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Feedback on new manuals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gustav Kuhn Apr 14, 2013. 130 Replies

Submit your ArduCopter configuration files here

Started this discussion. Last reply by Finnius Mar 29, 2014. 41 Replies

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!
Berkeley, California

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3D Robotics
Chris Anderson replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Richard: We do! The full-time wiki editors are paid 3DR contractors, and they make dozens of improvements each day. But even they can't do everything themselves (this is a free and open source project, with hundreds of contributors), so to keep…"
1 hour ago
Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Another good-looking APM-based crowdfunded drone
"Well I take it back then. Can you comment on the gimbal and the controller?"

Craig Elder commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduPlane User Group
"@Mark  you can find out about the beaglebone and the Pixhawk fire cape here.  It is now being sold and developed by Erle Robotics http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/common-erle-brain-linux-autopilot/"
Mark A. Sarno commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduPlane User Group
"I am new to Beaglebone and Pixhawk firecape, i would like to purchase it and start learning about it, however i can not fine out how to install the system to the Beaglebone black, any information will be greatly appreciated, I feel bad asking, Thank…"

Jani Hirvinen commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"@Ali you can use basically what ever quad for that. It can be even 2 sticks crossed with motors mounted on end of those. As long as its all symmetrical. Symmetrical frame just makes initial software development more easier. I would say have/make…"

Jani Hirvinen commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"@amirhossein, no you should not do that. You only need to calibrate accels if you change orientation of your autopilot for example when you change it or do bigger modifications to your frame. Also rarely when we make bigger changes on software,…"
amirhossein eshtiaghi commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Hi, Why should I calibrate the accelerometer before every use? I believe I am doing something wrong. "
David Drysdale commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New EKF viewer in Mission Planner/APM:Copter 3.3
"Never mind you have to go to help then check for beta updates. Then the option is there after that."
David Drysdale commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New EKF viewer in Mission Planner/APM:Copter 3.3
"Were do you enable this on MP I found it on the tower app very nice but not on mission planner.  "
Ivan Tolchinsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Another good-looking APM-based crowdfunded drone
"500$ is a limited price only for 20 pieces. Regular price is 1099$ without the carbon case"
Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Another good-looking APM-based crowdfunded drone
"$500 does not seem enough for a folding all carbon fiber tricopter with (2 axis) go pro gimbal that flies for 25 minutes and delivers good aerial footage. Presumably they are not developing their own gimbal controller. So what are they using?…"

Randy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Another good-looking APM-based crowdfunded drone
"Looks ok to me.  Pretty copter and the price is good while hopefully not unrealistically low so the project has a chance of actually succeeding. One small thing is the red square around the snowboarder on the phone screen is a bit…"
Ben Dellar commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"That sounds great - 100% agree with this approach."
Swift commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"awsome! thanks Hamish "

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Hamish Willee commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"FYI all - we have added a link to the issue tracker at the bottom of the wiki docs - you can find out a bit more information here: https://github.com/diydrones/ardupilot-wiki-issue-tracker/issues/139 I'll add a separate issue for the…"

3D Robotics
Chris Anderson replied to Scott B Hunt's discussion Solo drone and Mission Planner in the group 3DR SOLO
"You need to turn on advanced flight modes (in Settings) to enable those other modes"
Cala commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"It's possible to find older vers of 3DR services?"

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Chris Anderson replied to Hugues's discussion 3DR LEA6H vs M8N-XL GPS field comparison in the group ArduCopter User Group
"The 3DR LEA6H was retired quite a while ago. It's now a LEA7 "
Daniel Allen commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Another good-looking APM-based crowdfunded drone
"Good to know, I don't have tricopter experience. I know he likes to use airplane type motors, so the disc motors should be a great efficiency boost. I'm still skeptical on the weight of only 0.9kg."

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3DR launches 3DU, its program for drones in education and research

Posted on September 1, 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

3DR, North America’s largest consumer drone manufacturer, has launched its new academic program for drones in education—called “3DU”—to support the numerous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs taking flight at schools…


Another good-looking APM-based crowdfunded drone

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 10:05pm 11 Comments

Just went live on Indiegogo:

Maneuverable and customisable

The ERIDA drone constantly tracks where you are and follows you automatically keeping the camera…


New stats on commercial drones in the US

Posted on August 30, 2015 at 7:44pm 7 Comments

Thanks to sUAS News, here are the latest stats on commercial drone registrations in the US based on tail numbers, which actually tracks drone units and is a…


Using ROS Gazebo simulator with ArduCopter

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm 8 Comments

The future of robotics development, including drones, is powerful simulation, which makes it possible to achieve faster development and better performance by reducing the "trial and error" process of testing everything with physical machines. The Dronecode projects have long used a number of…


Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm 17 Comments

I'd like to take a moment and call out Hamish Willee and the rest of the documentation team, who every day make scores of improvements to the wikis and other documentation for the APM and other Dronecode project wikis. To give just one example, you may have noticed the new sidebar/menu system, which…


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?
Mark L
At 12:17am on February 8, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
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,
William Premerlani
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!!!
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
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
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.


- 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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