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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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Dave Hickman commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"This is idiocy. Maybe we should ban jet airplanes too, after 9/11. Anything can be a weapon."
3 hours ago
Craig Meyn commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"I for one just think these so called news articles are great. News must of been a little slow this particular day or the guy was suffering the change of life or something like that. There is no evidence to indicate this has an once of truth about…"
5 hours ago
mP1 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"Seriously they only want to ban drones because of terrorism because it shows just how few terrorists there are in the west, and how blown up out of all proportion the hype is on this matter. After spending hundres of billions, one has to wonder why…"
11 hours ago
mP1 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"The real cause of all these problems, is electricity & petrol. Without either all terrorists can do is throw rocks."
11 hours ago
technicus acityone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"Want to know "that and how" about drones, ask to experts - users and developers. Not trashtalking dronehatters"
11 hours ago
Todd Urban commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"why don't we just ban cars and full sized airplanes while were at it lets take a tally drone bombs used by terrorists 0 car bombs used by terrorists 1000s and full sized airplanes used to kill thousands of people "9/11 Need I say…"
13 hours ago
Arnold Kokaram commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"Things like this really make me sad. More people will read that man's article than will ever come across a site like this. Those same people are also influenced by articles like that, and will allow it shape their opinions. We need to get ahead…"
16 hours ago
Andy Windle commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"Every one of the billion cars on the road could be a weapon, every Kevin on a buzzing moped is annoying. Yet a couple of electric multis harmlessly buzzing around a landmark or two and the worlds up in arms. I remember our council banning…"
18 hours ago
hal commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"People will use whatever means available or make their own items to further whatever cause they feel is important to them.  Banning anything is a knee jerk reaction that solves a symptom not a problem.  When one has enough desire they will…"
19 hours ago
DG commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"LOL! Now it's "global weather change"."
20 hours ago
Josh commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"Some people tend to forget only law abiding citizens follow the rules."
21 hours ago
F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"seems to exemplify the myopic vision of the author..."
21 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"The Sky is Falling!"
22 hours ago
Cooper Pons commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"wow...This guy is really paranoid!  But I think that if we knew before hand the range and battery life of our rc planes,quads, and other flying machines than we would have fewer "accidents".  I'm not going to throw away $625…"
22 hours ago
Robert Palmer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"In the US: Backpacks have been used to hide bombs in crowds of innocent people so we need to ban them. Trucks have been used to deliver bombs so they need to be banned.  Thousands are killed every year, including children, by guns so they…"
22 hours ago
DG commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
""Denying" the danger is not the problem. We all know what could happen and probably will at some point. Maybe some day a child will be used to strap bombs on. Oh wait! The problem is that more and more Americans think government can solve…"
23 hours ago
david teles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"Really!!! This people are simply crazy. If you want to attach a fu**ing bomb to a "drone" i don't really care if it illegal or not. "
23 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"Unfortunately the same people who think that Global weather change is a myth dreamed up by scientists to scare people and think that unrestrained capitalist free enterprise is in the best interests of the people and the country will be delighted to…"
23 hours ago
Gustav Kuhn commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"Well, numerous suicide, car and truck bombs have proven there are easier ways to "deliver payload". How about black powder in a pressure cooker, wait, that has been done. As for aerial delivery, well, going to be quite difficult to go one…"
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Autonomost commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"
"This is why I try not to be such a big jerk that nobody learns how to remote control a bomb to my door step. Maybe this guy needs to be nicer and he won't be afraid of people wanting to blow him up? "
yesterday

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Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"

Posted on March 1, 2015 at 8:54am 29 Comments

I don't normally pass along anti-drone op-eds, but…

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No drones at this year's Sparkfun AVC :-(

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 7:30pm 24 Comments

Sparkfun has just announced the rules of this year's Autonomous Vehicle Competition, and the big news is that drones are no longer part of it for safety reasons. Having witnessed the crash they say precipitated this…

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The star of "The Aviator" are these huge model airplanes built by a drone company

Posted on February 14, 2015 at 4:00pm 4 Comments

CNBC's Jerry Cobb interviews Joe Bock about the models he designed and built for the movie The Aviator. The Hughes H1 Racer, The Hughes XF11, and legendary Spruce Goose airplanes originally built by Howard Hughes. Aero Telemetry designed, built, and flew these amazing airplanes for the Academy Award winning movie The Aviator.

More analysis of forthcoming FAA rules

Posted on February 14, 2015 at 10:56am 2 Comments

This one is from Greg McNeal, another regulatory law expert



Inadvertently Posted FAA Document Provides Insights Into Forthcoming Drone Regulations



The FAA may be poised to release regulations that…

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Analysis of leaked FAA rulemaking preview

Posted on February 14, 2015 at 10:30am 13 Comments

Diana Marina Cooper, a tech lawyer, has posted this analysis of the FAA draft rulemaking document that was posted earlier …

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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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