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Feedback on new manuals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gustav Kuhn Apr 14, 2013. 130 Replies

ArduCopter 2.3 released

Started this discussion. Last reply by JeffBetts_KK4MTC May 21, 2012. 1073 Replies

 

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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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Chris Anderson replied to Edgar Scott's discussion Should we put an end to requiring a traditional Tx for Multicopters? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"I haven't touched RC sticks for months. I just use Droidplanner (and AC3.2 with EKF turned on) and often just over Bluetooth -- it's the ideal mobile-first experience, especially when you're doing auto missions like mapping, scanning…"
10 hours ago
Josh Welsh commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"I actually live inside two circles haha"
12 hours ago

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David Anders commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"I live within one of the circles... The dotted lines in the sky are quite annoying. But seriously, I share your pain."
13 hours ago
Doug Walmsley commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"My issue is with the display.  I can barley see the map due to the TFR circle over my property.  I'm not saying to rid it, but I'm allowed to fly withing the TFR as long as I do not break the 400' ceiling.  Therefore, I…"
14 hours ago
Josh Welsh commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"That is exactly right, and the operators are held responsible 100% of the time for their actions, regardless of what the copter does, so this choice should absolutely not be removed.  Use the TFR data and build a fence and call it good. I also…"
14 hours ago

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David Anders commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Just to throw a spanner in there. There have been instances where drones have been officially used at airports so I'd been keen to ensure there are no restrictions at all. Information / warning screens sure, but no restrictions."
14 hours ago
Doug Walmsley commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"@ Nathaniel I submitted a Issue ticket at Github Mission Planner for a need to disable but provided another option.  Take a look and let me know or MichaelO if there is something I missed or if others feel there is something better to…"
14 hours ago

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Nathaniel Caner commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"@Doug, I think that sounds like a good compromise. It achieves notification but won't interfere with acceptable flight standards. Do you fly at one of the AMA sites I spoke of? Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
14 hours ago
Charles lakins commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"That's a good idea Doug"
14 hours ago
Doug Walmsley commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"I will recommend that the feature be enabled by default and operators may go into "Configure tab" and disable from view.  I do however feel that it should be automatically turned back on when the operator flies up to 400" AGL and…"
14 hours ago
Charles lakins commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"yes that's true perhaps an altitude ceiling be imposed from the data collected for the specific areas reported, the markings would be still there and flight possible but a sort of geofence be applied for altitude in the effected area"
16 hours ago

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Nathaniel Caner commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Hi Charles,NOTAMS etc. while informative are really directed at pilots of full scale aircraft. If we are staying below the 400' ceiling, as I know we all do right, this shouldn't be a problem. I don't want to start a debate here about…"
16 hours ago
Charles lakins commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"I don't think an option to turn off should be addressed or added since they are regulated no fly zones anyway ,by turning off you knowingly break the regulations just one quote from the link you provided: PILOTS WHO DO NOT ADHERE TO THE…"
17 hours ago

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Nathaniel Caner commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"@Doug, Yeah that's what's going on for sure. I looked a bit further and that commit pulls TFR Overlay information from http://www.jepptech.com/tfr/Query.asp?UserID=Public If you go browse that location and read some of the TFRs you…"
17 hours ago

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Nathaniel Caner commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"@Doug, I by no means am an expert, however I took a look at the MP code looking for anything that might explain this. What I found may have nothing to do with the situation, however it might be a place to start. About 10 days ago there was a commit…"
17 hours ago
Richard Kennedy commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Doug I assume you looked into going to an earlier version? All I can say oh boy.... here we go."
18 hours ago
Patrick Egan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post WSJ scoop on forthcoming FAA rules -- pilots license will be required for commercial use unless Congress intervenes
"I love to see the glass half full!"
19 hours ago
Doug Walmsley commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"@ Nathaniel and @Paul, This crazy feature can not be turned off.  I went into Configure tab and deselected "Show Airports" and only the broken rings around airports disappeared. I live inside the outer ring of this large and circle…"
yesterday
Bill English commented on Chris Anderson's blog post WSJ scoop on forthcoming FAA rules -- pilots license will be required for commercial use unless Congress intervenes
"@GaryM They did that a long time ago: http://www.faa.gov/uas/media/uas_roadmap_2013.pdf As well as not being UAPO.  It's UASIO, AFS-80. On the bright side, there's lots of drone activity in Somalia....   ;-)"
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Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post WSJ scoop on forthcoming FAA rules -- pilots license will be required for commercial use unless Congress intervenes
"That's interesting the UAPO better start changing the paperwork, that might take a while."
yesterday

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Turbine-powered quad first flight

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:16pm 18 Comments

OMG. Turbine-powered quadcopter test flight -- next to a road. Love the car that pulls up to gawk at the end

Gobot -- Drones programmed in the Go language

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 10:45pm 2 Comments

GoBot is a new robot-control applications interface using the Go programming language, including support for 3DR copters and others using MAVLink.

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Gobot has a extensible…

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Angela Merkel admires an IRIS

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 10:20pm 10 Comments

One of our great academic collaborators, Fabio Ramos at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, uses both Iris and Aero as a research platforms.…
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Google leasing NASA Moffet Field for drone, space research

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 10:41pm 12 Comments

This is good news for Bay Area drone research! From Business Week:

Google Inc. has…

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Comment Wall (109 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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