Ronald Pandolfi
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  • Great Falls, VA
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Ronald Pandolfi replied to Andreas Bruun Okholm's discussion 3DR Telemetry - always Bootloader
"I resolved the problem. The radios have an error in the PCB causing CTS to pull low on boot from the 4-pin picoblade connector.. If you pull the plastic housing off and pry off the metal can, you can access the UART chip. Identify the CTS and cut…"
Jan 12
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Andreas Bruun Okholm's discussion 3DR Telemetry - always Bootloader
"Thanks for the update. I will take one apart and look at the 4 pins. "
Jan 10
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Andreas Bruun Okholm's discussion 3DR Telemetry - always Bootloader
"Hi Andreas. From the photo it looks like you have a Pixracer set from Thanksbuyer. The set comes with a pair of telemetry radios with 4-pin connectors. The radios seem to work when connected via USB, but they go into bootloader mode (solid red) when…"
Jan 10
Ronald Pandolfi posted a status
"Has the Mission Planner GPS-based antenna tracker been removed from the current version of Mission Planner?"
Oct 4, 2016
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Hushel Roberts's discussion ESP8266 For Telemetry in the group Telemetry over cellular IP
"We size the ground antenna to achieve very low packet loss at 5 km range. You could achieve a range up to 10 km with appropriate antenna and line of sight. We selected 5 km as a reasonable compromise, because our primary communications is via a 5GHz…"
Sep 30, 2016
Ronald Pandolfi posted a status
"It seems the current version of Mission Planner no longer supports gps-based tracker. Does anyone know a work around?"
Sep 30, 2016
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Hushel Roberts's discussion ESP8266 For Telemetry in the group Telemetry over cellular IP
"The 8266 module is an excellent choice for telemetry. Get a version that includes an SMA connector for external antenna, switch for loading firmware, button for rebooting, and 5V to 3.3V DC down conversion.  UDP seems to be a better option for…"
Sep 29, 2016
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"If you have good ESCs, you can plug in a USB linker and update firmware and calibrate. If not, you can calibrate via Mission Planner. If the problem persists, clean the bullet connectors with hot water and soap. They sometimes have an insulating…"
Sep 13, 2016
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
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Sep 12, 2016
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"Quick answer to your question is to use the external compass as primary. Be sure to check that mission planner compass heading matches true magnetic heading for several orientations. Also performance depends on which version Pixhawk you now have.…"
Sep 12, 2016
Ronald Pandolfi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk/APM compatible Wifi radio
"Is a version available with SMA connector for link to external antenna on tracker?"
Jun 6, 2016
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"The APM series (2.5, 2.6, 2.7, & 2.8) all use the 8bit processor. They were made in several form factors with a variety of cable connects. All will work with Mission Planner, APM Planner, Tower, and other open source Ground Control Systems that…"
May 22, 2016
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"If I were going to purchase an APM, I would select a Mini APM Pro or APM 2.8. I prefer the Mini APM Pro because all the connectors are standard DuPont. "
May 22, 2016
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"The Mini APM Pro is still a great bargain. You can get one from www.thanksbuyer.com or several vendors on aliexpress. If you want to step up to a 32bit processor as suggested by Cala, try the Mini Pixhawk, also available from most of these same…"
May 22, 2016
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"Hi Nischal, You might want to sign up for the DaVinci Challenge Build a Drone Workshop with Kashmir World Foundation. There are many things you are going to need to learn. For now, look in the box that came with your Mini APM Pro. You should find…"
May 20, 2016
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"Something seems to be wrong. You have a six channel receiver, but you have more than six channels connected. You even seem to have auxiliary channels connected. In the photo I sent the channels are clearly labeled (C1, C2, C3, etc.) There are also…"
May 20, 2016

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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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