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

Outback Challenge video

Added by Chris Anderson on September 30, 2009 at 10:18pm — 1 Comment

Draft project assignments--please review

[UPDATE: the team leaders should all now be inviting team members as friends and once the invitations are accepted, they'll be invited to the workspaces. If you're on the team, you'll get an alert telling you that you've been added. It will say nonsense about needing to click on unclickable words, but ignore those bugs. Just go to your workspace by clicking on the Workspaces tab and you should see it.



I'll be swinging by in each Workspace as I'm added to upload necessary files and…
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Added by Chris Anderson on September 30, 2009 at 10:00pm — 25 Comments

Workspaces added--what do you think?

Please note that I've added Huddle Workspaces to the site, which I hope will prove useful for the volunteer teams working on various ArduPilot projects. I'll be PMing those who responded to our call for volunteers and giving directions and… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2009 at 11:00pm — 12 Comments

Cool idea: "point and toss" UAV



From the good… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2009 at 10:36pm — 10 Comments

T3 Contest, Round 2--UPDATE: Deadline extended (and new contest previewed)

[UPDATE: This one proved a bit harder than we thought, so we're going to extend the deadline by two weeks, to 12:00 midnight PST on Sunday, October 18th.



Also, here's a preview of next month's contest: Break…
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Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2009 at 2:08pm — 146 Comments

Dramatic reports from the Outback Challenge UAV contest

Lots of drama in the Australian Outback Challenge this year. Once again, it appears that nobody finished the challenge (spot a dummy--Outback Joe--and drop a water bottle near him),… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2009 at 9:43am — 20 Comments

Help wanted!

Many of you have asked how you can help with the ArduPilot project. Now we have an answer! We're looking for people with various skills: software, hardware, documentation or project management.



Here are some things on our to-do list that we could use some help on (Jordi's focusing on core ArduPilot Mega development himself). Please look through and see if something sounds like fun. The reward is that you get to work closely with us and you're helping create a little bit of the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 28, 2009 at 9:03pm — 24 Comments

DIY Drones live chat/podcast tonight at 9:00pm PST

Free video streaming by Ustream



Tonight (Sunday) we'll do our fourth podcast, which everyone here is welcome to participate in by listening to the chat live above and commenting and asking questions via the DIY Drones… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 27, 2009 at 10:17am — 2 Comments

Reminder: just two more weekends to qualify for this month's T3 contest!

[Update: My mistake--I forgot that I made the deadline four days later to allow for a slightly late start in announcing this contest earlier this month. So you have two weekends to go, not just one. Still, get cracking!] For those of you who have day jobs, just a reminder that this is the last weekend you've only got two more weekends to enter this month's T3 Contest. If the weather isn't… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 25, 2009 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Best entry-level UAV platform?

I just got what might the best entry-level UAV platform yet. It's the Busy-Bee RTF from HobbyKing and at… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 24, 2009 at 10:01pm — 17 Comments

Predator build and fly thread (tip stall warning!)

For those of you interested in the Nitroplanes/Hobbyking Predator (they're essentially the same plane), here's a great… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 24, 2009 at 6:56am — 14 Comments

ArduIMU now available!



At last, the long-awaited ArduIMU is available! You can buy the hardware here (the first batch sold out within minutes, but he's making more quickly). The… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 22, 2009 at 12:36pm — 64 Comments

"Drone in a bag"



Really cool design from Aurora Flight Sciences with twin vectoring differential thrusters and no control surfaces. Folds nicely into a… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 21, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Blimpduino now available in an "all you need" kit

We've now released Bilmpduino with the option to get the RC kit, LiPo battery and charger all in one. The only thing you need beyond that to have a fully autonomous or RC-controlled blimp is helium from a party balloon kit (available at Target or any party… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 19, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

DIY Drones live chat/podcast Sunday night at 9:00pm PST

Free video streaming by Ustream



On Sunday night we'll do our third podcast, which everyone here is welcome to participate in by listening to the chat live above and commenting and asking questions via the DIY Drones… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 19, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

DIY Drones chat tonight (Sunday) at 9:00pm PST

Free video streaming by Ustream



Tonight we'll do our second podcast, which everyone here is welcome to participate in by listening to the chat live above and commenting and asking questions via the DIY Drones… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 13, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

DIY Drones chat tonight at 9:00pm PST

Free video streaming by Ustream



[UPDATE: The above was for the live chat; the recorded podcast is here]



We're planning a weekly… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 6, 2009 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

DIY Drones uBlox modules now available!

The awesome uBlox 5 GPS modules are now available in the DIY Drones store!



From the product description:

The powerful GPS is based on Ublox 5 chipset and the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 4, 2009 at 8:00pm — 21 Comments

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