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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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Chris Anderson commented on GliderUAV's blog post I built a thermalling drone.
"The AUAV3 site is no longer selling anything -- they're redirecting all sales to MRo, which does not sell the UDB5. Is there any other board still sold that your code can work on? "
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Chris Anderson commented on GliderUAV's blog post I built a thermalling drone.
"It is still possible to buy compatible boards? All the links provided at your wiki have now stopped selling UAVDevboards"
Saturday
Andreas Gazis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520
"Aha, thanks for the clarification Ramon."
Wednesday
Andreas Gazis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520
"Um, does this mean that Dronecore (unlike Dronekit) does not support Ardupilot? If this is true, is it not a rather mean move?"
Sep 10
Noli Sicad commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520
Sep 10

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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520

At this weels Interdrone conference Yuneec and Dronecode announced the new DroneCore SDK, which is now shipping on the new Dronecode-based Yuneec H520 commercial hexacopter.…See More
Sep 10

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Chris Anderson replied to LEECW's discussion ardupilot breakdown??
"Ah, that's the old APM board. I'm not familiar with that website (I think it's an old one no longer maintained), but that board has not been produced or supported for years. Where did you get it? It's possible to use old APM…"
Sep 6

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Chris Anderson replied to LEECW's discussion ardupilot breakdown??
"What is an "ardupilot mega 2560 board"?  Do you have a link?"
Sep 6

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Chris Anderson commented on Bob's blog post Dealing with jamming/hacking?
"Probably interference or technical problems with the drone. Although hacking is possible, what you describe sounds more like simple RF noise and perhaps a poor radio."
Sep 2
Diven Parker commented on Chris Anderson's group Agricultural UAVs
"Agricultural UAV Lipo battery http://www.genstattu.com/ta-plus2-0-15c-18000-6s1p.html Tattu Plus2.0 18000mAh 6S1P 22.2V 15C Intelligent Lipo Battery is mainly designed for DJI S1000, agriculture spraying drone, pesticide spraying drone, farming…"
Aug 31

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Chris Anderson replied to Alex Chatham's discussion PixHawk Blimp
"No need to program it. Just select the rover option with differential drive and connect the prop motors instead of wheel motors.  You can do a lot by just adjusting parameters or options in Mission Planner"
Aug 28

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Chris Anderson replied to Alex Chatham's discussion PixHawk Blimp
"You can start with the Rover code, which supports differential drive steering that is common in blimps. It won't control altitude, but that's easy to add. "
Aug 28
John Fitter commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The DIY Drones Mission (aka The Five Rules)
"Ok, now I get it. I just had a look at the perp's profile. He's a commercial vendor and my comment seems to have offended his commercial interests. I was not aware this was a site offering free advertising to vendors in exchange for…"
Aug 28
John Fitter commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The DIY Drones Mission (aka The Five Rules)
"So much for your friendly environment of peers. My third ever post and I am abused by another member - called "arigont" - clearly he means arrogant. What for? For posting a completely objective reply to a member's questions about a…"
Aug 28
Terry Well commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping
"Thank you, Auturgy for your answer."
Aug 28
Auturgy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping
"InSitu wrote an ArduPilot plugin for their own gcs software. I don't know if multi-vehicle is baseline or a custom/developmental extension. Inexa is commercially available. https://insitu.com/information-delivery/inexa-solutions/inexa-control"
Aug 26
Andrew Rabbitt commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping
"They're clearly getting good overlap on their coverage..."
Aug 24
Terry Well commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping
"Thank  you, Olivier. I suppose they are using their own software because the screen is not familiar with neither Mission Planner, APM Planner 2 nor QGroundControl."
Aug 22
earthpatrol commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping
"Insitu makes its profits by supplying the military industrial complex. Not even close to DIY anything. I guess killing machines are becoming less profitable. Next up, Precision Ag ......... Alert: intruder in the potato field."
Aug 22

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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-compatible scanning LIDAR on Kickstarter.
"It can be used as a 3D scanner (see the kit here). Pixhawk support has not been released yet. "
Aug 22

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Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520

Posted on September 10, 2017 at 1:12pm 4 Comments

At this weels Interdrone conference Yuneec and Dronecode announced the new DroneCore SDK, which is now shipping on the new Dronecode-based Yuneec H520 commercial…

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Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 9:30am 3 Comments

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with John Leipper, the Solutions Architecture Manager for drone manufacturer Insitu. At the Future Farm Drone Rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon, Insitu conducted a drone swarm demonstration using three 3DR Solos – all controlled by a single pilot using a computer. Of course, to stay in…

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Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 9:30am 5 Comments

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with John Leipper, the Solutions Architecture Manager for drone manufacturer Insitu. At the Future Farm Drone Rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon, Insitu conducted a drone swarm demonstration using three 3DR Solos – all controlled by a single pilot using a computer. Of course, to stay in…

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Introducing OpenSolo!

Posted on August 3, 2017 at 10:00am 9 Comments

Big news! Reposting from the 3DR blog. Also see the ArduPilot Team announcement here

When we launched Solo back in 2015, one of its selling points was that it was…

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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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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,
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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