Chris Anderson's Blog – June 2009 Archive (18)

Fixed a confusing GPS default for ArduPilot 2.2

If you're confused about why your ArduPilot 2.2 isn't putting your EM406 into binary mode when you've got the setup jumper/bind plug on (symptom: the yellow LED doesn't blink a few times on start, the GPS LED stays on and the blue ArduPilot LED won't stop blinking), it's probably because you didn't tell the software that you're using the EM406.



In the original EasyStar.h file, this line was set to default to the uBlox module (2):



//1-7

#define GPS_PROTOCOL 2 //0 =… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 22, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Latest video of the V-BAT VTOL UAV



NPR's Science Friday on Steven Morris' lovely V-BAT VTOL…

Added by Chris Anderson on June 22, 2009 at 12:46pm — No Comments

New 9DOF IMU--$400-$500. Looks good



The Vectornav VN-100 IMU (they call it an Attitude Heading Reference System, for some reason) is out and it looks like the best device on the market in this price range. Here's the description from the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 21, 2009 at 9:21pm — 43 Comments

ArduPilot homepage housekeeping notice

Given that ArduPilot is now in a relatively mature commerical release, it's time to reset the comments on the home page. Rather than delete the 400+ comments (dating back more than nine months) on the old home page, I've just created a new home page with the same info, so we can start the comment thread anew. The old one is still here and all comments will… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 21, 2009 at 5:40pm — No Comments

DIY Drones updates

Here are few status updates:



--With the launch of the 2.2 code, the manual and the expansion board kit, we now have what we consider a pretty stable and complete commercial product. Development on ArduPilot will be more incremental from here on, with minor code… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 18, 2009 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments

ArduPilot manual now in beta

We should be releasing the 2.2 code early next week. In the meantime, here's a beta of the official ArduPilot manual. Corrections/comments/wishlist and other feedback in the comments here please!

Added by Chris Anderson on June 14, 2009 at 12:00am — 18 Comments

New ArduPilot Shield kit--this is the one you want!

Jordi's released a new product in the store: a shield expansion board kit that includes everything you need! Just $47.50.



Includes:



--Shield board with airspeed… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 11, 2009 at 9:57pm — 7 Comments

ScanEagle innards



(from Gary over at the AttoPilot users… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 10, 2009 at 10:55pm — 12 Comments

New products in the DIY Drones store, including FMA sensor-to-ArduPilot cable!



Jordi was able to source some fantastic cables to connect the FMA sensors to the ArduPilot shield, which make the whole autopilot integration process MUCH easier and more reliable. The connector is designed to solder right into the ArduPilot shield (see above) and… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 8, 2009 at 11:25pm — No Comments

Buying UAVs from China



We're getting pretty good at sourcing components from China, and one of the best places to start is Alibaba, which is a clearinghouse of Chinese manufacturers selling wholesale, usually for crazy cheap prices and at volumes as low as a single item.… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 8, 2009 at 9:50pm — 17 Comments

Maker Faire videos



Jordi at our Maker Shed booth, courtesy of Chris Connors.…



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Added by Chris Anderson on June 8, 2009 at 11:42am — No Comments

3D print a heli!

This guy used the Shapeways 3D printing service to print the parts for a RC heli! Awesome.



Some sample pictures from his thread:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 8, 2009 at 9:12am — 9 Comments

New UAV company



I've been hearing about a new UAV company called Whisper Aerospace that's focused on the low end of the nascent domestic commercial sector. Founders include our own… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 7, 2009 at 10:30pm — 28 Comments

Correct Blimpduino LED/motor/servo behavior



The correct Blimpduino behavior modes are as follows.



First power-up of board, straight from the factory:

Red Power LED: On
Four green LEDs Flashing in sequence, then altogether,…
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Added by Chris Anderson on June 7, 2009 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Arduino 16 is out

Minor changes, mostly supporting new 328 boards and improved ethernet libraries. ArduPilot and Blimpduino work great with it. Get it here.

Added by Chris Anderson on June 4, 2009 at 10:52am — No Comments

Blimpduino code debugging tips

If you're trying to upload code with Arduino and you get this error message:

"Problem uploading code.....



avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x78

avrdude: stk500_disable(): protocol error, expect=0x14, resp=0x78"



Here are six things… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 4, 2009 at 12:39am — No Comments

DIY Drones traffic growth--up 250%!

Pretty cool traffic growth over the past year here. We now average about 3,500 visitors and 13,000 page views a day, and we've grown about 250% over the past year. We're closing in on 3 million page views a year---that's a lot of amateur UAV action!



(click on… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2009 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

Blimpduino now in the DIY Drones store

For those of you who want to buy Blimpduino from the DIY Drones store, it's now there (same price: $89). We ship to countries that the Maker Shed… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2009 at 9:15pm — No Comments

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