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Feedback on new manuals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gustav Kuhn Apr 14, 2013. 130 Replies

Submit your ArduCopter configuration files here

Started this discussion. Last reply by Finnius Mar 29, 2014. 41 Replies

ArduCopter 2.3 released

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About Me:
I'm CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. I'm the former Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, author of The Long Tail (Hyperion, 2006), FREE (Hyperion, 2009) and Makers (Crown, 2012) and founder of GeekDad.com

You can find more about me at my About.me page here: http://about.me/andersonchris
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Fixed wing and quads. Mostly for fun and development. With kids as often as they allow!
Hometown:
Berkeley, California

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Chris Anderson replied to Jimmy Oliver's discussion How to connect Canon SX260 to Pixhawk?
"Have you reviewed the manual on this here?"
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Chris Anderson commented on Greg Crutsinger's blog post Launch of Airware
"It's not sold, but rather offered as part of a $2,500 annual service contract"
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lukechencqu commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-based autonomous multicopter charging station
"great! "
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Swift commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A glimpse of the scene at the 3DR booth at NAB
"Tridge, you just answered a lot of questions I got regarding PixHawk 2. Many thanks!"
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Alberto Mennella commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Full Solo launch video
"@Chris Excellent job Chris! Congratulations to 3DR team and all DIYDrones community. If APM has been the "multirotors' Linux", SOLO is defintly an epic distro! Can't wait to get one... University and academic world are…"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Full Solo launch video
"Thorston: Absolutely! It's fully certified for EU and we'll announce our distributor rollout schedule soon"
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Thorsten commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Full Solo launch video
"Chris, congrats! One question: if it will be distributed in the EU and if it is certified what about the "License Exception STA" and the "STA Prior Consignee Statement"? "
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R. D. Starwalt commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A glimpse of the scene at the 3DR booth at NAB
"Greg Dronsky - Colin described the Acc Bay connector in the video Felix posted (above). A poor analogy would be the ISA slot on the original IBM PC... except it is isolated from messing with the APilot functions. -=Doug"
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Thomas Stanley-Jones commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A glimpse of the scene at the 3DR booth at NAB
"I'm amazed by the Solo ability at that price.  I was wondering if development costs will be reflected in the 'app' prices through Tower, or just in the volume of sales.  I haven't looked through it yet myself.  A…"
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Andrew Tridgell commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A glimpse of the scene at the 3DR booth at NAB
"@Justice, I've been flying a Pixhawk2 in my fixed wing sports plane for a while. Support for it has been in the main ardupilot git tree for quite a while, it just wasn't labelled as "Pixhawk2" as it wasn't announced. It is…"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A glimpse of the scene at the 3DR booth at NAB
"@Justice: of course! Runs all vehicles code. All open source. Will be out as a stand-alone product shortly after the Solo launch in May."
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Justice Bentz commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A glimpse of the scene at the 3DR booth at NAB
"Pixhawk 2.... arduplane compatible? "
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Jethro Hazelhurst commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Full Solo launch video
"        @Tsahi: Pixhawk 2 will be open source, just like Pixhawk 1. It is a derivative of ArduCopter, and will be merged back into Master. Most of the other software behind Solo is also open source, including…"
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Nick McCarthy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post BBC replaces Top Gear with "Airheads", a DIY Drones show
"Man, I love drones, but will miss Top Gear."
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Nick McCarthy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A glimpse of the scene at the 3DR booth at NAB
"I've really enjoyed the 3DR booth so far! Solo is an excellent entry to the consumer market, and I'm excited to get Pixhawk2 into larger UAVs"
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Greg Dronsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A glimpse of the scene at the 3DR booth at NAB
"Does anyone know what connector is used for "Accessory Bay"? Is there any site where this topic is described? "
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technicus acityone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A glimpse of the scene at the 3DR booth at NAB
"NAB events are DJI filed ;) Good luck!"
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Felix Meissner commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A glimpse of the scene at the 3DR booth at NAB
"here an interesting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xvofz519cr4"
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A glimpse of the scene at the 3DR booth at NAB

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 8:00pm 18 Comments

The crowds for one of the demos of the new LIDAR/Optical flow position hold. Works great and SO much better than sonar, since it can handle any surface, indoors and out. The same tech can be used for precision landing on designated markers.

