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Feedback on new manuals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gustav Kuhn Apr 14, 2013. 130 Replies

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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John A. Malley commented on Chris Anderson's blog post WSJ scoop on forthcoming FAA rules -- pilots license will be required for commercial use unless Congress intervenes
"A pilot's license isn't needed so much as is a pilot's understanding of controlled airspace and the "rules of the road." I think in the long run we in the USA will see something similar to the rules in 14 CFR PART 101-…"
5 hours ago

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Chris Anderson replied to Joseph Brands's discussion Photogrammetry with 3DR Quad
"For photogrammetry, you typically don't need a gimbal. A fixed downward facing camera works fine. If you do want to use a gimbal (for 3D scanning, for example), you might try the IRIS+ with the GoPro gimbal. We use the GoPro for most of…"
20 hours ago
Josh commented on Chris Anderson's blog post WSJ scoop on forthcoming FAA rules -- pilots license will be required for commercial use unless Congress intervenes
"The FAA is going to make so many hoops to jump through to get "licensed" that it won't be worth it"
22 hours ago

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Chris Anderson commented on Hugues's blog post How to Write (Set) a Pixhawk parameter using the Mavlink protocol standard
"Impressive! And welcome to Python (I had to look up "class" not so long ago, too ;-) It's the best language for non-developers like us)"
yesterday
Josh Welsh commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"I hear ya man, don't sweat it.  Now let's go fly! :)"
yesterday
Denny Rowland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post WSJ scoop on forthcoming FAA rules -- pilots license will be required for commercial use unless Congress intervenes
"I can say with confidence that over the last forty years almost all accidents involving full size aircraft AP ops. have happened as a result of flying below 500 feet above ground level. The next offending indiscretion was taking into account the…"
yesterday
Drones Daily commented on Chris Anderson's blog post WSJ scoop on forthcoming FAA rules -- pilots license will be required for commercial use unless Congress intervenes
"We've been working on a tool to help people find out how far they are from active airstrips in the US - http://www.caniflyadrone.com - would love to get peoples feedback here!"
yesterday
Drones Daily commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"We've been working on a tool to help people find out how far they are from active airstrips in the US - http://www.caniflyadrone.com - would love to get peoples feedback here!"
yesterday
Drones Daily commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
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Denny Rowland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post WSJ scoop on forthcoming FAA rules -- pilots license will be required for commercial use unless Congress intervenes
"Full size Aerial Photography in the UK has not been altogether without incidence. We had jet fighters having mid air collisions with Cessnas and a few low flyers who managed controlled flight into terrain. It took about twenty five years before any…"
yesterday
Doug Walmsley commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"@Josh and @David I apologize for the comment I made earlier, I'm venting because there are folks out there who think they know what's best for me and others.  I do see a benefit for having it, but I don't want it forced on me…"
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Chris Anderson replied to Edgar Scott's discussion Should we put an end to requiring a traditional Tx for Multicopters? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"I haven't touched RC sticks for months. I just use Droidplanner (and AC3.2 with EKF turned on) and often just over Bluetooth -- it's the ideal mobile-first experience, especially when you're doing auto missions like mapping, scanning…"
yesterday
Josh Welsh commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"I actually live inside two circles haha"
yesterday

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David Anders commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"I live within one of the circles... The dotted lines in the sky are quite annoying. But seriously, I share your pain."
Thursday
Doug Walmsley commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"My issue is with the display.  I can barley see the map due to the TFR circle over my property.  I'm not saying to rid it, but I'm allowed to fly withing the TFR as long as I do not break the 400' ceiling.  Therefore, I…"
Thursday
Josh Welsh commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"That is exactly right, and the operators are held responsible 100% of the time for their actions, regardless of what the copter does, so this choice should absolutely not be removed.  Use the TFR data and build a fence and call it good. I also…"
Thursday

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David Anders commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Just to throw a spanner in there. There have been instances where drones have been officially used at airports so I'd been keen to ensure there are no restrictions at all. Information / warning screens sure, but no restrictions."
Thursday
Doug Walmsley commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"@ Nathaniel I submitted a Issue ticket at Github Mission Planner for a need to disable but provided another option.  Take a look and let me know or MichaelO if there is something I missed or if others feel there is something better to…"
Thursday

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Nathaniel Caner commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"@Doug, I think that sounds like a good compromise. It achieves notification but won't interfere with acceptable flight standards. Do you fly at one of the AMA sites I spoke of? Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
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Charles lakins commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"That's a good idea Doug"
Thursday

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Turbine-powered quad first flight

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:16pm 18 Comments

OMG. Turbine-powered quadcopter test flight -- next to a road. Love the car that pulls up to gawk at the end

Gobot -- Drones programmed in the Go language

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 10:45pm 2 Comments

GoBot is a new robot-control applications interface using the Go programming language, including support for 3DR copters and others using MAVLink.

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Gobot has a extensible…

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Angela Merkel admires an IRIS

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 10:20pm 10 Comments

One of our great academic collaborators, Fabio Ramos at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, uses both Iris and Aero as a research platforms.…
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Google leasing NASA Moffet Field for drone, space research

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 10:41pm 12 Comments

This is good news for Bay Area drone research! From Business Week:

Google Inc. has…

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Comment Wall (109 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,
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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