Queen Creek, AZ

About Me:

I'm a lapsed pilot, new to RC and drones. I'm a software engineer just getting into physical computing.

Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

I built a DIY tricopter, using the kk2 board. The thing flies great until I crash it, which I do depressingly often. (I am flying the sim a lot lately to save $$$, lol). I just bought APM2.5 and a hexacopter kit. I'm planning to get that working and explore the world of autonomous flight, and FPV. The tricopter is fun for zooming around but I want something better able to carry FPV and a gopro, with improved range. My long term goal is to build something that will automatically follow a target and film it while avoiding obstacles like trees, signs, stray kids, police cars, etc. I would also like it to be able to land autonomously on a dedicated platform. Kind of like a carrier landing.


queen creek, AZ

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Rob Bartlett replied to Andy Hornsey's discussion Possible Bug? Compass Calibration Failing on Mission Planned
"Same problem here. Also, I cannon arm the APM any more.  "Error: Arm message rejected by MAV""
Jul 12, 2014
Rob Bartlett replied to mark's discussion Now this is Kool! in ArduCopter User Group
"Awesome.  Now put a gas engine on that puppy and fly FPV all day..."
Dec 3, 2013
Rob Bartlett replied to Bo Wingo's discussion Laser Cutting Service in ArduCopter User Group
"You might see if there's a local hackerspace.  They will almost certainly have a laser cutter."
Nov 21, 2013
Rob Bartlett replied to Paul Henckel's discussion (noob, hexacopter) How do you get this thing off the ground? in ArduCopter User Group
"What Greg said.  Also, make sure your rudder controls move the yaw indicator in the right direction.  My "servo" was reversed and no matter what I did it wouldn't arm until I figured that one out."
Nov 16, 2013
Rob Bartlett replied to Jesper Östlund's discussion Arducopter v3,01 fly away with no control (software glitch?)
"Just a wild guess, here, but I'm wondering if the huge DistToMav value played a part?  When it RTL'd, if it was trying to go to the MAV location, that might explain why RTL went flying off in some random direction..."
Nov 5, 2013
Rob Bartlett replied to Rob Avery's discussion Having RTL problem in ArduCopter User Group
"I have been having a glitch where it would RTL for no reason while just flying about in Stabilize.  Looking at the logs, I think that the RTL was triggered by a perceived low battery (the battery was fine, but the voltage did drop due to control…"
Nov 2, 2013
Rob Bartlett commented on Dennis Okeefe's blog post Device which could keep a Quad with Engine failure from crashing....
"There's a TED talk featuring the guy from that robotics lab  that does all the crazy quadcopter stuff like juggling and cooperatively building things.  In the TED talk, he snips off half of two props, and the machine flies while spinning rapidly.…"
Oct 2, 2013
Rob Bartlett commented on Alan Sanchez's blog post GoPro Hero 3+ Announced
"Now that is one fine video."
Oct 2, 2013
Rob Bartlett replied to Edgar Scott's discussion Autonomous RTL flight today, tomorrow waypoints, Gimbal setup. in ArduCopter User Group
"Regarding the yaw, there's a setting, I believe it's called "waypoint yaw behavior", in the advanced settings part of MP.  You can tell it to face the next waypoint, maintain current yaw, etc. One of the settings controls which way it faces during…"
Sep 24, 2013
Rob Bartlett commented on SKYSMITH's blog post SKYSMITH in Iceland
"Nice!  Thanks for sharing."
Sep 24, 2013
Rob Bartlett replied to John's discussion Apm 2.5 F450 frame issues in ArduCopter User Group
"Have you checked your vibration levels?  I, and a few others on this board, have encountered issues like you describe when vibration gets too high.  
For example, my hexa was loitering fine with carbon props that were well balanced.  As a test I…"
Sep 23, 2013
Rob Bartlett replied to Bob Jones's discussion Quadcopter dips when battery voltage hits 10.8 volts in ArduCopter User Group
"Could one of your ESC's be hitting the low-voltage cutoff?"
Sep 18, 2013
Rob Bartlett commented on Alex Lee's blog post Number 3 complete
"Nice.  I'm considering a Y6 for my next bird. 

Based on your post, I bought the Goodluckbuy gimbal.  Awesome piece of kit, it works great right out of the box on my hexa."
Sep 11, 2013
Rob Bartlett commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Congrats to Spiri for making their Kickstarter goal!
"Awwwww.  What a cute little bugger. I want one."
Sep 11, 2013
Rob Bartlett replied to Kristian's discussion Can I trust Arducopter?
"Every problem I have had is self-inflicted, so far. The software is complex enough that it sometimes behaves mysteriously and we must pester the Randy's of this world to examine chicken entrails (also known as "logs").  As Arthur C. Clarke put it,…"
Sep 4, 2013
Rob Bartlett commented on Justin Miller's blog post Finally up and running with my first rig, Thank You DIY Drones.
"Sweet!  Congrats and thanks for sharing."
Sep 3, 2013