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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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Tiziano Fiorenzani commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Risk based autonomous planning in PX4 Sim
"Looks great. Can I suggest the name as PIX-CRAFT ;-)"
14 hours ago
adil raja commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Use an open-source flight simulator to test your UAVs
"This thread seems to be old but useful. I wonder if someone can refer to a tutorial paper on as to how to integrate machine learning with flight gear. It would be really nice to reflect on the flightgear variables that can be useful for modeling as…"
20 hours ago
Cala commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones at 78,000 members
"Congrats!!! Today I can see main page but can't upload images and files yet."
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Chris Anderson replied to Forrest Haller's discussion What are the standard CAN protocols that drones use?
"UAVCAN"
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Greg Dronsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones at 78,000 members
"I think the servers are starting to melt, because there is this login problem quite often recently: http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/home-page-and-mails-aren-t-working?commentId=705844%3AComment%3A2237526 I had to logout to see the page"
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NiMA Asghari commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Risk based autonomous planning in PX4 Sim
"This is really useful, especially if it could have an interactive interface for pre-flight check of the planned route. If elevation data and/or 3D city map is given, with some effort, this algorithm should also be able to find safe(r) landing areas…"
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MAGnet Systems commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Cool Pixhawk-compatible long-distance directional radio
"And this one shows how to manually activate each antenna through an Arduino and a serial monitor by typing the respective antenna numbers 1 through 4. You can use any serial monitor i.e. from an Android smartphone as on this video.  "
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MAGnet Systems commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Cool Pixhawk-compatible long-distance directional radio
"This video shows a special version of the Pharos antenna that includes a spherical video camera at the bottom of the antenna (more on this shortly). You can see the activation sequence of each one of the 4 antenna panels (by the corresponding LED)…"
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MAGnet Systems commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Cool Pixhawk-compatible long-distance directional radio
"@ Albert, Yes we will offer the antenna controller as a standalone device and also accompanied by a pre-programmed Arduino-mini (or Teensy) that includes the basic code to control the antenna activation sequence. The Arduino code will allow you to…"
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Chris Anderson replied to Asaf Sarid's discussion Change message interval ardupilot
"Do you need to do this in C++? It's easiest to do it in Python using Dronekit. "
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Albert Pienaar commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Cool Pixhawk-compatible long-distance directional radio
"Would you consider making a versions available without the antennas to keep cost down Then we can add our own. Thanks"
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MAGnet Systems commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Cool Pixhawk-compatible long-distance directional radio
"@ Jason, The Pharos antenna (and its integrated controller) is compatible with the Pixhawk firmware only. To make it compatible with other platforms (i.e. the Phantom you mentioned) we would need to have access to their telemetry code (which we…"
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Chris Anderson replied to DavidLee's discussion 3DR Radio Telemetry design schematic
"BTW, the telemetry radios haven't disappeared. They're just now being made by HobbyKing, with our blessings  "
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Chris Anderson replied to DavidLee's discussion 3DR Radio Telemetry design schematic
"You can open those files with Eagle. They include the schematic"
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Jason K. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Cool Pixhawk-compatible long-distance directional radio
"I have an Iris and an Iris+ and I think its about time for me to make an upgrade as both of them are worn out.  I’m considering either buying the phantom3 or a solo. Each one has pros and cons but I’m a fun of open source so I am…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post RobBees can now use static electricity to perch on any surface
"@ Maxime, Great idea, sadly these early devices are not at all energy efficient so you would likely need to provide a high power RF transmitter to power them. Still with a little work, that could be useful, I can almost see Tesla smiling down on us…"
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Maxime C commented on Chris Anderson's blog post RobBees can now use static electricity to perch on any surface
"@Gary ambient power may come in!"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post RobBees can now use static electricity to perch on any surface
"Really great article Chris, Definitely points out how when you get down to this scale all the rules change. First wings, now electrostatic adhesion. Now if only they can figure out a way to power them on board."
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Tiziano Fiorenzani commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Teaching rovers to powerslide with ROS
"That is so FUN and CHALLENGING! I could not stop watching it!!! Such a great job!"
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DIY Drones at 78,000 members

Posted on May 23, 2016 at 12:00am 2 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 78,000!

Despite the site being on-and-off down for nearly a week this month as you can see on the right side of the traffic graph above…

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Risk based autonomous planning in PX4 Sim

Posted on May 23, 2016 at 12:00am 2 Comments

This is an example of risk based planning for a flight across a city in the PX4 SITL. The drone avoids flying too close to buildings or through confined spaces where it might loose GPS reception. PX4's Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson is working on bringing this to outdoor flights this summer.

Teaching rovers to powerslide with ROS

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 10:00am 10 Comments

Very interesting research from Georgia Tech, using a RC truck running ROS and a Nvidia graphics board. From IEEE Spectrum:

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Bees bounce into things rather than navigate around them. How robobees could do the same

Posted on May 14, 2016 at 3:00pm 8 Comments

How Harvard's Robobee nanodrone project is using the learning from real bees to improve the technology. Flexible wings that can handle collisions don't require as advanced sense-and-avoid skills. 

Comment Wall (116 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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