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Jesse commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Drone startups swoop up millions
"Two sticks, four motors, a battery and controller... boom! Quadcopter. Looks like everyone and their brother are trying to concoct their own version. Very few stand apart from the rest."
Jan 8
Jesse commented on Thorsten's blog post Amazon plans to shift its drone research outside the U.S.
"The FAA can issue a NOTAMs and TFRs for various temporary flight operations, they do it all the time for everything from sporting events to rocket launches (like hobby/amateur types). Not sure why they can't also allow them for UAV use. That…"
Dec 9, 2014
Jesse commented on Chris Anderson's blog post NASA's Ikhana captured the stunning video of Orion's splashdown
"Gotta love it... rocketry and drones united!"
Dec 6, 2014
Jesse commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post The Extended Kalman Filter: An Interactive Tutorial
"This is great! One of the best ways to learn/master a subject is to teach it. I'm sure you'll learn even more by creating this tutorial. I look forward to going through it! I too had a hard time trying to learn the EKF, still do. ;-)"
Dec 5, 2014
Jesse commented on Chris Anderson's blog post WSJ scoop on forthcoming FAA rules -- pilots license will be required for commercial use unless Congress intervenes
"Something that I could actually do commercially with my private pilot certificate! That's one plus I suppose. Although, a huge minus for those without one."
Nov 23, 2014
Jesse commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Amazon is hiring drone pilots
"With regards to an autopilot system, it can't safely land a package for delivery at  someones home. Way too many things that would prevent that. Without being able to automatically see and detect every possible obstacle (humans, dogs,…"
Nov 15, 2014
Jesse commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Hollywood given the green light
"Great! So we can finally use our PPL's for generating an income, AND without having to keep our medical current. :-) win-win!"
Sep 25, 2014
Jesse replied to AerospaceVlogger's discussion Supersonic, I'm going to do it.
"This is proof that simply having a "degree" in something doesn't mean you actually know anything. But carry on, I'm just here for the entertainment value."
Sep 19, 2014

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At 6:55am on July 24, 2008, Achal Agrawal said…
I have almost finished the code for navigation calculations. I am finally working on PIC18F2685. The navigation algorithm uses floating point math which my C compiler supports. I am getting an accuracy of +-1deg for bearing calculation if compared to the Haversine method.

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About Me:
Lets see... I've got a professinoal and educational background in aviation, having spent a number of years with the FAA doing air traffic control. I'm a licensed pilot (PPL). I additionally have a background in Mechanical Engineering, which is where my professional interests currently are. My interests range greatly, from designing and programming digital electronics (such as INS and other navigational systems), rocketry, projects around the house, etc.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I joined DIYDrones back in 2008 when I first become interested in UAV's. I've since done a lot on the electronics/programming side of things. I've since designed my own "autopilot" from scratch using an Arduino and some sensors (as partially documented on my site below).
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A simple INS - the beginnings

Posted on June 16, 2011 at 11:28pm 5 Comments

I'm building my own inertial navigation system --- one that isn't super complex, doesn't involve fancy filters, yet will provide plenty of accuracy. It's all about purposeful building... designing and building for what it WILL do, not what it MIGHT or could possibly be able to do.





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