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Chris Anderson replied to RazorConcepts's discussion Is there a "popular" flight controller like how the Ender 3 is to 3D printing?
"Pixhawk 2.4.8 is outmoded and won't work with the latest firmware (likewise with the Mini Pix). Naza obsolete. Try a Pixhawk 4 instead or anything else from Holybro or MRo"
May 14
Chris Anderson replied to Dave Jenkins's discussion Vision-based navigation
"Yes, that's VIO (visual inertial odometry). Supported out of the box with PX4: https://docs.px4.io/v1.12/en/computer_vision/visual_inertial_odomet..."
Apr 19
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Dec 14, 2021
Chris Anderson liked Tetracells Inc.'s discussion World's Largest 3D Printer
Nov 25, 2021
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From Hackaday:
[Nicholas Rehm] works during the day at the Applied Physics Laboratory at John Hopkins, Maryland, so has considerable experience with a variety of UAV applications. The question arose about how the perseverance mars rover landing…
Nov 25, 2021
Chris Anderson commented on William Walker's blog post Question regarding connecting different voltage motors to a 2 battery setup
"Yes, that should work"
Nov 16, 2021
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[note that this was done in a "capture room", which had external cameras that gave the drone precise position information. So it isn't quite the same thing as doing it in the real world.]
From RoboHub:
The best human drone pilots are very good at…
Jul 22, 2021
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
From Hackaday:
Electric RC aircraft are not known for long flight times, with multirotors usually doing 20-45 minutes, while most fixed wings will struggle to get past two hours. [Matthew Heiskell] blew these numbers out of the water with a 10 hour…
Jun 27, 2021
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
Great post from NASA explaining how the Mars helicopter autopilot works:
Before each of Ingenuity’s test flights, we upload instructions that describe precisely what the flight should look like. But when it comes time to fly, the helicopter…
May 7, 2021
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
From Applied Aeronautics:
Albatross UAV made its first appearance in 2013 on DIY Drones. The Albatross UAV Project, as it was titled, set out to design a composite UAV that met a long list of precise and ambitious performance metrics. Those were: >…
Apr 30, 2021
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
From Hackaday:
Sometimes bad software is all that is holding good hardware back. [Michael Melchior] wanted to scavenge some motors and propellers for another project, so he bought an inexpensive quadcopter intending to use it for parts. [Michael]…
Apr 24, 2021
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
From Robohub:
For my PhD, I’m studying how global problems such as wildfires and aid delivery in remote areas can benefit from innovative technologies such as UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) swarms.
Every year, vast areas of forests are destroyed due…
Apr 20, 2021
Chris Anderson liked andre van calster's blog post DJI TELLO becomes smart
Mar 22, 2021
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
I feel like this has been done many times before, including by the Skydio team when they are at MIT, but DARPA was impressed:
From JHU:
Johns Hopkins APL Helps DARPA OFFSET Program Take Flight
By Amanda Zrebiec

​In the video above, the APL…
Mar 13, 2021
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
From Hackaday:
Thanks to the availability of cheap, powerful autopilot modules, building small autonomous vehicles is now well within the reach of the average maker. [rctestflight] has long been an enthusiast working in this space, and has been…
Mar 11, 2021
Chris Anderson commented on Matthew Silic's blog post Simple Waypoint Navigation for Fixed-Wing UAVs
"Impressive work! Out of curiosity, why did your team design your own autopilot hardware, given how cheap and available commercial options are?"
Feb 27, 2021