Stephen Dade
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Stephen Dade replied to Tony Samaritano's discussion Does arducopter use MAG or MAG2 when flying with external GPS/compass module?
"At this point in time, the internal magnetometer is just logged and not used in the flight controls. I believe there are future plans to have the APM switch to the internal magnetometer if the external one fails (i.e have it as a backup sensor). Yaw…"
15 hours ago
Stephen Dade replied to Damo's discussion APM Failsafe in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Using the throttle channel for the RC failsafe is hard-coded into the APM software. You would have to edit and recompile the software to change the channel."
20 hours ago
Stephen Dade replied to VASILIS ANALYTIS's discussion switching from ALT mode to Stabilise problem
"Alt_hold and Stab modes use the throttle in different ways, hence the "jump" when switching modes. Alt_hold uses the throttle to stay at the current altitude (40-60% throttle) and ascend/descend at 2.5m/s outside of this band. Whereas…"
20 hours ago
Stephen Dade commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Quadcopter Workshop
"Richard - I'm running the workshops as a hobby for now, so I'm only charging for parts. I advertised the workshop through my local hackerspace/makerspace."
Feb 11

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Richard Boyhan commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Quadcopter Workshop
"Nice work!  Do you charge for the workshop?  I tried to put together a workshop here in South Florida, but got no takers.  I used your manual and notes and they were very helpful, thanks a bunch.  I think my advertising needs to…"
Feb 10
Stephen Dade commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Quadcopter Workshop
"Owen: Either will work, as they both run the APM code."
Feb 8
Owen Niese commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Quadcopter Workshop
"Can Ardupilot 2.6 be used instead of Pixhawk? It would money saving and Ardupilot seems like a pretty good autopilot program.  "
Feb 7
Stephen Dade commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Quadcopter Workshop
"Sam: I got people to register/pre-pay for the workshop and then bought all the parts in bulk. Managed to get some decent discounts too :)"
Feb 7
Thomas Robinson commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Quadcopter Workshop
"This is excellent work! I know how long it can take to write documents like these! Great build manual!"
Feb 7
Sam Ley commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Quadcopter Workshop
"Sounds like a great workshop! Your workshop documentation all by itself makes for a pretty great tutorial on all the major aspects of building one of these quads. How did you manage the workshop costs and parts? Did you provide parts, or expect the…"
Feb 7
John Githens commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Quadcopter Workshop
"I think this sets a standard for quality documentation. Phenomenal work. I really appreciate the attention to clarifying terminology like "APM", and how the options for ground control station software are described. I added a link to this…"
Feb 7
mP1 commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Quadcopter Workshop
"Why is everyone using only green props and not green and gold! "
Feb 7
Stephen Dade posted a blog post

Quadcopter Workshop

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…See More
Feb 7
Stephen Dade replied to Niko's discussion Set propellers speed on APM from Arduino's UART without RC
"The APM uses the MAVLink protocol for it's communications. If you download the APM source code and import the MAVLink files into Arduino, you should be able to send messages. In terms of setting the propeller speed - the APM can only send the…"
Jan 22
Stephen Dade replied to northstar's discussion Time based UAV Aerial Photography.
"The APM doesn't currently have a "timed" function. It will start the following waypoints when switched to AUTO mode. I suppose you make a program on a ground station to send the command at a particular time."
Jan 19
Stephen Dade replied to John Reed's discussion Tuning APM 2.5 with 3DR Radio Telemetry
"Any of the calibration steps can be done via the radio link. The firmware update needs to done via USB."
Jan 15

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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.
Hometown:
Canberra

Stephen Dade's Blog

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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MAVProxy Workshop and Documentation

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 4:01am 8 Comments

In Canberra (Australia) we recently ran a "How to use MAVProxy" workshop at the MHV workspace. We had a dozen or so people turn up and we spent the afternoon going through the software and it's numerous modules.…

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2012 Outback Challenge Documentary

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 1:00am 11 Comments

A documentary called "Robots in Flight", following the events of the 2012 UAV Outback Challenge has now been released to Youtube:

A number of teams (such as CompassUAV, TGIF and the 1st placed CanberraUAV) used the APM as the flight controller in their airframes.

2014 UAV Challenge Outback Rules Released

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 7:30pm 11 Comments

The rules and dates of the 2014 UAV Outback Challenge have been released - http://www.uavoutbackchallenge.com.au/index.cfm?contentID=49

The aim of this challenge is to design/build/operate a UAV beyond line-of-sight to search and 2.5km area for a missing hiker and drop a bottle of water to them within…

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