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BLOGS are DOWN!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Anderson Mar 3, 2013. 2 Replies

Currently BLOGS do not appear to be workable.All access attempts result in error message!Continue

Vibration Isolation and Dampening of APM / PX4 for version 2.9

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Stott Oct 27, 2013. 346 Replies

Now that we have version 2.9 and inertial primary control for the Z axis and soon to have it for X and Y axes as well it is necessary to take vibration dampening and isolation of the flight control…Continue

Tags: Controller, APM, PX4, Mounting, 2.9

New AMA regulations regarding FPV and UAV and a few thoughts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary McCray Jul 20, 2013. 13 Replies

The AMA has released (I think they are still preliminary) a set of rules and guidelines for operation of FPV models and for Autopiloted models.The regulations can be seen here: …Continue

Tags: Civil, rights, FAA, Drone, FPV

Does the MinimOSD support 2.6 Arducopter which uses 1.0 MavLink?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary McCray Jul 6, 2012. 2 Replies

I am interested in the MinimOSD but I am using Arducopter 2.6 which upgraded MavLink from 0.9 to 1.0.Since the Minim OSD uses MavLink I would like to know if it is compatible with an ArduPilot Mega 2…Continue

Tags: MavLink, OSD, Arducopter

 

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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Unfortunately in our time, largely through media sensationalism, safety has become the overwhelming central issue to the unfortunate demise of liberty. Liberty was what made our country great and now we are throwing it all away so that we can be…"
9 hours ago

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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Hi Billy, there could probably be assorted legal workarounds if there were anything legal that actually related to this. Unfortunately, the FAA itself is acting completely without any legal substantiation for what they are doing. It is hard to have…"
10 hours ago

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Gary McCray commented on Eli Cohen's blog post FDM Ag UAV
"Hi Eli, I think actually what your experience so far proves is that 3D printing is possibly reasonable for one or at most two off special projects of this scope, but as soon as it needs to be more you really need to consider alternate…"
11 hours ago

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Gary McCray commented on Eli Cohen's blog post FDM Ag UAV
"Really pretty airframe, but I would think the necessary printing time would be very expensive on a serious 3D printer.  How many hours did it take to print? Seems like it might be cheaper, lighter and stronger to make some molds from it and…"
yesterday

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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Hi Guys, Sadly these FAA posts which are brought on by the FAA itself always devolve into a pro or anti FAA contest. Not the point really, the FAA isn't going away, it would just be a lot better for everybody's perception of them if they…"
yesterday

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Gary McCray commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Don't mess with Texas Equusearch
"Hi Allen, Yes there are stupid and or inexperienced people who are using them irresponsibly and in the long run that is certainly what we need legal enforceable regulations to protect everybody from. It's just that in the short term the FAA…"
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Gary McCray commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Don't mess with Texas Equusearch
"Hi  Monroe, I agree that eventually it is going to have to be handled by the FAA and that is in principle just fine. The sad fact is that what they have been doing in practice without the actual legislation to back them up simply amounts to…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"@ Euan + 100% Our government feels even less responsibility to justify its actions when it relates to other countries. In fact, the disfunctionality of the FAA is certainly part of a larger condition, but they have taken it to a new low (or high)…"
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Gary McCray commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Don't mess with Texas Equusearch
"I wish you the best possible outcome with your filing. To me it is extremely sad how little the FAA feels obligated to abide by its own rules and regulations or their own actual legal responsibilities, but seems to feel instead that they are a giant…"
yesterday

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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"The FAA website says a lot of things which seem to have absolutely no bona fide legal foundation at all.Apparently they consider themselves above the law. We will also notice: "But drones are sometimes considered model aircraft, which only have…"
yesterday

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Gary McCray commented on John Githens's blog post Oso Washington Mudslides– We had the UAVs there but didn’t fly
"Sounds like an extremely well orchestrated attempt to assist, very well received and mediated by emergency crews on the ground, could definitely serve as a template for future attempts to assist. Too bad that it was sidelined at the last moment by…"
Tuesday

