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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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Latest Activity

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

Developer
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

Developer
John Arne Birkeland commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"One issue I know of is that believe it or not, but the Phantom Radio has no fail-safe channel option if the radio link is lost. To work around this DJI had to do some wacky "enter RTH if there no stick movement for a certain duration" hack."
Feb 3

Developer
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"John, IMO, it's not quite that simple.  Plenty of people with plenty of experience also have problems with DJI.  The thing is, I think DJI's attitude seems to be like Apple.  Just ignore the problem, don't even admit it…"
Feb 3
R. D. Starwalt commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"I still do not understand the reluctance to accept responsibility, and perform a simple act of placarding the aircraft with the owner's name & telephone number or email address or street address or some other identifier. A simple message…"
Feb 3

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Gary Mortimer commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"I think you are spot on John"
Feb 3

Developer
John Arne Birkeland commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"In the name of fairness, I suspect that the proportionally high percentage of DJI Phantom fly-away's have to do with the 'easy to use toy' branding and kind of crowd that attracts. Typically people with no RC or technical…"
Feb 3
Juraj Kolesar commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"How many of these lost buddies had DJI control boards? Last year I have lost my DJI Wookong-M quad. Not talking about the money, but DJI support attitude "we are sorry" instead of "we will achieve that you can backup telemetry log…"
Feb 3

Moderator
Gary Mortimer commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"I get almost one of these a week sent to me"
Feb 3
Thomas Robinson commented on Adam Conway's blog post The New Normal?
"I have been seeing this so often on www.gumtree.com.au. Just search for 'quadcopter' and select the region as Australia. I do this daily to keep an eye out for a bargain. At one point there were 5 quadcopters listed as lost. I mostly see…"
Feb 3

Profile Information

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 62 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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