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Feedback on new manuals

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Submit your ArduCopter configuration files here

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ArduCopter 2.3 released

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About Me:
I'm CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. I'm the former Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, author of The Long Tail (Hyperion, 2006), FREE (Hyperion, 2009) and Makers (Crown, 2012) and founder of GeekDad.com

You can find more about me at my About.me page here: http://about.me/andersonchris
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Fixed wing and quads. Mostly for fun and development. With kids as often as they allow!
Hometown:
Berkeley, California

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Sam Worthington commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping
"In December 2016, we put together a proposal to control multiple UAVs with our Wing GCS for the UK MOD Many Drones Make Light Work funding competition. The idea was to use the Wing's mouse functions for a point-and-click style…"
1 hour ago
Prashanth Rajagopalan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-compatible scanning LIDAR on Kickstarter.
"How do I integrate the lidar with the Pixhawk for obstacle avoidance? Can this be used for 3D scanning as well?"
2 hours ago

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Chris Anderson replied to Aditya Kumar's discussion How to remove gravity factor from accelerometer acceleration data.
"Welcome to the difference between sensors and an actual AHRS ;-) This is what control theory is all about. You have to fuse all 9 degrees of freedom to get an attitude estimation. If you're moving in a curve, you need to add GPS via a kalman…"
5 hours ago
Terry Well commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping
"It's amazing! I am wondering what PC software you use for flying the drones simultaneously? Is it available online? How do you connect all the three drones to the laptop at the same time? Thank you!"
6 hours ago
Stone Bai commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Introducing OpenSolo!
"Awesome!!! Looking forward to solo-gimbal release."
Aug 7

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Chris Anderson replied to Chris Myers's discussion flight controllers made in USA?
Aug 7

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Chris Anderson replied to Srikar's discussion A design doubt in drone
"Yes, differential rotation speed will cause the vehicle to yaw in hover, and regular control surfaces will work in forward flight. "
Aug 7
Peng Cheng commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Introducing OpenSolo!
"@Michael Burmeister: it's only 300$ so maybe just replace with a new one.Though I admit gimbal is kind of weird, if you open source it earlier it will be much easier to find replacement."
Aug 4
Michael Burmeister commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Introducing OpenSolo!
"Too Little too late.  I thought of purchasing one of these things but can't get over the fact that it is a custom made unit.  It might be open source now but it's still closed hardware.  If you break it, game over. …"
Aug 4
Laser Developer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Introducing OpenSolo!
"Thumbs up Chris! We love the Solo as an engineering tool. I personally think it's going to live for much longer than anyone expects. Here's a shot of our research Solo carrying a downwards looking LW20 laser altimeter with a scanning LW20…"
Aug 3

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Sandro Benigno commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Introducing OpenSolo!
"Really great news, Chris!!! :DLike I said to Jordi earlier today... I'm always looking out and wishing for the success of all of you."
Aug 3
John Moore commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Introducing OpenSolo!
"Good to hear"
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Roberto Navoni commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Introducing OpenSolo!
"Great Job Chris , I'm very happy that 3DR came back in Open world :) "
Aug 3
Jeff Taylor commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Introducing OpenSolo!
"Awesome move, I'm guessing not an easy sell to get it done! This will definitely invigorate developments in this space, great platform to build off of."
Aug 3

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Introducing OpenSolo!

Big news! Reposting from the 3DR blog. Also see the ArduPilot Team announcement here. When we launched Solo back in 2015, one of its selling points was that it was based on the open source ArduPilot…See More
Aug 3

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Chris Anderson replied to Corentin Le Roy's discussion Using Arduino as an autopilot
"That's the wrong function. PWM signals are generated by analogWrite(pin,value), not digitalWrite https://www.arduino.cc/en/Reference/AnalogWrite"
Jul 31
lebor commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How to spoof GPS to (potentially) take over a drone
"@greg fletcher ...... i disagree in firing a HARM missiles against the spoofers (jammers) .... its their land .... if a man came to ur house to steal and u caught him, is it right for him to kill u just coz u caught him??????"
Jul 27
Tom commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How do modern open source autopilots compare to aerospace-grade IMUs?
"What is your impression on the signalquest gyro, they are build for rugged applications and im more interessted in their continous vibration rejection. https://signalquest.com/product/rugged-package/sq-gix/"
Jul 26

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Chris Anderson replied to Prashanth Rajagopalan's discussion Drone indoor navigation
"Love this! I've got a Marvelmind setup and find it much better than the Pozyx solution. Better demos and integration into drone/rover stacks, too. "
Jul 25

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Chris Anderson replied to Arjun Jois's discussion communicating with the Pixhawk
"Yes, that is the way to do it. What better way were you thinking of?"
Jul 25

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Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 9:30am 1 Comment

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with John Leipper, the Solutions Architecture Manager for drone manufacturer Insitu. At the Future Farm Drone Rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon, Insitu conducted a drone swarm demonstration using three 3DR Solos – all controlled by a single pilot using a computer. Of course, to stay in…

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Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 9:30am 1 Comment

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with John Leipper, the Solutions Architecture Manager for drone manufacturer Insitu. At the Future Farm Drone Rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon, Insitu conducted a drone swarm demonstration using three 3DR Solos – all controlled by a single pilot using a computer. Of course, to stay in…

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Introducing OpenSolo!

