Tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I really like the way that UAVs are becoming something that the average person can get into. I think the community has gone long way very fast, and it will only become more important. I hope someday to have a chance to be involved in the development of commercial UAVs. I am currently a senior high school student in a two year program at Lake Washington Technical College, in the electronics technician program. I then wish to attend the University of Washington and get a four year degree in electronics engineering. I also have an interest in aerospace engineering, but I feel that I can do more with electronics engineering.
I think we might be mutually beneficial. My neighbor is a software guy at Microsoft and I am an avionics engineer. Combined we have the programming and engineering background, but we are lacking in the flying experience department. We have an airplane, but we haven't taken it out flying because we would like someone experienced to help us learn to fly it. (That and the weather wasn't very good this winter.) Care to swap expertise?
We are working on our own autopilot because we would ultimately like to have something that is capable of aerobatics. Auto takeoff and landing would be nice as well. We are starting by creating a tightly-coupled GPS/INS sensor that will provide highly-accurate position, velocity, and attitude data. We plan on starting with an Ardupilot as an intial autopilot (using our sensor for position and attitude data) and then roll our own. Right now I'm working on using Flightgear as a simulation tool for developing the autopilot algorithms.
I plan on introducing myself to this part of the hobby by getting my Ardupilot up in the air successfully. At the moment I am teaching myself C++, and hope to get involved in the development of the open source aspect. My project at the moment will consist of
I still need
When I get the next generation Ardupilot, I plan on taking advantage of full duplex telemetry.
It seems like you two have the experience in the technical part, and I would like to learn. Perhaps I could come out some weekend, and if it turns out good, perhaps we could have a meet every weekend or so for a current project? I am currently in a club involved in building model aircraft, but I think it would be great if I could get involved with drones with other people of that interest.
Currently I am flying an FPV Easystar. I am building a case that will house a 22 or 24 inch TV along side a 15 inch computer monitor for my Netbook and will have all the electronics, switches, and computer keyboard integrated into the case.
Ultimately I hope to get to the point of creating my own dev boards, but that will be in a long time.
Oh, and yes I do have good flying experience with model planes, especially these smaller foam planes. I don't know if you are involved with any club at the moment (60 acres?), but I would be glad to give some lessons through a buddy box setup. I could even use my Easystar, the thing is perfect for a learning platform, and even try your hand at some FPV if you want.
I would love to meet up. I doubt Brian and I could commit every weekend seeing we both have families that want our attention. I do have a skype account and will try adding you when I get home from work. I think my account is theyochums.
We are not a part of a flying club now, but we were considering it. The sixty acres park is just a few minutes from where we live, and it is practically right across the street from where I work!
Looking forward to talking with you more.
No comments yet!
You need to be a member of DIY Drones to add comments!