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APM 2 external GPS I must have missed something

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ismail Akcoral May 14, 2013. 1 Reply

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Greg Nuspel commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA
"Yes Hal if you look at the chart the accident happened at about 1850' AGL since aircraft reference ASL and the ground looks to be  about 650 ASL."
1 hour ago
Greg Nuspel commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA
"Problem is drones are mainly concentrated around populated areas, low level manned flight mainly occurs around populated areas. The uneducated drone flyer is exactly the guy that will try to go higher and farther soon as they get bored. They will…"
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Gary McCray commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA
"Hi all, Greg, military drones in military circumstances are kind of the exact opposite of the circumstance we have here, they are in fact often pursuing or being pursued by manned aircraft, collisions are bound to occur. So, all bets are off for…"
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hal commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA
"The big sky theory has not been in use since 1958 for collision avoidance.  This summer alone there has been at least 4 mid air collisions between manned aircraft.  Drawing a conclusion that there is not much damage isn't a good idea…"
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Laser Developer commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA
"@Greg - quite right! That is the most revealing part of the calculations. The likelihood of accidents due to random events is very low but these results can be skewed significantly by deliberate action. In the case of military manoevers, drones and…"
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Greg Nuspel commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA
"It's all about the boredom factor: "Okay I've taken some photos now what can I do?""
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Greg Nuspel commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA
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Laser Developer commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA
"@Scott, I'm with you on that. I crunched the numbers and if you take every drone in the USA into the air and hover them at 2500 feet for ten years, the chance of one of them being hit by a manned aircraft is still vanishingly small!"
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Developing UAS systems for game management and fence patrol in South Africa.


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I perhaps spend way too much time dreaming and scheming not enough time flying.
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Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 9:30pm 27 Comments

 

The unconfirmed report is that a “company survey” aircraft impacted a small UAS at 2,500 feet near Lewis University (KLOT) on August 27, 2015 causing damage to the leading edge of the manned aircraft wing.

More as we get it but this is what…

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HABLEG (High Altitude Balloon Launched Experimental Glider)

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 10:21pm 14 Comments

 

This is the sort of thing T3 entrants get up to, well done!

HABLEG has a mass of 7kg, a wingspan of 3m and can carry an additional payload of up to 3kg. The flight was conducted at the rocket base ESRANGE in northern Sweden, where the glider was lifted to an altitude of 20km by means of a helium balloon. Upon release in the low density atmosphere,…

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T3 back to the future a reminder

Posted on July 10, 2015 at 11:18am 2 Comments

First off Chris Anderson reminds everybody he is known as old tiny hands in the 3DR offices, this the servo for the rover that he is entering into this round of the competition.

Rob keeps mentioning his chopper.…

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Three hour forty three minute fuel cell flight

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 3:00am 7 Comments

Montreal, Canada: EnergyOr Technologies Inc., a leading developer of advanced PEM fuel cell systems, recently demonstrated the world’s longest multirotor UAV flight, flying for a record 3 hours, 43 minutes and 48 seconds, improving upon its previous world record of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 46 seconds from March 16 th, 2015.

This demonstration was performed to…

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T3 Back to the Future

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 8:00am 173 Comments

Remember back, way back in autopilot years probably about 20. The year 2009 and the first round of our gentlemens (ladies are allowed just none have ever entered) competition the T3 challenge.

Back then just flying way points was hard and all this gear was expensive.…

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Comment Wall (38 comments)

At 5:17am on October 20, 2007, Mike Mc Smith said…
Hey there G - Hope your trip went smooth...
Thanks again for all the flying - and donating your airframe to the cause. Been speaking with Stuart a lot more... He's fast!! Quadro-chopper still is not on the table in front of me- but Ill give you a shout when it is- and post some pictures.

not too many repairs to be done to your craft- just changing the wheels really and thinking about molding a new nose for it..

Again I'll post pictures when anything happens..

Till then, enjoy the sunshine I guess.

Cheers-
Mc Smith
At 11:12am on February 18, 2009,
T3
Rory Paul
said…
Gary

For a couple of coils of Wors and few Windhoeks I will export an MP Autopilot ; )

C
At 4:20am on February 26, 2009, dionh said…
Gary
Do you know where i can find atmega168 micro's in SA
At 1:16pm on April 6, 2009,
T3
Rory Paul
said…
Gary

I will be in SA (Jhb) within the next two weeks if there is anything you need from the US let me know.

Regards

C
At 1:52pm on April 6, 2009,
T3
Rory Paul
said…
No problem. I will take you up on the offer then next time I am in SA + I will try to bring my plane out and get some long duration flying in so I will need some pointers on good locations to fly.
At 8:59am on May 17, 2009, jaron said…
Gary, what's the current state of your "Airframe 1 in FlightGear" project? Let me know if I can help you with the aspects concerning UAV Playground.
At 1:46am on May 19, 2009, James Ross said…
Gary
Am looking at assisting drug enforcement on the Seychelles. We are busy acquiring a Bank License there and need to assist the Island folk with other infrastructure. They have a huge drug problem evolving and their sea is vast and have 115 islands although we would only need to concentrate on those surrounding Mahe. The yachts are the problem donkeys.
What do you think?
Regards
James
At 2:06pm on June 19, 2009, Robert Vale said…
Genius,
Why do you think our secuity co from NYC posted it? THINK about it, THAN comment.
At 8:30am on July 6, 2009,
T3
Rory Paul
said…
Hi Gary

Looks like you had a good turn out for your RCAP event. I have been toying with the idea of arranging an informal event here in Southern California for autopilot users but worry that Patrick would be lurking in the bushes to report us all to the FAA.

Your new airframe looks good. Any plans to make it available for sale?

Regards

C.
At 12:44pm on July 14, 2009, Ross Badcock-Walters said…
thanks for your response Gary. I was starting to think I was all alone out here. Please send me an email on rossbw@eastcoast.co.za with details of your system. you can check out our website www.agricane.com for more details about the work we do. We opperate on large estates for the likes of Tongaat huletts and illovo. 12 000 ha is a fairly normal size that we will have to cover in a week to 10 days, so we need a system that can handle a lot of work. Look forward to hearing from you.
kind regards
Ross

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