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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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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"Another question : is there an explicit documentation of this python droneapi library and typically I am looking for a code example to read a parameter in pixhawk from a python script running on windows (and without having to use the manual mavproxy…"
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John Dennings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Amazon's secret drone test field in Canada, 2,000 ft from the US boarder
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Dan Murray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Amazon's secret drone test field in Canada, 2,000 ft from the US boarder
"Good for them following through on their threats. Pretty unbelievable Congress is still allowing this to happen."
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Amazon's secret drone test field in Canada, 2,000 ft from the US boarder

From The GuardianAmazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following …See More
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Todd Harper commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show
"Thanks for sharing Chris and congrats Marco on a successful event!"
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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"Ok thx Kevin. So If I understood it correctly, the dronekit Library is the droneapi that is packaged already in the precompiled Mavproxy for Windows ?"
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emile commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show
"Thanks for coming Chris! It was a pleasure to meet you in person, finally after all these years. Emile"
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James Dunthorne commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google producing low-cost ADSB transponders for drones
"What the regulators have to look at is the potential risk of agreeing BLOS operations. Probability x Severity is the key, and probability comprises of the potential number of UAV's being introduced into civil airspace and their possible failure…"
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Danilo Scarato commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show
"Chris while piloting whit Marco Robustini at Ferrara Drone Show arena https://youtu.be/gbwT_yvSkUc?t=10m44s"
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Waladi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show
"Hi Marco, Really sexy quad you got there... congrad.. Do you mind to share little sexy features that she had? Weight? Flight Time? Battery? Payload? and finally Availability ?"
14 hours ago
UrbanDrones commented on Chris Anderson's blog post APM-powered Splash Drone already over $100k on Kickstarter
"Hi Kristian - We changed the 40 amps ESCs to have faster refresh rate for more stable flight. We also changes the motors to be better quality and more efficient. They're 680kv now. The frame has a watertight hatch now to allow for the video…"
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Antonio Vigoni commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show
"Thank's Chris for sharing "
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Marco Robustini commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show
"Thanks dear Chris, for all!I saw very excited when you tried my custom "Devilray", thanks again for your participation, now the press here talking about you.Respect...Bests, Marco"
19 hours ago

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Kevin Hester commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"Hi Hughes, That seems to be an error in the new documentation page the correct package to install is droneapi "pip install droneapi".  No need for the suffix of droneapi-python."
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Randy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show
"Go team Italy! Yeah, really love the designs!  The Carbon Drone is particularly sleek."
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Kristian Klausen commented on Chris Anderson's blog post APM-powered Splash Drone already over $100k on Kickstarter
"Hi, thank you for the quick answer. I'll use my own flight controllers, so my question was about the case, motors and ESC. Are they the same, and if not, what's the difference? Regards, Kristian "
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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"The instructions "Getting started" for python, for windows are not working and have no links to the dronekit library. I am referring to this part : Set up DroneKit¶ The DroneKit library is available on the public pypi repository. You…"
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Tom Mahood commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show
"(Italian Design) + (Drones) = Amazing!"
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Dave Giles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show
"Thanks Chris. Hope you are having a wonderful time! Ferrara Drone Show (Google translation) http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.ferraradroneshow.it/&prev=search"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show
"Great Pics Chris, Thank You. Italian design definitely present. Like the looks of VR's little 250 a lot, can't afford most of the rest of that super fancy looking carbon fiber. That parasitic wasp dropper is a great idea, I think here too…"
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Amazon's secret drone test field in Canada, 2,000 ft from the US boarder

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 7:28am 2 Comments

From The Guardian

Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following …

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Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 5:30pm 10 Comments

Congrats to Marco Robustini and his team/colleagues for a fantastic first Ferrara Drone Show, in the lovely northern Italian town of Ferrara (between Bologna and Venice). Most of the drones on display were using Pixhawk or another APM…

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Latest Festo robo-butterflies now capable of swarming, autonomous flight

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

Every time Festo puts out a new video, my jaw ends up on the floor. Their robo-butterflies can now navigate with "indoor GPS", which I think means motion capture cameras. Also: check out that ant! (20x+ as big as a real ant, but still!)

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3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 9:00am 17 Comments

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We’re thrilled to announce the release of DroneKit, an open platform for drone app development. DroneKit packages years of 3DR’s flight control R&D into a single robust and extensible platform which developers can use to create…
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Create waypoint path/missions with Maya, KML, Autodesk, more

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 7:36am 1 Comment

Ospheric has just released a beta of its new cloud-based flight planning service, which allows you to import paths from Maya, Collada, Autodesk and Google Earth and export them as APM waypoint files. As Ospheric's Jon Farat…

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Comment Wall (110 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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