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Raspberry PI

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Schmidt Mar 31, 2013. 33 Replies

Are there any plans to build an autopilot based on Raspberry PI ? That would make sense IMHO. There are two major advantages: one could use 3G modems to control the plane and cheapo USB webcamsContinue


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johnkowalsky commented on Katrina Rosen's blog post Nice article in Gizmag reporting on Krossblade's SkyProwler
"I agree - tailsitters are a way to go for many application. Simply place the drone on the ground, let it take off vertically, transition to horizontal, perform mission, and automatically land vertically. No problems with landing take off"
Feb 21
johnkowalsky commented on John Githens's blog post Autonomous cars (unmanned ground vehicles) sooner than we think?
"This will become reality sooner than later. Most cost efficient for transportation companies - simple go from logistic centre A to logistic centre B/local wallmart. Truck drivers are going to lose their jobs and all other proffesions that…"
Feb 5
johnkowalsky commented on Greg Dronsky's blog post Drone capture thieves during tests for Polish Railways
"It's not a PR move - it's Poland, people steal shit all the time so you're likely to stumble upon thieves easily"
Feb 2
johnkowalsky commented on Little Smart Things's blog post Cumulus One goes to sea
Jan 15
johnkowalsky commented on William Davidson's blog post Market Survey/ What is needed?
"Long endurance VTOL capable tailsitter."
Dec 29, 2014
johnkowalsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter
"@ROB it took me a while to understand what you said about tailsitters. This isn't a tail sitter it's a classic quadrocopter with a slightly different frame. A tailsitter is a VTOL capable plane that takes off and lands vertically. Real…"
Dec 17, 2014
johnkowalsky commented on David Anders's blog post Woman snapped sunbaking by real estate drone
"ohh now I get it. She isn't very attractive"
Nov 22, 2014
johnkowalsky commented on dusl's blog post THE NEW CONCEPT UAV
"Ok but why not a tail sitter ? You are never going to get a long range performance of a plane in a quadrocopter. Mind you that even a tailsitter won't be as efficient as a typical plane but it's much better than a quad. The design has to…"
Nov 15, 2014
johnkowalsky commented on Tim's blog post CBS This Morning piece about NYPD working on ways to disable drones
"Jammers are damn simple to bypass anyway if you really want a DIY cruise missile. Just avoid RC equipment and telemetry at all. Just preprogram the mission and add a simple pcb that will fool the autopilot that the RC link is perfectly ok. GPS…"
Oct 31, 2014
johnkowalsky commented on Dez Socks's blog post WARNING :FTDI Drivers Are Killing Fake Chips(windows update)
"The best part of it is that you never know what you get from your supplier. The Pentagon reports that they regularly find counterfeit components in avionics, missile guidance, telecom equipment, basically whatever you can think of. Mind you guys…"
Oct 25, 2014
johnkowalsky commented on Dez Socks's blog post WARNING :FTDI Drivers Are Killing Fake Chips(windows update)
"In most jurisdiction rendering a device inoperable is a crime. I am waiting for stories of deaths caused by this (given proliferation of those chips it would be hardly surprising). Involuntary butts## in prison in 3... 2... 1..."
Oct 24, 2014
johnkowalsky commented on Ioan Ghip's blog post Some guy shot a quadcopter out of the sky..... with a shotgun
"Personally I can understate those who oppose drones. You don't normally see real full size piloted planes and helicopters fly/hover 3-10 feet above someone's property. If you saw a guy flying in your backyard 3 feet above the ground…"
Oct 4, 2014
johnkowalsky commented on Paul's blog post Bullding to Building long range delivery by train transport etc ???
"IDK it seems possible, but I think it would be better to develop perching technology first. In case you have no idea what I am talking about I am referring to an idea to let drones perch/hang on power lines and recharge using power from the power…"
Oct 2, 2014
johnkowalsky commented on Ben Dellar's blog post Simple set up for Turnigy 9XR (or similar) 6 position mode switching - No Hardware/Flashing Required
"Nice work. Obvious but useful for those who didn't figure it out themselves"
Sep 21, 2014
johnkowalsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones
"What gimbal did you use at 2:35 ? I see this could offer hours of fun for cats. Just place a tag on them and put a slightly offset laser pointer on the camera."
Aug 30, 2014
johnkowalsky commented on Dan Murray's blog post Project Wing: Google Reveals It Has Been Working on Drones for Two Years
"What is so impressive ? Tailsitter vtols are bound to be more efficient than quads"
Aug 28, 2014

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