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Feedback on new manuals

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Submit your ArduCopter configuration files here

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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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Gustavo Togeiro de Alckmin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"Great discussion and great points were brought by Al. I also do not feel comfortable by reading the word "clone" referring to a open source project."
1 hour ago
Al Billings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"Thanks."
4 hours ago
Andrew Zaborowski commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"https://github.com/balrog-kun/ardupilot YMMV - I want to keep rebasing it on the weekends while possible, right now admittedly you probably aren't gaining much by using it instead of the last officially supported APM version. BTW I should say I…"
4 hours ago
Al Billings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"Maybe I should take it up with you privately but given that I have a bunch of Chinese hardware, I'd love to know where your tree lives if you're keeping APM functionality alive."
4 hours ago
Andrew Zaborowski commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"BTW the reason I started to maintain that tree is so I could contribute a piece of code to the project, as otherwise I'd have no test platform.  The availability of a cheap hardware platform usually brings a boost in development man-hours…"
4 hours ago
Al Billings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"I agree that I was a bit confrontational but I've heard complaints about how the Chinese are "stealing" for years from certain people in the ardupilot community when, in fact, they're largely using the license in an exactly legal…"
4 hours ago
Al Billings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"You already can't run dome APM versions with a number of the boards. They mysteriously "don't work" (though work fine if you revert to a slightly more early version). The received wisdom, true or not, with the hobby folks I know…"
4 hours ago
Al Billings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"Last I checked, the license did not prohibit "soulless leaches." I guess the project needs a better open source license that does."
4 hours ago
Andrew Zaborowski commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"I have to agree with Al although his initial wording wasn't great (I also work on open-source for a living).  If the boards are designed and published under a specific license it has to be assumed that this was the will of the…"
4 hours ago
Richard commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"@Al Billings, the cloners do not contribute to the project, either monetarily, nor to the code base itself. which is the very spirit of open source. They do not offer customer support, nor support the project in any way. Personally I consider…"
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Thomas J Coyle III commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"Gentlemen, Let's keep these posts civil and back away from the flames or I will closeout this thread to any further posts which would be a shame. Regards, TCIII Admin"
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Al Billings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"How much do you pay for your web browser, Rob? Are you stealing it by not paying or is it, perhaps, open source and freely available?"
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Al Billings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"Let go of your aspberger's for a moment and don't hyperfocus on the percentages from a single statement. I notice you addressed nothing of the rest of what I said. So I'll ask again: Are you for or against open source? If…"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"Al, you are the one trying to make this argument about something other than what it is.  You stated "A flight controller shouldn't cost 80% of the total cost of my build." That statement is unsupportable. There is no inherent…"
5 hours ago
Al Billings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"People should be asking themselves, "If this is an APM clone, does it violate the license it is released under?" If the answer is "yes," then look to remedies, legal and otherwise. If it doesn't violate the license, then…"
6 hours ago
Al Billings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"I buy cheap clones because I have something like eight drones. I'm not sticking a $250 set of electronics in each one. I stick high end electronics in one or two and I buy the rest from China. Sorry if you find that so offensive (actually,…"
6 hours ago
Al Billings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"Why do they have to "justify" buying cheap clones? Is it open source or not? If it is, then anyone can use the source to make something to sell unless you've stuck a non-commercial license. It sounds like the real problem is that…"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"I never attributed those words to you, so I'm not putting them in your mouth.  However, many others have used those words before when making the same argument.  (ie: justifying their reason for buying cheap clones).  "
6 hours ago
Al Billings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"People will pay for things if they feel the cost is reasonable and for the convenience and support of a project. If the cost is 4X (which it has been before) as a price difference, there has to be a reason to pay that fourfold cost beyond "it…"
7 hours ago
Al Billings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)
"Part of the reason I use 3DR stuff (and I've bought a full quadcopter from them before) is because it is open source. If they go closed source, then they really are just another drone business and I'll just go where the feature set and…"
7 hours ago

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New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 11:57am 64 Comments

It's like the best of both worlds! APM software with a familiar white GPS puck and nice wasp-waist controller box. Just $98 at…

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A tribute to the hacker origins of MultiWii

Posted on April 19, 2015 at 8:34pm 3 Comments

Hackaday gives a well-deserved call-out to the creators of the MultiWii project:

With more than five years down the road in this successful hack, [Alexinparis] and his pioneering…

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A glimpse of the scene at the 3DR booth at NAB

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 8:00pm 19 Comments

The crowds for one of the demos of the new LIDAR/Optical flow position hold. Works great and SO much better than sonar, since it can handle any surface, indoors and out. The same tech can be used for precision landing on designated markers.

You get a prize if you can beat our team at ping…

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Full Solo launch video

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 10:51pm 26 Comments

Epic job by the 3DR video team. They got their Ridley Scott on ;-)

Dronecode Conference presentations posted

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 10:00pm 5 Comments

On March 23rd in San Jose, we had the first DroneCode conference, as part of the Embedded Linus Conference. Above is just the first meeting of official DroneCode members (mostly…

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Comment Wall (110 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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