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Submit your ArduCopter configuration files here

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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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Lasse Lundberg commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"ok thanks for confirming .....thats kind of what i have seen, but everywhere it is sold it says a flashing first warning, and then will go into RTH, i thought i messed up that rth with a firmware update, and broke that funktion here is what it says…"
20 hours ago
Peter Klimon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post No drones at this year's Sparkfun AVC :-(
"What a stupid decision! Anybody with a modicum of common sense could figure various ways of safely flying in such events. I think some people are so paranoid they throw common sense out the window."
yesterday
Vinnie Tsoi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"The CX-20/Nova do not use the APM for low voltage failsafe. The standard APM Power Module inputs its voltage and current sensor readings into analog input pins ADC12 and ADC13 (pins 85 and 84 of the ATMEGA2560). Unfortunately, these pins are…"
yesterday
Lasse Lundberg commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"jus flashed mine, and it flies, mine does not start the rth when voltage gets low....which pins should i be assigning the voltage alarm to ?"
yesterday
Areeba Shujaat commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Gaui autonomous-capable quadcopter now available--$349
"Hello is this autopilot completely and is this still available in stock? pls reply"
yesterday

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Chris Anderson replied to Jim phelps's discussion No reverse, No neutral on throttle in the group ArduRover User Group
"Are you using a car ESC/motor controller (which has reverse and is at zero at half-stick)? Cars don't work with regular copter/plane ESCs. "
Thursday
Quadzimodo commented on Chris Anderson's video
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"Chris - I meant to say that it "cannot be overstated" not "understated", but you obviously knew that. I do truely believe that these videos will one day be considered to be of historical significance."
Feb 21
Andrew Rabbitt commented on Chris Anderson's blog post No drones at this year's Sparkfun AVC :-(
"On the other hand, you may be right Rob.  I just did a search on the Sparkfun website for "Ardupilot" and came up with one lonely servo cable... What is the world coming to...?"
Feb 21
Andrew Rabbitt commented on Chris Anderson's blog post No drones at this year's Sparkfun AVC :-(
"I dunno, I bought my first APM board from Sparkfun and more than a couple of sensors to boot.  I think they embody the electronic hacker space of which DIY Drones is a subset. (aside from it becoming increasingly a commentary platform for what…"
Feb 21

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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post No drones at this year's Sparkfun AVC :-(
"Andrew, I think Sparkfun is quite far from being a "key player in the field".  I'm not sure it' really on the field at all? "
Feb 21
Jared Reabow commented on Chris Anderson's blog post No drones at this year's Sparkfun AVC :-(
"No drones, no problemo, i have loads of multirotors that arent autonomous :) feel sorry for the apm rover guys though, those drones are always fun."
Feb 21
Rick Boden commented on Chris Anderson's blog post No drones at this year's Sparkfun AVC :-(
"Effeminate...really?  "
Feb 21

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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's video
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"Thanks, Q -- that might be a bit overstating it, but I do get a bit misty when I watch that first flight video. And not just because that was the last time my kids were happy to geek out like this with me! "
Feb 21
Quadzimodo commented on Chris Anderson's video
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"Max - Not sure whether you realise it but this video documents the first ever consumer drone. The significance of this video cannot be understated - and it may one day be deemed to be an important heritage item. Check out Chris Anderson's…"
Feb 21
Vinnie Tsoi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"Great work!  Thanks.  I will share this with the rest of the CX-20/Nova flyers on rcgroup"
Feb 20
Ben commented on Chris Anderson's blog post No drones at this year's Sparkfun AVC :-(
"I'm so glad we, as inventors, innovators, and Americans, have devolved ourselves in to effeminate safety Nazis.  I mean the logical choice was to back the viewing public up, or for god sakes, have a remote video feed, but being a group of…"
Feb 20
Florian G commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"Hi !Just for Info: In case you upgrade the firmware and use Telemetry, you will likely end up with a broken mavlink connection "No heartbeat received" - The problem is that the original APM firmware of the cheerson was modified and they…"
Feb 20
Dusan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post No drones at this year's Sparkfun AVC :-(
"Perhaps create all drone competition at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah or some desert like place like that where people can fly in long distances, even ask for FAA permission to fly above 400 ft "
Feb 19

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Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post No drones at this year's Sparkfun AVC :-(
"@Curt there could be some innovation transfer and some of course why did'nt I think of that moments. Perhaps taking us all back to the heady days of 08 and 09 a little more ;-)"
Feb 19
Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post No drones at this year's Sparkfun AVC :-(
"It is quite likely their insurance had some say in this as well.  I doubt they were thrilled with the idea of close proximity flying hedge trimmers."
Feb 19

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No drones at this year's Sparkfun AVC :-(

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 7:30pm 24 Comments

Sparkfun has just announced the rules of this year's Autonomous Vehicle Competition, and the big news is that drones are no longer part of it for safety reasons. Having witnessed the crash they say precipitated this…

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The star of "The Aviator" are these huge model airplanes built by a drone company

Posted on February 14, 2015 at 4:00pm 4 Comments

CNBC's Jerry Cobb interviews Joe Bock about the models he designed and built for the movie The Aviator. The Hughes H1 Racer, The Hughes XF11, and legendary Spruce Goose airplanes originally built by Howard Hughes. Aero Telemetry designed, built, and flew these amazing airplanes for the Academy Award winning movie The Aviator.

More analysis of forthcoming FAA rules

Posted on February 14, 2015 at 10:56am 2 Comments

This one is from Greg McNeal, another regulatory law expert



Inadvertently Posted FAA Document Provides Insights Into Forthcoming Drone Regulations



The FAA may be poised to release regulations that…

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Analysis of leaked FAA rulemaking preview

Posted on February 14, 2015 at 10:30am 13 Comments

Diana Marina Cooper, a tech lawyer, has posted this analysis of the FAA draft rulemaking document that was posted earlier …

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One-hour scratch Arducopter build

Posted on February 14, 2015 at 9:17am 5 Comments

From Hackaday:

[marhar] was pretty confident in his quadcopter building skills when he made a bet to build and fly a quadcopter in just one hour! This is a…

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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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