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figuring out the Antenna Tracker

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Oborne yesterday. 5 Replies

ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ravi 42 minutes ago. 882 Replies

ArduCopter-3.1 released!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emin Bu Jul 18. 1508 Replies

 

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Ravi replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"thanx randy, christian for the information."
42 minutes ago
Willy Fernandez replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Thanks Edgar. Your video is amazing! I tried AC3.2-rc3 but i had some brief oscillations. Maybe... because my PID's were high?.. although, i was using the same PID's with AC3.1.5. I wish i can achieve that kind of smoothness as shown in…"
1 hour ago
Edgar Scott replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"2 axis gimbal, they are built into the front of all Disco Pro's"
2 hours ago
Willy Fernandez replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Hi Edgar Is your GoPro hard mounted or with gimbal? Thanks."
2 hours ago
Brandon Clifford replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Hi, Flew 3.2 RC3 today,Everything went well just flew some acro / stabilize / alt / loiter / pos hold BUT while in stabilize I set up my CH7 to "flip" and in 3.1.5 it loses a bit of altitude but recovers smoothly with 3.2 It seemed the…"
2 hours ago
Stone1295 replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Nice. :)  I'm going to have to play around with this a bit. -Mike"
6 hours ago
Edgar Scott replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Yea, 3DRs Spline is a billion times cooler for videos than DJIs Adaptive Turn  :-D"
6 hours ago
Edgar Scott replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"What is SuperView? "it uses the height of the camera's sensor that you get with 4:3 meaning that you will see more of the sky and ground assuming you are pointed at the…"
7 hours ago
Edgar Scott replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"yeah, its just an effect that I actually wanted on this one :) I did another one without superview, but that mission only had one ROI, this was to show off the spline with several ROI and how smooth it was with the spline. "
7 hours ago
nickthecook replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Beautiful! Footage looks good, and smooth compared to an auto mission from 3.1.5. Looking forward to trying those spline waypoints..."
7 hours ago
Andre Kotze replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Ah ok, just too bad one notices the stretching in fast panning scenes..."
7 hours ago
Edgar Scott replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"No, its raw footage, I used a GoPro black setting called SuperView."
7 hours ago
Christian replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Ravi, In case you have no luck, try setting SR2_PARAMS to something else than 0, ie. 50."
7 hours ago
Andre Kotze replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Im guessing you did use the Defisr as the video is clearly being stretched on the sides when you yaw..."
7 hours ago
Terry replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Very nice scenery... too bad it's so jerky. :o)"
8 hours ago
Edgar Scott replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"GoPro Black +"
8 hours ago

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About Me:
Lead developer of ArduCopter. I coordinate releases, provide support for users having trouble with their copters, add new features (most often based on ideas and suggestions from the community). I also help others get their code integrated into ArduCopter.

You can find numerous video tutorials from me here: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm393BzMOyRPUo8MtKp5alg
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Interested in quads and helis mostly. I got my start in this field by reading the electronics tutorials from Sparkfun and from watching the success of Jack Crossfire's vicacopter. I've learned an enormous amount from the combined wisdom of the people on the DIYDrones forums and members of the core dev team including Jason Short, Tridge, Doug Weibel, Leonard and many more.
Hometown:
Karuizawa, Japan

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Red Balloon Finder

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 5:04am 30 Comments

As many probably know, this year's Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC) is similar to last year's except that a new challenge has…

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GPS Glitch detection in AC3.1

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 6:42am 32 Comments

AC3.1 is going out very soon and includes a new safety feature called GPS glitch detection.  There's a wiki page about it but I'd like to highlight how it works because it's near the top of the list of safety issues.  The method…

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Dropping a Rover from Hexacopter - Part III

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 7:40pm 30 Comments

As a follow-up to the rover drops #1 and #2 I spent a day with Assistant Professor Nagatani-san of…

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UAVs for measuring radiation levels in Japan

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 6:38pm 11 Comments

Two years after the March 11th tsunami in Japan that triggered the Nuclear disaster at the Fukushima power plant, there are still just over 300 thousand people who have not been able to return to their homes due to…

