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Bill Piedra left a comment for Dan Wilson
"Hi Dan! Wow, I'm interested in the same thing - autonomous race drones.   I was thinking of using IR LED Strips for a track, as well as LED 'targets' to fly though.  We should collaborate.  I have a sponsor who is…"
Jul 25
Dan Wilson commented on moglos's blog post Anatomy of a 425km Flight
"That's really impressive, well done!"
Sep 14, 2016
Dan Wilson replied to muavdrones's discussion Current architecture of drone autopilots is wrong , Drone hardware architecture needs to be completely re-engineered.
"Sounds like you've done a lot of work! I think a few things need to be clarified though so here are my 2 cents: Faster updates rates are better when using discrete sampling since the underlying continuous system can be better approximated -…"
Apr 7, 2016
Dan Wilson commented on DROTEK's blog post Drotek releases first L1 RTK GNSS compatible with PixHawk (ArduPilot/PX4)
"@Darius - RTKLIB is just an open source implementation of RTK algorithms that have been used by proprietary systems for some time. Great module drotek, it looks very nice indeed! One of the inherent draw backs of single frequency RTK is the time to…"
Feb 8, 2016
Dan Wilson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
"Awesome work guys!"
Jul 28, 2015
Hasufel commented on Dan Wilson's blog post Autonomous Airborne Docking for Refueling or Recharging
"Very nice work Dan. Keep it up. X-47B style! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIRwsOG_AYQ"
Apr 27, 2015
ivan ravinovitch commented on Dan Wilson's blog post Autonomous Airborne Docking for Refueling or Recharging
"This is extremely amazing!"
Apr 23, 2015
Dan Wilson left a comment for Justice Bentz
"Sure, send me an email - dan.wilson00@gmail.com"
Apr 20, 2015
Dan Wilson commented on Dan Wilson's blog post Autonomous Airborne Docking for Refueling or Recharging
"@ JB I suspect you would go through a lot of platforms in the development phase while attempting to retract a quad!  The drogue has a few magnets on the inside and the follower has a metal nose cone with magnetometer inside, but this system is…"
Apr 20, 2015
Justice Bentz commented on Dan Wilson's blog post Autonomous Airborne Docking for Refueling or Recharging
"I'd imagine this could be used for fixed wing landing on moving vehicle."
Apr 20, 2015
Thomas Stone commented on Dan Wilson's blog post Autonomous Airborne Docking for Refueling or Recharging
"@ Armin Excellent! That is a good observation. I suspect the reason is that Lidar Lite is operating in a completely different band of wavelengths.... We are also around 940nm, so everything should be good. :)  (will shoot you a message soon; I…"
Apr 20, 2015
Armin Strobel commented on Dan Wilson's blog post Autonomous Airborne Docking for Refueling or Recharging
"@ Dan Sadly that concept study is not a project. If you know somebody who wants to make a project from that study or someone who does something similar, then let me know. Thanks for sharing your experience. Did you ever try to dock when there…"
Apr 20, 2015
Thomas Stone commented on Dan Wilson's blog post Autonomous Airborne Docking for Refueling or Recharging
"@Dan Thanks for the reply! I sent you an e-mail.  That makes perfect sense. I imagine Lidar Lite will be a good low-cost solution for distance-to-target sensing for our precision landings.  The modulation works well with our sensor's…"
Apr 20, 2015
JB commented on Dan Wilson's blog post Autonomous Airborne Docking for Refueling or Recharging
"Awesome stuff Dan! Definitely need this for the next UAV challenge! I can just imagine retracting a 250 quad into a big wing with it! ;-) How did you manage to maintain distance and contact with the drogue? Did it have some sort of hook/clamping…"
Apr 20, 2015

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Hugues commented on Dan Wilson's blog post Autonomous Airborne Docking for Refueling or Recharging
"20/20 on your PHD with highest mention."
Apr 19, 2015
Jethro Hazelhurst commented on Dan Wilson's blog post Autonomous Airborne Docking for Refueling or Recharging
"This is remarkable work, a major step forward for autonomous UAV tech, thank you for sharing with the community!"
Apr 19, 2015

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About Me:
Currently completing a Ph.D with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR).
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
My UAV interest began with a final year University project in 2009 where I built and successfully flight tested a low-cost autopilot, based around the Arduino Mega.
Hometown:
Sydney

Dan Wilson's Blog

Autonomous Airborne Docking for Refueling or Recharging

Posted on April 18, 2015 at 12:03am 40 Comments

This video shows some recent flight test results from my PhD research on autonomous UAV docking, that was conducted with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at The University of Sydney. To the best of our knowledge, these experiments are the first time two UAVs have docked in mid-air.

Some of my other videos provide more specifics on the…

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Martin Jetpack Job Opportunity

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 6:44pm 4 Comments

 

Hi all,

I would like to inform everyone that a flight control engineer/software developer position currently exists at Martin Aircraft Company.

 

Martin Aircraft is a small R&D company based in Christchurch, New Zealand…

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At 8:39pm on January 24, 2013,
T3
William Premerlani
said…

Hi Dan,

I hope our dialog on incorporating magnetometer measurements into attitude estimation is not becoming tedious for you. I sense that you are interested in the subject, and that you would like to understand what I am saying, so I am willing to continue until we reach closure. I just now looked at your comments in some other threads, so I am encouraged that we have a great deal of common ground. I am happy to continue the dialog if you care to, or to drop it whenever you think we are beating a dead horse. In either case, our dialog has been interesting for me.

Best regards,

Bill

At 12:11am on March 27, 2015, John Dennings said…

Hi Dan,

 Hi Dan,

Thank you  for your comment, sorry mine is  late, I didn't quite figure out this comment thing.

Yes it does help. I am behind in starting this related project, but eager to start it soon.

 

Best,

- JDS

At 11:47am on July 25, 2017,
Moderator
Bill Piedra
said…

Hi Dan!

Wow, I'm interested in the same thing - autonomous race drones.  

I was thinking of using IR LED Strips for a track, as well as LED 'targets' to fly though.  We should collaborate.  I have a sponsor who is interested in funding it if I can present a proof of concept.  

By using Visual Odemetry and the new Navigator SDK, it's definitely possible.  I was a Developer Advocate for Snapdragon Flight up until the program ended on June 30, but I still have many valuable contacts and resources at Qualcomm.  

Did you see my post about Dobby?

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