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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 replied to Paul Thompson's discussion Pixhawk Hardware Reliability
"That is indeed bad luck. Failure rate in the field (even with hard landings and cables being ripped out) is less than 2%. Email help@3dr.com and we'll send you a new one."
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)
"I think it's this headline that really sets the stage for the entire thing to be misinterpreted. That should really read:  Quadcopter manually flown through an open corridor at 20 m/s.  Then demonstrates ability to navigate through a…"
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JB commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)
"+1 Matt and Rob It clearly says "tele-operated" on the video on the first run.  Don't DARPA engineers have youtube behind their firewall or know how to google FPV racing? Impressed? Not."
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Darius Jack commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)
"http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/12/10981740/darpa-drone-autonomous-flight-fla-program " DARPA used a hodgepodge of different drone parts to create the UAVs, including a commercial DJI Flamewheel 450 frame and a 3D Robotics Pixhawk onboard…"
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Tobias Witting commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)
"yes Rob, this is very misleading. I thought: oh wow. 20m/s obstacle avoidance..."
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Patrick Poirier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)
"Well, all boxes have same size with 5 stickers perfectly aligned and the middle one is green. Yep I can certainly try it with Randy's Balloon_Finder !!"
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Scott W commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)
"Wow, DARPA is starting to reach hobbyist level engineering."
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Thomas Stone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)
"Cool. I want my warehouse to have a fleet of Fleyes. It will look like a scene from iRobot. :) ... Unfortunately, I don't think the Fleye will be as friendly to sensor integration, compared to the F450+Pixhawk. By the way, I call dibs on the…"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)
"Is it just me, or is this video a little misleading.  There are really two separate things going on here. First, they have remote human control of a quadcopter, carrying the full load of sensors, at 20 m/s.  It's not bad, but…"
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Matt™ commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)
"I don't get it...when it's not flying super slow it's also not navigating anything but a straight line..."
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Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)

Interesting proof-of-concept by DARPA researchers using a Pixhawk-powered drone to autonomously navigate a cluttered warehouse environment at 20 m/s.DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program recently demonstrated that a commercial quadcopter platform could achieve 20-meters-per-second flight while carrying a full load of sensors and cameras. The FLA program aims to develop and test algorithms that could reduce the amount of processing power, communications, and human intervention needed…See More
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Darius Jack commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world
"" Mobisol's packages start at 80 watts, complete with a TV, mobile recharger, radio, and five lights. Its systems cost at least $21 a month over 36 months. " -- 21 x $36 = $756 250W solar panels are traded today max at $200 You…"
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Matt™ commented on Chris Anderson's blog post VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in
"Does anyone know where this stands in terms of birdseyeview publishing the FREE source code they leveraged to develop AvA?  I like their physical product and am considering it, but not if they're in violation of the GLPv3 licensing…"
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JB commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world
"I think drone deliveries are daft anyway. Recharging them on roofs can't be any smarter. In regards to the PV system the 80W PV panel itself is only worth $100 tops wholesale. The rest of the system, solar regulator (probably not even MPPT) $15…"
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turdsurfer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world
"It sounds so impractical, that it's most probably an EU sponsored project, like many of the other impractical EU sponsored projects I've come across where the real underlying goal is to hook up on to the EU money infusion, which…"
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Pascal P. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world
"I agree with Gary, few people in Africa can afford (for security reason) to simply put a panel on the roof. That's a tempting amount of money. So in fact only middle class and up, with properly fenced house with watchman use them. Main use is…"
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Laser Developer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world
"@Gary - eeish!"
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Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world
"Sadly those panels get stolen from roofs before you can say why is my roof buckling. You can by kits in many stores to power just that here. Generally costing around R1200 which is about $75. The kits on offer by Mobisol are massively expensive.…"
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Thomas Stone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world
"This is a bit off-topic, but I like the 'landing gear-to-pad' design.... I have seen a very similar design from another UAV company. Maybe they had similar inspiration. Or perhaps, great minds think alike. :) "
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Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 1:36pm 10 Comments

Interesting proof-of-concept by DARPA researchers using a Pixhawk-powered drone to autonomously navigate a cluttered warehouse environment at 20 m/s.

DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program recently demonstrated that a commercial quadcopter platform could achieve 20-meters-per-second flight while carrying a full load of sensors and…

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Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world

Posted on February 10, 2016 at 10:00pm 7 Comments

From Fast Company, an interesting application of APM:Copter powered drones:

Distributed energy systems are a good idea for…

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Latest Dronecode stats. This thing is getting big!

Posted on February 7, 2016 at 7:40pm 1 Comment

And membership is up to 50 companies now.  Just a year and a half…

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Text message telemetry with Dronekit

Posted on January 31, 2016 at 7:47pm 15 Comments

Add a RaspberryPi and a pair of $100 3G modems to Pixhawk and you can have telemetry via text message as far as the cell networks go!  The code, based on Dronekit, is …

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Comment Wall (112 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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