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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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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"Thanks for the clear and balanced statement Chris.  I can't disagree with any of that.Most commercial companies only want to put money into IP that they own.  For that, the BSD license is more attractive.  I think it's…"
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John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones at 80,000 members! Reflections on the evolution of DIY robotics and the next big things
"I don't know the timescale for the 'Returning Visitor' graph, but close to 54% seems very good to me for a niche web page like this."
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Fnoop commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"PX4 is the future, perhaps because the licensing is more amenable to commercial closed-source enterprise?"
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John commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"Oh, and what future products do you guys have coming out?? "
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John commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"OK, SO how long do you think Solo will stay available and updated?"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"John: No, that's not correct. Solo will remain APM. I was referring only to future products that will switch to PX4 as the preferred stack (although they will ideally also support APM if customers want to use that). "
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John commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"So if I am getting the vibe right, there will be Solos running some sort of PX4 hardware. And only for Enterprise customers? I can understand the PX4, but dropping the customer base??"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"@Marc: thanks for the thoughtful reply. It's confusing because I wear lots of hats (3DR, Dronecode, DIY Drones, personal and ArduPilot founder) and sometimes what's right for one domain is not best for another.  Personally, I use…"
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Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"@James. Yes. It is frustrating. My take is that 3DR is going to champion PX4 and use it as a basis for future developments. I suppose it makes sense as the license is more forgiving and you cannot build a RTF UAV business on open IP easily. So…"
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Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"@Chris A - it is always exciting to see new development. For me Arducopter is still very much the present and maybe the future. I think PX4 makes a lot of sense to 3DR in the quest to make systems and solutions that you can monetize. I am always…"
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Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"So did Twitter make the buyout offer now?"
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Roberto Navoni commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones at 80,000 members! Reflections on the evolution of DIY robotics and the next big things
"How many active user have at the moment because the 80K user are from begin ? Do you have that information ? Congratulation for your 80K  Best Roberto "
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Tom Pittenger commented on Chris Anderson's blog post PX4 running on Parrot Bebop
"So px4 is running natively on Linux?"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post PX4 running on Parrot Bebop
"PX4 does fly nicely in the lab. Congrats."
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James commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"Future for 3DR, or more than that? The innuendo is thick, but no one is willing to make clear statements about what is going on. Frustrating!"
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Roberto Navoni commented on Chris Anderson's blog post PX4 running on Parrot Bebop
"Already tested with Ardupilot 1 years ago ad it flying well the limit is that the camera is not accessible by Ardupilot stack is available on PX4 ?  best Roberto "
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James commented on Chris Anderson's blog post PX4 running on Parrot Bebop
"Phil! Behave yourself! That might be interpreted as jibe by a Dronecode Director towards the Dronecode Chairman! I'm sure Chris is openly, equally and actively promoting all aspects of the Dronecode organization he leads. Or am I wrong? Chris?"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"@Marc: Just a few more weeks. PX4 is the future. Modern architecture and full-stack approach. Times change and so do we."
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Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones at 80,000 members! Reflections on the evolution of DIY robotics and the next big things
"@Gary. Absolutely agree. 3DR needs to plot its own course and Ardupilot likewise. Given the capability of RTF vehicles I am not sure that it will seem very cutting edge to DIY multi-copters much longer unless there is a very specific professional…"
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PX4 running on Parrot Bebop

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 10:25pm 4 Comments

Support for the Parrot Bebop has been added by the ETH team so it can be used more in research and testing. More details here

DIY Drones at 80,000 members! Reflections on the evolution of DIY robotics and the next big things

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 7:30am 9 Comments

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's a 80,000! 

There has been a huge amount of change in the drone market since this started as a hobby scratchpad for me back in 2007. We helped…

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We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 9:55pm 19 Comments

Nine years and 80,000 members ago, we started with this

That first Lego Mindstorms autopilot was feeble, sure, but it was also…

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Tickets now on sale for Sparkfun's Autonomous Vehicle Competition

Posted on August 17, 2016 at 10:34am 0 Comments

Even if you don't plan to bring an autonomous rover to Sparkfun's AVC in Boulder, Colorado on Sept 17, you can still register as a spectator to see the racing. Tickets are now on sale …

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Intel announces new Aero drone development board based on Dronecode PX4 software

Posted on August 16, 2016 at 8:00pm 37 Comments

Today at the Intel Developer Forum, CEO Brian Krzanichannounced both the company's Aero drone development board and a full ready-to-fly drone based on Aer on the company's RealSense…

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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,
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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