Chris Anderson's Blog – December 2010 Archive (34)

$300,000 for a Raven?

The latest US purchase of Raven UAVs was announced:

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 28, 2010 at 11:00pm — 34 Comments

New version of APM 1.0 code -- fixes MediaTek setup

 

UPDATE: Looks like some bugs snuck in. I've withdrawn this version. Please Dec 13 instead.

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 27, 2010 at 11:00pm — 22 Comments

ArduCopter NG with ultrasonic sensor for low-level altitude hold

 

GPS altitude hold is good for +-5m, but what if you want more precision than that, closer to the ground. ArduCopter team member Randy Mackay. He explains what it takes (this is also in the manual):

 

    To give it a go do this:…
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Added by Chris Anderson on December 26, 2010 at 1:00pm — 21 Comments

New Arduino dev environment out (0022)

Arduino 0022 is now out. Mostly bug fixes and optimization. A few additions/improvements of interest to us:

  • Fixed EEPROM library on Mega 2560.
  • Adding an SD card library based on sdfatlib by Bill Greiman and the MemoryCard library by Philip…
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Added by Chris Anderson on December 25, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

APM boards now available in the DIY Drones store!

We now have the ability to make the APM boards ourselves, so we can offer the full set of ArduPilotMega gear from the DIY Drones store. APM boards are now in stock (we'll be replenishing supply daily, so check back in a day if the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 24, 2010 at 12:00pm — 29 Comments

Laser cut your own ArduCopter parts

Due to the usual string of code bugs and dumb thumbs, I've dinged my ArduCopter up a good bit in the testing phase. You can get a good crash repair kit from FahPah that has the most commonly-broken parts, or you can make your own.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 23, 2010 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

DIY Drones Moderator Guidelines

These are the guidelines for DIY Drone's moderators, of which there are currently about 30, although we add them all the time (PM me if you'd like to be one). I'm posting them publicly because they also include some tips for posters, especially on what should be a blog post vs. a discussion topic and how to make blog posts…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 22, 2010 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

DIY Drones visits Willow Garage

Yesterday some of the DIY Drones team spent the afternoon at Willow garage.  Here…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 21, 2010 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Video review of HobbyKing's new FPV/UAV plane

The hilarious Flite Test crew has a video review of HobbyKing's new Skywalker-style FPV/UAV plane. I've got one on order--it looks good and BIG.

 

Click through to the description of the video for a full list of the components they…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 21, 2010 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

ShoeAVs (cool French video---look familiar?)

From Makezine: "French brand Faiyue is advertising their shoes with this stylized video portraying a make-your-own flying shoes…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 21, 2010 at 12:48pm — 3 Comments

ArduCopter NG taken over by Pirates!

Just a quick announcement that the ArduCopter project has been boarded by (friendly) pirates! The "ArduPirates" refers to a great group of quad hackers over on RC Groups who have been making many useful additions and fixes to official…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 21, 2010 at 8:00am — 12 Comments

Proof of concept: Flying the UAVDevBoard over the Internet with Android

Tom Pittenger shared this video demo of how you can fly the UAVDevBoard (or possibly any other autopilot) over the Internet via an Andorid phone.

Here's his illustration of how it works:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 20, 2010 at 9:00am — 25 Comments

DIYDrones now at 13,000 members

As is customary and traditional, we announce each new thousand members. Now we're at 13,000 members. Growth is continuing to accelerate. We now add an average of one new member every 70 minutes. Given the screening process to accept new members (they have to fill out an admission form and be approved by a moderator, a process…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 18, 2010 at 11:59pm — 9 Comments

Buildlog/flight video of new Nitroplanes Raven clone

Here's a great video buildlog of Nitroplane's new fiberglass and carbon RQ-11 Raven clone (1-1 scale). I've got this kit and it looks very good, a real step up from foam for those who want lots of interior room. My only reservations are what looks like a fragile wing attachment with two screws, and this video review's discovery that it needs six (!!) ounces of clay in the nose to get the CG…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 18, 2010 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

Some limitations of the Kinect for SLAM

I Love Robotics has posted an excellent analysis of how the Kinect compares to other SLAM solutions, such as the Neato Lidar and Hokuyu lasers.

 

Here's an excerpt, but do read the whole thing. It's…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 17, 2010 at 6:03pm — 5 Comments

Google releases Android robot libraries

The Google Code team reports some good news. (I love that there's a "20% Robotics Task Force" at Google, which refers to the 20% of their time that they're allowed to spend on cool projects that they…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 17, 2010 at 11:39am — 5 Comments

T3 Contest, Season 2, Round 1: Synthetic Trappy!

You know the story: a FPV flier who goes by the handle of Trappy decided to prove something to someone and pulled a stunt in NYC a few weeks ago, filming a flight that went from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Statue of Liberty, and posting and promoting it online. This has generated a huge amount of controversy in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2010 at 11:30pm — 59 Comments

Mexican UAV crashes in El Paso backyard

Not one of ours, thankfully. From the article:

"Holloway said the aircraft that crossed into the U.S. air space is a mini orbiter unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Aeronautics Defense System.

It is designed for use…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2010 at 6:37pm — 13 Comments

Untethered flight with 3D printed insect wing MAV

The untethered flght is in the second half of the video. From a paperby…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 15, 2010 at 11:59am — 2 Comments

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