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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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James Slizewski commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
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Tom Pittenger commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
"Looks great, love the video!"
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Chris Anderson replied to Matthew Reimer's discussion Apm Rover in tractor setup. in the group ArduRover User Group
"Very interesting report. It doesn't surprise me that people are confused/wary of open source, but that's simply a function of regular users vs developers. (developers understand that the whole Internet runs on open source, but for regular…"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
"Fantastic work. I would think that after the battery has achieved full charge during the day, it should start to climb as an alternate method of storing excess energy?  I realize that might not be practical for the flight test, but during…"
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Andrew Rabbitt commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
"Very cool work guys!  Congratulations on the record and future success?  Time for a trans-oceanic attempt...?"
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Greg Nuspel commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
"You guys are the future. Keep it up!"
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Foxzilla commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
"So cool! Does anyone know what the difference between PX4 stack and APM are (completely separate projects, I assume)?"
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Federico Boldori commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
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Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 7:10am 19 Comments

Congrats to the ETH Autonomous Systems Lab for this milestone with a Pixhawk-powered fixed wing drone. Next stop: crossing the Atlantic! From the team:

Two weeks after having demonstrated …

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Automatically spotting endangered chimpanzee nests by drone

Posted on July 25, 2015 at 7:07pm 2 Comments

Congrats to our friends at Conservation Drones, whose collaboration with International Union for Conservation for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Liverpool John Moores University on using computer vision to spot chimpanzee nests from the air (using APM-powered drones) has now been published in the …

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APM-based swarm reaches 30 simultaneous aircraft in the air

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 2:28pm 10 Comments

Congrats to Timothy Chung, Michael Day and Michael Clements at the Naval Postgraduate School, whose work on APM-based swarming has now reached 30 aircraft in the air. News …

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Methane detection from drones

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 2:04am 2 Comments

From a press release:

Within the natural gas industry, gas leak detection is one of the crucial tasks in order to operate safely and economically. The high demand for an easy and cost-efficient method to address this issue led Pergam to the development of the Laser Methane Copter (LMC).…

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Onboard video of Flirtey's history drone delivery

Posted on July 19, 2015 at 8:07am 3 Comments

This is onboard video of the first FAA-approved drone delivery trial. Actual package dropping starts at 2:35.

Pixhawk-powered...

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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