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Simple "BLINK" sketch on APM

Started Nov 11, 2012 0 Replies

Hi there,So this might be kind of an odd request. I'm trying to get the APM 2.0 and 2.5 to do something very simple, but I'm having difficulty wading through the ArduPlane code to figure out how to…Continue

Stabilize function is not stabilizing

Started Sep 15, 2012 0 Replies

Took the drone out to the air field to continue testing, but ran into a problem. Stabilize mode would send the drone into a dive immediately, every time.Checked stabilize on the ground by tilting and…Continue

APM2 GPS issue? Long fix times, fix loss, erratic auto behavior

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matthew Schroyer Aug 25, 2012. 2 Replies

Hi,I've been working with an APM2 unit that seems to be rather temperamental. Fix times are very long, (3+ minutes in some cases in the wide outdoors) and logs seem to indicate that the fix can be…Continue

Why 7+ channels for drone?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Weibel May 23, 2011. 3 Replies

Hey all, Been looking on the DIYD site for a couple days, thinking it's a great community you have here. I have some experience with RC (though by no means an expert), but I'm perplexed by something…Continue

 

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John Githens commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post FAA selects six UAS test site operators in the United States, covering nine states
"For anyone wanting to reflect on the run-up to the FAA's announcement, you can browse this page. More may be found on this page and this page."
Jan 4

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Gary Mortimer commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post FAA selects six UAS test site operators in the United States, covering nine states
"The FAA could have selected six sites the day after the announce, only dithering allowed all the others to throw their hat in the ring. What's an H1B Jack? These sites were always a place for DHS to play and the military vendors to have more…"
Dec 30, 2013
Cliff-E commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post FAA selects six UAS test site operators in the United States, covering nine states
"Yes I'm a bit shocked CA, OK, FL and even UT didn't get anything considering the amount of R&D in those states and those states actually having UAV manufacturing/vendors. But if you look at the details: NY: Rome? ARL is surely…"
Dec 30, 2013
Jack Crossfire commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post FAA selects six UAS test site operators in the United States, covering nine states
"Poor Oklahoma was out, despite all those SUAS news postings.  As in all things, money gravitates towards the coasts.  The people doing the work are all going to be H1B's, no matter where it's done."
Dec 30, 2013
Peter Plantec commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post FAA selects six UAS test site operators in the United States, covering nine states
"The only thing that makes me nervous about this is that i can't tell if it 's a bipartisan effort or a Republican one. If it's the latter,I seriously doubt the regulations will favor us. One can only hope. I don't mind rational…"
Dec 30, 2013

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Ruwan commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post FAA selects six UAS test site operators in the United States, covering nine states
Dec 30, 2013
Cliff-E commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post FAA selects six UAS test site operators in the United States, covering nine states
"Nevada sort of wins big on this one, considering they also approved Google cars on their public roads."
Dec 30, 2013

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Gary Mortimer commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post FAA selects six UAS test site operators in the United States, covering nine states
"They have also responded to Trappys motion to dismiss http://www.suasnews.com/2013/12/26710/the-faa-responds-to-trappys-motion-to-dismiss/ as the Chinese say may you live in interesting times. "
Dec 30, 2013
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FAA selects six UAS test site operators in the United States, covering nine states

In a telephone news conference today, FAA Administrator Michael Heurta explained that the test sites will evaluate "what uses evolve," and consider "appropriate certificate and regulatory regimes."The first test site is planned to be up and running in 180 days, and test site ops are due to conclude in February 2017, which incidentally is the same time the entire FAA is due for total…See More
Dec 30, 2013
F1P commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Uncovering tomfoolery and vandalism on a drone mapping mission
"Tell owners that they need buy drone!  Show the pictures and explain how it work =)"
Dec 28, 2013

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Gary Mortimer commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Uncovering tomfoolery and vandalism on a drone mapping mission
"Well uncovered Matthew, many years ago a fellow in Florida I think it was spotted a chap spray painting a wall and let the police have the images, they found the youth and gave him what for!"
Dec 27, 2013
Matthew Schroyer posted a blog post

