Nate Miller
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  • College Station, TX
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Nate Miller replied to Benny Shimon's discussion Non electric motored Traditional Helicopter in the group ArduCopter (traditional heli) user group
"I put an APM 2.5 on a Bergen Observer EB about 2 years ago. The was powered by a gasoline engine. Whole project was a disaster. The heli shook so badly I couldn't ever find a way to mount the APM and get reliable attitude solutions. The…"
Feb 6, 2016
Nate Miller replied to Max Patissier's discussion Custom made GCS with take off / landing capabilities in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Overriding the throttle input to make the copter ascend will work but is imprecise. The autopilot can accept a set altitude command. I don't recall if it works in the current release or not. If it doesn't let me know and I can tell you…"
Nov 5, 2014
Nate Miller replied to Max Patissier's discussion Custom made GCS with take off / landing capabilities in the group ArduCopter User Group
"2. Commands to arm / disarm motors Use the command_long message to arm and disarm. I'll expand below in C syntax command_long_send(target_system, //target_system is the ID of your mav.                …"
Nov 5, 2014
Nate Miller replied to Markus Järve's discussion Takeoff and Arm from GCS arducopter 2.9.1 in the group Learning to program the Ardupilot Mega
"1. There isn't a command sent from mission planner to takeoff. It is an option when mission scripting (the script followed when in AUTO mode). Essentially, a takeoff is just a loiter command with the altitude slowly increased. If you want to…"
Nov 5, 2014
Nate Miller replied to Luke Nyhof's discussion Using an external IMU with the APM in the group Learning to program the Ardupilot Mega
"If it's 5 volts you can hook it up to UART 2 on the APM 2.5. Just write a little device driver to read from it. You don't need putty for the communication between the VN and APM. If I had to guess, you're better bet for improving…"
Oct 16, 2014
Nate Miller replied to Luke Nyhof's discussion Using an external IMU with the APM in the group Learning to program the Ardupilot Mega
"Out of curiosity, what makes you want to use the VN over the onboard IMU? I've had some luck getting a vicon system integrated where the camera system feeds attitude information to the autopilot. It was a bit of a mess getting it put together.…"
Oct 15, 2014
Nate Miller replied to enya's discussion controlling motor speed using APM 2.0 in the group Learning to program the Ardupilot Mega
"You can use the same code on the APM2.0 as you would on the uno"
Apr 16, 2014
Nate Miller replied to Muhammad Rizwan's discussion Help in selecting and purchasing the autopilot in the group Learning to program the Ardupilot Mega
"Yes, RTL (return to launch) works for traditional helicopters and multi-rotors.  One really cool features is that if you fly too far away and the autopilot looses contact with you the autopilot will automatically enter RTL and fly back to you.…"
Feb 17, 2014
Nate Miller replied to Mike Livingston's discussion QGC Waypoint Protocol Format in the group Learning to program the Ardupilot Mega
"MAVProxy is the way to go for an easy to modify ground station.  If you decide you need to add commands to the list I'll walk you through how to re-generate the mavlink headers. I have the whole ordeal automated for windows machines, so I…"
Jan 30, 2014
Nate Miller added a discussion to the group Arducopter Y6 Owners
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Best props on Y6

I'm trying to get as much endurance out of my Y6 as possible. I was impressed by the Tiger Motor MN3506-16 motors mentioned on Forrest Franz's post here, so I shelled out for them. I'm using a 3c battery with the recommended APC 12x3.8 props which,…See More
Jan 29, 2014
Nate Miller replied to Mike Livingston's discussion QGC Waypoint Protocol Format in the group Learning to program the Ardupilot Mega
"There's not really any good documentation on the different options when sending waypoints to your autopilot. Each autopilot, and even each vehicle type (rover, copter, plane) may or may not support a given mission command. If you're…"
Jan 29, 2014
Nate Miller commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter (traditional heli) user group
"We did our work on APM 2.0 - 2.5. Haven't gotten my hands on a 2.6 yet, but they're all nearly the same. The Rotor Buzz comes with a really low quality autopilot. If you put an APM on it as far as I know that'll be the first."
Jan 21, 2014
Nate Miller commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter (traditional heli) user group
"Rob: PM me and I'll fill you in on my experience with my Bergen machine. David: The Arducopter code, while supportive of traditional helis, has an awful lot of optimizations for multirotors, and when I branched my code at ArduCotper 2.8.1, was…"
Jan 21, 2014
Nate Miller commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter (traditional heli) user group
"The Rotor Buzz II will meet your requirements, but it's around $100,000. I'd suggest modifying your project requirements. For something that big you'll need special FAA certifications that are right now extremely difficult to…"
Jan 21, 2014
Nate Miller replied to nizar zd's discussion Add sensors to my quadrotor in the group Learning to program the Ardupilot Mega
"3D Robotics sells a little pito prob kit here. I don't think the arducopter software supports it but you can pretty easily pull the library in from the arduplane code. The barometer on the ardupilot measures its temperature extremely…"
Jan 14, 2014
Nate Miller replied to Kun-Wei's discussion Trex 450 with APM2.5 in the group ArduCopter (traditional heli) user group
"What flight mode are you in? Get everything working in Acro first, then move onto the other flight modes. Using mission planner, does the autopilot think it's level when sitting on a flat surface? Do you have your transmitter turned on with the…"
Oct 18, 2013

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About Me:
Graduate student in aeronautical engineering. I focus mostly on rotor craft aerodynamics and controls.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I'm mostly interested in fault tolerance. Right now I'm looking into building an auto-rotation controller for a conventional helicopter. It'll be pretty cool if it works.

Eventually I'll get into FPV flying. It's prohibitively expensive at the moment though.
Hometown:
College Station, TX

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