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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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Daniel Pere commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Affordable new RTK GPS, designed for Pixhawk/APM
"This is precisely what I have been looking for! But I have to say with all honesty, and no intention of causing any bad feelings , this whole Indiegogo thing is something that is really alien to me. As the consumer, how are we protected? This is one…"
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Chris Anderson commented on Randy's blog post Multi-Vehicle testing with APM:Copter, Tracker and Mission Planner
"Randy, given that APM Planner and QGroundControl were designed with a multi-UAV architecture at the core, would this have been easier if you had used them rather than Mission Planner?"
15 hours ago
Doug Walmsley commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AirMap, new site to show safe flight zones
"I would like to have layered filters auto apply for the different classes of airspace.  If air vehicle starts out flying under 500ft then only show restrictions for that block altitude ranges.  If the air vehicle ascends into any other…"
17 hours ago
Lasse Lundberg commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"you need ground, tx and rx....but not red (v+)"
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Richard Walker commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"Hi all, I am trying to hook up the GPS data from the flight controller on my Quanum Nova to the Fatshark 250mw transmitter and camera that I have attached so I can have the GPS data as On Screen Display (OSD). My APM F/C has the micro JST socket…"
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Todd Urban commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Hybrid hex uses gas/electric combo to get 2.5 hours flight time
"those liquid piston engines are awesome"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Hybrid hex uses gas/electric combo to get 2.5 hours flight time
"Very cool, the 95% efficient generator and a light weight engine design like the Wankel are probably just what you need to make this work."
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Bill Isenberger commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Chinese APM/Pixhawk dev community taking off
"Is there an English section? 3D interface sounds petty cool!"
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Patrick Poirier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Hybrid hex uses gas/electric combo to get 2.5 hours flight time
"It looks like a Wankel type engine like LiquidPiston is developping: http://liquidpiston.com/technology/x-mini-gasoline/ Connected to a Hallback Array type of…"
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Michael Visser commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Chinese APM/Pixhawk dev community taking off
"Could we add multiple map sources (e.g. Baidu, Tencent, AMAP, Bing, etc.) to MP to further internationalize it?"
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Emlid commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Affordable new RTK GPS, designed for Pixhawk/APM
"Gary, sure! We expect to start shipping them in the end of July."
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Emlid commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Affordable new RTK GPS, designed for Pixhawk/APM
"Nicholas, currently yes, it will require a separate radio just like Piksi. With Reach you can as well connect a 3G modem to get corrections from a local NTRIP caster. Deeper integration is something that is possible with existing hardware and will…"
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Gary Seven commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Affordable new RTK GPS, designed for Pixhawk/APM
"Wow! Would this be out in 2015?"
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Paul Schreiber commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Hybrid hex uses gas/electric combo to get 2.5 hours flight time
"afaik hydrogen fuel cells are not really off the shelf. After a few use lots of parts need to be replaced."
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Nicholas Witham commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Affordable new RTK GPS, designed for Pixhawk/APM
"How integrated is this with arducopter? Is it as easy to setup as the regular 3dr GPS? Will it be able to communicate via mavlink,or do we need to use 2 airborne telemetry modules like the piksi does ?"
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Chris Anderson replied to Shaheen Adelinia's discussion FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. PLEASE HELP.
"Ah. There's your problem. Clone quality can be pretty poor. "
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Chris Anderson replied to Shaheen Adelinia's discussion FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. PLEASE HELP.
"Possibly. It is an official 3DR Pixhawk? If so, you can contact customer support and they can send you a new one. help@3drobotics.com"
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Chris Anderson replied to Shaheen Adelinia's discussion FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. PLEASE HELP.
"What kind of ESCs are you using? And why are you powering Pixhawk from an ESC, rather than the Power Module?"
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Chris Anderson replied to Shaheen Adelinia's discussion FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. PLEASE HELP.
"Have you done an ESC calibration?"
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Cala commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Chinese APM/Pixhawk dev community taking off
"That looks like when I begin to read this forum when I started Drones LOL"
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Chinese APM/Pixhawk dev community taking off

Posted on May 2, 2015 at 1:49pm 3 Comments

RenTT writes to let us know that the Chinese APM/Pixhawk developer community is taking off, and there is a new site focused on this called…

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Hybrid hex uses gas/electric combo to get 2.5 hours flight time

Posted on May 2, 2015 at 12:08pm 6 Comments

If you can ignore the over-the-top music on this video from Top Flight, the MIT spin-off company has some very interesting power technology that can get 100 mile range of one gallon of gas.  More details in…

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Affordable new RTK GPS, designed for Pixhawk/APM

Posted on May 2, 2015 at 12:00pm 6 Comments

This new Indiegogo project looks very good, and at $225 Reach is about a quarter of the price of other RTK GPSs. Backed!

What is Reach and what is it for?

Reach is for applications when your standard GPS with…

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AirMap, new site to show safe flight zones

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 6:29am 3 Comments

From DroneLife:

On Thursday, the team behind NoFlyZone.org launched AirMap, a…

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Drone parachute project on Kickstarter

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 6:22am 3 Comments

On Kickstarter now:

SmartChutes is an intelligent parachute system that has been…

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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,
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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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