You get a prize if you can beat our team at ping…

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Full Solo launch video

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 10:51pm 26 Comments

Epic job by the 3DR video team. They got their Ridley Scott on ;-)

Dronecode Conference presentations posted

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 10:00pm 5 Comments

On March 23rd in San Jose, we had the first DroneCode conference, as part of the Embedded Linus Conference. Above is just the first meeting of official DroneCode members (mostly…

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BBC replaces Top Gear with "Airheads", a DIY Drones show

Posted on April 12, 2015 at 4:00pm 9 Comments

From the Guardian (via sUAS News):

A new drone-building series called Airheads is due to air on Sunday nights on BBC2 in the key …

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Comment Wall (110 comments)

At 5:58pm on July 11, 2007, Jeffrey Johnson said…
Great talking to you today. We are on it with using your designs here, and look forward to dovetailing our efforts. Power to the PictEarth People!
At 10:13pm on January 2, 2008, Dhrumil said…
Thanks for setting this up.
At 12:12am on February 8, 2008, Mark L said…
Hey Chris,

I just read your post on UAVs and I'm wondering if there's anywhere that one could purchase a pre-made UAV...couldn't find one on ebay.
I run a network of websites, www.ballerhouse.com, and am considering featuring a UAV article. Can you point me in the direction of where someone could purchase one? If so, what other info should my readers know?
Thanks!
Mark L
markl@ballerhouse.com
At 12:17am on February 8, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
The cheapest commercial one is around $7,000 (cropcam.com). The cheapest *good* one is around $10,000 (http://www.procerusuav.com/). That's why we started this site, to bring the price down below $1,000.

We're *DIY* Drones--buying one premade isn't the point ;-)
At 6:41pm on February 28, 2008,
T3
William Premerlani
said…
Chris,
If you want to do a Q&A with me, that would be fine.

The reason for the board is that my son and I thought it would be fun to build our own board, develop theory, and write firmware. We were inspired by Maynard Hill, who came to town and gave a talk.
We got our feet wet with a rapid-prototyping board mounted on an RC truck, and then build our own board for a sailplane. We bought our parts from SparkFun. Nathan Seidle, the ownder of Sparkfun, asked me what we were doing, I told him, he offered to build a surface mount board for me.
My son and I spent a few delightful summers getting the firmware working. At the time, our goal was to play, to just do some interesting things with it, without any goal in mind. When we were done, we had something that worked to our satisfaction, Nathan asked if he could sell it, we gave him permission.
We recognized that what we had was not a full-fletched autopilot, but that it might be interesting to anyone wanting to tinker with the controller. They could build on our firmware, if they wanted, or start from stratch, if they were ambitious.
By the way, the main reason we used assembly language was that my son had never written any, and he wanted to learn. He had used lots of other languages, but not assembly.
As far as what people are doing with my board, you probably have more information than I have!! The only person I've talked to so far is a member of diydrones. All I know is that the board is selling well at SparkFun, with no complaints.
By the way, the reason the board has been backordered for so long is that the vendor of the GPS replaced their ET301 with an ET312 at the same time that SparkFun was automating their board production, resulting in some defective boards. Even after we worked out the hardware problems, there was a subtle change in the ET312 that caused some problems. Every board that SparkFun builds is tested with the full firmware running, and the boards were not passing. We finally figured out what was wrong, production is resumed, I guess they are catching up on backorders.
All of the work my son and I was deliberately done in a vacuum...we didn't do any research on what other people were doing. We made some mistakes (that was the point) and had some fun.
My background is an electrical engineer with strengths in control theory, mathematics, and theory of flight.
I work at GE's research labs, I've been there for 33 years.
You might want to do a Google on "William Premerlani" to see what I have been up to. Much of it has to do with software development...you gave me a good chuckle when you said in your review that you wondered why we hadn't used C...the answer is, it would have been too easy!!!
Bill
At 10:52pm on March 22, 2008, Elisa said…
any time if u like to have a wet dip & country village food, come over try our our boats,(planty of spcae for plane flys
elisa
At 6:02pm on March 26, 2008, T-Rex said…
I heard you on Talk of the Nation today...great job! I did not get to hear the whole show, but definately heard the part about your "robotics" site and 3-axis accelerometers. You, my friend, rock!

By the way, thanks for the advice about starting out in R/C with a foamie...else I would not have made it past my first flight attempts.
At 6:27pm on March 26, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
Thanks! I wanted to say "3-axis MEMS accelerometer" but I held back for the sake of the NPR audience ;-)
At 10:44pm on April 4, 2008, Simon Pan said…
Hey Chris,

I won honorable mention, best in category, best in engineering, 550$, and an internship offer, at the state science & engineering fair. (The winners were a guy who did computer simulations of bird flu epidemics to determine the best method to distribute a limited supply of antivirals, a girl who developed an advanced, complex robotic vision algorithm which could detect blobs in foggy areas and high altitude ranges, and a guy who figured out a method to stem the growth of certain forms of cancer, so it was a humbling experience).

I just wanted to thank you for making this website and for your great documention and projects, because without them I'd probably still be trying to figure out how to connect the GPS receiver to the Stamp.

Thanks!

- Simon
At 8:26am on May 10, 2008, Huckleberry said…
Thanks Chris,

Been following along for some time (geekdad) and just bought a Blubberbot for something to do over the summer holidays... thinking about the project possibilities for my kids in electronics 11/12 ... hmmm blimp racing? Anyway, great to be here.

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