Posted on August 3, 2017 at 10:00am 9 Comments

Big news! Reposting from the 3DR blog. Also see the ArduPilot Team announcement here

When we launched Solo back in 2015, one of its selling points was that it was…

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Dronecode updates for July: new QGroundControl, FPGA autopilot, PX4 1.6

Posted on July 22, 2017 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Lots of news and updates from the Dronecode team this month: 

1) The Aerotenna OcPoC autopilot (video above) now supports the Dronecode/PX4 software stack!

● FPGA and dual-core ARM processors in…

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DIY Drones at 85,000 members -- a look back at an extraordinary decade

Posted on July 6, 2017 at 6:00pm 9 Comments

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 85,000 members! We're also more than ten years old!

Rather than simply give the usual monthly traffic snapshot, I thought I'd give the data…

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Comment Wall (118 comments)

At 5:58pm on July 11, 2007, Jeffrey Johnson said…
Great talking to you today. We are on it with using your designs here, and look forward to dovetailing our efforts. Power to the PictEarth People!
At 10:13pm on January 2, 2008, Dhrumil said…
Thanks for setting this up.
At 12:12am on February 8, 2008, Mark L said…
Hey Chris,

I just read your post on UAVs and I'm wondering if there's anywhere that one could purchase a pre-made UAV...couldn't find one on ebay.
I run a network of websites, www.ballerhouse.com, and am considering featuring a UAV article. Can you point me in the direction of where someone could purchase one? If so, what other info should my readers know?
Thanks!
Mark L
markl@ballerhouse.com
At 12:17am on February 8, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
The cheapest commercial one is around $7,000 (cropcam.com). The cheapest *good* one is around $10,000 (http://www.procerusuav.com/). That's why we started this site, to bring the price down below $1,000.

We're *DIY* Drones--buying one premade isn't the point ;-)
At 6:41pm on February 28, 2008,
T3
William Premerlani
said…
Chris,
If you want to do a Q&A with me, that would be fine.

The reason for the board is that my son and I thought it would be fun to build our own board, develop theory, and write firmware. We were inspired by Maynard Hill, who came to town and gave a talk.
We got our feet wet with a rapid-prototyping board mounted on an RC truck, and then build our own board for a sailplane. We bought our parts from SparkFun. Nathan Seidle, the ownder of Sparkfun, asked me what we were doing, I told him, he offered to build a surface mount board for me.
My son and I spent a few delightful summers getting the firmware working. At the time, our goal was to play, to just do some interesting things with it, without any goal in mind. When we were done, we had something that worked to our satisfaction, Nathan asked if he could sell it, we gave him permission.
We recognized that what we had was not a full-fletched autopilot, but that it might be interesting to anyone wanting to tinker with the controller. They could build on our firmware, if they wanted, or start from stratch, if they were ambitious.
By the way, the main reason we used assembly language was that my son had never written any, and he wanted to learn. He had used lots of other languages, but not assembly.
As far as what people are doing with my board, you probably have more information than I have!! The only person I've talked to so far is a member of diydrones. All I know is that the board is selling well at SparkFun, with no complaints.
By the way, the reason the board has been backordered for so long is that the vendor of the GPS replaced their ET301 with an ET312 at the same time that SparkFun was automating their board production, resulting in some defective boards. Even after we worked out the hardware problems, there was a subtle change in the ET312 that caused some problems. Every board that SparkFun builds is tested with the full firmware running, and the boards were not passing. We finally figured out what was wrong, production is resumed, I guess they are catching up on backorders.
All of the work my son and I was deliberately done in a vacuum...we didn't do any research on what other people were doing. We made some mistakes (that was the point) and had some fun.
My background is an electrical engineer with strengths in control theory, mathematics, and theory of flight.
I work at GE's research labs, I've been there for 33 years.
You might want to do a Google on "William Premerlani" to see what I have been up to. Much of it has to do with software development...you gave me a good chuckle when you said in your review that you wondered why we hadn't used C...the answer is, it would have been too easy!!!
Bill
At 10:52pm on March 22, 2008, Elisa said…
any time if u like to have a wet dip & country village food, come over try our our boats,(planty of spcae for plane flys
elisa
At 6:02pm on March 26, 2008, T-Rex said…
I heard you on Talk of the Nation today...great job! I did not get to hear the whole show, but definately heard the part about your "robotics" site and 3-axis accelerometers. You, my friend, rock!

By the way, thanks for the advice about starting out in R/C with a foamie...else I would not have made it past my first flight attempts.
At 6:27pm on March 26, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
Thanks! I wanted to say "3-axis MEMS accelerometer" but I held back for the sake of the NPR audience ;-)
At 10:44pm on April 4, 2008, Simon Pan said…
Hey Chris,

I won honorable mention, best in category, best in engineering, 550$, and an internship offer, at the state science & engineering fair. (The winners were a guy who did computer simulations of bird flu epidemics to determine the best method to distribute a limited supply of antivirals, a girl who developed an advanced, complex robotic vision algorithm which could detect blobs in foggy areas and high altitude ranges, and a guy who figured out a method to stem the growth of certain forms of cancer, so it was a humbling experience).

I just wanted to thank you for making this website and for your great documention and projects, because without them I'd probably still be trying to figure out how to connect the GPS receiver to the Stamp.

Thanks!

- Simon
At 8:26am on May 10, 2008, Huckleberry said…
Thanks Chris,

Been following along for some time (geekdad) and just bought a Blubberbot for something to do over the summer holidays... thinking about the project possibilities for my kids in electronics 11/12 ... hmmm blimp racing? Anyway, great to be here.

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