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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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Jasfer Renz Gabriel Balderas commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduPlane User Group
"How i wish i can buy 1 from 3DR. I know that 3DR is a great company. But due to lack of Financial support I'm trying to find the cheap yet quality assured APM."
26 minutes ago

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Ruwan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"sad to see this! Kudos to them for sending out the product to all backers!"
3 hours ago
Damian McKay Earl ll commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"I really hope you get back on your feet! good luck!"
3 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Hi Marc, I lived in Glenview many years ago right behind the Naval Air station - lots of sonic booms back then. Definitely sounds like an interesting copter your putting together, I'd definitely like to hear more about it as it goes…"
6 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Definitely interesting to hear your take Quadzi, The fact is that even those who did / do get them do not have any recourse now for any problems and my suspicion is that very few of them will end up being very serviceable for very long. One of the…"
6 hours ago

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Chris Anderson commented on Grant Morphett's blog post Rover goes full size followme - actually its XL!
"Love it! How did you interface with the tractor steering/throttle?"
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Chris Anderson replied to Erick R's discussion Iris+ Massive Yaw issue in the group IRIS
"Happy to help! On Sunday, 3.3RC5 will be released, which should specifically address the bad AHRS issue.  It sounds like you do indeed have a hardware issue, but the good news is that the software should be able to resolve it. If RC5…"
7 hours ago
Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Gary - this is not the thread for it but when I get something cut I will send you a video. It is a mark 2 of the Explorer 4 that Luke Cooke posted on DIYD. I persuaded him to fire up the CAD and make some changes. This one will be 650mm (thanks to…"
7 hours ago
Quadzimodo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Randy - What on earth gives you the impression that the leaders of AirDroid have integrity? Everything they have done since day dot has lacked an element of honesty and transparency. They refused to maintain dialog with their generous backers,…"
7 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Hi Marc, In addition to supplying any and all components inexpensively, my intention is to publish all fabrication specs for free and open use. Basically if anybody can make it cheaper, or better have a go at it. Or possibly more reasonably build…"
8 hours ago

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Randy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Their product didn't work out too well it seems but the leaders have integrity."
10 hours ago
Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Looks good Gary. I am getting a pretty interesting open source quad revamped by it's creator in Germany. Germany. It employs a fully floating central section with main lipo mass coupled to the gimbal mount and fc mounting plate. Vibes for the…"
11 hours ago
Greg Dronsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"That is a very valuable post. I am going to think about it a lot. Hope Airdrods guys will get on track soon. "
11 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Hi All, Definitely appreciate this excellent Post Mortem, very informative. This reinforces my feelings in general about KickStarter and IndieGogo. I can easily believe that success on KickStarter can be as problematic as failure. I have considered…"
12 hours ago

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Chris Anderson replied to Erick R's discussion Iris+ Massive Yaw issue in the group IRIS
"If that doesn't sort it out, contact customer service and they can give you a RMA for a replacement. "
12 hours ago

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AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations

Sorry to see this notice from AirDroids, who had launched the PocketCopter on Kickstarter, but glad to see their list of "lessons learned". Manufacturing is really, really hard, and they were not the first or last Kickstarter project to get in over their head in…See More
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Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"I fully believe they could be out of pocket. If they actually took on extra personal debt to deliver all the ordered units that makes them pretty ethical business people. Consumer drones seem to be deceptively difficult to execute on. That said most…"
14 hours ago

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Thomas J Coyle III commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Bummer:-) However, a nice laundry list of lessons learned that may help other would be entrepreneurs not to suffer your pitfalls. Regards, TCIII AVD"
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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations

Sorry to see this notice from AirDroids, who had launched the PocketCopter on Kickstarter, but glad to see their list of "lessons learned". Manufacturing is really, really hard, and they were not the first or last Kickstarter project to get in over their head in…See More
14 hours ago

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Chris Anderson replied to Erick R's discussion Iris+ Massive Yaw issue in the group IRIS
"Sensors vary both in performance and under certain environmental conditions, which is why IRIS+/Pixhawk has redundant sensors.  The updated code does a better job of discarding data from sensors that are misreporting at any given time, and…"
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AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm 13 Comments

Sorry to see this notice from AirDroids, who had launched the PocketCopter on Kickstarter, but glad to see their list of "lessons learned". Manufacturing is really, really hard, and they were not the first or last Kickstarter project to get in over…

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Agribotix makes the New York Times

Posted on May 16, 2015 at 9:55am 1 Comment

Congrats to our friends at Agribotix (Pixhawk-based ag drones), who were featured in a New York Times piece on deregulation of farming UAV use. Excerpts…

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APM + Ubuntu + ROS = Elre Copter

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 8:58pm 4 Comments

Great to see the progress of the Erle Robotics team, who have ported the APM code to Ubuntu and interfaced with ROS to make a great research platform. From the …

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Drones banned on Arctic and Antarctic cruises

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 11:02am 8 Comments

From Maritime Executive, via sUAS News:

This week two major…

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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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