"It is the family's intention to continue the Surveyor business and Howard's vision. Products are still being built and shipped. Development of new items continues. He was a good friend of many talents."
"If you just want to float, there are lots of balloon options. If you want the floater to move around under its own power, you will have a different set of challenges. Figure that 1 cubic meter (35 cu-ft) of helium will lift 1 kilogram (2.2lb)…"
"+1 what Leon said, though it won't be 10 years. Chinese engineers are already demonstrating significant innovation in other industry segments such as telecom and computing. Many engineers who were trained and started their careers in the US are…"
Snowflake is a collaboration between Naval Postgraduate School and University of Alabama at Huntsville to develop single and multiple autonomously guided parafoils. The project, described in detail here, uses an Arcturus T-20 UAV to launch the…
"The PicHawk code looks like a great starting point. You should take a close look at their MAVLINK protocol to see whether you might want to support it in ArduPilot. This statement is interesting - "NEWS: MAVLINK will be evolved to be SAE AS-4…"
"My suggestion is to not bother with Python. It's a lot less cross-platform than you should expect, at least in my painful experience of maintaining a Python-based robot control console. QT does look like an interesting choice - there's at least one…"
You probably already know this, but the issue with the HMC5843 capacitors is ESR, not size. We use the HMC5843 on the SRV-NAV board, and figured out early on that certain capacitors worked while others didn't, but it depended on the…"
"We buy a lot of Matchports and are always on the lookout for lower cost modules with higher throughput (e.g. SPI), so the Redpine module looks interesting. There are USB wifi modules for sub-$10, but they require that you have USB Master or USB OTG…"
That particular video was actually created to pitch the exec producer of a prime-time TV show who wants to incorporate the technology into some story lines, so they were just having fun. The underlying technology is more subtle - they're…"