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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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MarioSpeedwagon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Monitoring coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef with thermal-enhanced Solo
"I'm assuming they're going to tile the individual images with the GPS data, but not mosaic/stitch them? I was just wondering a few days ago if it would be possible to make a map of still water with LWIR?  And…"
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benbojangles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Monitoring coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef with thermal-enhanced Solo
"My God! Female using a drone. It's finally happened."
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Tony Kenward commented on Chris Anderson's blog post uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame
"I am wondering what the intent is for the use of ADS-B on an unmanned aircraft system. http://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Order/8200_45_ADS-B.pdf The ability to send/receive an ADS signal is not the final goal of the broadcast services program…"
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Tim commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Solo NAB announcements: new cameras, power tether, software, more
"Why did you take it to a local shop and not work with 3DR service? something does not smell right I too wish this camera was available outside the enterprise addition, hopefully someone can help fill that gap"
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MarioSpeedwagon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Solo NAB announcements: new cameras, power tether, software, more
"I'm not happy about the Sony camera not being made available to non-enterprise customers, but all of our Solos have flown flawlessly out of the box. The last one took me less than 20 minutes to set up like our other mappers.  Sorry…"
12 hours ago
Dronin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Solo NAB announcements: new cameras, power tether, software, more
"Thats all great, but my SOLO still flies like shit and looses signal 20 feet away. I had a repair tech at local shop tell me that he opened up some SOLOs and found that some of the components such as the Antenna were not even connected. Plus these…"
13 hours ago
David Pawlak commented on Chris Anderson's blog post uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame
"@John. Ahh yeah, OK. Brings up a point though. Of course it's useful that we know where other flying objects are but I think it's probably more important that they know where we are. We're harder to see, and while we really…"
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MarioSpeedwagon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame
"@Paul I don't doubt the numbers, but "the headlines" is not my first pick for a reliable risk assessment. "
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Chris Anderson replied to Rich B's discussion Pixhawk vs Pixhawk 2?
"Nico: Great summary. I've got most of those, too, and I'm leaning towards the same conclusion as you (Navio2). I haven't tried them with the Pi3 yet, but may do so once I start playing around with the Pi camera options.  The only…"
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John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame
"The one in the picture (pingRX) is a receiver only."
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David Pawlak commented on Chris Anderson's blog post uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame
"@Chris J. WOW 16W? Looks like a serial interface, so at least that could allow getting it away from most of the sensitive stuff, but still, 80cm would be close at that power. And then theres power supply management... and those serial cables look…"
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Paul Meier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame
"@Rob: "Crop dusters, kit planes, ultralights, and other cowboy private pilots flying very low with no transponder and no radio" not very much in the headlines...... If you add them all its maybe 1% compared to drones... "
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Chris Jackson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame
"16W at 978Mhz, wonder what effect that much noise does to the rest of the data RF onboard. "
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame
"@Mario, agree. While this is really great technology, I fear that it actually won't help in the case of the biggest risk for collision between manned and unmanned aircraft.  Crop dusters, kit planes, ultralights, and other cowboy private…"
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Greg Dronsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame
"Nice, waiting for the product!"
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Paul Meier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame
"@David: we were all wondering......"
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David Pawlak commented on Chris Anderson's blog post uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame
"ADS-B Automatic Dependant Surveilance - Broadcast Just in case anyone was wondering https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_dependent_surveillance_%E2%80%93_broadcast Sort of like a modern version of the old aviation transponders, but everyone can…"
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Ravi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame
"great step towards the safety issue. the prime concern as of now. the best part is that it is P&P with pixhawk. eventually we can have the Arducopter with a feature that if it detects the aircraft within certain distance it can make the…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Analysis of UK "drone vs plane" incidents and the media hysteria over them
""We feel that reporting these incidents in this way is irresponsible, and not consistent with the high standards we would expect from an aeronautical investigative body." I second that, although, no evidence yet exists in the UK, the US or…"
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uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 9:30am 15 Comments

Congrats to Palo Alto-based uAvionix, who raised $5m in Series A funding from Andy Rubin's Playground Global VC fund for its…

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Analysis of UK "drone vs plane" incidents and the media hysteria over them

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 7:40am 1 Comment

Hackaday has a good piece that analyzes some of the UK's "drone close to aircraft" incidents and finds them wanting, to say nothing of the media coverage of them.…

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First Pixhawk-powered drone in the Smithsonian museum

Posted on April 30, 2016 at 8:33pm 0 Comments

Congratulations to Flirtey, whose Pixhawk-powered delivery drone is now on its way to the Smithsonian…

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Pixhawk-compatible telemetry on your RC transmitter display

Posted on April 30, 2016 at 11:54am 5 Comments

Cool new product from Anysense that works with all 3DR flight controllers: 

AnySense Pro turns your Radio Control into a real-time telemetry system with no costs for additional hardware, such as a GPS sensor, voltage module or vario.Additionally all data will also be saved on the storage card of your remote control. With the right tools, you can easily visualise the…

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Comment Wall (116 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,
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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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