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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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Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"@Franciso -- just indulging in some gentle ribbing here that may soon make sense......if that is not too cryptic."
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Francisco Ferreira commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"@Marc Solo has ArduPilot, that is why I said that ArduPilot wins. As far as I know 3DR hasn't launched any product with PX4 in it, I can only guess why..."
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Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"@Francisco maybe you mean PX4 wins. It is not clear that Dronecode/3DR and Ardupilot are treading the same path these days....."
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John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones at 80,000 members! Reflections on the evolution of DIY robotics and the next big things
"DIY doesn't have to be just about the next big thing. Traditionally "Do It Yourself" is about doing something (whatever) just for fun and to learn and feel that you accomplish something in the process. It does not matter if it has…"
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Paul Meier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"Congratulations for the milestone, may many more follow"
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Francisco Ferreira commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"ArduPilot wins again! The best autopilot software in the world :)"
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Joe Renteria commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
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Rod Grames commented on Chris Anderson's blog post $30 laser rangefinder!
"While not $30, the new TeraRanger Towers have been getting a bunch of press. The spatial resolution isn't great, but you get 270Hz sample rate!  http://easierrobotics.com/products/teraranger-tower-8"
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Rod Grames commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A better failsafe: one fifth the size, one fifth the price
"Old thread, but since Garrick was asking where to get these, Acroname still sell's "Jay's" RxMux. And it is only $19 and still 8 channels. https://acroname.com/products/RXMUX-8-CHANEL-2-1-SERVO-MULTIPLEXER"
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Marvelmind Robotics commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Precise indoor positioning with ultrawideband
"We are progressing with SW development a lot and publishing new releases quite regularly: http://marvelmind.com/#Download There is also FAQ, where we are answering questions and suggesting some troubleshooting to our customers. More…"
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Marvelmind Robotics commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Precise indoor positioning with ultrawideband
"Hello John, We are glad to hear that you are happy with the performance of our system (http://www.marvelmind.com/). Regarding copters, I can only comment that about 1/3 of our customers are successfully flying copters using our system. What are your…"
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Patrick Poirier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Intel announces new Aero drone development board based on Dronecode PX4 software
"There is an interesting device that was presented at the same show: (Taken here: http://hackerboards.com/intel-euclid-a-brain-vision-sensors-and-hotspot-module-for-robots/) At the Intel Developer Conference in San Francisco this week, Intel…"
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Craig Issod commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Intel announces new Aero drone development board based on Dronecode PX4 software
"" "LOL, all I see is another missed product launch.  8 months later and... ?" Call me cynical but I don't think there was ever so much as a drawing or a product to be launched. What benefit would 3DR have to hint at…"
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Craig Issod commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Intel announces new Aero drone development board based on Dronecode PX4 software
"The whole promise of SnapgDragon (marketing) was the cost factor for what you got. But it's hard to see the ZeroTech thingy as being more of a value than a $450 DJI - for aerial pics. What it does have is portability and I suppose there will be…"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Swarming demo with Solos from Accelerated Dynamics
"@Droneboy: Documentation on swarming with the 3DR Solo is here. "
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Intel announces new Aero drone development board based on Dronecode PX4 software
"Absolutely, at this time, gimbals are the only way to go. I think solving the camera axial roll problem in software is seriously not easy and demands really serious software grunt and large oversize, high speed camera sensors. I don't think…"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Intel announces new Aero drone development board based on Dronecode PX4 software
"Actually, I'd argue that the TenCent drone is a massive step back from what we have now.  Until I see video from one of these fixed camera things that does NOT look like you smeared vaseline onto the lens of a GoPro, and strapped it onto…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Intel announces new Aero drone development board based on Dronecode PX4 software
"Hi Rob, Yeah, Snapdragon hasn't been exactly racing ahead with it's "SnapDragon Flight Platform". They really do seem to be basing their approach on a flying smart phone. And that may yet turn out to be a significant market. But…"
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droneboy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Swarming demo with Solos from Accelerated Dynamics
"LOOKING FOR SWARMING Ai FOR A PROJECT  This forum is new to me and I thought it would be a great place to start for information and contacts. We are putting together a project to swarm multiple 3DR solo or Parrot UAVs to…"
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DIY Drones at 80,000 members! Reflections on the evolution of DIY robotics and the next big things

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 7:30am 1 Comment

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's a 80,000! 

There has been a huge amount of change in the drone market since this started as a hobby scratchpad for me back in 2007. We helped…

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We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 9:55pm 6 Comments

Nine years and 80,000 members ago, we started with this

That first Lego Mindstorms autopilot was feeble, sure, but it was also…

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Tickets now on sale for Sparkfun's Autonomous Vehicle Competition

Posted on August 17, 2016 at 10:34am 0 Comments

Even if you don't plan to bring an autonomous rover to Sparkfun's AVC in Boulder, Colorado on Sept 17, you can still register as a spectator to see the racing. Tickets are now on sale …

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Intel announces new Aero drone development board based on Dronecode PX4 software

Posted on August 16, 2016 at 8:00pm 37 Comments

Today at the Intel Developer Forum, CEO Brian Krzanichannounced both the company's Aero drone development board and a full ready-to-fly drone based on Aer on the company's RealSense…

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u-blox & PX4 RTK integration on M8P GPS module

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 12:26pm 2 Comments

This video shows work in progress done jointly by u-blox (an ETH spinoff) and PX4 (an ETH open source autopilot) to leverage the latest u-blox RTK hardware on the PX4 flight stack. No additional hardware is required, the RTCM correction data is forwarded straight from the ground control station via MAVLink (over Wifi)

Comment Wall (117 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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