Ronald Pandolfi
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  • Great Falls, VA
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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…"
8 hours ago
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?"
10 hours ago
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…"
yesterday
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
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
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Sep 12
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Tony Kenward's discussion new APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
"Hi Nischal, We recommend the FS-i6s with FS-iA6B receiver, (http://www.banggood.com/Flysky-FS-i6S-2_4G-6CH-AFHDS-Transmitter-With-FS-iA6B-Receiver-p-1024018.html) but you should have no trouble connecting the output from your receiver (whatever was…"
May 20
Ronald Pandolfi commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post How to setup a Mission Planner HD-Video HUD using GStreamer and Mission Planner plugins
"All working fine now! Key was to check the version of gstreamer included with NOOBS. I also discovered some nice image files at: http://firmware.ardupilot.org/Companion/ "
May 15
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, I made several SD images of Raspbian using the current NOOBS and will pass them out to the kids in our Drone Coders Workshop tomorrow. If you get a chance to try on a clean install, please let me know what steps you use and how you…"
May 14
Ronald Pandolfi commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post How to setup a Mission Planner HD-Video HUD using GStreamer and Mission Planner plugins
"If that does not work, try uploading to here: https://github.com/KashmirWorldFoundation/Public.git"
May 11

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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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