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Thomas J Coyle III replied to Thomas J Coyle III's discussion VBox R/C Boat for Autonomous Offshore Competition in the group ArduBoat User Group
"Hi Gary, Thanks for the kudos, much appreciated. Unfortunately the trim tabs are only manually adjustable:-( The prop has around a 4 in pitch and is designed for semi-surface running as the prop shaft transom support (stinger) is adjustable in the…"
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Acorn commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Hybrid Power Could Help Drone Delivery Take Off
"Gary, Could the + or - 10 to 20% be leveled off with say a solar charged supercapacitor, thereby extending the capacity of the main power supply (lipo batt)?"
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Gary McCray replied to Thomas J Coyle III's discussion VBox R/C Boat for Autonomous Offshore Competition in the group ArduBoat User Group
"That's a beautiful boat Tom, I used to race outboard single engine runabout class in a Switzercraft semi-hydro in the Intracostal Marathons and off shore. I can tell by your design it is seriously designed for max speed and rides with very…"
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Thomas J Coyle III replied to David Boulanger's discussion Arduboat built from scratch is almost ready to go. in the group ArduBoat User Group
"Hi Rusty, How are the T100 Thrusters with the built-in ESC coming? It will be April in two more days and I thought that you expected to deliver in March? Regards, Tom C AVD"
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Thomas J Coyle III replied to David Boulanger's discussion Arduboat built from scratch is almost ready to go. in the group ArduBoat User Group
"@David, Sounds like it might be worthwhile attempting to balance the thruster propeller using a model plane propeller balancer fixture. I know that it is recommended to balance the brass prop on my VBox R/C autonomous racing boat. Regards, Tom C AVD"
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Thomas J Coyle III replied to Darrell Logan's discussion Mission Planner's Terminal tab just outputs garbled random characters in perpetuity. PICS
"@Darrell, The CLI has been removed from v3.2.1 to conserve memory space. You can get the tlogs and data flash logs using MP Link Regards, TCIII AVD"
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Thomas J Coyle III commented on moglos's blog post Be careful with LiPos
"@Jonathan, Yes, metal ammo boxes are the best, but it is getting harder to find metal ones as they seem to be making them out of ABS plastic now. Regards, TCIII AVD"
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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.
Hometown:
Los Angeles CA

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DIY Drones at 65,000 members!

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 6:00am 9 Comments

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 65,000!!!!

There were approximately 1.5 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 50,000 page views a day on average). It…

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Hybrid Power Could Help Drone Delivery Take Off

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 11:30am 30 Comments

A prototype hybrid quadcopter can fly several times farther than conventional battery-powered ones.

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Self driving car set for cross country trip

Posted on March 14, 2015 at 4:14pm 1 Comment

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"Look ma', no hands!"

Auto parts maker Delphi has announced a plan for a team of engineers to make a trip from the Golden Gate Bridge to midtown Manhattan in a car that automatically drives itself.

The car,…

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Drones Could Help Monitor Methane from Fracking

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 12:20pm 4 Comments

March 6, 2015

Inside a former bowling alley in Pittsburgh, the future of environmental protection could be taking flight. It’s 3.5 pounds of technology and it’s whipping around a vacant floor above a robotics lab.

“We can fly up to 40 miles an hour,” says…

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Drone Maker 3D Robotics Raises $50 Million In Latest Round

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Less than two weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled its proposed regulations for commercial drones, one California-based drone company sealed its latest…

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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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