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Feedback on new manuals

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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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Chris Anderson commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.15-rc1 (Beta Release)
"fixed now. Thanks!"
2 hours ago

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Chris Anderson commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.15-rc1 (Beta Release)
"Getting a file not found: "
2 hours ago
Mitchell Sipus commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A clever design exercise in visualizing drone no-fly zones
"Hey - I just recently joined this forum before doing the design renderings.  I've been wondering for awhile what sort of regulations the UAV Community would be interested to see.  Ideas?  Also, does anyone have any ideas on what…"
23 hours ago
YannGu commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Connecting your phone, tablet or laptop to APM/Pixhawk using Bluetooth
"Hi, I have the same problem with Wbee USB adapter + RN41XVC : no way to get access to the command mode with the "$$$" entry. When I connect it to PC though Bluetooth, I have only 1 COM ingoing port (no outgoing) and the BT module is…"
yesterday
PF commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
" My board (reloaded with AC 3.1.2) has Free RAM 1809, while the Nova original FW only has 1645. This may indicate the extra lines of code that is included in the Nova FW. If anyone know where I can get the original FW I would be most happy. "
yesterday
PF commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"Thank you for the link to the hex-file. I have loaded it into the NOVA, but telemetry is still gone. The link itself is working but it does not talk to the NOVA FC anymore. Also, the compass calibration using the rc controller will not work. I guess…"
yesterday

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Jean-Louis Naudin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"@Hans: You will find a micro-USB extension at: http://www.rctimer.com/product-964.html JL"
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Jean-Louis Naudin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"@PF: You will finde hex code of ArduCopter firmware in my GitHub at: https://github.com/jlnaudin/x-VTOLdrone/blob/master/Firmware/ac312.hex Right-click with the mouse on the RAW button and choose "Save as..." to download the fiwmare…"
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Hans Jakob Bosshard commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"Hi Jean-Louis, Just another question: I have seen your description on the CX-20. On my side I want to build an original APM 2.6 in my Walkera QR x350 Pro, as the Walkera flight controller is not a good choice. Do you where I can get an extension for…"
Wednesday
John Hutchison commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"Here's some info on adding voltage sensing to this rig! Voltage divider "
Wednesday
PF commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"Sorry, but I don't fully understand how to deal with the files. Do I have to build the FW-file? I downloaded and tried to load it through Custom Firmware, but there is no HEX-file to be found. I don't have any compiler nor knowledge on how…"
Wednesday

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Jean-Louis Naudin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
Wednesday

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Jean-Louis Naudin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"@PF: you will find the AC 3.1.2 firmware source in my GitHub at: https://github.com/jlnaudin/x-VTOLdrone/tree/master/ArduCopter JLN"
Wednesday
PF commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"By the way. My planner only shows AC3.1.1 under "Pick Previous Firmwares". Current is AC3.1.5.  Where do I find the AC 3.1.2?"
Wednesday
UAS_Pilot commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter (traditional heli) user group
"Vortex 700 UAS, by Sophisticated R/C  The Vortex 700 is a Traditional style Helicopter UAS designed with Police forces and Search and Rescue in mind.  The Vortex 700 can be equipped with a variety of payloads depending upon the…"
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UAS_Pilot commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter (traditional heli) user group
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Wednesday
PF commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"I will revert back to 3.1.2 just to check. Your video looks great. I got same results with my original setup. Still, I hoped the Nova could follow the path of evolution of the great AC-firmwares. It flies great with AC3.1.5 but telemetry will not…"
Wednesday

Developer
Jean-Louis Naudin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"@PF: I suggest you strongly to reload the original AC 3.1.2 firmware which gives excellent result with the mini-APM installed on the Cx-20 (Nova). Look at my onboard video with a GoPro 3 and see by yourself the result... Do not change a winning…"
Wednesday
PF commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"My hope was that I could keep updating the Nova as AC versions develop. All my Arducopter platforms use the 3.1.5 and I am waiting for AC3.2. I guess I could reload the original firmware if it is available ( I found FW for the CX-20). But this…"
Wednesday

Developer
Jean-Louis Naudin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"Hello PF, The CX-20 (Nova) fly perfectly with the 3.1.2 Arducopter firmware... So why upgrading or changing something here ? All details are posted HERE Best Regards, Jean-Louis"
Wednesday

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A clever design exercise in visualizing drone no-fly zones

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 8:24pm 5 Comments

From Mitchell Sipus, an urban planner doing doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon (scroll down for more good design examples of displaying drone legal and safety…
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Drones in The November Man, new Pierce Brosnan film

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 8:00pm 7 Comments

From Mashable. Watch the video …

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Coordinated docking of copter and rover

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 7:48pm 0 Comments

The two robots communicate their positions, converge to a common docking location and the dock successfully, both indoors and out.

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3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 7:08am 12 Comments

We've been working on this for a while, but I'm delighted the news is finally out. From USA Today:

Amazon recently banded together with several makers of small unmanned aerial vehicles…

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OpenExplorer, a new way to tell mission stories with multimedia

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 6:58pm 1 Comment

Our friends at OpenROV have launched OpenExplorer, which is a site that combines maps, photos, videos and text to tell the story of mission in a fantastic timeline-based way. It mashes up …

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Comment Wall (109 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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