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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 replied to Don's discussion Intel Watson Pixhawk 2
"If you're just starting, a standard Pixhawk is more than good enough and much cheaper.  Clones are available for less than $100 on Amazon, or you can even get an official 3DR Pixhawk Mini for just $92"
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Chris Anderson replied to Don's discussion Intel Watson Pixhawk 2
"It's been cancelled, so yes that's a dead end. "
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Chris Anderson replied to Don's discussion Intel Watson Pixhawk 2
"Do you mean Edison?"
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Greg Dronsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Low-cost sense and avoid for microdrones
"Compatibility with Ardupilot is imminent, right? If the product goes beyond demo unit naturally..."
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ZTW Brushless ESC commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Low-cost sense and avoid for microdrones
"so small PFV, i like"
Jan 11
ZTW Brushless ESC commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 1,000+ drone swarms in China
"there are lots of Rc airplane, can you tell me what is the brushless ESC in the Rc airplane?? thanks"
Jan 11
Ellen Zhu commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 1,000+ drone swarms in China
"@Chris Anderson I am sorry that we do not know autopiolt they use. I think this is the core of swarm flying that could only know by themselved. Still, they are on behalf of chinese technology and I am really pround of them who use our…"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 1,000+ drone swarms in China
"Ellen, do you know what autopilot they used for that?"
Jan 8
Ellen Zhu commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 1,000+ drone swarms in China
"The 117 drones set the world record for most fixed-wing drones in a single swarm. use Skywalker X6, you could see the link and video under below: http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/fixed-wing-uav-swarm-prototype-of-skywalker-x6 I think it is good…"
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Darrell Burkey commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 2017 DIY Drones year in review
"Never let the truth get in the way of a good story."
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Auturgy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 2017 DIY Drones year in review
"Chris, I know you use this forum to advertise DroneCode, but continually attempting to paint ArduPilot as less ‘professional’ than px4 is misleading. That gpl v3 is less commercially friendly is just untrue for most businesses and…"
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Daniel Domit commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Swarming Solos over Berkeley
"Ill be sure to contact them, thank you so much! This is in mexico and regulations are a bit easier to work with here! :)"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Swarming Solos over Berkeley
"Intel has not released it for sale. They just operate a fleet themselves for promotional purposes. Drone shows require regulatory approval and a huge amount of preparation.  But there are companies that will put one on for you, like this one."
Jan 2
Daniel Domit commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Swarming Solos over Berkeley
"Thanks again, Why cant I buy that? i thought they released those drones with that purpose. I have a client who wants a drone show, what would you recommend its the best way to do this?"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Swarming Solos over Berkeley
"The best is probably the Intel Shooting Star combo, but you can't buy that. In terms of what you can buy, uGCS seems best for that. "
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Daniel Domit commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Swarming Solos over Berkeley
"Thanks a lot Chris! What do would you say its the best software for animations with swarms of drones today?"
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Daniel Domit commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Swarming Solos over Berkeley
"Did the tutorial ever come out?"
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1,000+ drone swarms in China

Posted on January 8, 2018 at 6:00pm 4 Comments

This June 2017 swarm of 117 drones set the world record for the most fixed-wing drones in a single swarm.

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2017 DIY Drones year in review

Posted on January 2, 2018 at 7:30pm 2 Comments

2017 was our tenth year, and since one drone year is like ten regular years, we're practically a century old! A few thoughts on the past twelve months:

First, we've continued to grow here, although not as fast as the boom years from 2012 to 2015 (see above)

More importantly, the two open…

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Guy Pearce plays a modified DJI Phantom in "Donny the Drone"

Posted on December 26, 2017 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

"Donny the Drone" is voiced by Guy Pearce in this new sci-fi short featuring a modified DJI Phantom.

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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,
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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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