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Feedback on new manuals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gustav Kuhn Apr 14, 2013. 130 Replies

Submit your ArduCopter configuration files here

Started this discussion. Last reply by Finnius Mar 29, 2014. 41 Replies

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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Hein du Plessis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Does anyone know where the ADC port is on the pixhawk mini?"
Aug 15
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post PX4-based "aggressive quadcopter" navigates gaps with pure autonomy
"So I take it from lack of response, that none of this work is being merged into PX4 Master or will be offered to the world as Free Open Source. I wonder how much better the vision software could work if it was operating on top of a flight control…"
Oct 5, 2016

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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Bay Area meetup for DIY autonomous racing cars
"@Mike: From Pololu"
Oct 4, 2016
MikeRover commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Bay Area meetup for DIY autonomous racing cars
"Nice! Where did you get that steering servo?"
Oct 4, 2016
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Bay Area meetup for DIY autonomous racing cars
"Be sure to give us a demo."
Oct 4, 2016
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Bay Area meetup for DIY autonomous racing cars
"Hi Chris, Where does Traxxas XMAXX fit in your classes? Sounds like a great group. Best, Gary"
Oct 4, 2016

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New Bay Area meetup for DIY autonomous racing cars

What DIY Drones were a half-decade ago, DIY autonomous cars are now. I'm part of the Self Racing Cars group in the SF Bay Area, who are building and racing autonomous vehicles from 1/10th scale to go-karts to full-size cars (Ford Fusion is the go-to vehicle,…See More
Oct 4, 2016
Joe Bloeski commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Open source Iridium modem
"Not quite a open source modem, its only an open source carrier for a closed source modem."
Oct 3, 2016
earthpatrol commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Open source Iridium modem
"@chrisanderson and it's integrated with Paparazzi UAV."
Oct 3, 2016

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Oct 3, 2016
Stmpngrnd commented on Chris Anderson's blog post RTK GPS with ArduCopter 3.4
"Selling an extra Emlid Reach RTK Kit if anyone is interested.  Only used for bench testing and setup...never flown! http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2750520"
Oct 2, 2016
Stmpngrnd commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Reach RTK GPS can now embed ground control points in imagery
"Selling an extra Emlid Reach Kit if anyone is interested.  Only used for bench testing and setup...never flown! http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2750520"
Oct 2, 2016
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post PX4-based "aggressive quadcopter" navigates gaps with pure autonomy
"Agreed Andreas.  But you know, baby-steps. ;)  But you're right, I'm not expecting we'll be seeing monocular tree recognition in operation in the next year.  At least, not with these tiny little processors on board."
Oct 2, 2016
Andreas Gazis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post PX4-based "aggressive quadcopter" navigates gaps with pure autonomy
"This is super cool but it looks as if the algorithm is made to find a big black rectangle in an environment without many big black rectangle type things. The  question that still needs to be answered is, can we use a cam and onboard computation…"
Oct 2, 2016
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post PX4-based "aggressive quadcopter" navigates gaps with pure autonomy
"Well, that's what I'm wondering. If the wobble is simply due to the un-optimized control loops in PX4.  They have not yet done throttle and voltage linearization, so this leads to the used-to-be-classic overgain-wobble when trying to…"
Sep 30, 2016
Andrew Rabbitt commented on Chris Anderson's blog post PX4-based "aggressive quadcopter" navigates gaps with pure autonomy
"...because they are pushing a linear control system to the edge of its stability window to achieve the required agility...?"
Sep 29, 2016
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post PX4-based "aggressive quadcopter" navigates gaps with pure autonomy
"Cool stuff.  I like seeing this stuff done on-board as the off-board stuff has limited utility.   So are the code developments from this work being merged into PX4 Master?Why is the recovery after passing through the gap so wobbly?"
Sep 29, 2016

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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

PX4-based "aggressive quadcopter" navigates gaps with pure autonomy

From IEEE Spectrum:Just a few weeks ago, we posted about some incredible research from Vijay Kumar’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania getting quadrotors to zip through narrow gaps using only onboard localization. This is a…See More
Sep 28, 2016
Global Innovator commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Training autonomous cars with Grand Theft Auto
"My contribution to IT science is my 40+ years ago developed single-pass sorting algorithm for large sets of natural numbers,  run Bs times every hour globewide. BTW Autonomous cars should not to allowed to populate public roads since there is…"
Sep 28, 2016

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Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 9:30am 0 Comments

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with John Leipper, the Solutions Architecture Manager for drone manufacturer Insitu. At the Future Farm Drone Rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon, Insitu conducted a drone swarm demonstration using three 3DR Solos – all controlled by a single pilot using a computer. Of course, to stay in…

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Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 9:30am 0 Comments

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with John Leipper, the Solutions Architecture Manager for drone manufacturer Insitu. At the Future Farm Drone Rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon, Insitu conducted a drone swarm demonstration using three 3DR Solos – all controlled by a single pilot using a computer. Of course, to stay in…

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Introducing OpenSolo!

Posted on August 3, 2017 at 10:00am 9 Comments

Big news! Reposting from the 3DR blog. Also see the ArduPilot Team announcement here

When we launched Solo back in 2015, one of its selling points was that it was…

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Dronecode updates for July: new QGroundControl, FPGA autopilot, PX4 1.6

Posted on July 22, 2017 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Lots of news and updates from the Dronecode team this month: 

1) The Aerotenna OcPoC autopilot (video above) now supports the Dronecode/PX4 software stack!

● FPGA and dual-core ARM processors in…

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DIY Drones at 85,000 members -- a look back at an extraordinary decade

Posted on July 6, 2017 at 6:00pm 9 Comments

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 85,000 members! We're also more than ten years old!

Rather than simply give the usual monthly traffic snapshot, I thought I'd give the data…

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Comment Wall (118 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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