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Feedback on new manuals

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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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Micha commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Solo NAB announcements: new cameras, power tether, software, more
"That's a pitty."
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Chris Anderson commented on Jack Crossfire's blog post Evolution of the RC car exercise coach
"Love this! Did you ever post your machine vision code? I'd love to try the same thing on my Erle2 Brain-powered rover, which has similar processing power to the Odroid. "
5 hours ago
Shawn McCracken commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-compatible telemetry on your RC transmitter display
"I'm curious if you can pick and choose data sources for the telemetry display? For instance, use FrSky current sensor data with GPS data, etc. coming from Pixhawk. Also, Dragon Link w/Taranis? "
8 hours ago

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Craig Elder commented on Chris Anderson's blog post VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in
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Robert Palmer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-compatible telemetry on your RC transmitter display
"Or, those with a Taranis that just want telemetry data, could just add $5 worth of Arduino and open source code to translate Mavlink telemetry to FrSky data.  While this would not all of the same capabilities, it is a very simple DIY exercise…"
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Craig Elder commented on Chris Anderson's blog post VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in
"Paul, I thought you had the .zip file for the source code This is what you need: file https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/35788481/Code%20Releases/FF6P%20Source%2020151211.zip"
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Thomas J Coyle III commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-compatible telemetry on your RC transmitter display
"Doesn't appear to support the Spektrum DX8 which many users, including myself, use with their model aircrafts. Regards, TCIII AVD"
9 hours ago

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Bill Bonney commented on Chris Anderson's blog post VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in
"@Paul don't go near that GitHub repo as it's junk, it's an older release merged onto a newer one. Who know what would happen(even if you could get it to compile) There's a zip of the code they used. I don't know where the…"
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Paul Meier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in
"Craig, thank you. Will have a go at it and may revert to you if I get stuck"
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Craig Elder commented on Chris Anderson's blog post VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in
"Correct. Master is here https://github.com/ArduPilot/ardupilot"
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Paul Meier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in
"so if i understand well I have to get a copy of master and change what birdseye has changed? and btw NING is a PITA @ the moment"
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Craig Elder commented on Chris Anderson's blog post VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in
"ou have to determine the changes that they made that resulted in these files https://github.com/BirdsEyeViewAerobotics/ardupilot ; and make those changes to master"
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Paul Meier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in
"Craig, if i understand well all what has changed in ardupilot i will have to change in birdseye and leave untouched what birdseye have changed?"
14 hours ago
Darrel Maddy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in
"If you are going to merge please make sure you do not include the restriction placed on the code by birdseyeview! Obviously these include the 'key' codes needed to unlock the mapping functions; do not block out any of the parameters and…"
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Paul Meier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in
"Craig, thank you, if you will spare some time and assist me: I will have to compare https://github.com/BirdsEyeViewAerobotics/ardupilot  with the master https://github.com/ArduPilot/ardupilot and change from wich one to wich…"
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Craig Elder commented on Chris Anderson's blog post VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in
"Birdeye started with a zip file downloaded from our git repo sometime in the fall of 2014 and the changes are reflected in the dropbox file. Because they started from a zip file none of the tools that would normally allow you to automatically merge…"
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MarioSpeedwagon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Solo NAB announcements: new cameras, power tether, software, more
"Any announcement on integration with the Sequoia? Also, on the Vue pro- I'm guessing we don't have any control remotely over shutter and settings(or performing a FFC)? Live feed? If these aren't available at release, are there plans…"
17 hours ago
Josh Vinyard commented on Chris Anderson's blog post APM support for ADS-B air-traffic control receiver now in beta
"Does anyone know when ADSB_enable will be working in apm copter?"
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Stone Bai commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Standing room only at Dronecode Beijing
"Slides and blog of this event is coming soon."
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First Pixhawk-powered drone in the Smithsonian museum

Posted on April 30, 2016 at 8:33pm 0 Comments

Congratulations to Flirtey, whose Pixhawk-powered delivery drone is now on its way to the Smithsonian…

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Pixhawk-compatible telemetry on your RC transmitter display

Posted on April 30, 2016 at 11:54am 3 Comments

Cool new product from Anysense that works with all 3DR flight controllers: 

AnySense Pro turns your Radio Control into a real-time telemetry system with no costs for additional hardware, such as a GPS sensor, voltage module or vario.Additionally all data will also be saved on the storage card of your remote control. With the right tools, you can easily visualise the…

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Standing room only at Dronecode Beijing

Posted on April 29, 2016 at 10:30pm 3 Comments

There was only room for 400 people, so the others had to wait outside and watch the livestream. Thousands participated online. APM/Pixhawk/PX4 are huge in China. What a success!…

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Solo NAB announcements: new cameras, power tether, software, more

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 4:31pm 13 Comments

If you got a chance to see the big 3DR area at NAB in Las Vegas last week, you'll have seen the new cameras and accessories for Solo first-hand (along with the new software features such as sense-and-avoid and smart rewind announced earlier). But here's a quick…

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Quadcopter simulator game in Arduino serial monitor

Posted on April 23, 2016 at 6:37pm 1 Comment

From Hackaday:

Every new generation of computers repeats the techniques used by the earlier generations. [Kim Salmi] created an ASCII-based quadcopter simulation…

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Comment Wall (116 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,
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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,
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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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