua in the Diferential Newspaper (in Portuguese). Check here the online version of the article or the complete newspaper here.

The 3D printer is Here!

The 3D printer is Here!
The new 3D Printer has arrived! The Makerbot Replicator 2X is ready to be used for prototyping parts and accessories quickly and effectively! The 1st thing to be printed was the symbol of Balua.   Here are the steps followed by the end result. We used an infill of 10% and white ABS polymer. One ...

Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming
    Balua is getting ready to take another huge step!  A new UAV Autopilot system arrived for testing and evaluation. You’ll hear about it soon! Get ready for a cold electronic winter!    

Mission: Take the Rooster of Barcelos into near space by Marco Neiva

Mission: Take the Rooster of Barcelos into near space by Marco Neiva
An excellent article about our last experiment can be found in the following link: http://marconeiva.com/missao-levar-o-galo-de-barcelos-ao-espaco/ In this article is explained the idea, execution and the feedback received after our team launched the portuguese national symbol (Rooster of Barcelos) into near space. It is written in Portuguese but you can find a google translated version here: ...

Friedrichshafen ham fair – photos

Friedrichshafen ham fair - photos
Our trip is over and it was a huge success! (apart from lost luggage and so on..) The flea market was the biggest surprise, every thing (radio related) you might want to buy for a euro coin is there!! From simple connectors to complex spectrum analyzers it’s all there. The balloon launch had some nice ...