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Gary McCray commented on Thanh Nguyen's blog post Flight with My First Quadcopter
"Hi Thanh, I think it is not such a good idea to use props that differ in any way, in pitch or diameter on the same copter. Although the APM code can probably make some allowance for that, it is optimized to treat all motors / props the same, so it…"
Friday

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Gary McCray commented on Graham Dyer's blog post Prop testing on a 'copter
"Hi Graham, Very interesting and the opposite of what I would have expected and what has been my own (admittedly limited) experience on small quads. I also plugged you copter into Xcopter calc and the main numbers fell in the same ball park, except…"
Friday

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Gary McCray commented on Thanh Nguyen's blog post Flight with My First Quadcopter
"Hi Thanh, Flight looks good, Accels are great actually - no problem there. But there are definitely a couple issues which could make a difference. As you said in your previous post your props are really awful (you can tell by the sound among other…"
Apr 17

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Gary McCray replied to SteveL's discussion FPV package from USA Co...? in the group IRIS
"Hi Steve,\ I don't beleive there is a kit that is more compete kit for the Iris than the one Rick mentioned above and if you look at the bottom of the page you will see their monitor is an add on option, and a GoPro cable has nothing to do with…"
Apr 17

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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Gumstix releases PX4-compatible Linux flight controller board
"There are likely to be quite a few PX4 like things in the future and no doubt many of them will get a properly redefined APM HAL to work with them. It should be understood that as it stands, this baord is basically a standalone and pretty complete…"
Apr 14

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About Me:
Electronic Engineer Microcomputers Retired
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Recent reentry into RC Planes, Lots of PIC hardware and C and assembler programming experience, Drones, control, FPV, Atmel and Arduino look interesting.
APM2 with KK X525 Quadcopter current interest.
APM2 with DJI Flamewheel 450 Quadcopter
PX4
APM2 with DJI FlameWheel 330 Quadcopter
Hometown:
Mendota Illinois

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BeagleBone Black available - if you're quick.

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 11:00am 32 Comments

Hi all, Beagle Bone Blacks are available at Adafruit this morning.

I wouldn't ordinarily put an Advertisement for a product as a Blog but as you may or may not know, Beagle Bone Blacks are seriously hard to come by.

Everybody is out of stock all the time, except a fewy unscrupulous dealers who…

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I Really Need help solving a problem for all of us!

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 7:30pm 62 Comments

We have a great new Wiki / Manual which is actually being I think very helpful for all of us.

But there is a Huge - Seemingly Intractable Problem. At least in my estimation of things:

No the Iris isn't the problem, It's a really great 3DR copter, probably the best one available for the…

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New Wiki Advanced Multicopter Design Page

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 6:28pm 14 Comments

Hi Everybody, I have added a new "Advanced Multicopter Design page to the Wiki.

It covers a lot of concepts in Multicopter design both for selecting components and frames and in designing your own if that's what you might really want to do.…

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Some MultiCopter Design Thoughts.

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 12:42pm 230 Comments

Hi All, Just pulled this image in from SUAS News (Thank you Gary) to illustrate a few really good concepts that it incorporates and talk about better Multicopter design a bit.

This copter has a lot of things right and is really a study in design excellence.

1. Most obvious is a sliding…

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Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 8:14am on February 13, 2013, Jethro Hazelhurst said…

H Gary,

First off, thank you for the superb job on the F330 construction page and wiki table of contents.

I will Email you the Image so that you can put it where you see fit.

Many thanks again!

Jethro.

At 10:49pm on May 21, 2013, Jorge Antonio Saldaña Rosales said…

Hola que tal Gary sabes el hadware que necesito para hacer mi drone Cooperativo

At 5:17pm on May 22, 2013, Michael said…

Hi Gary,

Just a thing on shipping rates (from your comment). I was also mad because of high shipping. I sent support an email and they shipped the parts for free through standard mail! I got it in 2 days ( I live on the east coast). There is a size limit though, can't go above 13 oz, but for small parts its fine. Oh and btw, when you email them, ask for Lorena, it may take a day or 2 more because of her work hours, but she's been amazing with shipping like this.

 

Sorry this is the only way I could contact you!

 

Michael

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