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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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3D Robotics
Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show

Congrats to Marco Robustini and his team/colleagues for a fantastic first Ferrara Drone Show, in the lovely northern Italian town of Ferrara (between Bologna and Venice). Most of the drones on display were using Pixhawk or another APM derivative such as…See More
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Greg Dronsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest Festo robo-butterflies now capable of swarming, autonomous flight
"Festo never failed to impress..."
1 hour ago
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter
"The fact is, for most of us, we look at the variety of hobby grade components available and that limits our design and capabilities. The robot dragonfly and even these little coax copters require quite a bit of electromechanical stuff you need to…"
1 hour ago
UrbanDrones commented on Chris Anderson's blog post APM-powered Splash Drone already over $100k on Kickstarter
"Thank you Robert for the feedback. If you have any more feedback, we're all ears. Your feedback is what makes the copter better."
3 hours ago
robert mcintosh commented on Chris Anderson's blog post APM-powered Splash Drone already over $100k on Kickstarter
"Just watched your gimbal test on kickstarter updates section.  Great to see your progress.  I would highly reccomend using a basecam/alexmos 32bit controller rather than the one your are using now.  you should get much much better…"
3 hours ago
UrbanDrones commented on Chris Anderson's blog post APM-powered Splash Drone already over $100k on Kickstarter
"Hi  Kristian - We added several changes to the new frame. The new version also has different internal components and flight controller. We also added a payload release mechanism, and a waterproof camera gimbal. We took all the feedback from the…"
4 hours ago
Kristian Klausen commented on Chris Anderson's blog post APM-powered Splash Drone already over $100k on Kickstarter
"Hi, Is the frame the same that is sold on fpvfactory? http://fpvfactory.com/component/jshopping/product/view/1/134.html?Itemid=0"
5 hours ago
Fredia Huya-Kouadio commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"@Daniel Nugent 3DR Services is Android deamon (backend layer) used for accessing DroneKit on Android powered devices."
6 hours ago
Daniel Wibbing commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest Festo robo-butterflies now capable of swarming, autonomous flight
"For the indoor GPS Festo is using Infrared Diodes on the butterflies and IR-Detection cameras in the room."
10 hours ago
Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter
"Still waiting for price..."
13 hours ago
Janis Kuze commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google producing low-cost ADSB transponders for drones
"Receivers are already cheap ~100$ on eBay. And if you use GCS like UgCS www.ugcs.com which supports ADS-B operator gets warnings on approaching aircraft. I agree that Ads-B should not be treated as means to implement automatic sense and avoid. As…"
15 hours ago

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Chris Anderson replied to Scott Anttila's discussion Been working on this thing for a year need to share with somone. in the group ArduPlane User Group
"The next frontier is better autolandinga, with flaps, reversible motor, Lidar for ground detection and smarter automatic landing pattern planning"
15 hours ago
Andrew Rabbitt commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google producing low-cost ADSB transponders for drones
"If an ADS-B receiver is relatively cheaply available even to the hobbyist flyer, as you describe them, then this at least will alert them to traffic that they wouldn't have probably seen anyway, as well as UAS in the vicinity.  No UAS…"
21 hours ago
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"Time to change the name to 3D Salesforce."
22 hours ago
Harry commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter
"Awww shucks, if it doesn't hold my coffee too than it's wasting space. ;)"
23 hours ago

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Chris Anderson commented on Víctor Mayoral's blog post PixHawk Fire cape crowdfunding campaign
"Victor: Name/pic look much better! Backed and tweeted..."
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Chris Anderson commented on Víctor Mayoral's blog post PixHawk Fire cape crowdfunding campaign
"@Rob: If memory serves, this was originally designed by Philip Rowse for a fire-spotting drone application in Australia. The application passed, but the name stuck!"
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3D Robotics
Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Latest Festo robo-butterflies now capable of swarming, autonomous flight

Every time Festo puts out a new video, my jaw ends up on the floor. Their robo-butterflies can now navigate with "indoor GPS", which I think means motion capture cameras. Also: check out that ant! (20x+ as big as a real ant, but still!)From CNET:FestoThe family of animal robots created by German robotics company Festo is growing. As part of its Bionic Learning Network, the company…See More
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Hans Miller commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter
"Not if you're Festo, it seems.Festo – eMotionButterflies (English): http://youtu.be/1gu3z7w4Vc8"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter
"Remember the Robot Dragonfly, which raised $1.2 million on Indiegogo? They're now two years late and still have only now got the flying to the tethered lab demo stage (see below). Exotics airframe designs are really expensive and hard to get…"
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Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

Congrats to Marco Robustini and his team/colleagues for a fantastic first Ferrara Drone Show, in the lovely northern Italian town of Ferrara (between Bologna and Venice). Most of the drones on display were using Pixhawk or another APM…

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Latest Festo robo-butterflies now capable of swarming, autonomous flight

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

Every time Festo puts out a new video, my jaw ends up on the floor. Their robo-butterflies can now navigate with "indoor GPS", which I think means motion capture cameras. Also: check out that ant! (20x+ as big as a real ant, but still!)

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3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 9:00am 13 Comments

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We’re thrilled to announce the release of DroneKit, an open platform for drone app development. DroneKit packages years of 3DR’s flight control R&D into a single robust and extensible platform which developers can use to create…
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Create waypoint path/missions with Maya, KML, Autodesk, more

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 7:36am 1 Comment

Ospheric has just released a beta of its new cloud-based flight planning service, which allows you to import paths from Maya, Collada, Autodesk and Google Earth and export them as APM waypoint files. As Ospheric's Jon Farat…

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First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 5:30am 13 Comments

Interesting coaxial design coming from Ascent Aerosystems. In general coaxial designs have limited speed and maneuverability, but for the "aerial selfie" application this is designed for, that may be fine.  I don't see a stabilizing gimbal, so I imagine this is mostly for still photos. Very portable and…

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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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