About

Location

Earlysville, VA


About Me:

I am an 18 year old student studying Computer science and Computer Engineering at Christopher Newport University. I'm picking up the senior capstone project from last year, an Arducopter quadcopter, as well as working with an autonomous plane. I have over 9 years of RC experience, beginning with a 1/5 scale Great Planes Piper Cub balsa kit I started building when I was 9. Since then, I have built 2 more nitro models, a PT40 and a 2M wood powered glider, and my hanger includes 3 micro and ultra-micro planes, as well as an MCX2 and MX400 3D helicopters.


Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

I am currently just entering the field of UAV's, head first. I have been around computers all my life, and have a significant amount of programming and micro-controller experience. I currently am doing an unofficial project with Christopher Newport University using Arducopter and Arduplane, and hope to continue to aerial photography, and live video processing to identify objects of interest and investigate them autonomously. The options are limitless, and projects such as 3D mapping rooms using Xbox Kinect are possible.


Hometown:

Earlysville


Activity Feed

Austin Suhler replied to Randy's discussion Optical Flow discussion thread
"All-
I documented my experience 2 summers ago with Optical Flow and Lidar on a Pixhawk. I spent a lot of time working on optimizing my performance, and learned a lot along the way. It's been a little while, but if you have any questions, ask!
My exp…"
Apr 4, 2017
Austin Suhler commented on Austin Suhler's blog post IRIS+ Optical Flow + LIDAR-Lite Loitering: The chronicle
"Sorry for the long wait on replies! Been very busy with school and ramping up for the SUAS competition!
Vinh L: Yes, that is the optical flow sensor I was using. Back then the beta firmware was required for them to work together, but as far as I hav…"
Jun 13, 2016
Austin Suhler commented on Austin Suhler's blog post IRIS+ Optical Flow + LIDAR-Lite Loitering: The chronicle
"Fabio- I am using version 2 of the lidar. I powered it from an old Castle Creations 10A BECI had laying around, and it works perfectly. I would suggest trying again with PWM, as it worked almost instantly. Let me know if you hav any more questions!…"
Aug 11, 2015
Austin Suhler replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"I had changed the EKF_GPS_TYPE parameter back to 0. It failed to even show stats about the GPS, i.e. Sats, hdop, etc.... After that didn't work, I actually went one step further and used a beta param file I saved from before I configured the OF, whe…"
Aug 10, 2015
Austin Suhler replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"I wanted to report that after using OF, the pixhawk refused to acknowledge the existence of a GPS device, as well as refused to output FRsky Telem on SERIAL_2. Had to reflash to 3.2.1 for normal, non-OF flight. Also, it seems that the ARM warnings (…"
Aug 10, 2015
Austin Suhler replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Randy- I agree, OF has been working very well. Check out my blog post about my experiences with it.There are still some bugs to get through, but it has been pretty exceptional so far!"
Aug 7, 2015
Austin Suhler replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Wes- I have been using the OF sensor for a few days now! Check out my blog post, I can answer any questions you have. http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/iris-optical-flow-lidar-lite-lo..."
Aug 7, 2015
Austin Suhler commented on Austin Suhler's blog post IRIS+ Optical Flow + LIDAR-Lite Loitering: The chronicle
"Roberto-
If all else fails, go outside into the sun, and check for correct operation. I have found lighting to make more of an impact than anything on performance. Also, keep an eye on what the surface below looks like. Optical Flow seems to be work…"
Aug 7, 2015
Austin Suhler commented on Austin Suhler's blog post IRIS+ Optical Flow + LIDAR-Lite Loitering: The chronicle
"Roberto- 
I use standard loiter. Because of the conditions I am in (Nuclear reactor, even compass has problems), I disabled all the arm checks. I do not recommend it, but I am in a highly controlled environment, where I am the only one inside. You n…"
Aug 6, 2015
Austin Suhler posted a blog post
Over the course of this summer, I have been working on a research project at the University of Virginia involving a flying camera platform indoors. Seeing as GPS is not a valid option for indoor loitering, I chose to use a combination of px4flow and…
Aug 6, 2015
Austin Suhler replied to Austin Suhler's discussion Indoor Navigation/tethering for research project- Help Needed.
"     For everyone interested, I have decided to use the PIXFlow with LIDAR as defined in the wiki for non-GPS loiter. As for navigation, I am setting up multiple RPi based access points with sort range wifi adapters in key locations around the test…"
Jun 14, 2015
Austin Suhler replied to Austin Suhler's discussion Indoor Navigation/tethering for research project- Help Needed.
"Thank you so much for the help!"
Jun 14, 2015
Austin Suhler replied to Austin Suhler's discussion Indoor Navigation/tethering for research project- Help Needed.
"Laser Dev-
    The timeframe is as soon as possible, and the IRIS+ is an accessory to the main cyber security project, so I do not have too much of a budget to play around with. I am not really actively looking to develop a full system for my needs,…"
Jun 11, 2015
Austin Suhler replied to Austin Suhler's discussion Indoor Navigation/tethering for research project- Help Needed.
"Stephen-
     I know I do, I was wondering if someone could recommend a specific system that would provide some benefit in my situation, and how I should go about applying that system. Any thoughts? Thanks!"
Jun 11, 2015
Austin Suhler posted a discussion
     I wanted to ask if anyone knows of the best way to either tether a IRIS+ quadcopter so it will hover relatively stationary, or provide a system for indoor navigation for a room. I am currently working on a cyber security research project at a l…
Jun 10, 2015
Austin Suhler commented on CUAIR's blog post Test Flight - Autonomous Landing Attempt #1
"@Cornell: Glad to see you actually made the switch to Pixhawk as you planned, welcome to open source. I hate to admit it, but you're a step ahead of us on the auto-landing, at least as far as competition planes are concerned.
I wanted to pass along…"
Apr 23, 2015
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