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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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Víctor Mayoral commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Swarming with Solos and ROS
"Fantastic! Hopefully we'll get more use cases of ROS and Solo together. This content qualifies nicely to be posted at http://www.ros.org/news/ and get some coverage within the ROS community. @Chris Anderson, would you be interested in…"
13 hours ago

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Swarming with Solos and ROS

I've posted a bunch of teaser videos of the Solo swarming we do often at 3DR, but have not yet posted instructions on how to do it yourself -- I was just waiting for the team to document the steps. Well good news: now they have!The above video (sorry for the shaky camera -- we were excited) shows a fun exercise in in using the Solo drones to autonomously play Pong with themselves. Each "paddle" is made up of two Solos. The "ball" is the fifth. All this is automatically controlled by ROS,…See More
14 hours ago
Bill Noel commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using the new geofencing feature with the 3DR Solo
"Well after reading this blog, I'm not sure that I bought the right drone! I for one don't think 3dr should abandon their retail customers. I have the solo and am very satisfied with it. But it sounds like 3dr is going to leave most of us…"
yesterday
JesseJay commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Formula Pi" self-driving car competition on Kickstarter
"it'd like this much better if it had an imu, encoders on the wheels, and maybe a couple ultrasonic or ir range sensors on it.  As it stands it's a pretty limited platform."
yesterday
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Formula Pi" self-driving car competition on Kickstarter
"So line following robots are now self driving cars & do much worse at following the lines.  Can't wait for when line following robots are called spaceships."
yesterday

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MarioSpeedwagon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Monitoring coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef with thermal-enhanced Solo
"Hi Karen. Any update on your project? "
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"Formula Pi" self-driving car competition on Kickstarter

I've backed it. Similar concept to what we're doing at go-kart scale, but without the GPS and other big-car stuff. On Kickstarter now. Formula Pi is an exciting new race series and club designed to get people started with self-driving robotics. The aim is to give people with little hardware or software experience a platform to get started and learn how…See More
Wednesday
Jake Abernethy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How can the Syma toy copters be so stable with just one gyro??
"Hi, everyone,     New to the forum.  Life-long flight enthusiast, returning to RC related hobbies after a couple of decades away.  Hope I'm not being rude here, but this is an interesting topic.  I love these little…"
Tuesday
Alexey Dobrovolskiy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Precise indoor positioning with ultrawideband
"Pozyx based on Decawave DWM1000 module - http://www.decawave.com/products/dwm1000-module Decawave sells evaluation kits http://www.decawave.com/products/trek1000, it can work as local positioning system with 3 "anchors" and 1…"
Monday
Duffy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Winners of Airbus cargo drone competition announced
"Possibly the most energy efficient way of doing this is V-22 type tilt-rotors, anything else reduces gravimetric energy density of the system. The DHL delivery drone is maybe the best current alternative at the moment ?  The Zelator could…"
Monday

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Chris Anderson commented on Rob_Lefebvre's blog post Procyon 800E Phase 2 Beta Testing Begins
"Impressive. What kind of flight time do you expect?"
Jul 21
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Winners of Airbus cargo drone competition announced
"Yep.  The design brief boxed people into a corner.  There's only so many ways you can arrange those components into something that will work.  So the workable solutions were pretty boring, when they really wanted something…"
Jul 21

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John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Winners of Airbus cargo drone competition announced
"This is my final take on all this. Most importantly the rules of the competition pretty much dictated the design result for a functional solution. Just look at Hellcat's entry. He is a professional and did the actual math, and ended up with a…"
Jul 21
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Winners of Airbus cargo drone competition announced
"One of the real shames of it, is it didn't have to be this way.  There were some pretty good entries.  For example, the 3rd place finisher Minerva appears to actually be a plausible aircraft. I rather like it.  As an engineer, I…"
Jul 20
JB commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Winners of Airbus cargo drone competition announced
"Hey Hellcat Looks like you put a fair bit of work into it. Shame your design work didn't get you through...looks like only the pretty ones did, sadly not the ones that actually work. :-)"
Jul 20
Hellcat74 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Winners of Airbus cargo drone competition announced
"I too am one of the suckers who partciapted in the competition :) https://cocreate.localmotors.com/mark_frasca/frascair-drone/ That said, it was a rewarding experince though. Having spent a portion of my career designing wings for commercial…"
Jul 20

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Andy Little commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Winners of Airbus cargo drone competition announced
"Maybe though, the judges were looking for Style. Airbus must be bursting with aerodynamicists and structural engineers, so perhaps they were looking for people that could make things the things their engineers make look good. Image is everything on…"
Jul 19
JB commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Winners of Airbus cargo drone competition announced
"+1 Rob If good looks could only fly! It was just a cheapskate marketing study. Maybe he was going to use morphing wing elevators and helium filled batteries for extra lift to get the COG right? ;-) "
Jul 19
Joe Renteria commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Winners of Airbus cargo drone competition announced
"I participated in this design challenge. I came up with something that I hoped would address the requirements they had asked for. It was nothing I would have ever pursued on my own, so I figured why not. It was a great experience, and there were a…"
Jul 19
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Winners of Airbus cargo drone competition announced
"Yeah, some of us know a thing or two about building advanced aircraft systems that actually work.I mean, come on, the thing doesn't have elevator!  If there is some secret answer to that problem, the inventors of this contest should have…"
Jul 19

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Swarming with Solos and ROS

Posted on July 28, 2016 at 11:30pm 1 Comment

I've posted a bunch of teaser videos of the Solo swarming we do often at 3DR, but have not yet posted instructions on how to do it yourself -- I was just waiting for the team to document the steps. Well good news: now they have!

The above video (sorry for the shaky camera -- we were excited) shows a fun exercise in in using the Solo drones…

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"Formula Pi" self-driving car competition on Kickstarter

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 9:21pm 2 Comments

I've backed it. Similar concept to what we're doing at go-kart scale, but without the GPS and other big-car stuff. On Kickstarter now

Formula Pi is an exciting new race series…

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First Pixhawk-based drone company to IPO

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 11:47am 2 Comments

AgEagle, which makes a Pixhawk-powered plane for agriculture inspection (see above; full video below), is going public on NASDAQ. From sUASNews:…

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Winners of Airbus cargo drone competition announced

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 3:34pm 33 Comments

Full disclosure: I was one of the judges. Too many great entries -- it was hard to pick a winner. From Popular Science:

Zelator, by Alexey Medvedev of Omsk, Russia, which won first place…

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Using the new geofencing feature with the 3DR Solo

Posted on July 5, 2016 at 6:00pm 18 Comments

Here's a primer on custom geofencing with Solo, which has never been easier. It has just been released in the new 3DR Solo app for iOS and will be coming to Android…

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Comment Wall (117 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,
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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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