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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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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Interesting insight into what bugs in jetliner autopilots look like

From a FAA alert about a bug in the Rockwell Collins autopilot that is used in many jetliners. Interesting, it's easier for them to fix the airport database that these autopilots use than the autopilot code itself,…See More
Tuesday
MattMGN commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Vision of a full-automated farm drone system
"I am sure that Chris is already aware of farmers needs. For those who doubt, this article will help them understand his approach : https://www.expouav.com/news/latest/drones-will-become-boring-interview-3drs-chris-anderson/ 'Boring' yes…"
Sunday
Giovanni Esposito commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Vision of a full-automated farm drone system
"Boring and useless. Says nothing about the real data acquisition. What data are they capturing? How often? Are the data usefull, can the farmer use them to correct/enhance farming (without spending much more money)?  These are the questions…"
Sunday

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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Great YouTube channel on using Dronekit, APM
"Love it. Post it in the News Section so it goes on the front page! (remember to paste the embed code with the little video icon, not just a link)"
Sunday
Tiziano Fiorenzani commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Great YouTube channel on using Dronekit, APM
"Thanks Chris: here is the new one about Trajectory Tracking.  Have fun: https://youtu.be/4Ab_b5bjDZA"
Sunday
robert bouwens commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Vision of a full-automated farm drone system
"still pretty boring. as you mentioned - a vtol would be more appropriate. having  a closer look at the massiv box also makes clear: you def. need a tractor to move the box. and maybe you should switch over to saltwater crocodile…"
Saturday
Darrell Burkey commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Vision of a full-automated farm drone system
"@robert - Very inspiring IMHO. I've been pushing this concept here in Australia for farming and shark spotting for years  but people seem more interested in using consumer drones to manually do things so they can get publicity than doing…"
Friday
Greg Dronsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Vision of a full-automated farm drone system
"I wonder what data do farmers collect now, that could be delivered more efficiently with an automated drone like this. I know that multispectral images are used, but is this the kind of data used by a group of farmers that would by an expensive…"
Friday
robert bouwens commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Vision of a full-automated farm drone system
"not seen much on the video. inspiring is what?"
Friday

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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Vision of a full-automated farm drone system

This is still in the prototype stage, but it's an inspiring vision of what farm drones could someday beSee More
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Thomas Alberts commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Is it really true that AC 3.5 works on mini using Mission Planner. I have been having a bear of a time setting one up with PX4 and QGC. I would be more comfortable using MP.  >Comment by Bill Bonney on February 9, 2017 at…"
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Dec 2
Clive Gregory commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Radiolink SE100 GPS module for Pixhawk
"I am finding this Radiolink module to be much better than my previous Chinese clone ublox M8N GPS module. Positional drift on the ground is within a metre with around 15 satellites. I hope this means I wont have to climb over fences and wade through…"
Dec 2
Sharl Liebergreen commented on Chris Anderson's group Agricultural UAVs
"Hi, I am from New Zealand and trying to understand the application of drones in agriculture. We have a lot of sheep on large extensive farms, but trying to understand how ranchers from the USA might use drone technology is very difficult from the…"
Nov 27
John Hestness commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk Mini now just $139
"Amazon servers are slow this morning, but this just made my Cyber Monday complete, Thanks Chris."
Nov 27

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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk Mini now just $139
"Price is back to $139. The temporary revert was an Amazon glitch, I think. "
Nov 26
Paul Junka commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520
"@Alexis - again, I only see references to iOS and Android."
Nov 26
Alexis Paques commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520
"@Paul https://github.com/YUNEEC/Yuneec-SDK Juliannes is one of the collaborators to Yuneec SDK and the main collaborator for DroneCore."
Nov 26
Paul Junka commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520
"@Alexis Can you point me to information about how to tab to MavLink on board on the H520?"
Nov 25
John Costello commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk Mini now just $139
"Good thing I snagged one :). I can report back on how it handles. "
Nov 25

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Interesting insight into what bugs in jetliner autopilots look like

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 12:11am 0 Comments

From a FAA alert about a bug in the Rockwell Collins autopilot that is used in many jetliners. Interesting, it's easier for them to fix the airport database that these autopilots use than the…

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Vision of a full-automated farm drone system

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 8:35am 6 Comments

This is still in the prototype stage, but it's an inspiring vision of what farm drones could someday be

University of Warwick Pixhawk-powered rescue drone team profiled by Autodesk

Posted on December 2, 2017 at 5:36pm 0 Comments

Impressive work by the University of Warwick, who are designing a Pixhawk-powered drone from search and rescue. Above, a test device for Pixhawk. Below, a mold for the carbon-fiber mold. …

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Blimpduino 2.0 getting closer!

Posted on December 2, 2017 at 1:58pm 0 Comments

Good news from the JJRobot/MRo collaboration: 

We got the Blimpduino control board ready! After 3 months of testing a bunch of sensors and polishing the design (thx for the help…

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Human vs AI drone racing

Posted on November 23, 2017 at 12:41am 2 Comments

From NASA JPL

The race, held on Oct. 12, capped off two years of research into drone autonomy funded by Google. The company was interested in JPL's work with vision-based…

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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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