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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

Latest Activity

Alejandro Martin Pirola commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using ROS Gazebo simulator with ArduCopter
"Great!  But... I went through the whole setup process and fail. I did a bunch of steps more than wiki has.   First, don't try to setup Gazebo in a VirtualBox, make your life easy and do it in a native Ubuntu 14.04 installation. VM…"
21 minutes ago

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Chris Anderson replied to John Wolcott's discussion Pixhawk Telemetry and OSD - MinimOSD Dead?
"As far as the core Pixhawk/Ardupilot code goes, the future is long-distance streaming digital video where OSDs are no longer required (the necessary telemetry info is displayed in the app).  That's the way Solo and the DJI products work,…"
5 hours ago

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Chris Anderson replied to John Wolcott's discussion Pixhawk Telemetry and OSD - MinimOSD Dead?
"It's one of the most active development threads here. Where have you been looking?"
8 hours ago
Cala commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"Ah!, yes, I remember that Chris, I agree your idea. "
14 hours ago
Ben Dellar commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"Ah great - that makes sense. If it is already in the issue tracker as long as it is clear somewhere to go there for input that would be good (I'll pop this one in now) Can understand that you don't want the wiki turning into another help…"
14 hours ago

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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"We could certainly put a link to the Issue Tracker at the bottom of each page. In the past, when we had comments enabled on the page, most of them were just questions that were better handled in the forums here or on the APM Forums, but perhaps…"
15 hours ago
Cala commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"Look's good idea, a quick feedback :)"
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Ben Dellar commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"Thanks that is looking great. Can I make a constructive suggestion though, it would be great if each page had a "suggest edit" or "contact author" button or something so that people can provide feedback. One example is the…"
20 hours ago
Stephen Dade commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"Thanks for all of your help porting the MAVProxy documentation Hamish!"
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Swift commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"thanks Hamish!!!"
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Cala commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"Not only the presentation is much easier to find things, content with lot of photos, graphs, videos and easy clear english helps a lot people like I, that not speak english as native language, great Job, many thank's :)"
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Gustavo Togeiro de Alckmin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using ROS Gazebo simulator with ArduCopter
"Great! "
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Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"I helped a youngster here set up his quad down here last week and used the wiki through out to do it. It did what it said on the tin!"
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Andrew Tridgell commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"thanks for your great work Hamish! "
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Víctor Mayoral commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using ROS Gazebo simulator with ArduCopter
"Great stuff! Thanks for sharing Chris! "
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John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Sony's VTOL drone first flights
"I agree with Gary. If the main purpose of this design is for surveying, then it's total overkill. VTOL is cool as **** from a technical standpoint, but has a lot of caveats when put into practice. In my opinion there is way to much focus in the…"
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Hamish Willee commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"Thanks Chris! Special thanks to: Individual wiki owners Grant Morphett and Randy Mackay for their constant support, advice, and content improvements. They are the reason why the quality continues to improve. The unsung contributors in our…"
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Eos commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"I second that. As someone who checks the wiki almost daily, I am very grateful for the continuous improvements and additions. Thanks for the great work."
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Hein du Plessis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"Hear, hear, every time I go back to the wiki I find new pages and more detailed explanations. When I help somebody get into apm I always make sure how lucky they are having this fantastic resource. Thanks guys"
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Francisco K commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation
"Agreed, this new website is a huge improvement over the old one. Its not only cleaner, but the navigation throughout the site is very easy. I remember, on the old website, I used to spend quite a bit of time trying to look for something. "
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Using ROS Gazebo simulator with ArduCopter

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm 3 Comments

The future of robotics development, including drones, is powerful simulation, which makes it possible to achieve faster development and better performance by reducing the "trial and error" process of testing everything with physical machines. The Dronecode projects have long used a number of…

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Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm 14 Comments

I'd like to take a moment and call out Hamish Willee and the rest of the documentation team, who every day make scores of improvements to the wikis and other documentation for the APM and other Dronecode project wikis. To give just one example, you may have noticed the new sidebar/menu system, which…

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New EKF viewer in Mission Planner/APM:Copter 3.3

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 8:44pm 12 Comments

Many here may not follow the behind the scenes work of the dev team, but here's one glimpse of a cool new feature for data geeks in APM:Copter 3.3. As you may know, the APM flight code uses an Extended Kalman Filter (EKF), which is a sophisticated way (based on Baysian statistics) to…

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Sony's VTOL drone first flights

Posted on August 24, 2015 at 3:30pm 18 Comments

Transitions to and from vertical pretty well!

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The drones …

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Using unique LED patterns for drone identification

Posted on August 22, 2015 at 4:24pm 0 Comments

From Mashable:

The rapid rise of amateur-piloted drones has created somewhat of a regulatory nightmare. Countless reports of pilots spotting drones…

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Comment Wall (111 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,
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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,
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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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