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Tom McKinnon commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Long Range Telemetry Testing
"@Tridge.  Does your cautionary comment about powering the RFD900 apply to the Pixhawk as well as the APM2.x?  My understanding is that the power supply for the Pixhawk would automatically roll over to the output rail if the power brick…"
Apr 12
Peter commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Over-glacier UAV flights in New Zealand to create digital elevation models
"@Tom. Yes, the gimbal game is quite interesting. My experience with photogrammetry is that "subduing" roll in fixed-wings is important. Modern software can compensate for a lot, but I believe one will achieve more consistent accuracy if…"
Mar 28
Tom McKinnon commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Over-glacier UAV flights in New Zealand to create digital elevation models
"@Michal Rus.  The details of our Sky Hunter build are listed here: http://agribotix.com/blog/2014/3/28/sky-hunter-components "
Mar 28
Tom McKinnon commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Over-glacier UAV flights in New Zealand to create digital elevation models
"@Michal Rus.  We reviewed the flight logs and determined that the crash of our Sky Hunter was due to a motor failure, not a downdraft that we first thought.  Although it was extremely turbulent near the crash site.  I'll be…"
Mar 22
Tom McKinnon commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Over-glacier UAV flights in New Zealand to create digital elevation models
"@Peter.  No, our camera was not on a gimbal.  Besides not wanting to carry the extra weight it's not clear that a gimbal would improve the ultimate image mosaicking and orthorectification.  I'm not all that familiar with the…"
Mar 22
Michal Rus commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Over-glacier UAV flights in New Zealand to create digital elevation models
""As we tried to steer away from the cliff and give the drone full throttle in an attempt to gain elevation, the drone instead started spiraling down towards the surface. Too soon, it became clear that we had crashed into the ground. " This…"
Mar 21
Peter commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Over-glacier UAV flights in New Zealand to create digital elevation models
"Awesome! My Skyhunter is sitting built on my table and getting ready for some similar mapping projects in the Yukon. Just waiting for better Spring conditions to get going.  Did you use a gimbal system? I'm currently have a 2-axis servo…"
Mar 21
Tom McKinnon commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Over-glacier UAV flights in New Zealand to create digital elevation models
"Thanks for the feedback. Hugues, we'd be happy to share our mission scripts and flight maps -- we'll put them up on our website and send you a message when they're there. And Gary, thanks for the heads up about the wiki page! We sadly…"
Mar 21

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Morli commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Over-glacier UAV flights in New Zealand to create digital elevation models
"Nice project"
Mar 20

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Gary Mortimer commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Over-glacier UAV flights in New Zealand to create digital elevation models
"Great post, Randy has just started the mapping wiki page with the help of the last T3 round crew  http://planner.ardupilot.com/wiki/common-3d-mapping/"
Mar 20
Tim Green commented on Tom McKinnon's blog post Over-glacier UAV flights in New Zealand to create digital elevation models
"Neat. Glad your first day went well."
Mar 20
Tom McKinnon posted a blog post

Over-glacier UAV flights in New Zealand to create digital elevation models

The Agribotix team is in New Zealand, flying our UAVs over Tasman Glacier to help researchers at Victoria University of Wellington make a digital elevation model of the glacier. Today, we flew the twin boom Sky Hunter over 100km in transects across the glacier. We've mounted a downward facing camera in the fuselage, which takes photos every 3 seconds. Using these photos, and programs such as Agisoft…See More
Mar 20
Tom McKinnon replied to Vince Hogg's discussion Power options for pixhawk
"Is there any problem with cutting the +5V lines coming out of the PM and instead powering the Pixhawk with a stand-alone BEC?  Then the servo rail could be powered with the built-in BEC the ESC.  That way we wouldn't be constrained by…"
Feb 17
Tom McKinnon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Good analysis of FAA drone rules by GigaOm
"I think the attorneys who told GigaOm that the FAA "has no authority below 700 feet" were off the mark.  The 2012 FMRA Section 336(a)(2) states the FAA has no authority to "promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model…"
Dec 9, 2013
Tom McKinnon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA officially permits drone use by farmers
"The lack of attribution of this supposed quote from the FAA is really weird.  What has happened to professionalism in journalism? Another problem, is that the quote states that "personal use" is OK.  However, the 2012 FAA…"
Dec 4, 2013

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Founder, Agribotix LLC
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Agriculture, Wildlife conservation.
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Boulder

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Over-glacier UAV flights in New Zealand to create digital elevation models

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 12:00am 11 Comments

The Agribotix team is in New Zealand, flying our UAVs over Tasman Glacier to help researchers at Victoria University of Wellington make a digital elevation model of the glacier. Today, we flew the twin boom Sky Hunter over 100km in transects across the glacier. We've mounted a downward facing camera in the fuselage, which takes photos every 3 seconds. Using these photos, and…

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