Matthew Schroyer
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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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Robert commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Uncovering tomfoolery and vandalism on a drone mapping mission
"Hey Matthew, I know this is an old blog but what type of plane is that in your photo? Looks very nice!"
Oct 22
Александр commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops
"In Russian phrases are possible?"
Sep 20

Developer
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops
"Hai, that's brilliant. They are all brain-explody. :) Matthew, you should also offer clip-boards. With a clip-board and a vest, nobody will ever question your authority again. ;)"
Sep 19
Lester Haines commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops
"Just ordered one for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission in New Mexico. Great idea, happy to support."
Sep 19
John Githens commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops
"While it may not be useful or advisable in every possible circumstance, I was thinking of the phrase "All politics is local", as I bought one a moment ago."
Sep 19

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Hai Tran commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops
"We turn on on site with a marked van, and deploy signage, yet 1 in 10 people still think we're spying on them.  Not sure how much a high visibility vest is going to help. It's the most interesting conversation when you tell that…"
Sep 19
Michael Visser commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops
"I'd order one for Denmark, like Tom I need urban camouflage in Germany."
Sep 19

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Gary Mortimer commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops
"Count me in as well if you get the nod for overseas."
Sep 19
David Beesley commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops
"Hi Matt - great idea ... Nail the international postage thing if you can so we can get a bunch over to Australia ..."
Sep 19
John Wiseman commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops
"I ordered mine already! Matthew, how far are you from the minimum?"
Sep 18
Tom Mahood commented on Matthew Schroyer's blog post Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops
"Ummmmm, while it's probably a brilliant idea (the color, at least), between my goggles and ground station I look dweeby enough already. I think I'd be more interested in urban camouflage colors."
Sep 18
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Sep 18
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

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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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Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 2:30pm 10 Comments

Many of us recreational, semi-pro, and pro RPAS operators here on DIYDrones.com are fortunate enough to have had great dialogue with the public, sometimes even taking time off from our normal schedules or responsibilities to show others the wonders of robotic flight. Still, we are all to familiar with those few stories where the public has become confrontational with civilian and commercial…

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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 3 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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