Stephen Dade
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  • Canberra, ACT
  • Australia

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Stephen Dade replied to Peicong Liu's discussion Question about mavlink communication with APM and Arduino
"I'm not sure why that would be the case. Maybe try a ground station program (Mission Planner, APM Planner, MAVProxy, etc) to confirm that you can get the telemetry. Otherwise, it might be worth looking through the source code of the above…"
Jul 14
Stephen Dade replied to Peicong Liu's discussion Question about mavlink communication with APM and Arduino
"That wire connection should work. Did you connect ground between them too? This site, although for a different project, might give you some pointers:"
Jul 11
Stephen Dade replied to Paul Atherton's discussion How will RTL function travelling down a hill side?
"The 15m is referenced to the home location. Thus "0m" is where the copter was armed (assuming that you didn't change the home point afterwards). "
Jul 11
Stephen Dade replied to Peicong Liu's discussion Question about mavlink communication with APM and Arduino
"When it is powered, the telemetry port on the APM will automatically send out a MAVLink stream. You can definitely use the Arduino to read these messages."
Jul 9
Stephen Dade replied to Jesse A's discussion Just upgraded 3.1.2 to 3.2.1, Mavproxy no longer functioning correctly
"If you're just getting the "MAV>" printout (and nothing else), that indicates that MAVProxy isn't able to connect with the Pixhawk's telemetry stream. Are you sure you're using the correct port and baud rate? I…"
Jun 30
Stephen Dade replied to Austin Suhler's discussion Indoor Navigation/tethering for research project- Help Needed.
"At the moment, the APM has built-in support for using the previously-listed items for accurate height control. For horizontal position control using those items, you would need to develop the software yourself."
Jun 12
Stephen Dade replied to Antonio Gomes's discussion Building ArduPilot in Visual Studio w/ Visual Micro
"You've set up your environment as per ? I'm not aware of many people building it this way, most people are either using the Arduino…"
Jun 12
Stephen Dade replied to Austin Suhler's discussion Indoor Navigation/tethering for research project- Help Needed.
"First off, you're going to need a much more accurate positioning system for indoor flight. There's a few options here: optical flow, lidar, stereo cameras, sonar."
Jun 11
Stephen Dade replied to Richard Kennedy's discussion Mavlink upgrade possibilites
"Something like a 3DR radio + Raspberry Pi + speaker + MAVProxy would give you a quick and cheap solution to this. If you're wanting to scale it down further, perhaps a 3DR radio + small Arduino + text-to-speech chip would work. In terms of…"
Jun 11
Stephen Dade replied to Jaesung Park's discussion I don't know why Mission Planner didn't connect with MAVProxy. in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Try using a UDP link (instead of TCP) on Mission Planner instead. Can you ping to/from the virtual machine to confirm the networking is configured correctly?"
May 15
Stephen Dade replied to AmitMakani's discussion MavProxy cross compilation
"MAVProxy is written in in the Python language, so it can run on any platform that has a Python interpreter (so, anything that can run Windows, Linux or OSX). I've seen it running on a couple of different ARM-based boards (such as the…"
Mar 30
Stephen Dade replied to Brandon Clifford's discussion Cheap Sonar - Adding Support
"No limitation to using it. But you'll have to figure out the correct pins and calibration. More details at"
Dec 8, 2014
Stephen Dade replied to Jawad Nasser's discussion Loading ArduCopter Pixhawk custom firmware from Linux?
"If you're building from source, use "make px4-v2-upload" in the terminal. See for full details. "
Dec 8, 2014
Stephen Dade replied to John Maugeri's discussion CLI Giving Garbage with APM 2.6 with 3.2 firmware
"I believe the CLI has been removed from 3.2 in order to free up some flash memory for other (more important) features and bug fixes."
Dec 5, 2014
Stephen Dade replied to FlyHigh's discussion Copter tried to kill me, Grinding noise then stuck at full throttle.
"Could the propellers be loose and rubbing against the motor shaft?"
Dec 2, 2014
Stephen Dade commented on Stephen Dade's blog post My First (Working) Quadcopter
"Swift - I look forward to seeing the results!"
Nov 29, 2014

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About Me:
Communications Engineer by day, creating UAV's by night.

I also do MAVProxy development in my space time.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I'm part of the CanberraUAV team, who came first place in the 2012 Outback Challenge.

Stephen Dade's Blog

CanberraUAV's Future Plans

Posted on November 1, 2014 at 10:30pm 16 Comments

After our win at the 2014 UAV Outback Challenge and the many subsequent team discussions, CanberraUAV has developed a …


CanberraUAV UAV Outback Challenge Review

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 6:16am 5 Comments

Now that we’ve returned to Canberra and taken a well-earned break, we have spent some time reviewing our performance at the OBC. The following article is a review of what we did and didn’t do well as a group at the OBC.…


Outback Challenge 2014

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 6:00am 11 Comments

It's that time again!

With only 2 weeks until the UAV Outback Challenge (OBC) 2014, there is a record 20 teams from around the world ready to win the Challenge.

The OBC is a civilian UAV competition…


Quadcopter Workshop

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 1:30am 10 Comments

I recently ran a build-your-own-quadcopter workshop in Canberra (Australia), where 9 people learned how to construct, tune and fly quadcopters based on the Pixhawk flight controller.

This workshop is the second one I've run (1st workshop…


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