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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!
Berkeley, California

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Swift commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Commercial use of drones in the US skyrocketing
"Amazing what can be started using legos. :)"
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Chris Anderson commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post T3 Back to the Future
"Appeal heard and granted. 100m x 100m it is for rovers! Post adjusted accordingly.  As for stopping, I get that it's a bit of a fuzzy thing with boats. I'll accept slowing to a walking pace.  -c"
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Chris Anderson replied to Pierre's discussion why modifications on open source
"They may want to develop custom mission control algorithms for specialized commercial applications. For that, they would typically use the DroneKit SDK, rather than modifying the Pixhawk source code itself. "
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Chris Anderson commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post T3 Back to the Future
"Grant: A rover entry would be awesome. By the power vested in me by being the prize-giver (prize TBD), I hereby create a special category for ground rovers, which will only have to beat other rovers. (Gary: I'll edit the original post to…"
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Pritam Mondal commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Somebody finally got the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor model working right!
"hey how did u rotate the rotors?? What mechanism did you use?"
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Jiro Hattori commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"One of the benefit of Bebop is that the bottom camera act as flow sensor for non GPS environment. Hope those Linux multicopters will widely open to flow sensor and other instruments for reliable non GPS operation."
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benbojangles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Chris you look like you're on your way to Wembley to watch Wayne Rooney."
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Randy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Yes, the Bebop port only took JulienB 24 commits!  I think this highlights a bunch of things including JulienB's effort/ability and also how *relatively* easy it is to port APM to a new board.  That work was of course built upon the…"
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Víctor Mayoral commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Great stuff, really really happy to see the AP_HAL_Linux working in the Bebop :)!. Congrats the Parrot team, Tridge and Randy for getting this working."
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MarioSpeedwagon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Database of FAA drone exemptions
"I think he's referring to the fact that someone applying for an exemption with an Inspire or Solo is going to be doing a different kind of "aerial photography" than someone applying for an exemption with an Aero-M or eBee that is also…"
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Randy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
" Just to show some repeatability here's the Bebop flying in Karuizawa.  This is with MissionPlanner + Joystick, Copter3.4-dev with the patches from Julien at Parrot (and a couple from Tridge too)."
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Federico Boldori commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"I like to see post like these! Good to see different realities working together on a common project: the private company that allow a open source software on their (good) hardware. It will be wonderful if they add mavlink and waypoint…"
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Andrew Tridgell commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Randy and I are working a lot with Julien from Parrot to get the Bebop port merged. The current stumbling block is an issue where the EKF gyro bias grows too large in some flights causing attitude instability. Once we solve that we expect to merge…"
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HeliStorm commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Gary and Chris... thank you both for the input. Agreed on APM opening new methods for control. One thing that the original AR Drone had going was a modding/hacking community, the likes of which I have not seen yet with the Bebop. But, its still…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Thank You Chris, I have been paying close attention to the BeBop and I know the Achilles heel is getting the digital stabilization to work in roll. Pitch and Yaw are easy - on an oversize camera chip like they are using they are simply and X or Y…"
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Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Wonder how fast they're going to dump all the years invested in their own autopilot.  It's just like the Solaris, SCO, HPUX developers getting Linux to run on their workstations for the 1st time, 20 years ago."
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Gary: I'm a big fan of the Bebop form factor. Very portable and it works well with just a phone as a controller. The digitally stabilized video is surprisingly good -- nearly GoPro/gimbal quality.  The SkyController slightly defeats the…"
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HeliStorm commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Well, Gary McCray...saw the headline, and immediately thought about our exchange on another post. No surprise to see your comment here. This now has me climbing (albeit tentatively) over the fence I was sitting on in considering a Bebop for…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop running APM!
"Hi Chris, The BeBop is very much designed with what I consider the primary feature for future consumer use - Safety. It is very small and light and has several safety enhancements. It is also at least a reasonably serious and potentially useful…"
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Commercial use of drones in the US skyrocketing

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 3:00pm 1 Comment

The easier FAA Section 333 process and an overall sense that the US commercial drone regulatory process is heading in the right direction is leading to a boom in applications and approvals. Excerpt from a…


Omidyar-sponsored DC conference on drones for good

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 1:03pm 0 Comments

From the New America foundation, an interesting conference in Washington DC  on…


New smartphone-controlled gaming drones (with GPS) on Kickstarter

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 8:16am 0 Comments

Impressively tiny given the GPS, autopilot and promised LTE connection option. Virtual FPV racing and indoor/outdoor use. On Kickstarter…


Parrot Bebop running APM!

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 5:30pm 13 Comments

I just got back from Paris, where I was meeting with the Parrot team, who are now part of the DroneCode project. Here's the first glimpse of what they are working on: the APM code running on the Bebop drone! The…


Database of FAA drone exemptions

Posted on July 4, 2015 at 2:58pm 9 Comments

From the excellent Center of the Study of the Drone, a searchable spreadsheet with all the current FAA Section 333 exemptions for commercial use:



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,
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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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