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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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Shawn Barney commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA issues blanket approval for commercial drone use under 200ft for Section 333 holders
"It is great how things have turned around this past month or so. I am sure many start-ups will love this news. Sound like to me they want to see the Agra-business go. I also think the farmers are behind this whole turn around. politics as usual."
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"Broken link fixed. Sorry about that!"
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Ian Sun commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"Awesome! I saw many tutorials on how to run code on simulators. I'm also looking forward to some instructions on how to run the code on a drone such as IRIS+."
5 hours ago
Andrew Rabbitt commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google producing low-cost ADSB transponders for drones
"A generic ADS-B number for sub-2kg (or whatever) UAV's would be enough of an incentive to use one.  At least it'd make the manned pilot population more comfortable with having them share "their" airspace..."
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Harry commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"Wat da Faen, it won't even give me the page.  Tarpits for me?"
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Todd Harper commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"Looking forward to see what new cool things and ideas this brings about."
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HyperGuy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"Geez people just rolled their eyes when I suggested this a while back. Good on ya 3DR for actually doing this."
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Todd Harper commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter
"Big thanks to Chris for posting this. It was a pleasure for me to interview Nate, Jon & Peter for this and I'd like thank them as well for the time. As someone who loves the outdoors as well as flying uav's I became interested in their…"
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Harry commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"Man, this place is blinding me.  Looks like I will advance or die like a dinosaur stuck in a tar pit."
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Greg Dronsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"great news, waiting for iOS!"
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Kyomo Jung commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"Too excited to wait for Dronekit powered applications !!!"
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Chris Anderson commented on Víctor Mayoral's blog post PixHawk Fire cape crowdfunding campaign
"Just a couple marketing tips to help this campaign hit its target: Put a photograph of the cape on a BBB at the top. Leading with a 3D render makes people think this is just a concept, not a working thing.  Even better, lead with the…"
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Víctor Mayoral commented on Chris Anderson's group ROS User Group
"For those interested, the PXF cape is now available for 100$ through its crowdfunding campaign. Check it out here."
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Flying Buddha commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"I havent had a chance to play around with yet, but they have documentation for a REST api and Python, with iOS "coming soon" "
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Daniel Nugent commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"Very exciting. Can't wait to see what people develop! Is 3DR Services just for android or does it support companion computer and web applications?"
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Janis Kuze commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google producing low-cost ADSB transponders for drones
"Main issue is ICAO registration. They can issue ADS-B number only to particular airframe. And airframe in their understanding is airframe like with big aircraft, with all specs, maintenance and flight logs according ICAO standards. Never the less we…"
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Steve commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Percepto, an add-on computer vision module for drones, now on Indigogo
"Really neat! Question regarding the Nvidia board..I have the Jetson TK1 and on their website they have the gerber files but not the raw schematic and layout files they built with Allegro(which is what I'm after). I wanted to make my own…"
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Linjieqiang commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announced DroneKit, full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"good!Thanks 3DR!"
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Ascent AeroSystems commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter
"Thanks for the post, Chris...we're big fans and happy to share the airspace with our friends at 3DR!  (We're using the Pixhawk for the development!)  To answer a few of the questions, there is a stabilized one-axis gimbal (pitch)…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter
"Hi Chris, Actually It looks to me like it might have a gimbal. That window on the bottom wraps from the bottom to the side and it looks like that might be where the camera sensor/lens unit is and it looks like at least a pitch pivot is…"
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3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 9:00am 12 Comments

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We’re thrilled to announce the release of DroneKit, an open platform for drone app development. DroneKit packages years of 3DR’s flight control R&D into a single robust and extensible platform which developers can use to create…
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Create waypoint path/missions with Maya, KML, Autodesk, more

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 7:36am 1 Comment

Ospheric has just released a beta of its new cloud-based flight planning service, which allows you to import paths from Maya, Collada, Autodesk and Google Earth and export them as APM waypoint files. As Ospheric's Jon Farat…

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First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 5:30am 6 Comments

Interesting coaxial design coming from Ascent Aerosystems. In general coaxial designs have limited speed and maneuverability, but for the "aerial selfie" application this is designed for, that may be fine.  I don't see a stabilizing gimbal, so I imagine this is mostly for still photos. Very portable and…

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Google producing low-cost ADSB transponders for drones

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 1:30am 17 Comments

(representative DIY version shown, not Google's)

"Google’s quest to introduce small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into low altitude airspace within a “few years” has driven the company to launch an unexpected foray into the avionics market, says Dave Vos, head of the Internet…

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FAA issues blanket approval for commercial drone use under 200ft for Section 333 holders

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 1:09pm 9 Comments

Great news from the FAA, and part of an encouraging trend towards a much more progressive regulatory process in the US:

The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions. The new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process,…

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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,
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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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