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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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eason commented on Chris Anderson's blog post CanberraUAV daily reports from the Outback Challenge
"good job.so nice. "
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eason commented on Chris Anderson's blog post CanberraUAV daily reports from the Outback Challenge
"good job"
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Sean Skirvin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Making a helicopter with just one motor/actuator
"I'd always wondered if something like this was possible.  Though I never though of doing it with a fixed pitch rotor (just wouldn't have guessed it possible).  One downside I'd imagine is fact you can only mount payloads…"
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Making a helicopter with just one motor/actuator

In general, copters need at least two props, one for lift and the other to cancel out angular momentum, either as a tail rotor or coaxial main rotors. But U Penn have shown that with the right configuration, you can fly a copter with just one motor and prop. From IEEE Spectrum, here's a good roundup on related research. Excerpt: Quadcopters don’t have this…See More
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Chris Anderson commented on Mark Williams's blog post Arducopter problems in flight modes using GPS
"Where did you find a GPS module without a compass??"
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Westley Ramlow commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Here's the page for local DIY Drones fly/meetup groups. Add yours (or make one)!
"Hello All, Just seeing if there are any UAV enthusiasts in Nashville and surrounding areas. I would like to start a local group if there are enough interested people. I have plenty of land to fly over and would also like to gain more knowledge than…"
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Todd Stellanova commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-based autonomous multicopter charging station
"Sunlight is the main wildcard in outdoor visual landing systems such as this.  At any given time of day, depending on weather, there's a variable swath of the sky from which the drone could not approach the landing target, as it will be…"
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Patrick Meier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using drones for archeological scanning
"Many thanks for sharing, here's recent UAV archeology project we did in Turkey: http://blog.droneadventures.org/post/96552139630/airchaeology-in-turkey-taking-archaeology-to-the-skies"
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Miguel Marques commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using drones for archeological scanning
"Very cool!... Thank`s for sharing! ;) "
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Mark Aylward commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"ok so now I am stuck at getting the R7008sb to talk to PixHawk for my initial set-up.  Do I get a PPM encoder and use the 8 ports into PixHawk vai the encoder or is there another solution yet? "
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Stephen Gienow commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using drones for archeological scanning
""Vanderbilt University's drone takes flight. Fixed-wing craft like this one can't hover, but cover greater distances and have more stability in flight." I found that caption funny because the photo looks like a VTOL copter/plane."
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VENKAT RAVI KISHORE commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using drones for archeological scanning
"Hi, I have seen a hexacopter in this post. I built one hexacopter with DJI f550 motors, Turnigy Plush 30A ESC, APM2.5, APM Power Module. But the problem is my hex is crashing even I did all the tuning and calibrations perfectly. Please help me to…"
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zoom commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using drones for archeological scanning
"Great article Info is very useful"
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Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using drones for archeological scanning
"I'm holding out great hope for Tango along with many others I should think."
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Using drones for archeological scanning

3D model of the planned colonial town of Mawchu Llacta in highland Peru, reconstructed from 241 aerial photos.From NBCMaybe all Indiana Jones needed was a good hat and a whip, but if he'd seen what archaeologists are using these days, even he might be jealous. From drones that perform high-fidelity 3-D scans to apps that automatically scour satellite data for…See More
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Chris Anderson replied to Jamie Nelson's discussion APM software on OSX - something missing?
"You can do all the setup on APM Planner, but you need to connect to the autopilot first (connect button in upper right corner). Those other setup buttons won't appear until you're connected. "
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Mark Aylward commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Can someone help on my posted question? http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/arduppm-v2-3-16 "
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Splenkingforth commented on Chris Anderson's blog post LIDAR-Lite, a cool $79 laser rangefinder for autolanding and terrain following, near crowdfunding target
"Thanks for the reply Dennis. We are looking for something to help with auto land on fixed wing. Specifically to assist with a steep approach angle and short field profile. I will read through the manuals."
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post UAVs with artificial muscles
"Piezoelectric polymer films have been around for a long time, on the one hand if you bend them mechanically you can generate a voltage or if you apply a voltage you can cause them to bend. The ones I have seen at least are not good for doing very…"
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Dennis Corey commented on Chris Anderson's blog post LIDAR-Lite, a cool $79 laser rangefinder for autolanding and terrain following, near crowdfunding target
"We have slowly begun shipments to the backers of our crowdfunding campaign and are currently in the process of a second build of units that we expect to be releasing late November to begin to satisfy the demand for our sensors.  We also plan on…"
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Making a helicopter with just one motor/actuator

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 11:48pm 1 Comment

In general, copters need at least two props, one for lift and the other to cancel out angular momentum, either as a tail rotor or coaxial main rotors. But U Penn have shown that with the right configuration, you can fly a copter with just one motor and prop. From IEEE Spectrum,…

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Using drones for archeological scanning

Posted on October 25, 2014 at 10:53pm 6 Comments

3D model of the planned colonial town of Mawchu Llacta in highland Peru, reconstructed from 241 aerial photos.

From NBC

Maybe all Indiana Jones needed was a good hat and a whip, but if he'd seen what…

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UAVs with artificial muscles

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 11:20pm 4 Comments

From IEEE Spectrum:

Until recently, a defining characteristic of robots has been their rigid mechanical nature. Most of them are made up of hard structural…

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Foam-printing ArduCopter on display at the Science Museum in London

Posted on October 19, 2014 at 9:36pm 0 Comments

From the Guardian: "Currently on display at the Science Museum, London, is a 3D-printing drone created by Dr Mirko Kovac from Imperial College London…

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APM powers copter+rover volcano monitoring research

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

Congrats to Randy Mackay and the APM:Copter team, whose collaboration with Tohoku University was discussed in…

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Comment Wall (109 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,
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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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