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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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Jimmy Oliver commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Lily closes down
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Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Hack/Race DIY Robocars this weekend in Oakland
"They did a good job clearing out the homeless people"
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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Hack/Race DIY Robocars this weekend in Oakland

Join us for our first hack/race day at the new Oakland warehouse location for DIY Robocar events.There are three tracks:1) A RGB lane track, modeled after the FormulaPi track:2) A white-line track for 1/10th scale cars, which is designed to…See More
Thursday
SungTae Moon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Inmpressive swarming with Swiftnav RTK GPS and PX4
"Thanks you Sam.. I developed new ground controller like mission planner for swarming flight. It can control lots of drone simultaneously.  Of course, the mission planner can control drones simultaneously. However, it is not unsuitable for…"
Thursday
SungTae Moon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Inmpressive swarming with Swiftnav RTK GPS and PX4
"Thanks you Sam.. We developed new ground controller like mission planner for swarming flight. It can control lots of drone simultaneously.  Of course, the mission planner can control drones simultaneously. However, it is not unsuitable for…"
Thursday
John Stuart commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered ornithopter
"Fantastic idea and execution - would love to buy one!"
Wednesday
Jimmy Oliver commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Lily closes down
"I am still enjoying the Iris+. I have printed CF arms and played around with batteries. I would have just improved on that model. Making a consumer friendly copter that you could tinker with. If I could only figure out how to build a smart battery…"
Jan 17
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Lily closes down
"Hi Rob, Re your comment on American venture capital and the "long game". There is no long game for American Venture capital and less so lately. It is a simple quick buck game for people with a lot of money. The basic thesis is win big or…"
Jan 17
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Lily closes down
"I actually stopped by their offices in ~September 2015because I was in the area. I was hoping to get some indication.  But I couldn't see anything.  I couldn't even access the lobby of the building they claim to work in.  No…"
Jan 17
Jimmy Oliver commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Lily closes down
"There is a ton of FB marketing to buy peripherals e.g. controllers, extras, etc... - at insane prices. I have never seen a company keep on revamping and offering multiple upgrades before ever delivering. This will be the next fail story here on DIY.…"
Jan 17
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Lily closes down
"Jimmy, I do not think they are selling.  They say that they have given units to Beta testers, but there is zero evidence of this.  Meanwhile, they keep posting messages that seem to be nothing but delaying tactics.  Here's the…"
Jan 17
Jimmy Oliver commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Lily closes down
"I am still skeptical about Plexidrone. It looks like they are selling units now, but I have no reference that anyone has one. I asked questions on their Facebook page and heard nothing back; whereas they are quick to address positive comments."
Jan 17

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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Trebuchet drone launcher
"love this kind of out of the box thinking."
Jan 17
Balazs Gati commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Trebuchet drone launcher
"I just found this topic, thus please allow me as developer to provide some additional information to clarify some questions. Yes, the solution looks perhaps terrifying at the first look, but after 100+ launches it proved to be surprising safe and…"
Jan 17
Sam Worthington commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Inmpressive swarming with Swiftnav RTK GPS and PX4
"Excellent work, I'm impressed. We're planning a swarming project using our Wing controller and Wing GCS, so we just use the mouse functions to select individual aircraft, box-select a group of aircraft or to quickly take over manual…"
Jan 17
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New companion site for DIYDrones -- DIYRobocars
"Hi Chris, Excellent idea, maybe now that my new shop is done I can get serious about my XMAXX. Response to corey from my view anyway. Clearly advances in autonomous driverless passenger vehicles. But to me importantly environmentally aware…"
Jan 16
corey commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New companion site for DIYDrones -- DIYRobocars
"What will be the application(s) of surface drones that drives the community? What will a sub human-scale robotic car do that aerial robotics cant do better?"
Jan 16

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New companion site for DIYDrones -- DIYRobocars

It's been almost a decade since I launched DIY Drones (March 2007) and we've both grown hugely as a community and an industry in the intervening years. Drones work great, they're cheap and widely available, and both the the Dronecode and ArduPilot development communities that got their start here are doing…See More
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John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Lily closes down
"Something went wrong with the Register link, so I am re-posting it. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/13/lily_robotics_faces_lawsuit_for_false_advertising/"
Jan 16
MikeRover commented on Chris Anderson's blog post NASA simulates Phantom airflow
"Rob, the incoming air above the rotor is being drawn in from a larger area at a lower velocity than the air leaving the propeller - the streamtube contracts below the rotor so that you have constant mass flow but increased velocity. The net result…"
Jan 16

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Hack/Race DIY Robocars this weekend in Oakland

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 11:37am 1 Comment

Join us for our first hack/race day at the new Oakland warehouse location for DIY Robocar events.

There are three tracks:

1) A RGB lane track, modeled after the FormulaPi track:…

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New companion site for DIYDrones -- DIYRobocars

Posted on January 16, 2017 at 6:00pm 2 Comments

It's been almost a decade since I launched DIY Drones (March 2007) and we've both grown hugely as a community and an industry in the intervening years. Drones work great, they're cheap and widely available, and both the the Dronecode and ArduPilot development communities that got their start here…

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NASA simulates Phantom airflow

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 2:32pm 13 Comments

From NASA:

For decades, NASA has used computer models to simulate the flow of air around aircraft in order to test designs and improve the performance of next-generation vehicles.

At NASA’s Ames Research Center in…

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Lily closes down

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 10:00pm 10 Comments

Sorry to see them go. They had a great idea and worked really hard to get it right, but ran out of time and money. …



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German university team wins first place at IMAV with Pixhawk-powered copters

Posted on January 10, 2017 at 9:30pm 5 Comments

Congrats to the AKAMAV team for the victory and great writeup (via Hackaday)!

The AKAMAV is the…

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Comment Wall (118 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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