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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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Randy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
" Just to show some repeatability here's the Bebop flying in Karuizawa.  This is with MissionPlanner + Joystick, Copter3.4-dev with the patches from Julien at Parrot (and a couple from Tridge too)."
8 minutes ago
Federico Boldori commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"I like to see post like these! Good to see different realities working together on a common project: the private company that allow a open source software on their (good) hardware. It will be wonderful if they add mavlink and waypoint…"
26 minutes ago

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Andrew Tridgell commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Randy and I are working a lot with Julien from Parrot to get the Bebop port merged. The current stumbling block is an issue where the EKF gyro bias grows too large in some flights causing attitude instability. Once we solve that we expect to merge…"
1 hour ago
HeliStorm commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Gary and Chris... thank you both for the input. Agreed on APM opening new methods for control. One thing that the original AR Drone had going was a modding/hacking community, the likes of which I have not seen yet with the Bebop. But, its still…"
2 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Thank You Chris, I have been paying close attention to the BeBop and I know the Achilles heel is getting the digital stabilization to work in roll. Pitch and Yaw are easy - on an oversize camera chip like they are using they are simply and X or Y…"
2 hours ago
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Wonder how fast they're going to dump all the years invested in their own autopilot.  It's just like the Solaris, SCO, HPUX developers getting Linux to run on their workstations for the 1st time, 20 years ago."
3 hours ago

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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Gary: I'm a big fan of the Bebop form factor. Very portable and it works well with just a phone as a controller. The digitally stabilized video is surprisingly good -- nearly GoPro/gimbal quality.  The SkyController slightly defeats the…"
3 hours ago
HeliStorm commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Well, Gary McCray...saw the headline, and immediately thought about our exchange on another post. No surprise to see your comment here. This now has me climbing (albeit tentatively) over the fence I was sitting on in considering a Bebop for…"
4 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Hi Chris, The BeBop is very much designed with what I consider the primary feature for future consumer use - Safety. It is very small and light and has several safety enhancements. It is also at least a reasonably serious and potentially useful…"
4 hours ago

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Parrot Bebop running APM!

I just got back from Paris, where I was meeting with the Parrot team, who are now part of the DroneCode project. Here's the first glimpse of what they are working on: the APM code running on the Bebop drone! The picture was taken at Parrot's HQ in Paris; the team that did the work is in the background.Right now it's in an early alpha, but it was…See More
5 hours ago
John commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest on Pixhawk-powered ducted fan drone
"Any efficiency numbers available? Static thrust efficiency from ducted fans is typically poor with the best efficiency at speed with ram air into the inlet. For a hovering application it is in a static thrust state unless it is ascending."
16 hours ago
David Drysdale commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Database of FAA drone exemptions
"But I get your point I assume you are referring to quads with redundancy like x8 with 2 gps etc being inherently safer than a DJI Phantom."
17 hours ago
David Drysdale commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Database of FAA drone exemptions
"I assume the regulations are about safety Gary not so much about how good a business person you are. If you hope to survey 10,000 hectares with a Phantom your business will fail. Not the governments job decide what business will fail just if you are…"
18 hours ago

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Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Database of FAA drone exemptions
"IMHO the type of airframe being used is way more important than what folks say they are going to do. Its the limiting factors in one. You are not going to survey 10,000 hectares with a Phantom. Getting data is easy these days, displaying it not so…"
yesterday
JB commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest on Pixhawk-powered ducted fan drone
"Looks really cool though! ;-)"
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Buck B commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Database of FAA drone exemptions
"One thing people need to realize is just because you have received an exemption  you MUST satisfy all the requirements in the exemption.  One thing many fail to realize is that you are still obligated to hold a pilots licence, the 333…"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest on Pixhawk-powered ducted fan drone
"Nice work!  Love to see different types of airframes being explored! Definitely would like to see this with the some stub wings for fast forward flight."
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Swift commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Database of FAA drone exemptions
"Real Estate is just over Agriculture. My ecolo neuron hopes that Agriculture will peak out soon. :) very interesting data thx for posting."
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John Githens commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Database of FAA drone exemptions
"Yes, "Every partitioning scheme has its problems" and this situation is a great example. Would have been helpful if the FAA authors had designed a controlled vocabulary of terms (such as industry, field, market, operation, mission,…"
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Armin Strobel commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest on Pixhawk-powered ducted fan drone
"Might should call it fuel to noise converter (or actually in that case electricity to noise). Outdoors it is not that extreme as it might appear in the video or I might got used to it. With the inefficiency of a ducted fan in hover mode I buy me the…"
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Parrot Bebop running APM!

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 5:54pm 9 Comments

I just got back from Paris, where I was meeting with the Parrot team, who are now part of the DroneCode project. Here's the first glimpse of what they are working on: the APM code running on the Bebop drone! The…

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Database of FAA drone exemptions

Posted on July 4, 2015 at 2:58pm 8 Comments

From the excellent Center of the Study of the Drone, a searchable spreadsheet with all the current FAA Section 333 exemptions for commercial use:

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Latest on Pixhawk-powered ducted fan drone

Posted on July 4, 2015 at 2:39pm 7 Comments

From Hackaday:

A while back, we wrote about the ducted fan, single rotor, VTOL drone that [Armin Strobel] was working on. It wasn’t quite finished then, and hadn’t got off the ground yet. He’s posted an update, and from the looks of it, he’s made tons of progress,…

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Hackaday Wings, Wheels and Propellers contest

Posted on July 4, 2015 at 2:11pm 0 Comments

From Hackaday:

Have a project that moves? Then get it entered this week for your chance at one of 15 quadcopters. …

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Hexacopter vs shotgun (court rules in favor of copter!)

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 2:10pm 8 Comments

A Pixhawk-powered hexacopter had an encounter with an overzealous and somewhat paranoid neighbor. Ars Technica tells the story:

That day, Eric Joe…

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Comment Wall (111 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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