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Helicopter Vibration Levels

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob_Lefebvre Oct 6, 2014. 59 Replies

I just wanted to make a post to specifically address the issue of vibrations on helicopters, as I am seeing quite a few logs which exhibit excessive vibrations. This not only affects Loiter, but can…Continue

Warning about Helicopter Power Supply!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stuart Brookes Jan 21. 30 Replies

I've posted about this before, but I feel I must reinforce this:You MUST use a completely independent power supply for your APM or Pixhawk than you use for the Servos.  DO NOT use one BEC to supply…Continue

Arducopter 3.2 Warning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob_Lefebvre Jun 5, 2014. 4 Replies

Just wanted to put out a warning to everybody, that you should not be testing any of the 3.2 Release Candidates for Tradheli until I say so.At this time, I have not flight tested 3.2rc1 or rc2. I…Continue

Who wants to alpha test Flybarred Acro code?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob_Lefebvre May 27, 2014. 79 Replies

I am attempting to fix the flybar acro code, wanted to get it out with the upcoming 3.1.3 release, but I'm in a bit of a pickle.  It compiles in Arduino, but won't compile in Make for PX4.  I assume…Continue

 

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Rob_Lefebvre replied to Anna Tian's discussion Best open source autopilots v.s. commercial autopilots for conventional fixed wing unmanned aircraft usage
"Would you mind detailing your Skyhunter system here?  I've got one that I need to start building soon.  Haven't chosen motor, servos, etc. yet. Also wouldn't mind details on the FX-61 and 79 as well.  Just want to see…"
5 hours ago

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Rob_Lefebvre replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2.1 Beta Testing
"Flight Mode 8 is the old Position mode, which was like Loiter, but with manual throttle.  It is not longer valid since 3.2.  The new Position Hold flight mode is #16.  As posted in your thread there, you should update MP to see the…"
9 hours ago

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Rob_Lefebvre replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2.1 Beta Testing
"Hi Craig, I believe your crash was due to a motor or propeller failure.  Very shortly before the loss of control, the vibrations suddenly increased significantly, then the motor output became noisy (ie: controller either responding to the…"
9 hours ago

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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Todd Urban's blog post Can Your Frame Do This
"I have a 1kg Octocopter frame that can support 180lbs in the same test. :)"
10 hours ago

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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post DJI to release mandatory firmware update
"I agree.  I don't see this as a bad thing at all.  In fact, I think we should be doing it.  Be responsible voluntarily before something worse is forced on us."
10 hours ago
Quadzimodo commented on Rob_Lefebvre's blog post Oh Look. Yet another quadcopter goes over $1M on Kickstarter.
"Rob - My mistake. Looking at that HDMI cable video I am reminded of the decade or so I spent writing about home av, consumer electronics and in car entertainment.  I used to ask people whether they believed that the 0's were any…"
11 hours ago

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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Rob_Lefebvre's blog post Oh Look. Yet another quadcopter goes over $1M on Kickstarter.
"QZ, that comment was directed at the video that Ben posted.  Just watch it. I can't really comment on the Zano.  I guess it all seems plausible, though these Kickstarter campaigns seem to have a poor track record of delivering on…"
12 hours ago
Quadzimodo commented on Rob_Lefebvre's blog post Oh Look. Yet another quadcopter goes over $1M on Kickstarter.
"Rob - Really?  Is the Zano just a bunch of BS in your view? I watched all the videos and looked over all the copy and it passed my Bulls^&tmeter without registering so much as a blip! It all seems quite credible to me. I am no…"
12 hours ago
Jake Wells commented on Rob_Lefebvre's blog post Oh Look. Yet another quadcopter goes over $1M on Kickstarter.
"It's their marketing, "Take your selfie's to the next level" WT????? Feed the Narcissistic and they'll feed you. "
21 hours ago
Ruben Hartmann replied to Rob_Lefebvre's discussion Tandem Heli
"Have you ever tried to combine to conventional tradheli main rotors below each other, for a coax heli without special mast mechanics. That way, the blades have different angle of attacks and conditions requiring differnt pitch angles, that might be…"
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Rob_Lefebvre replied to Gregory Harrington's discussion GeoFence Altitude Behavior has changed ?!?!? When did it change?
"Hello Gregory, so I have confirmed this issue in the simulator.  I have never actually used the fence system before, so I did not know that it would actually stop climbing before hitting the fence on 3.1.   I can tell you that my testing…"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Secret Service: Drone that crashed on White House grounds was being used recreationally
"As easy as the Phantom is to fly, I am surprised that even somebody who didn't realize flying over the White House was a bad idea, is actually able to pilot it.  That speaks volumes about just how good the DJI system is. Bravo to them. :)"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Rob_Lefebvre's blog post Oh Look. Yet another quadcopter goes over $1M on Kickstarter.
"Wow... Selective Integration, sounds a lot like standard EKF.  Nice very obviously, cheap hobby-grade props. And the small one, is that a Ladybug? If you can't dazzle them with brillance, baffle them with bullshit as they say.  That…"
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Rob_Lefebvre replied to Anna Tian's discussion Best open source autopilots v.s. commercial autopilots for conventional fixed wing unmanned aircraft usage
"Ok Dan, so you're talking about real autopilots on manned aircraft.  Yes, completely different animal indeed. I wonder how they compensate those mechanical gyros for long-term drift.  Over the time scales and distances flown, if the…"
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Rob_Lefebvre replied to Anna Tian's discussion Best open source autopilots v.s. commercial autopilots for conventional fixed wing unmanned aircraft usage
"Wow, I thought that the Talon was just a scaled down model of the real DH. I'm shocked to find out the real DH is made of foam too! "
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Rob_Lefebvre replied to Anna Tian's discussion Best open source autopilots v.s. commercial autopilots for conventional fixed wing unmanned aircraft usage
"Yes, as expensive as the eBee is, many companies understand that time is money.  If it is the cheapest solution to get an RTF UAV system, then it's worth it. I am surprised that nobody has stepped up to provide a competitive system, say a…"
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Arducopter TradHeli Lead Developer
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Oh Look. Yet another quadcopter goes over $1M on Kickstarter.