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Dropping a Rover from Hexacopter - Part II

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 12:32am 14 Comments

As a follow up to an indoor test we did a about a month ago (blog post here), Assistant Professor Nagatani-san of Tohoku University, Izu-san of…

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Comment Wall (23 comments)

At 8:44am on January 5, 2011, Jack said…

Randy

I have been working on my own Quad with the NG code and have setup the Sonar and have it working very well . I have an indoor version with sonar and IR sensors and would like to know were the IR sensors are conected, what pins. I see you were working on implementing this so If you could help with basic setup I can try my hand at testing. Thanks for your work on the Sonar and good luck on the obstical avoidence.

Jack 

At 5:47am on January 30, 2011, Kári Davíðsson said…

Thanks Randy. 

I do not have write access to the svn repository.

So I will send you the changed AP_ADC lib probably later today.

I am not sure if a circular buffer is needed. The beauty of a 1st order IIR filter is that we only need one "old" sample and if a second order is needed only two old samples. But I will look a little better into the filter selection before committing anything to you.

At 5:45am on August 24, 2011, Jiro Hattori said…

Hi Randy

 One of the way to introduce technology of arduino as IMU is that something like what you have done. Most of the Japanese model flyer love to fly traditional helicopter. 

 Another approach may be exhibit something very unique at MAKE fair at Tokyo Institute of Technology.  There will be many open source hardware and software freaks as well.

At 9:10pm on March 7, 2012, Ravi said…

hi randy, i had been following your forum for align450. i just got my APM2 purple. i loaded the ardu heli firmware. everythings looks to be ok on mission planner. but there is no PWM on servo out pins. i armed the APM2 and does gets armed. the radio callibration bars move proportionately. evrything seems to be OK. but in 'status' there is no PWM on channel out pins. it shows '0' PWM on all out channels. can uou please suggets what might be the reason. the APM2 works fine with arduplane and arduquad firmware. ravi

At 5:53am on March 16, 2012,
T3
Aerhead
said…

Randy

I had a different problem with my APM2 that I was able to solve by following the procedure found in the wiki with a search for APM board problems.  My board would not connect to the planner and it works now.

Good luck

Larry

At 2:18pm on May 15, 2012, wilson javier madrid sossa said…

hello hello hug.
I can help with anything, I did several plannings flight with tri and firmware 2.0.49 and flew very well.
I did a quad and install 2.5.4 program a waypoint flight and the team took off like crazy.WP PIDs are by default and does not really move as you do. can you give me some information.

I appreciate your help

At 4:41pm on May 16, 2012, wilson javier madrid sossa said…

Please can you help me. I was flying my quadcopter and hold position when you turn the team went to ground. these are the last two log. I appreciateprompt help.

2012-05-16%2018-12-25.tlog

At 3:54pm on September 29, 2012, Marooned said…

Hi Randy

After your changes to Optical Flow I'm having troubles with compiling the sources:

ArduCopter.cpp: In function 'void init_ardupilot()':
ArduCopter.pde:-1: error: 'SPI3' was not declared in this scope
ArduCopter.pde:-1: error: 'SPI3_SPEED_2MHZ' was not declared in this scope

I have spi3.h file include in ArduCopter.pde but somehow it's not working that way. I did fetch&rebase with original repo.

At 3:12pm on September 30, 2012, Marooned said…

Sorry for troubles. It's working now. Looks like Arduino IDE had some hiccup.

I should probably move to some better IDE as I'm using Arduino only for compiling/uploading and all files are edited in my fav editor and I have to restart Arduino every time I change something as it doesn't follow outside files changes.

Anyway, sorry for bothering you.

At 6:30pm on December 1, 2012,
T3
William Premerlani
said…

Hi Randy,

Regarding a question that Shyam asked about gimbal lock when he was trying to use APM to stabilize a camera, he and I finally solved the issue. Here is a link.

No one on diydrones was able to help Shyam, he finally contacted me directly.

Best regards,

Bill Premerlani

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