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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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Shawn Barney commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Drones freak Leslie out in trailer for final Parks and Recreation season
"True I guess I will stay indoors for a couple of days till it's safe. The only thing I am worried about is everyone knows I fly, I bet I will have a line of guys saying "Can you fix it?"  and the repair service starts...I…"
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Swift commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Drones freak Leslie out in trailer for final Parks and Recreation season
"... @Shawn, most of them will crash and burn...  ... think Darwin... the one that will survive are probably own by DIYDrones members. :) my best wishes to all for this holiday!"
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HeliStorm commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Drones freak Leslie out in trailer for final Parks and Recreation season
"@Shawn, I agree. This year will be drones under the tree. Next year will find Santa using drones for delivery. To quote Bob Dylan, "the times, they are a-changing."  @ Gary, I love Parks and Rec too. I can't imagine how Ron will…"
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Shawn Barney commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Drones freak Leslie out in trailer for final Parks and Recreation season
"I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more "drones" on TV this next year. I bet there will be thousands under Christmas Tree's. Number one item on the old wish list. "
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Overwatch commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Drones freak Leslie out in trailer for final Parks and Recreation season
"Can't wait!"
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JD Claridge commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter
"Brandin (and others),  Thanks for the constructive criticism.  I wouldn't expect anything less for from this community.   We are certainly aware that we haven't created something absolutely new - but does anyone do that?…"
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Gabriel DeVault commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter
"No offense, but... This has been done before and better. To my knowledge, and anyone please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, the "quadshot" (http://transition-robotics.com/) was the 1st transitioning UAV sold to the general…"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter
"And, I hadn't seen the wind commentary.  Yes, this is one of the big problems with transitioning VTOLs. I assume when hovering in 30 mph wind, you pretty much have to have the nose pointed upwind?  How much wind can it tolerate while…"
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Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Drones freak Leslie out in trailer for final Parks and Recreation season
"Love that show"
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Chris Anderson replied to Felipe Rabat's discussion Issues connecting Pixhawk to Mission Planner in the group Arducopter Y6 Owners
"It's normal to always have to load the firmware first. Was this not clear in the instructions?"
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Brandin Sloms commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter
"I'll start with saying nice job, I envy your drive to get this off the ground and hope your project is successful!. And as you should probably have expected from this site, and you have already received from other members, here are my criticism…"
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Joe Renteria commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter
"Rob, do you think it would be better to have a more quadshot like wing? Can't you get away with a shorter wing for VTOL, since you only need enough for high speed flight?"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter
"JD, I agree with that datapoint.  But a 152 is optimized to be an airplane.   The Xplusone is compromised for VTOL.  It has 3 extra motors, huge vertical surface which is not necessary, etc.  And while wingborne flight tends to…"
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Umut Topkara commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter
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JD Claridge commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter
"Any time you can leverage the aerodynamic advantage of a large wing, as opposed to supporting the craft with the engine power alone (and a small spinning wing), it will result in greater efficiency.  This is one reason a helicopter consumes…"
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Joe Renteria commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter
"I can't Rob. I don't mean to say that it is in general more efficient than a quad. But at 60 mph, I would guess that it is probably more efficient to hit that speed in the form of an aircraft such as the xplusone, than a traditional…"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter
"Joe, how can you make any of those performance claims (more efficient than a copter) without any data?  It seems like speculation to me."
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hovercycle commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter
"I love seeing this type of stuff! I always think about the Ryan X-14 and the XFY Pogo and how cool those designs would have been with more advanced avionics and of course, electric engines in the case of the Pogo... "
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Joe Renteria commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter
"You can not compare this to a quadcopter or a fixed wing. That would be like comparing a quadcopter to a fixed wing. You have to compare it to past designs similar to this, and based on that it looks extremely good so far. Yes, you can fly that fast…"
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Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter

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Google Earth API depricated

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From the Google Earth blog. This doesn't have an effect on the mobile GCSs, such as Droidplanner, but could affect some desktop GCSs that use the Google Earth (rather than Google Maps)…

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New Canadian UAV rules look like a great step forward

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 10:26pm 35 Comments

Bravo, Canada! Read more here:

Think safety first

More and more people are using unmanned aircraft for work or pleasure.…

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Reverse-engineering the Hubsan/Estes nanoquad radio

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 11:00am 5 Comments

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Just a few years ago, palm sized radio controlled toys were nothing more than a dream. Today, you can find them at every mall, toy store, and hobby shop. [Alvaro] couldn’t…

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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,
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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