I've been lurking on this site for a while, and figure it was time to finally say hello.
My company builds small video-enabled mobile robots for education and research. Some of our robot controllers were ending up airborne, so I started looking more closely at customer requirements, and ended up designing a new controller that was more suitable for UAV applications.
We just got our first production batch of boards 3 weeks ago (see http://www.surveyor.com/blackfin
), and I'm in process of integrating them into 3 different airframes ...
The first is a prototype fixed wing flier by Ken Hill
, the second is a quad rotor from AscTec in Germany
that I'm working on in cooperation with a lab at MIT, and the third is a prototype scaled coaxial fixed rotor VTOL
based on the Hiller Flying Platform.
The quad will probably be the first for successful control by the processor - it's definitely the most stable of the lot. However, all three projects are interesting.
By the way, I'm located in San Luis Obispo, California, in case there are other participants or lurkers here who are local and want a closer look at these projects.