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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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Cala commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show
"Really Nice :)"
8 hours ago
Horace Cunningham commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Syrian Airlift trials use of drones to deliver supplies to conflict zones
"It's a sensitive issue but I won't even call these groups "enemy of United States", remember when the war started in 2011? ISIS(then Al Qaeda in iraq) helped to form the most potent rebel group in syria, Jabhat al Nusra. Back…"
17 hours ago
Horace Cunningham commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Syrian Airlift trials use of drones to deliver supplies to conflict zones
"May be a noble idea but ultimately I believe it is crazy. Any drone spotted in Syrian airspace will be shot down by the government and their operators arrested. Jabhat Al Nusra and other terrorist groups in Syria have been deploying drones such as…"
17 hours ago
julian vs commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Great-looking drone/FPV airframe Kickstarter from RiteWing
"ha that sounds cool - and bird of prey is exactly what i thought when I saw it...  flys even better than it looks and I have tried an auto launch by just holding it not even throwing and it just takes off... so easy"
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James Slizewski commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Great-looking drone/FPV airframe Kickstarter from RiteWing
"If I owned one I think I'd paint it a nice dark green and black. Then I would send it back in time to save some whales (and Spock too). Darn it. I miss "Spock" already. Going to watch some Wrath of Khan now.  Sweet looking air…"
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julian vs commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Great-looking drone/FPV airframe Kickstarter from RiteWing
"Just wanted to re-share this kickstarter campaign for a plane that I have flown on pixhawk, both FPV and line of sight.  This plane is forward swept wing so has amazing slow flight ability for easy landing, is very stable, tons of room for…"
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Ascent AeroSystems commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter
"Stay tuned...first availability will be on Kickstarter. We'll be sure to post a link here, but be sure sign up for updates on our website. Thanks for the interest!"
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Alvin Lim commented on Chris Anderson's blog post List of all 3D Robotics retailers and distributors
"Hi there Chris, is there an updated version of this list?  Thanks!"
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Giorgio Conte commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"Hi everybody, I'm quite new to RC but I'm trying to do my best. I got my Quanum Nova in late december, don't know what fw version. The first time I connected to MP I upgraded the fw (to be honest I didn't mean to do it).…"
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Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter
"How to buy it? :)"
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lot commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Syrian Airlift trials use of drones to deliver supplies to conflict zones
"The enemies of the United States (or any other country in the world ) can easily buy Phantoms, or any other APM/Pixhawk from china."
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Stephen Gloor commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Amazon's secret drone test field in Canada, 2,000 ft from the US boarder
"IMHO the problem the FAA has is that there is too many pigs in the trough.  Again IMHO it is not the regulation as they could just copy verbatim any of the successful rules operating just about everywhere else.  It can also not say that it…"
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Marco Robustini commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show
"Chris and Marco with the "Carbon Drone" team at FDS..."
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Jake Stew commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Syrian Airlift trials use of drones to deliver supplies to conflict zones
"Supporting military conflicts is not a recognized 501(c)3 purpose. Hopefully you realize that if any of these supplies fall into the hands of an enemy of the United States you could be tried for treason and executed."
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Nikos Gerarchakis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Syrian Airlift trials use of drones to deliver supplies to conflict zones
"Nobody can deny the humanitarian need that exists at this moment. But no one can bypass the serious security issues that exist. A possible leak critical material to the ISIS, which would acquire the portfolio was causing significant problems for…"
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Nikos Gerarchakis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Syrian Airlift trials use of drones to deliver supplies to conflict zones
"Once the export restrictions for Pixhawk and other "critical"  3dr products, "are open",  the next second the ISIS portfolio  there will an UCAV."
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Ascent AeroSystems commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter
"There have been a lot of great comments here and we really appreciate the interest! We had been working on our initial designs for more than a year when the “Pocketcopter” campaign began last summer, but with no obvious means of control…"
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Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Amazon's secret drone test field in Canada, 2,000 ft from the US boarder
"Lets see what happens with the NPRM, we heard at sUAS News that congress is looking for direction from industry and is not happy with the current advice they are getting from a military vendor backed organisation."
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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud
"Another question : is there an explicit documentation of this python droneapi library and typically I am looking for a code example to read a parameter in pixhawk from a python script running on windows (and without having to use the manual mavproxy…"
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Syrian Airlift trials use of drones to deliver supplies to conflict zones

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 6:00pm 6 Comments

Congrats to our friends at the Syria Airlift Project, who conducted an experimental project this weekend in Sacramento to train refugees to use Pixhawk-powered fixed-wing drones to deliver supplies into conflict zones. From the video description:

On March 28-29, 2015, Uplift Aeronautics…

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Amazon's secret drone test field in Canada, 2,000 ft from the US boarder

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 7:28am 4 Comments

From The Guardian

Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following …

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Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 5:30pm 12 Comments

Congrats to Marco Robustini and his team/colleagues for a fantastic first Ferrara Drone Show, in the lovely northern Italian town of Ferrara (between Bologna and Venice). Most of the drones on display were using Pixhawk or another APM…

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Latest Festo robo-butterflies now capable of swarming, autonomous flight

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

Every time Festo puts out a new video, my jaw ends up on the floor. Their robo-butterflies can now navigate with "indoor GPS", which I think means motion capture cameras. Also: check out that ant! (20x+ as big as a real ant, but still!)

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3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 9:00am 17 Comments

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We’re thrilled to announce the release of DroneKit, an open platform for drone app development. DroneKit packages years of 3DR’s flight control R&D into a single robust and extensible platform which developers can use to create…
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Comment Wall (110 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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