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Feedback on new manuals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gustav Kuhn Apr 14, 2013. 130 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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Alpha 1 Legal Services commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Speaking as a PI company who are thinkijng of investing in a drone here in the UK. We have so many hops to jump though just like it is in the states i expect, but as long as we stick to the rules etc, there are no problems. "
Alpha 1 Legal Services commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Private investigators using drones to catch cheating spouses
"We think the introduction of the use of drones into the private investigator field is a very exciting step, especially over here in the UK where not many UK PI's are currently using this technology. We are currently looking into investing in a…"
Dusan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"No drone flight by city/town ordinance would be nice to be included as well. Perhaps it should include layers that can be turned on and off. Airports, National parks, Military bases, Wildlife refuge city/town ordinance ...."
Spencer Willis commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Thanks mP1. Unfortunately we are leaving early Monday morning so I can't really get it quickly enough from Sydney. @David - do you have a web portal? I will order from you in the future."

John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order
"I don't get it. There already are laws to protect privacy in place. If you climb a tree and take photos of someone in their private home you break them, just like if you did the same with a copter. Why do the "drones" need another set…"

David Anders commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Hi Spencer, I have a heaps of black motor related stuff (i'm a 3DR distro).  Let me know if you don't have any luck elsewhere."

John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"Much better approach then the just block area around of all known airports in firmware solution by DJI. The thing is, many of those "scary" airports blocked by DJI are in fact used by R/C fliers every weekend when they are closed for air…"
mP1 commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Ive got a spare entire black motor if you want it, in mybox of kool stuff(tm). Pretty sure it works."
mP1 commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Oh ouch i thought you meant the bolt to keep the prop from flying off :) not the shaft thingo."
mP1 commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"@Spencer Turns out that blue adapters do screw on black motors. Priv msg your address and ill post 1 or 2 on monday."
Spencer Willis commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Hi mP1 - unfortunately they are not. Yours have 4 holes. The black ones have only 3. Thanks very much for replying though :)"
mP1 commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"@Spencer Ive got a few blue adapters, i just dont know if they are compat with blacks. If they are private msg me and ill pop one in the post from Sydney."
Spencer Willis commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Dear All, I live in Perth, Australia. This week I broke a prop adapter for a black 880kV motor - this is the piece that is screwed to the top of each motor - you attach the prop to this. It had already been weakened after I straightened it after a…"
Jonathan Parrott commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"Thanks Chris. I think I know what happened. The Mapbox post link for 'don't fly drones here' is only for North America however the droneshare.com link is worldwide. It looks like you have all the Australian ports covered but I can…"

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Chris Anderson replied to Omar Rodriguez's discussion Dataflash Log
"Pixhawk has unlimited log capacity (since it uses micro SD cards), so if you're looking to log more data you might want to switch to that. "

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Chris Anderson commented on Tilman Griesel's blog post DON'T FLY DRONES HERE
"As mentioned earlier, this is already implemented in Droneshare. "

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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"Jonathan:it's already global! Probably still some missing areas but check it out in your own area."
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Kickstarter project for quadcopter-based hoverbike
"Wish the diydrones search function worked, so we could see all the ridiculous kickstarter projects."
Jonathan Parrott commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"This is a fantastic idea for the community to come together and create a solution. Would this map be extended beyond northern America in the future?"
Mark Bateson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"Does this also include designated NOAA coastal marine sanctuaries that we should be aware of?"

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Droneshare now has No-fly Zones

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 6:09pm 18 Comments

Check out this cool new Droneshare feature, out in beta (beta.droneshare.com): No-Fly Zones! Just select the "Restricted Areas" view from the little icon at the top right of the map (this is only in beta.droneshare.com now, but will be in…


Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:45pm 11 Comments

From Politico

President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO…


Kickstarter project for quadcopter-based hoverbike

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 10:46pm 17 Comments

Gizmag reports on the launch of a new Kickstarter project that uses quadcopter design to lift humans. (me, I think if men were meant to fly they'd have wings. That's what robots are for!)

Having revealed its …


Drone Pilots Association launches for small commercial fliers

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 10:42pm 1 Comment

Forbes reports on the launch of this new organization. 

If you are involved…


Conservation Drones in the New York Times

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:21pm 4 Comments

Congrats to star DIY Drones member Lian Pin Koh for this…


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?
Mark L
At 12:17am on February 8, 2008,
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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,
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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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