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Flight modes question Arduplane

Started this discussion. Last reply by MarkM yesterday. 3 Replies

Just to first give some background... I have been using APM for about 2.5 years on copter but haven't used it on plane for about two years - so I have a decent sense about how to set up an…Continue

Motor selection

Started Jun 12, 2012 0 Replies

I am building a quadcopter as we speak (my first) the airframe is coming along nicely, but I have held off on the motors.  I have been comparing 3 Turnigy motors…Continue

Link Budget for Xbee

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adam Conway May 25, 2010. 1 Reply

Hey Folks,I was curious about the Xbee range in free space.  I put together a spreadsheet with a derivation of the Friis Equation (somebody check my work if they get a chance).  I know very little…Continue

Tags: xbee, xbee_distance, xbee_range, friis

To RTF or not to RTF...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adam Conway May 24, 2010. 10 Replies

The only thing worse than a noob asking a boring question is a cheap noob doing the same... I am buying an easy star (shocker, I know) and looking at the RTF kit, I have a bad feeling that I am…Continue

 

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MarkM replied to Adam Conway's discussion Flight modes question Arduplane
"I think he means that the channel from the transmitter used for mode changing must go into channel 8 on the APM for Arduplane. "
yesterday
Adam Conway replied to Adam Conway's discussion Flight modes question Arduplane
"Hi iskess, I am not sure I understand what you mean.  I have the mode change pugged into channel 5 and when I flip the switches I see the modes change in the "initial config page"  So the Ardupilot sees the changes, but the modes…"
Friday
iskess replied to Adam Conway's discussion Flight modes question Arduplane
"The modes for Plane are on a different channel than copter."
Friday
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Flight modes question Arduplane

Just to first give some background... I have been using APM for about 2.5 years on copter but haven't used it on plane for about two years - so I have a decent sense about how to set up an autopilot... however, I am stumped on this one.  So I am setting up arduplane 3.01 and the swtiches are set and show up when I go to the config.  I  can watch the modes change in the config interface of APM planner.  That said, when I first plug in my plane it automatically goes to FBW-B even though it is in…See More
Friday
Adam Conway commented on bigkahuna's blog post I may have just witnessed the future of personal drones...not sure if I like it
"I think you just witnessed an old-school idiot, who happened to have a drone.  It could have been worse, he could have had a pellet gun or a baseball bat instead of a drone."
Jul 21
Adam Conway commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"I think that there is a big issue with this characterization - these guys are flying multi-rotors not really autonomous drones per se...  I fly a lot in the bay area so I see quite a few drone pilots around - they tend to be extremely cautious…"
Jul 21
Adam Conway commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IDEO-designed quadcopter with 3G wireless on Kickstarter
"The folding design is nice, but I have to say 60 patents seems excessive and pretty scary especially given the overall solution appears to only have a couple of real innovations.  Most tech companies grow up and go public with 10 to 20 patents…"
Jun 10
Adam Conway commented on Kevin Hester's blog post Introducing Droneshare, the 3DR cloud flight and fleet management service
"Kevin - Is there anything you do that isn't awesome? I just crashed and somehow ditched my telemetry air module, but when I get my new module, I will get everything loaded up.  This is so exciting."
Jun 7
Adam Conway commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Concept video for the ultimate drone service
"I could swear that was Sen. Feinstien's window..."
Apr 9
Jon commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"Saw a lost poster near my house with text stating the craft could be in a neighborhood. All I was thinking was not good press"
Feb 3
Thomas Robinson commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"@R_Lefebvre, I should have worded my comment differently. It wasn't a firmware issue, it was a required firmware update to avoid a fly away. This was also in conjunction with some other basic things that users were not doing that was causing…"
Feb 3

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Jason Short commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"DJI should create Lost Drone templates so they can at least manage their brand experience. Maybe they could charge a buck if it was a nice enough poster. "
Feb 3
Jason Dorie commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"I can't say for certain, but I don't think that was the phantom radio itself - Anything plugged in via S-BUS or PPM goes into failsafe immediately.  Anything plugged in via PWM requires the receiver support failsafe, and many just go…"
Feb 3

Developer
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"That's exactly what I figured.  It's implausible. But what you're suggesting, that they instituted absolutely no Rx failsafe system, and the Rx just continues to output the last valid signal forever, is plausible.  I just…"
Feb 3

Developer
John Arne Birkeland commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"There is just no way 'random' EMI could spoof a modulated 2.4ghz signal, unless the receiver is so dumb that it considers any radio traffic as a valid signal even if it is not able to make any sense of it and update channel data."
Feb 3

Developer
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"I had seen the video from Colin Guinn that seems to be related to what you're saying John, but it's not quite what I got out of it. What I got out of the video, was that they were suggesting a random EMI would spoof the RC signal,…"
Feb 3

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About Me:
I run product for a Wi-Fi Startup called Aerohive, by day.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
When I was in grad school and after I did a lot with autonomous systems, but career got in the way and I ended up in Marketing... Anyhow, I have never lost my love of building stuff, especially stuff that do things without human interaction.
Hometown:
San Jose

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The New Normal?

Posted on February 2, 2014 at 8:42pm 17 Comments

A buddy of mine was walking around in San Mateo, CA (a city just south of San Francisco) and found this great sign... I only wish it said "Lost Drone" but this is still pretty good.  May you never need to post one of these.  If you want to see his instagram post …

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Labor Day Weekend Quadcopter Build

Posted on August 31, 2013 at 6:26pm 13 Comments

My 5 year son executed a fantastic Labor Day build, so I thought I would share... 

Frame: Mead Heavy Weight construction paper in "X"

Autopilot: "authentic" purple APM 

GPS: Yup, that is the white thing.

Props: Orange

This quad also advances the state of the art…

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The Case for WiFi in Drones

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 9:00am 52 Comments

In full disclosure I work at a company that builds WiFi Access Points, routers etc for enterprises and I just put a hotspot on a drone for fun

It…
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Bad news for 2.4GHz

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 3:00pm 10 Comments

It looks like AT&T is looking to use 2.3GHz bands reserved for Sirius radio.  Those in the WiFi space know that Terrestrial repeaters of Sirius radio signals are a major source of outdoor interference - but those repeaters only existed in dense cities.  Now with that spectrum moving to 4G Basestations we will see much more interference in on open areas (like…

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Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 7:26pm on May 14, 2013, Richard Evans said…

Hi Adam

We have started using AeroHive access points at our company "SpawGlass"

I notice with interest your post about putting a wireless router on your Quad and creating a hotspot, the word AeroHive caught my interest. 

Great Product!

Richard

At 9:05am on May 15, 2013, Adam Conway said…

That is awesome!  I actually flew it last week with some success.  I am going to do it again this week.  I looked you up in our ERP and found you guys.  Have you built a drone yet?

At 9:10am on May 15, 2013, Adam Conway said…

Okay, I just looked at your profile and realized that was a dumb question.  Let me know if you want to extend my "experiment" :)

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