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Víctor Mayoral commented on Thomas J Coyle III's group Pixhawk Fire Cape User Group
"Thanks for this group Tom! My team and I will be happy supporting any questions related to the PXF. We generally have been taking them at our forum but will monitor this group from now on as well. Kind regards,"
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Thomas J Coyle III commented on Thomas J Coyle III's group ArduRover User Group
"Hi All, For all of you who are chomping at the bit to move up to the next big thing in navigation controllers, I have started a Pixhawk Fire Cape User Group This group will be working with the 4gb Beagle Bone Black (BBB) and the Pixhawk Fire…"
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Thomas J Coyle III commented on Thomas J Coyle III's group Pixhawk Fire Cape User Group
"Hi Gary, Thanks for chiming in. Yes I have a Pixhawk Fire Cape and an element14 4gb BBB. Linus and I almost have a successful ArduRover compile, but we had no joy when trying to install the following gcc Regards, Tom C AVD"
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Gary McCray commented on Thomas J Coyle III's group Pixhawk Fire Cape User Group
"Comment by Gary McCray just nowDelete Comment Great idea to start a group for the Fire cape Tom! Might be a good idea to PM Victor Mayoral about it if you haven't already. Did you get a cape yet? Best Regards, Gary "
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This user group has been created to support the integration of the Pixhawk Fire Cape and the Beagle Bone Black 4gb Development Platform with software support.See More
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jon c replied to Thomas J Coyle III's discussion How to Install Dual Sonars on a Pixhawk in the group ArduRover User Group
"True, the beam with the optics installed is 1.5 degrees, not too useful without scanning.  But without the optics the beam is 6 degrees, though the range drops to 5 meters.  Not great if you are at 5m/s+, but possibly still useful at low…"
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Thomas J Coyle III replied to Martin Poller's discussion Wing reinforcement & servos in the group X8
"Hi Martin, Here is a Link to the black version of the X8 though they do not show the carbon fiber strip in the wing which I think this version does not have, but the other changes are in the pictures. I will take a picture of wing of my version…"
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Thomas J Coyle III replied to Martin Poller's discussion Wing reinforcement & servos in the group X8
"@Martin, I know this is a very old thread, but incase someone is wondering: The 2015 configuration X8 now comes with carbon strip wing reinforcements and heavy duty plastic wing shoulders instead of the plywood. Most X8 builders on RCGroups…"
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About Me:
Retired Systems Engineer who has robotics as one of his hobbies.
Presently have 4 and 6 wheel rovers and other assorted robots.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I presently have four EZ*s, two Twinstar IIs, a Maja, and three quadrarotors of various sizes. I have two of the EZ*s equipped with ArduPilots and one of the Twinstar IIs equipped with an APM/IMU Mega. I have an APM/IMU Mega on one of my quadrarotors. The Maja is equipped with a APM/IMU. Needless to say, I am definitely into UAVs.
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Los Angeles CA

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At 10:15am on December 24, 2009, CDRJulie said…
Mr. Coyle,
My comment was not to diss the Army. I spent the most interesting year of my Naval career as an intelligence lead with them. Didn't mean to offend you or any other Army folks. I would have done another tour there had there been the chance.

Happy holidays to you.
Julie
At 12:54pm on December 24, 2009, CDRJulie said…
Mr. Coyle,
It looks like you and I have a lot in common. I too am a systems engineer, 25+ years working in companies that supported DoD...now I work at a small company that supports NASA.
I stumbled upon DIY Drones without spending a great deal of time investigating the 'Dos and Don'ts' of what the site is all about. Is this a hobbyist forum for folks who are or were RC builder/flyers or is this site focusing on trying to develop the UAV industry in areas that the General Atomics, Boeing's and DRS's of the world don't compete in?

I have been a UAV fanatic for almost 2 decades now. I worked "trying" to integrate the early Predator [back when it was still an ACTD] into the Navy with no luck and was very fortunate while in Iraq to be able to have 'control' of most of the Preds in country. I came back hoping to start a UAV company that provided full up ops to a customer - vehicle(s), control stations, operators, etc. to find that it was impossible to get bankers to understand what I wanted to do in order to get funding. I gave up and bought a kit car company instead. Now, I find DIY-D and have my interests rekindled.

I find your comments in re: ESD to be on the mark. Way back when, when Bombardier was working on what everyone called 'the Peanut', they had all sorts of issues with control. Turns out that they had ESD gremlins. Once figured out, their system worked quite well. I hope folks heed your warning.
Julie
At 8:42pm on December 28, 2009,
3D Robotics
Jordi Muñoz
said…
Not yet, is full of dust, i will use it for ardupilot mega, so it will remain in the shadows until then... ;-)
At 8:42pm on December 28, 2009, Andy Geppert said…
Howdy Thomas. I have have done a bit more troubleshooting and narrowed it down to the transmitter board. There are clearly three black vertcal bands through the video. The easiest way to see them is to connect the camera ground wire, but not the signal wire. I have found that I need a good video display on the receiver that can lock on to the signal to see the bands. If I don't get a good lock, then it looks a bit like static (but it's not - it's a noticeable pattern). I need to take the transmitter apart and review the construction very carefully. One of the fellows at DPCAV has been helpful in guiding my troubleshooting. So, I still need to make progress on that front. Right now I've diverted to a CNC mill retrofit project since I've got a chunk of time off to try and get that running. I will certainly get back to the video transmitter though, I'm just shuffling priorities since winter has set in. And I'll be curious to hear how yours works.

Andy
At 3:45am on January 30, 2010, Bart said…
Well Tom, at first i was a bit dissapointed to read that you don't own the avatar-plane, but finding out more about the MAJA, my dissapointment changed to a very happy state. This kind of plane is exactly the sort of plane i was looking for. I want to start a payed hobby in aerial photography. Vertical photo's for GIS. I will first buy a easystar to get familiar with real flying (instead of game-based) and then upgrade to a more full-load plane, like the MAJA. Do you know if it flies similar to the easystar?
Grtz Bart
At 8:38am on January 30, 2010,
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Thomas J Coyle III
said…
Bart,

The Maja is definitely not for beginners so it is wise that you start with the EZ* like I did. The Maja is capable of heavy lifting with the right motor and battery selection and can stay in the air close to an hour at ~25% throttle. You might also want to consider the Multiplex Twin Star II which is a twin engine model capable of heavy lifting too.
Check these websites and build logs out:

www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1118600&highlight=maja

www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1095996&page=5

www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1030786&highlight=twinstar

Regards,
TCIII
At 4:27pm on February 16, 2010, Roy Brewer said…
Yes, I post on Aeroquad forum and RCGroups as RoyLB

- Roy
At 8:12pm on August 31, 2010,
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AKRCGUY
said…
Thanks, did you read my question regarding the Borjet Maja? I'm interested in the airframe and I believe you commented on it somewhere along with using the landing gear that they sell. Any pictures or info you could share?

Thanks,


Adam A.
At 3:04pm on April 9, 2012, Richard said…
Hi Thomas, noticed on another thread that you requested the PID values for the ursus that you were building, did you eve get them? Ankther uk based member is sending me his ursus pid settings and wondered if I could compare them with yours?

How did you get on with tho aircraft,
About half way through my build,

Waiting for my APM 2 to arrive!
Rich
At 4:04pm on July 30, 2012, Stuart Hungerford said…

Thanks Thomas!

Stu

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