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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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Petr Hubacek commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR Aero used to test delivery of blood samples
"Total carbon dioxide levels differences can be caused by the analyse itself and are simply within the measurement error? Beware of bat vampires!"
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HyperGuy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Facebook releases photos of internet-access drone
"Its gonna need one huge bungee!!"
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Dez Socks commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Facebook releases photos of internet-access drone
"Hand launch? ;)"
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Ravi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Facebook releases photos of internet-access drone
"I wonder what autopilot they would be using? may be pixhawk 2"
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benbojangles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Facebook releases photos of internet-access drone
"I wonder why they opted for a v-shape? Surely, structurally, such a wide wingspan needs to curve like a longbow. I would have thought this design would cause too much central stress? I guess the rule: launch it and see applies."
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Thomas Stone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Facebook releases photos of internet-access drone
"  :)   "They’ve designed and lab-tested a laser that can deliver data ... to a target the size of a dime from more than 10 miles away."  "
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John commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Facebook releases photos of internet-access drone
"Wonder how to launch and land it."
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Petr Hubacek commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Facebook releases photos of internet-access drone
"Nice platform to place a HD cam with an image recognition to survey and save elephants and rhinoceros."
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Lee Moore commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google producing low-cost ADSB transponders for drones
"Hi all Interesting reading, i am wondering if a modified version of my project PilotAware would help in this area. It would be low cost, low power and lightweight. www.pilotaware.com Thx lee"
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Greg Nuspel commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
"Rob that was gas powered so it would be in a different class. They did state in it's class."
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
"Hmmm... I'm not sure how TAM gets off claiming the world record, when somebody else flew a model airplane across the Atlantic in the 90's."
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leonardthall commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
"FANTASTIC!!!!"
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Ravi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
"the day when this aircraft crosses Atlantic using pixhawk, it would a the biggest celebration day for me. "solar impulse I am following you". why to put human life at risk when the same thing can be done by our 3"x2"x0.75"…"
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technicus acityone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
"How about transatlantic flight now?"
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Ravi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
"wow! just imagine the uses that can be put to for humanitarian work and other tech projects. "ONE short flight for atlantiksolar, a giant leap for mankind". hats off to you guys! this whole project has to be on wiki."
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James Slizewski commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
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3DR Aero used to test delivery of blood samples

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 8:34pm 1 Comment

From Gizmag:

We’ve already heard about drones being used to deliver pharmaceuticals to patients in remote locations, but scientists from…

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Facebook releases photos of internet-access drone

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 1:05pm 7 Comments

From the Verge:

Facebook's shallow V-shaped plane has the wingspan of a Boeing 737. But even fully loaded down with…

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Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 7:10am 26 Comments

Congrats to the ETH Autonomous Systems Lab for this milestone with a Pixhawk-powered fixed wing drone. Next stop: crossing the Atlantic! From the team:

Two weeks after having demonstrated …

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Automatically spotting endangered chimpanzee nests by drone

Posted on July 25, 2015 at 7:07pm 2 Comments

Congrats to our friends at Conservation Drones, whose collaboration with International Union for Conservation for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Liverpool John Moores University on using computer vision to spot chimpanzee nests from the air (using APM-powered drones) has now been published in the …

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APM-based swarm reaches 30 simultaneous aircraft in the air

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 2:28pm 10 Comments

Congrats to Timothy Chung, Michael Day and Michael Clements at the Naval Postgraduate School, whose work on APM-based swarming has now reached 30 aircraft in the air. News …

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Comment Wall (111 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,
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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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