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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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Ben Hayat commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turbine-powered quad first flight
":-) :-) "
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Damouav commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Angela Merkel admires an IRIS
"Come on guys, Turnbull cant help it if he was born with no brain in the stupid looking head of his."
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Chris Anderson replied to Bill Piedra's discussion DIY Drones Mentioned on CNN
"Congrats! Thanks for passing that along.."
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Chim Xotox commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turbine-powered quad first flight
"@AKRCGUY: The point? The point is simple: 1. Take your pick of whatever items are currently "hot" in wealthy cultures/countries. 2. Make an extreme version of whatever it is. The more bizarre the better; it's helpful but not mandatory…"
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AKRCGUY commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turbine-powered quad first flight
"Is the turbine being used as a generator to run the electric motors?  I don't see the point.  If you thought lipos were flamable........"
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F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turbine-powered quad first flight
"I think it could be made to fly, I was looking at a older JetCat thinking about this as a powerplant however still think a horizontally oppossesd 2 box will do better."
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Graham Dyer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turbine-powered quad first flight
""Flight" might be a slight exaggeration..."
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Jake Devlin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turbine-powered quad first flight
"Looks safe and completely not crazy! haha"
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Eddie Weeks commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turbine-powered quad first flight
"Its was done in 2007 and only flew for 6 min... Burned 1lb of fuel per min... Not an efficient idea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQxufg0R5Dc "
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Stone1295 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turbine-powered quad first flight
"According to the website they're looking at having a max payload of 250lbs and a flight duration of 2 minutes. :) -Mike"
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Crashpilot1000 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turbine-powered quad first flight
"The Stig is testing Multirotors now!"
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Martin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turbine-powered quad first flight
"Cracking toast Gromit."
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Quadzimodo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Angela Merkel admires an IRIS
"Excerpt from SMH article: "The expression on Malcolm Turnbull's face said it all as the senior minister hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a tour of a research facility the Abbott government has cut funding to. The decision to…"
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Julien Dubois commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Gobot -- Drones programmed in the Go language
"At first sight, the data types are not defined, and you can just use a new variable without assigning a type (int, float, ...). I'm not sure that kind of langage if the most relevant for low level programming."
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Scott Powell commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Angela Merkel admires an IRIS
"Yeah, the guy with contempt all over his face is Malcolm Turnbull(shit)."
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Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turbine-powered quad first flight
"Wallace finally gets into unmanned aviation "
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Local Idiot commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA issues notice clarifying legal model aircraft use, bans FPV goggles?
"There is something wrong when un elected people get to make decisions like this.  More over statues and regulations are not law in anyway shape or form."
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Phil Gordon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turbine-powered quad first flight
"I love the mad professors,without them we`d probably still walking around instead of flying,driving etc."
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Marc Ramsey commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turbine-powered quad first flight
"According to his website that's a turbojet in the center, not a turboshaft driving a genset.  The (battery powered?) propellors are for attitude control only.  This is a subscale prototype, the real thing is supposed carry a…"
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Ben Dellar commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turbine-powered quad first flight
"Love the testing location also. Interesting given the other quite complex safety precautions (tether on a gimbal looking thing) and all. I am guessing they walked straight out the front of the office and decided to test there to make it easy."
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Turbine-powered quad first flight

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:16pm 15 Comments

OMG. Turbine-powered quadcopter test flight -- next to a road. Love the car that pulls up to gawk at the end

Gobot -- Drones programmed in the Go language

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 10:45pm 2 Comments

GoBot is a new robot-control applications interface using the Go programming language, including support for 3DR copters and others using MAVLink.

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Gobot has a extensible…

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Angela Merkel admires an IRIS

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 10:20pm 8 Comments

One of our great academic collaborators, Fabio Ramos at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, uses both Iris and Aero as a research platforms.…
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Google leasing NASA Moffet Field for drone, space research

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 10:41pm 12 Comments

This is good news for Bay Area drone research! From Business Week:

Google Inc. has…

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Arducopter Region-of-Interest demonstration video

Posted on November 5, 2014 at 10:14am 8 Comments

Nice post over at sUAS News:

The rain has finally subsided so I went out to the RC field for some quadcopter fiddling and testing.

The below video shows a quick demonstration of the Region Of Interest (ROI) function of…

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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,
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,
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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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