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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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CliffN commented on Chris Anderson's blog post This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone
"Even NASA did it on Mars"
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Ard Surspec commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduPlane User Group
"Hello everyone, I'm a complete beginner with zero experience in building planes and in the process of learning (via youtube/and this forum). My first project is going to be a skywalker X5, all parts are ordered and in the house.My first…"
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Thomas Donalek commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"In his one comment in the comment thread on the column, Mr. Zorn linked directly to a youtube video as "evidence" to support his "thesis."  That video is clearly a parody - a guy with a fake Russian accent "flying"…"
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Quadzimodo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone
"Classic! These 14 year olds are simply following in the footsteps of their ancestors. Spain (c1BC): Rome (c50AD):Colosseum (c300AD) Summer Heights High (c2011) "
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Kris Kitchen commented on Chris Anderson's blog post This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone
"This is redickulous!"
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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone
"LOL! Best comment of the day!"
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Jolyon Saunders commented on Chris Anderson's blog post This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone
"Bahaha this is hilarious"
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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone
"Does this post have a link with the Top discussion #1 : lubrification every six flights ?"
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Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone
"I was flying around the field in my neighborhood.  I had been flying there for months and never noticed this until now. I didn't even see it in flight FPV.  I was watching the video and was like "hey, wait a minute!" and…"
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RC Tech.se commented on Chris Anderson's blog post This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone
"It is really great to see how the software have improved. Just check out this subpar penis from the 2010 T3 mentioned above: "
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Julian commented on Chris Anderson's blog post This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone
"too good!"
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Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone
"Ah cute Mickey Mouse, we did skywriting as a T3 once "
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This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone

I showed a tour group of 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with the Tower app today. After they flew a mission, I checked the logs on Droneshare. Sure…See More
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Acorn commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How Canada handles "beyond visual line of sight" drone operation
"^Huh?"
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Jon Currier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New drone magazine from Discover
"Indeed, the photo shows an iPad version."
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Christian Stallings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New drone magazine from Discover
"@Thomas J Coyle   AMA's magazine is an interesting example of a magazine\organization changing course. Just a few years ago it was almost exclusively traditional RC and now there is a lot more information regarding autopilots, autonomous…"
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TBD commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"Looks like another journalist afraid of losing his outdated job to a machine that can do it better and cheaper."
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technicus acityone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How Canada handles "beyond visual line of sight" drone operation
"Well here they going again to torment a$$ ... ): Mixing all the governing laws in one heap - without distinction of classes, sphere of application and characteristics of drones.   It's like how to implement the equal rules for…"
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This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 11:07pm 13 Comments

I showed a tour group of 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with the Tower app today. After they flew a mission, I checked the logs on…

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New drone magazine from Discover

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 8:36pm 6 Comments

Looks pretty generic but the fact that they're launching a mag is probably a sign of the times...From Discover:

Whether you’re curious about the ethics of unmanned aerial vehicles in law enforcement or itching to break into the quadcopter hobby, Drone 360 is packed with ideas and information to help you get started!

You'll…
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How Canada handles "beyond visual line of sight" drone operation

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 7:59pm 3 Comments

From Diana Marina Cooper on Robohub:

The FAA’s Notice of Proposed…

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Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"

Posted on March 1, 2015 at 8:54am 35 Comments

I don't normally pass along anti-drone op-eds, but…

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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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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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