Ronald Pandolfi
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  • Great Falls, VA
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Ronald Pandolfi replied to matt wollam's discussion Long Endurance
"On your budget the best option would be to purchase a well designed composite powered glider from the former East Block. Look closely at the Supra and related air frames http://www.kennedycomposites.com/suprapro.htm Up can purchase fiberglass…"
Feb 22
Ronald Pandolfi replied to matt wollam's discussion Long Endurance
"You would be better off using hydrogen as PEM fuel rather than lifting gas.  Ion Tiger by NRL has more than enough endurance for your application. "
Feb 21
Ronald Pandolfi replied to matt wollam's discussion Long Endurance
"Hi Matt, There are some great aerostructures you could purchase.  Look for composite gliders that follow design criteria of Mark Drella (MIT Professor). You can integrate Alta Devices solar cells with a maximum power point tracker to achieve…"
Feb 21
Sebastian S. commented on Ronald Pandolfi's blog post Installing APM Planner 2.0 on Ubuntu 14.04LTS
"Hello Ronald, Nice. But now please do the same for Mission Planner. APM Planner right now isn't reliable enough... Sebastian"
Nov 28, 2014
Ronald Pandolfi posted a blog post

Installing APM Planner 2.0 on Ubuntu 14.04LTS

DaVinci ChallengeAs 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 drivers on Windows 8. For those participants with a MAC, guidance is to install APM Planner…See More
Nov 27, 2014
Ronald Pandolfi posted a status
"APM Planner 2.0 Ubuntu 14.04LTS easy install shell script https://github.com/rspandolfi/DaVinciChallenge/releases/tag/v2.0.1"
Nov 27, 2014
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Rajan Sachdeva's discussion 3D printer suitable for drone in the group 3D Printing Drone Parts
"Most any printer should work for a quadcopter, provided the build volume is large enough.  ABS and PLA are both good materials for simple quadcopters.  For larger quadcopters, use carbon tubes to connect the body with motor mounts."
Nov 18, 2014
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Michael Levesque's discussion Possible Composite X8 in the group X8
"Great List of suggested upgrades!  Although I too like and continue to enjoy the X8, it is not perfect nor is it well suited for composites.  At Kashmir World Foundation we have created a much improved blended wing body aircraft that…"
Oct 28, 2014
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Eric Kubicka's discussion Question - Who are the major 3D firms used in for UAS/UAV parts? in the group 3D Printing Drone Parts
"Hi Eli, Sounds like we have a similar design "trick."  To make "tough" aircraft, we place FDM printed sacrificial sections behind nylon SLS surfaces at "impact zones."  A 1.5mm thick SLS nylon surface will…"
Aug 3, 2014
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Eric Kubicka's discussion Question - Who are the major 3D firms used in for UAS/UAV parts? in the group 3D Printing Drone Parts
"Hi Eli, Congratulations for having achieved many flights on an FDM airframe. You must be a great pilot! At Kashmir-Robotics we build planes to survive "hard" landings. FDM tends to crush, often dramatically, on hard landings yielding small…"
Aug 3, 2014
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Eric Kubicka's discussion Question - Who are the major 3D firms used in for UAS/UAV parts? in the group 3D Printing Drone Parts
"Hi Eric, Most any 3D printer, process, or vendor will provide adequate quality for small fixtures or other simple parts. If you want to build your own 3D printer, I suggest you purchase a kit on eBay.  If you want to purchase a small 3D…"
Aug 3, 2014
Ronald Pandolfi commented on Christiaan van Vollenstee's group wcUAVc
"wcUAVc webinar hosted by Drone Deployed 7/17 @ 2pm EST Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5904586708158613762"
Jul 16, 2014
Ronald Pandolfi posted a status
"wcUAVc webinar hosted by Drone Deploy: Register Here:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5904586708158613762"
Jul 16, 2014
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Brian S's discussion X8 parts needed in the group X8
"Best option may be able to print two new winglets.  Aerodynamic forces are so low on the winglets, that you can print them out of cheap ABS or PLA using the lowest density setting.  You can thin them up compared with the original foam…"
Jun 7, 2014
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Barrett Ames's discussion OpenVSP
"OpenVSP is a good tool for quick evaluation of a new aircraft concept. A new version is available for beta testing that has enhanced features. "
Mar 31, 2014
Ronald Pandolfi posted a blog post

Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge

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 Robotics and sponsor of the Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge. Its goal is to develop UAVs…See More
Dec 18, 2013

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About Me:
Director of Technology Assisted Counter Poaching Network, a division of Al-Kareem 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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