Chris Anderson's Blog – August 2011 Archive (43)

DIY Drones passes 18,000 members

 

 

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. We're now at 18,000 registered members. We had another month of more than a million page views. It just took us six weeks to get this latest 1,000 members, which…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2011 at 6:23pm — 2 Comments

New right-click options in the Mission Planner

Another day, another cool feature to call out in the Mission Planner! (These posts are almost turning into a rolling tutorial series). In today's version (1.0.61), when you right click in the Flight Planner, you can directly enter commands such as…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2011 at 7:15am — 9 Comments

Impressive FPV ground station

This guy has a serious FPV ground station. Details here.

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2011 at 11:14pm — No Comments

Nice new feature in Mission Planner: waypoint hit radius circles

As you've probably noticed, there are new features added to the Mission Planner almost every day (Michael Oborne is amazing). I thought I'd just highlight today's, which is neat. In the Flight Planner screen, your current Waypoint radius (the "hit zone" that qualifies as having arrived at the waypoint, which you can set) is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2011 at 7:52am — 32 Comments

Delivering drugs by ArduCopter

CNET reports on a cool proof of concept--delivering life-saving drugs by UAV in parts of Africa where road are poot. I've advised that team that fixed wing UAVs might be a better choice for those…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2011 at 10:29am — 8 Comments

Anybody recognize this drone?

It…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2011 at 5:30pm — 67 Comments

Meet the Developers: Paul Mather (aka Happy Killmore)

Today's Developer is the genius behind the HK GCS, which you all know and love. We'd had ground stations before, but Paul Mather was the first to really do them right. I still remember the day he rolled out recording and replaying missions, which was mind-blowingly cool. And when he added voice synthesis, I felt a real surge…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2011 at 12:18pm — 17 Comments

New versions of APM and Mission Planner released: mostly minor bug fixes

We've released new versions of the APM and Mission Planner, which mostly correct some minor bugs but add a few new features (see change logs below).

 

The Mission Planner will automatically load the new APM 2.23 code when you click on the plane icon on the firmware tab. The APM 2.23 source…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2011 at 9:28am — 1 Comment

Meet the Developers: Max Levine

Today in Meet the Developers, please meet Max Levine, another graphic artist par excellence! You've all seen his work in the simple, stylized icons in the Mission Planner (see below), but he's also behind many of the diagrams and instructional graphics in the ArduCopter manual.

 

He's also working with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2011 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

Meet the Developers: Randy Mackay

Randy is one of the key members of the ArduCopter team, and has been leading the traditional heli part of it, along with integrating optical flow sensors into the ArduCopter code (look for a product we may be offering in that space soon).

 

He's also a great example of the international nature of the team. If…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 23, 2011 at 11:50am — 23 Comments

AR.Drone + Android + LEGO Mindstorms NXT = bliss

This project is like a smoothie of all my favorite things blended together.

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is keeping track of a ground robot that leads a flock of similar robots.  The UAV flies autonomously and uses its cameras to help the units…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 22, 2011 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Temporary glitch in ArduCopter setup. Use CLI instead (UPDATE: Fixed)

UPDATE: This has been fixed. If you load a new firmware hex from the Mission Planner, it should now be fine. Thanks for your patience and special thanks to Tridge and Michael O for Delta Team Six-like rapid response ;-)



Folks, 

 

We've accidentally introduced a bug into the latest ArduCopter code that interferes with MAVLink setup. After you load the firmware with the Mission Planner, when you go through the setup process and click on "Level" it resets the board into…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 22, 2011 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

APM: The Universal Autopilot

I know this isn't news, but please indulge me a moment of pride in the APM dev teams. They have built the world's first "universal autopilot". The same hardware can fly all of the above--every kind of airplane, multicopter and helicopter, along with hardware-in-the-loop simulations--with one click to load new firmware in the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 20, 2011 at 8:17pm — 18 Comments

New version of Mission Planner has MAVLink tuning tips

The latest version of the Mission Planner (1.0.55) has a nice little feature that you might not notice, so I thought I'd call it out. In the Configuration tab, where all the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 20, 2011 at 8:01pm — 8 Comments

Meet the Developers: Sandro Benigno

Today's Meet the Developers is Sandro Benigno, who displays the amazing range of talent we have here. I first realized the scope of his abilities when he took the APM design files and, on his own, created the photorealistic renders of them that we still use in the manual:

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 19, 2011 at 11:00pm — 22 Comments

Open source telemetry board for Aurora 9 RC gear

Here's a cool project to open source the telemetry data stream that the Aurora 9 RC gear uses:

 

Among others, one thing that makes the 2.4GHz Aurora 9 so…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 18, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Meet the Developers: Jani Hirvinen

Today's Meet the Developers profile is Jani Hirvinen, who is one of the leaders of the ArduCopter project. Jani is one of our core team members, is always on the Sunday night dev call and is constantly testing new code, suggesting improvments and extending the platform to new airframes and configurations.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 18, 2011 at 12:00pm — 20 Comments

Meet the Developers: Olivier Adler

Today's Developer is Olivier Adler, who works with John Arne Birkeland on the PPM encoder team. I already described the PPM encoder project in detail here, so I'll just turn this over to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 17, 2011 at 9:30pm — 11 Comments

"The bad robots are coming"

Uh oh:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 17, 2011 at 2:30pm — 18 Comments

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