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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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Matt Elias commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"@Manuel, I have read of a guy with 3.1.5 & a working telemetry port too here, but then he says it only works without USB plugged in so I know he means the RX/TX resistor spot and not the telemetry port that we are trying to get working. I tried…"
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David commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Small UAV Coalition (3DR, Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot, GoPro) now live
"Can other/smaller companies join?"
42 minutes ago
PF commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"Thanks for that information Manuel. What I noticed first time I connected to the APM planner was several data packages that I never had seen before as the progress bar was coming to the end. These were gone, together with the telemetry, after…"
50 minutes ago
Manuel Ribeiro commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"There seems to be some controversy regarding telemetry and Nova/CX-20 firmware... I'm on stock 3.1.2 and have  telemetry on telemetry port working Another guy at RCG is on 3.1.5 and have telemetry working on telemetry port And then, there…"
1 hour ago
PF commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"I never got hold of the original Nova/CX20 FW, only AC3.1.2. Thus my telemetry link, like yours, is still not working. I hope someone find a solution for this as we really should fly with AC3.1.5 and link ;)  "
1 hour ago
Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Small UAV Coalition (3DR, Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot, GoPro) now live
"Awesome.  Put together the smaller voices to make a big voice. Not that Google and Amazon are small.  But they're not Lockheed."
4 hours ago
Jethro Hazelhurst commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Small UAV Coalition (3DR, Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot, GoPro) now live
"This is a real investment in the future, great news!"
8 hours ago

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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Small UAV Coalition (3DR, Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot, GoPro) now live
"Thanks, Simon. Now fixed"
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Simon Wunderlin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Small UAV Coalition (3DR, Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot, GoPro) now live
"Hey chris, there is something wrong with the link."
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Small UAV Coalition (3DR, Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot, GoPro) now live

I'm delighted to announce that the Small UAV Coalition, an industry group led by 3DR, Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot and Airware, is now up and running. You can visit the website here. The mandate of the group is as…See More
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Greg Nuspel commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US
"What will be interesting is to see what the new Canadian regulations will be, since there is a hint of it on the Transport Canada website."
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Caelan Midwood commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US
"It is also good to note that in Canada you can't fly beyond unaided line of sight (LOS). The unaided LOS effectively limits the maximum range your system can fly too (~1.5 km over flat ground with 20/20 vision), which means that the GCS has to…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US
"I definitely agree with Gary above that sadly the US is at the back of the pack. Possibly the worst thing is that US influences so much of the rest of the world about this issue. I would greatly prefer to see it the other way around. The fact is, we…"
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Andreas Gazis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US
"I 'm from Europe but am not particularly bothered by the frequent North Am specific coverage. It's a big issue with a big part of the community, this is a forum for discussing this kind of thing, fair game. If members from other countries…"
21 hours ago
Matt Elias commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"PF, can you share where you found the CX-20's stock firmware. I'm in the same situation as you were/are. Long story short, had to flash firmware via MP and now telemetry is not working."
23 hours ago
Greg Nuspel commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US
"It's funny how some people all of a sudden attack this because the US is mentioned. If you would read carefully it becomes obvious it is written from the Canadian perspective. I think it is great that others are adding their countries…"
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John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US
"Like some have mentioned, this is more a case of Canada being in line with the rest of the world.. In fact my country Norway just recently eased up on the requirements and defined commercial UAS operational limitations for different classes of UAS…"
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Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US
"There is only one at the back of the pack ;-)"
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mP1 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US
"@Gary There are plenty of other places outside America and they dont get the same repeated attention every other day, for the same topics. Anyone who came here would think there was only one country in the world. "
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Small UAV Coalition (3DR, Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot, GoPro) now live

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:30pm 5 Comments

I'm delighted to announce that the Small UAV Coalition, an industry group led by 3DR, Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot and Airware, is now up and running. You can visit the website …

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Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 10:42pm 11 Comments

From Robohub:

When Canadians attempt to characterize aspects of Canadian culture, it’s not uncommon to draw comparisons with the US. I recently…

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"Spaxels" light painting with swarming drones

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 4:20pm 6 Comments

This came out late last year, but I missed it at the time. "Spaxels" are space+pixels, with coordinated multicopters. You can read more about them from Ars Electronica here.

ArduIMU V4 on Kickstarter

Posted on September 27, 2014 at 9:30pm 6 Comments

Seven years after we started the ArduIMU project, it's back with a much improved version on Kickstarter, with wireless, the latest sensors and processors, datalogging and…

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Great post on agricultural drone mapping

Posted on September 27, 2014 at 8:30pm 3 Comments

The UAVGuy has a terrific post on his experience with mapping vineyards with a 3DR Y6. The whole post is worth reading, including setting up cameras and gimbals for mapping, but here's an excerpt on the data…

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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,
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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,
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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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