Stephen Dade
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Stephen Dade commented on UASys's blog post The issues with current multirotors and how we want to fix them
"Joly - we're based in Canberra, Australia"
Wednesday
Svein Alexander Frotjold commented on Stephen Dade's blog post MAVProxy - Now Windows Compatible
"I'm having some problems getting the modules to work in windows. im also making a mode detailed guide for it to put on the dev wiki. I have it working in ubuntu This is what i have done so far: Download Python 2.7…"
Jun 12
Stephen Dade replied to Steve's discussion Fly away whilst in stabilize mode !!please help
"By the looks of it, the issues started when the Throttle Failsafe activated. This would have been due to loosing RC link. I'd check your Tx and Rx for range and interference."
Jun 8
Stephen Dade commented on Ben Dellar's blog post Step by step guide to Mavproxy on Windows 7 - Live forward your UAV data over network and the internet!
"Ben: At this point, the current source shows that all "--out" connections are readonly (see mavproxy.py, lines 1171-1177). This is a recent change, so I'm not sure when it will be uploaded to pypi. There's no way to make it on a…"
May 19
Stephen Dade replied to Andy's discussion AutoTune with new motors -> 2 crashes!
"I had a quick look at your logs and couldn't find anything obviously wrong. Given that your previous 980kV motors worked fine before, I suspect it might be some sort of incompatibility with the new motors."
Apr 28
Stephen Dade replied to Andy's discussion AutoTune with new motors -> 2 crashes!
"What do you mean by "Pitch was no problem but then in the roll procedure it acted the same way as before. However the pixhawk was able to catch it this time." ? Did the copter take a fall and the pixhawk recovered it before it hit the…"
Apr 28
Stephen Dade replied to Helmut Janssen's discussion Pixhawk with 3RD Radio in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Do you have the same NET_ID on both radios? Otherwise you may need to upgrade the firmware version on the older radio to match the new radio."
Apr 27
Stephen Dade replied to Andy's discussion AutoTune with new motors -> 2 crashes!
"It could very well be the different motors - the APM would have a different response (in terms of stabilising the multicopter) depending on the performance of the motors. One way to check would be to go back to your 980kv motors and see if you still…"
Apr 26
Stephen Dade replied to Andy's discussion AutoTune with new motors -> 2 crashes!
"I had the same issue. Turned out to me this: http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/pixhawk-causing-motor-sync-issues Ended up upgrading the firmware on my ESC's to the latest version of SimonK and I haven't had the issue since then."
Apr 26
Stephen Dade replied to Roger Clark's discussion Help using Mavlink data to control LEDs
"The APM can drive (low-power) LED's directly: http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/nav-leds/ Otherwise, if you want to use an Arduino to listen to the MAVLink output, it would be easiest to take download the APM source code…"
Apr 24
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…"
Apr 23
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."
Apr 23
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…"
Apr 23
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

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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

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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 4 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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