Uncovering tomfoolery and vandalism on a drone mapping mission

Over Thanksgiving, I planned to map out a bayou in north Louisiana, and use it as a teaching moment for high school students involved in the Drones for Schools program back in central Illinois.Due to issues with configuration and calibration, the mission didn't go according to plan, and I didn't end up with a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of that interesting place. However,…See More
Dec 27, 2013
Matthew Schroyer replied to Andrew Chapman's discussion Empty KML+GPX files from Plane logs?
"I see the same issue with a different GPS line format. It does appear this also is causing difficulty for the Geo Tagging app. In the process of tagging the images, it appears the app is looking for values in the wrong columns. So when you tag…"
Dec 4, 2013
Matthew Schroyer replied to Andrew Chapman's discussion Empty KML+GPX files from Plane logs?
"Also experiencing empty KMZ and GPX files. The KMZ holds waypoints, but not actual flight data.Also can't get the Mission Planner geo-reference app to work with LOG file, but this may be unrelated to the above issues. Andrew, thanks for posting…"
Dec 2, 2013

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Randy commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Building and flying an incredibly tiny, open-source quadrotor
"That's a pretty good choice on sensors I think.  Looks like they've only implemented the equivalent of stabilize mode but with some more programming it could actually do inertial nav for the altitude hold at least."
Oct 28, 2013
HeliStorm commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Building and flying an incredibly tiny, open-source quadrotor
"Very interesting. I have been using the inexpensive off the shelf Hubsan x4 series of quadcopters to experiment with in micro UAS, with the hopes of building my own eventually. I will have to look into this as a possible step up from the RTF toys,…"
Oct 28, 2013

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About Me:
I'm Matthew Schroyer, a developer of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) for use in journalism. He is the founder of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists (PSDJ), and the website Dronejournalism.org. The mission of that organization and website is to establish the ethical, educational and technological framework for the emerging field of drone journalism.

Full-time, he works on a National Science Foundation grant at the University of Illinois called EnLiST, which offers unique leadership training and professional development for science teachers from grades K-12. There, he performs a variety of duties as a communications specialist and social network analyst. He also is developing the newly-founded “Drones for Schools” program, which teaches high school students the core science and engineering concepts associated with drone technology, which uses the same technology behind the drones of DroneJournalism.org.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I began experimenting with model rockets, RC craft and small electronics when I was young, with varying levels of success. That carried over into studying mechanical engineering in college, before the journalism bug bit me. Now I'm blending those backgrounds, as I'm interested in sUAS as a means to obtain photographic intelligence for the public good.
Hometown:
Springfield, IL

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FAA selects six UAS test site operators in the United States, covering nine states

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 10:12am 8 Comments

In a telephone news conference today, FAA Administrator Michael Heurta explained that the test sites will evaluate "what uses evolve," and consider "appropriate certificate and regulatory regimes."

The first test site is planned to be up and running in 180 days, and test site ops are due to conclude in February 2017, which incidentally is the same time…

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Uncovering tomfoolery and vandalism on a drone mapping mission

Posted on December 27, 2013 at 4:47pm 2 Comments

Over Thanksgiving, I planned to map out a bayou in north Louisiana, and use it as a teaching moment for high school students involved in the Drones for Schools program back in central Illinois.



Due to issues with configuration and calibration, the mission didn't go according to plan, and I didn't end up with a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of…

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Building and flying an incredibly tiny, open-source quadrotor

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 9:39am 3 Comments





Recently had a chance to solder together and operate one of the smallest quadrotors on the market: the Crazyflie nano. It weighs less than 19 grams, and measures 9cm from rotor to rotor. The 3.7v LiPo 170mAh gives about 7 minutes flight time. Open-source firmware, computer client coded in Python.…

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Speaker videos, photos now posted from small unmanned systems business expo

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 8:42am 3 Comments

Couldn't make it out to San Francisco for the first-ever small unmanned systems conference just for small business? Not a problem. I recently uploaded more than 100 photos on the sUSBExpo Flickr account. We also have 14 hours of video made during the two days of the expo.

This was an amazing event, made…

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