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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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Marc MERLIN commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Another random question: on pixhawk, if I want to pass receiver RSSI (taranis X8R), I get the RSSI out, put an RC filter, and plug that into the sbus port of the pixhawk and configure  RSSI_PIN: 103 Pixhawk mini does not have that port. Can I…"
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Marc MERLIN commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Thanks, 30A indeed sounds like the most I'd feel comfortable putting through that power module. As far as how much my motor will use, no worries, I know exactly how much it will be drawing before I take off (through bench testing and a 100A in…"
yesterday
Arbutus commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"The FC only uses a few hundred mA.  The question is whether the power module can safely and continuously handle the peak current that the aircraft requires.   IMHO the Mini 10S power module is good for about 30A or put another way, a…"
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Marc MERLIN commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Wait, I don't need to pass 10 through the little power connector going to the pixhawk's power module plug.  I just need to pass 50-60amps (unlikely that I'd peak at 80, but if so it'd be a very short peak) from the XT60 in…"
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Arbutus commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"The quoted ratings for most small electronics in this hobby are usually very exaggerated.    The 14awg wire used for the 10S power module is normally considered suitable for up to 10 amps.  The XT60 connector is considered appropriate…"
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Marc MERLIN commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Thanks Chris, but that was not my question :) I need the amps rating, both for the current sensor and if the printed circuit board has a lower rating due to the lack of size on the copper traces from power in to power out, I'd need the lower…"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"The PM in the standard Pixhawk Mini kit is 6S. The 10S power module is an optional extra. "
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Marc MERLIN commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Can the power module really do 90A? The documentation sometimes says it's 10S capable, and I've read elsewhere it's 6S. I only need 4S but I'm not sure if I can trust the amp rating. The current sensor shunt says 0M50 on it, and…"
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Dronecode updates for July: new QGroundControl, FPGA autopilot, PX4 1.6

Lots of news and updates from the Dronecode team this month: 1) The Aerotenna OcPoC autopilot (video above) now supports the Dronecode/PX4 software stack!● FPGA and dual-core ARM processors in OcPoC allow for real-time signal processing and for executing complicated algorithms, enabling exciting new possibilities for artificial intelligence, deep learning, and a truly autonomous and intelligent UAV●…See More
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Jimmy Oliver commented on Chris Anderson's group Agricultural UAVs
"Selling P3A with NDVI (Red+NIR) on eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/332314900427"
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Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones at 85,000 members -- a look back at an extraordinary decade
"Interesting for a graph to show a fall in addition to the rise.  With 3D TV, virtual reality goggles, self driving cars, 3D printers, they only showed rising graphs, then they disappeared."
Jul 15
Bill Isenberger commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Does the voltage on the RC out need to be stepped up from 3 volts to 5 volts like with the Pixhawk?"
Jul 10
Bill Isenberger commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Thanks for the info Chris."
Jul 10

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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"You can use any of the RC out channels. The old APM A9 method has not been needed for years. "
Jul 10
Bill Isenberger commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Thanks Chris, but that does not address the Pixhawk Mini specifically. I have used the method outlined here with an APM and it works perfectly. http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/apm-to-chdk-camera-link-tutorial Does the mini have an output for…"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
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Bill Isenberger commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Can the Pixhawk Mini be used to trigger a CHDK enabled camera? If so what is needed?"
Jul 10
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones at 85,000 members -- a look back at an extraordinary decade
"Hi Chris, I agree about the autonomy thing, although when DIYD all started back in the Pleistocene, autonomy was a pretty illusive capability. State of the art was the IR horizon detector. In reality RC multicopters are kind of a hybrid by…"
Jul 8

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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones at 85,000 members -- a look back at an extraordinary decade
"Thanks all for the kind words! @Gary: I've generally applied a bias that "drones" are autonomous, and the FPVs are "remotely piloted" and thus not drones. We don't apply this rule very rigorously, but it stems from the…"
Jul 7
Cala commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones at 85,000 members -- a look back at an extraordinary decade
"Congrats Chris :) , I agree that it´s easier buy a phantom than diy your own drone but I spend much more time building, configuring, searching and asking in forums than flying; I hope that if I buy a phantom, the second day is in the closet…"
Jul 7

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Dronecode updates for July: new QGroundControl, FPGA autopilot, PX4 1.6

Posted on July 22, 2017 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Lots of news and updates from the Dronecode team this month: 

1) The Aerotenna OcPoC autopilot (video above) now supports the Dronecode/PX4 software stack!

● FPGA and dual-core ARM processors in…

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DIY Drones at 85,000 members -- a look back at an extraordinary decade

Posted on July 6, 2017 at 6:00pm 9 Comments

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 85,000 members! We're also more than ten years old!

Rather than simply give the usual monthly traffic snapshot, I thought I'd give the data…

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ArduPilot, PX4 dominate AUVSI drone competition

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 10:00am 10 Comments

When we got started ten years ago, the annual AUVSI student drone competition was dominated by commercial autopilots, such as Piccolo. Now it's almost entirely open source autopilots, led by ArduPilot (14 of top 20) and Dronecode/PX4 (3 of top twenty). I'm super proud of this having co-founded…

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How do modern open source autopilots compare to aerospace-grade IMUs?

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 10:21am 35 Comments

I noticed that Digikey is now selling Honeywell's newest aerospace-grade IMUs, which cost $1,328 each (note that's just for the IMU; it's not…

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Intel cancels Edison, Joule boards

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 5:50am 19 Comments

It was well known that Edison was going to be discontinued this year, but Joule, which was just released, is a surprise. This is bad news for any autopilot board that uses Edison, such as Pixhawk 2.1, which will now have to move to another companion computer. (I'd suggest Raspberry Pi). From …

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Comment Wall (118 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,
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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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