One of the biggest challenges in an open source development project is getting the "architecture of participation" right. Like a great game, contributing should be easy to pick up but hard to master, giving people of all skills and experience an opportunity to engage. Right now we have scores of developers working on dozens of projects, but a lot of it is behind the scenes on private email lists, Skype calls and IM threads, Google Docs and 3D Robotics project trackers.  You can see the tip of the iceberg in the change logs, but that's just a hint of the activity that goes on every day.

If you'd like to get involved with the DIY Drones dev teams, here are a few places to start:

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Comment by Adam Rivera on September 29, 2011 at 6:49pm

I'll try to implement the flare (#5). Might take me a while to figure that out :-)


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Comment by Adam Rivera on September 29, 2011 at 6:50pm

What is a use case for #5 so I understand it's context a little better?


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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2011 at 7:25pm

Re: #5. When you go into RTL, it always goes clockwise. Some people would rather have the choice to go the other way. Don't ask me why ;-)


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Comment by Adam Rivera on September 29, 2011 at 7:29pm

Sorry Chris... I meant the first #5 in that list. Looks like the number got repeated.


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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2011 at 7:43pm

Adam: sorry about that--buggy CSS style sheet. Now fixed.

 

This list was created by Doug Weibel, but I think #5 refers to autolanding with fixed wing aircraft using the ArduCopter sonar library. We need to figure out how to translate sonar altitude into a landing flare for a soft landing with a plane. 


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Comment by Adam Rivera on September 29, 2011 at 8:02pm

Aha. Perhaps my confusion started by assuming #5 was for the ArduCopter. I was imagining my Octo flying in fast and flaring before a landing a lot like the huey's in vietnam or something. Unfortunately I have no experience with the ArduPlane setup. I think I will attempt creating a new mode for the ArduCopter. Sorry for the confusion.

Comment by Jose Angel on September 30, 2011 at 2:19am

Chris, apart fromt the bugs/requests in issue tracker, any list for arducopter project?


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Comment by Doug Weibel on September 30, 2011 at 6:20am

Hello all,

 

I gave this list to Chris, and would be happy to chat with anyone interested in doing any of these.  I basically know how to do all of them, but am very busy and don't get these done due to work on other issues/projects.

 

In fact, I would encourage you to contact me if you are interested.  In many cases getting a bit more background info will save a lot of wasted time and help you come up with a solution that better fits into the ArduPlane architecture.  I don't want to publish my email to the whole internet, but if you PM me through the site I will be happy to chat with you directly by PM, email or Skype.

 


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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 30, 2011 at 7:27am

Jose, yes, I'll ask Jason and Randy to create a list for that, too, as soon as it comes out of beta. Right now we want the initial build to be 100% solid before we bring other people into the dev teams.

Comment by Jose Angel on September 30, 2011 at 8:14am

Thanks Chris, I look to hear from them soon!

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