Matthew Schroyer
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  • Urbana, IL
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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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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

Matthew Schroyer's Blog

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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