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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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Hein du Plessis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"Indeed.Strange strategy indeed."
34 minutes ago
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"You can't.  3DR elected not to produce it.  Just goes to show what could have been."
46 minutes ago

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Hein du Plessis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"Rob, that's amazing. Where can one get the break out box as in your picture?"
51 minutes ago
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"Ok, then buy the carrier board made by Hex.  I fail to see the issue here.  Your argument would be similar to somebody saying something like "The Solo was intended initially for 3DR as a manufacturer of drones for carrying a GoPro…"
1 hour ago
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"So to get the 5 vision sensors & 4k video with in-camera stabilization of a DJI Phantom, merely connect a DJI Phantom via the SPI bus to the Pixhawk. "
5 hours ago

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Hein du Plessis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"@Rob_Lefebvre, I absolutely LOVE the pixfalcon - it's made by Holybro, which has a great reputation and I use it on almost all my professional and sport aircraft and I've never had any problem whatsoever. It's takes up so little space…"
6 hours ago

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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"@Stmpngrnd, interesting find. However it remains very difficult for many to use such tiny 80 pins connectors. Do you imagine soldering individual pins on that, even as an experienced DIYer ? And if you have to etch your own PCB each time you need an…"
6 hours ago
Daniel Agar commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"@Rob_Lefebvre - GPLv2 and v3 are different in some important ways. The Linux kernel is explicitly licensed GPLv2 and doesn't include the extension to v3 and future versions like other projects have. As a software developer I don't like…"
20 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"Hi Chris, I thought - think more restrictive was appropriate. In the sense I was using it it was more restrictive in terms of restricting freedom of continued open use as opposed to restricting modifiers from grabbing it for their own exclusive…"
22 hours ago
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"Ian, the Dronecode issue is more of a symptom or side effect, than the root cause. The very root cause, is that some segment of this industry desired to leverage the community-based Ardupilot for their own gain. Not unlike what happened with…"
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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"@John, I'm not taking sides and Drotek is indeed also responsible of the reactions here."
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Paul Dinardi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"As well as the facts that have been removed for claims of TOS violations, or forced edits."
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John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"@Huges, you seem to have a bad case of selective memory. The whole 'out of topic vomit' deal was started in this thread by Drotek, suddenly attacking 'the cube' with non factual statements. Up until that point, the…"
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P13:Ian Hudson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"Chris: I fully understand the reasoning for the events that happened with Dronecode, 3DR is a business, not a charity, so I can appreciate the issues GPL v3 presented. The open nature of 3DR’s code and hardware, whilst it has many upsides, it…"
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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"~@ Darrell, by "out of topic" is meant "not the OP's post topic. It has Nothing to do with what you're referring to."
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Darrell Burkey commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"@Hugues - One man's 'out of topic' vomit is another man's technical facts. Unfortunately for those who attempt to spread inaccurate information, on this forum they will be challenged by experts with credentials to back up their…"
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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"Woow wow wow. How can such a post trigger the production of so much "out of topic" vomit ? with the usual offended fanatic and hysterical ones defending "the cube" as their precious. Pathetic, especially considering the…"
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Mateusz Sadowski commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Free webinars on drone design simulation
"Sounds great, thanks for the link!"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"Ian: Most open source projects splinter or fork at some stage, and that's a natural evolution as success breeds divergent interests. In this case, it's actually less acrimonious than most (just see the craziness in the fracturing of the…"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"Gary: You may want to do a little more research on the BSD licence, which is what PX4 uses, before you use terms like "a more restrictive license that essentially gave them control over distribution". Both BSD (PX4) and GPLv3 (ArduPilot)…"
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Free webinars on drone design simulation

Posted on April 27, 2017 at 12:38pm 2 Comments

Two years ago Simscale had a good series of free webinars on using simulation tools for drone design. Now they're doing another…

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More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 7:00am 62 Comments

The PX4/Dronecode team and Drotek have been working on the next generation of Pixhawk autopilots, and you can now see a preview of that with the Pixhawk 3 Pro. It's based on the new PX4 FMU4…

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DARPA swarming challenge kickoff. So many 3DR Iris+s!

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 4:36pm 0 Comments

From DARPA. Have you ever seen so many swarming Iris+s?

Service Academies Swarm Challenge Live-Fly Competition Begins

U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force academy…

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OpenMV and ArduPilot tracking a colored ball

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 4:47pm 7 Comments

OpenMV is my favorite computer vision camera, and it combines a built-in OpenCV-like machine vision library with a microPython interface, all in one little board for $65. It also speaks MAVLink, so…

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DIY Drones at 84,000 members!

Posted on April 16, 2017 at 11:33am 0 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 84,000 members!

Thanks as always to all the community members who make this growth possible, and especially to the administrators and moderators who approve new members,…

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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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