About Me:

An Electrical Engineer who majored in control and robotics. Worked with FPGAs for the past 10 years. Professionally designs and programs real-time embedded systems for high resolution image processing and automotive applications.

Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

I like slow fliers, and as much hightech as possible. I'm working on improving the camera mount code to provide tracking and stabilization. Later on I might even try to do some image processing, the FPGAs are getting cheaper day by day. Optical target tracking anyone ? ;)

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Amilcar Lucas commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Draco development platform for Dronecode/PX4 with Realsense sensors
"It is a great platform, we have one of them. Their bigest issue is the three year old outdated software. But they are working on it.

@chris did they give you an estimative when will they release an updated PX4 Firmware version?"
Apr 27, 2019
Amilcar Lucas commented on yangdaonline's blog post FW-250 Fixed Wing VTOL Plane With 2 Hours Endurance
"What flight controller? Price?"
Apr 11, 2019
Amilcar Lucas commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.3.0 released
"It looks like NMEA and SiRF GPS are also disabled on the antenna tracker firmware.
Tridge if the antenna tracker FW on APM1 and 2 still has enough space could you please enable it ?"
May 20, 2015
Amilcar Lucas commented on Egor_FPV3DCam's blog post New 3D FPV Camera - in the DEVELOPMENT process
"Is that a spartan ????
 Cooool !
Where can I order? Me wants !!!!

Amilcar Lucas
(System Verilog programmer, works with FPGAs every single day)"
Apr 30, 2015
Amilcar Lucas commented on Víctor Mayoral's blog post Erle-Brain v1.1: The most complete Linux autopilot
"Hi, I already backed you guys with 145€ (120 PXF, 20 Shipping, 5 tip).
Is there a way to give you more money and get a BBB as well ?

Mar 31, 2015
Amilcar Lucas commented on Hunter Parris's blog post Overlaying GPS Coordinates for Camera Crosshairs
"Basically the existing code does it the other way around:
- You tell the target coordinates (including altitude) and it points the camera there.

What you plan to do is the other way around:
- You point the camera manually at some point, and it…"
Nov 27, 2013
Amilcar Lucas commented on Synesthesia's blog post Yet An Other Quadcopter, or Maybe not.... Project Colossus

What are your plans: Zynq or cyclone V SoC ?
I've been working with both Xilinx and Altera, and with VHDL and SystemVerilog, so maybe I can help.
It will be nice to help you out."
Jun 9, 2013
Amilcar Lucas replied to Veikko Vierola's discussion 2-axis downward pointing camera tracking
"Yes it is possible with the current code.
Just select "point camera here" on the Mission planner map. And configure the camera mount like explained on the wiki.

The code allows for the camera to be pointed anywhere, down, forward, back whatever.…"
Dec 6, 2012
Amilcar Lucas replied to Adam Rivera's discussion Camera Stabilization (Tilt) w/ infinite servos (360)
"I think Adam did the code for the infinite-servos, than I had some changes made that made his code incompatible with mine.

I'm not sure if he already merged his changes on top of mine.
I do not have infinite servos to test width, so I will not add…"
Oct 31, 2012
Amilcar Lucas commented on Chris Anderson's blog post APM 1 boards, now at clearance prices!
APM1 with AVR1280 chip can do:
Arduplane <= v2.60
ArduCopter <= 2.7.1

All other boards (APM1 with AVR2560, APM2 and APM2.5) can use the current released versions:
Arduplane v2.60
ArduCopter 2.7.3

So as you can see there is only an issue for…"
Sep 5, 2012
Amilcar Lucas commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Nice retractable pan/tilt mount
"Cool, it looks like it will just work "out-of-the-box" with the latest APM release.

The latest code is able to use a configurable servo output to control the camera retraction.

So Carl, yes it can be set up to work automatically !"
Sep 1, 2012
Amilcar Lucas commented on Filipe Feijão's blog post Copter video: Alvor in Portugal
"Oi Filipe.

Please post the specs of the copter, camera mount and camera.
I've just realized that I've never been to Alvór, although I've spent many summers in Algarve while I was a kid!
Nice soundtrack !"
Aug 18, 2012
Amilcar Lucas commented on Bill Landers's blog post ReAllocate in collaboration with Ziminteractive!
"Finally, an edited video with comments !!!
Hint to all others out there: edit the video before you post, remove the parts that are not interesting. And Explain what you are doing while you are doing it !!"
Aug 18, 2012
Amilcar Lucas replied to Hai Tran's discussion Using APM is a dedicated Camera Gimbal stabiliser
"Hi Hai,

It should be pretty simple, just keep the radio.pde file and the AHRS, RC_Channel, and AP_Mount classes.
Throw the rest away, and there you have it.

Amilcar Lucas"
Aug 1, 2012
Amilcar Lucas replied to Romp's discussion APM1 for gimbal control on blimp/kite. Need yaw compensation instead of roll!
"Now both ArduPlane and ArduCopter use the same code.

Please follow the updated setup instructions here:
Jul 22, 2012
"Yes you can, use the camera library.

Most of the functionality is in place, so this will be possible soon."
Jul 22, 2012