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 2:39pm 42 Comments

I don't really even know what to say anymore. It has 4 motors.  And a camera. And wifi control. This one has a flash light source though, so that's new.  …

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Ardupilot.com Forums Temporarily Down

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:30pm 15 Comments

This is just a quick note to say that the Ardupilot.com/forum/ was down temporarily due to server issues.  

New Transport Canada UAV Regulations Arrive!

Posted on November 27, 2014 at 7:46pm 41 Comments

Well, the moment we have all been waiting for in Canada is finally here.  Transport Canada has published the new UAV regulations.  It is important to understand that these regulations effectively come in 2 parts.  Basically, you have one set of regulations for UAV's less…

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Small Electric Helicopter 108km/h Auto Flight

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 4:13pm 30 Comments

Another recent accomplishment with the Helicopter version of Arducopter was this full auto speed run which achieved a top speed of 30 m/s or 108 km/h.  This was done using 3.2 which features improvements to the helicopter flight dynamics code, as well as Spline Waypoints which is a general…

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Comment Wall (11 comments)

At 5:59pm on November 30, 2011,
Developer
Jason Short
said…

Chris is the Admin. He can help you.

Jason

At 8:22pm on May 16, 2012, Carl La France said…

Robert thanks for your input the 1/8 aluminum on  on the fuselage will be a milled out channel running  half way down the side of the plane    to attach the wing the horizontal stabilizer and the vertical fin to a Exoskeleton about 1 1/2 pounds the rest of the plane is foam and fiber glass there was no distortion welding we had it clamped down  pretty good Thanks again Carl

At 4:26am on July 26, 2012, OG said…

Thanks for you assistance with my ecommerce sight yesterday . I appreciate it so much I give you my cost your first porches.

At 6:17pm on November 27, 2012, Dwgsparky said…

Hi Robert, sorry I missed your request. still getting used. to this system.

Sorry, not waterslides,,,, Kiddie trains from Granby.

At 7:53pm on January 24, 2013, Joshua Johnson said…

My bad I was just trying to give new members someone they can ask questions to because the site is super confusing at first for a while when your new. Ill stop doing it!

At 11:47pm on April 23, 2013, Manuel Zangenfeind said…

Dear Mr. Lefebvre,

I saw some videos from your heli in Loiter Mode and thought wow this heli is standing rigid in the air.

I'm using a TREX 700E and want to fly this heli with apm 2.5 version 2.91 autonomously.

Currently I want to adjust the PID parameter. The stabilize and the Altitude Hold Mode is working perfect, but I have some problems with the Loiter values.

So would it be possible to send me your PID values of the loiter mode? I think they have to be very similar.

Thanks.

Nice Greets from Austria

Manuel

At 2:56pm on July 8, 2013, Jonathan Weisburst said…

Hi Mr. Lefebvre, 

Thanks for getting back to me.  Do you have any suggestions in terms of renting or hiring aerial videography crews or drones?  

All the Best, 
Jon

At 11:06pm on June 3, 2014, Matt said…

Hi Rob,

Interested in making a Tandem out of 2x 800 sized helicopter. Just interested to discuss your thoughts.

At 7:34pm on July 12, 2014, Eric said…

Hi Rob, I saw your DroneCon talk on youtube (which was great, thanks!), and it looks like you got cut off towards the end there. By any chance is the full slide deck available somewhere? Or was there much more left? Thanks!

At 3:02am on August 1, 2014, Artem said…
Hi Rob, i know you had a lot to do with AC yaw control, could you confirm if motor values are used in the formula for the yaw servo control? In other words if running a motor in a wrong direction would affect the yaw control. If so is this something that appeared in the code since 3.1.3 or was it there before? Thank you!

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