Ronald Pandolfi
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  • Great Falls, VA
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Ronald Pandolfi commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post How to setup a Mission Planner HD-Video HUD using GStreamer and Mission Planner plugins
"Hi Patrick, Not sure I can answer your question with confidence. We have a weekly drone coders. This week some kids presented a method largely described on Instructibles. Because so many of us have struggled with gstreamer, we were excited about…"
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Ronald Pandolfi commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post How to setup a Mission Planner HD-Video HUD using GStreamer and Mission Planner plugins
"Help with integrating Raspberry Pi and the UV4L driver into mission planner would be much appreciated. It is much easier to setup than gstreamer and seems to have less latency."
Apr 28
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"Start with just the telemetry radio. Plug the dupont connector into the Mini APM Pro telemetry port. A green light should stay on when it connects to the ground radio, and a red light should start blinking when it connects to the flight controller.…"
Apr 24
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
" The APM Mini Pro is similar to an APM 2.6. You connect the sik radio to the telemetry port and multiplex into the OSD.  "
Apr 24
Ronald Pandolfi commented on Andreas M. Antonopoulos's group Telemetry over cellular IP
"One of the time consuming tasks when integrating a Raspberry Pi or other SBC into a drone is making the power cable. Kashmir World Foundation has some great micro USB to DuPont power cables. You can get one by e-mail: info@kashmirworldfoundation.org"
Apr 4
Ronald Pandolfi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk/APM compatible Wifi radio
"This is getting so common that we often run into people on the same with these device. All are on the same default password. Is there a way to change the password?"
Mar 24
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"We have used hundreds of PixMini Flight Controllers without any problem with the PPM encoder. It can happen, and you would then have to reinstall the PPM encoder firmware. Try unplugging everything from the PixMini other than the RC radio. Connect…"
Feb 13
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"No jumper or setting change is required for the PixMini. It only accepts PPM! Not sure what you were were implying by "the red led flashes then goes out." On most receivers, the light will stay on if the receiver is bound to the…"
Feb 13
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"Connecting a PPM receiver to a PixMini is very easy. The only tricky part is you need to convert from a three wire DuPont to a four wire DuPont connector. An easy way to accomplish this is to take a standard 3 wire DuPont male to male cable, remove…"
Feb 13
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
Jan 26
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"I can think of no disadvantages of the Mini APM Pro as compared with the APM 2.6. The relevant comparison is with the APM 2.8, a much improved flight controller as compared with the APM 2.6. The Mini APM Pro is much like the APM 2.8, but in a better…"
Jan 25
Ronald Pandolfi commented on Scott James's photo
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"If you have this in CAD, I would like to print one."
Jan 23
Ronald Pandolfi posted a status
"Can someone please explain what happens when a connection request via 3dr radio initiates and why it fails ~10% of the time?"
Jan 23
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"Great! The Mini APM Pro is a big upgrade from the APM 2.8. It also provides a simple path for upgrading to the PixMini. One thing to watch for is the PPM encoder. The Mini APM Pro ships with an old encoder. You should update the firmware on the…"
Jan 18
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"If you have solid light on your RFD900, you Ground and 5V connections are correct. You may have your RX and TX reversed. Take a close look at the red light when you attempt to connect to your Mini APM Pro. If the flashing becomes rapid, then you…"
Jan 18
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"Depending on where you purchased your Mini APM Pro, the pins on the dupont connector might not be correct. Check the pins coming from the radio to the dupont connector. If you made the cable yourself, check that you did not reverse the RX and TX.…"
Jan 18

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About Me:
Director of Technology Assisted Counter Poaching Network, a division of Kashmir World Foundation.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Interested in using UAVs for protecting endangered species.
Hometown:
Great Falls, VA

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Installing APM Planner 2.0 on Ubuntu 14.04LTS

Posted on November 27, 2014 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

DaVinci Challenge

As instructional materials designer for the DaVinci Challenge, I need to provide clear and concise guidance on all aspects of building and operating drones including preparing ground control systems. With Microsoft as a sponsor of the DaVinci Challenge, I usually start by encouraging installing Mission Planner or APM Planner 2.0 on Windows, despite the difficult of installing unsigned…

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Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

The Wells Fargo Bank of Great Falls honored Princess Aliyah with a Community Partner Grant for her efforts in bringing the world together in a Challenge to save rhinos from extinction. Princess Aliyah is CEO of Kashmir…
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