This week we were joined by Doug Weibel and Jason Short, the team leaders of the ArduPilot and ArduPilot Mega code project. They're the ones working hard on getting the APM Beta ready for release at the end of the month (alpha is already out, of course), and talked about the design and feature decisions they made with APM, as well as the roadmap for 1.0 (in September) and beyond.
Richard Hanson, who works on the AMA's Regulatory and Governmental Affairs operations. The regulatory process to introduce UAVs in the National Airspace (NAS) is a long, tortured and potentially disastrous ordeal for us. If it goes well, we'll be given guidelines or laws under which to operate, which create a category for small amateur UAVs that allows us to operate safely and still do interesting work. If it doesn't go well, we could be banned entirely.
I realize we've asked for suggestions before but I thought it was time to start a new thread and perhaps get some new and timely suggestions. Feel free to repeat ones from the last post again if you'd still like to get them on the show.
While this isn't strictly relevant (mods feel free to remove this post), I was blow away by this TED talk on the intelligence of crows. I hope I never have a crow take interest in any drone I'm operating.
Perhaps there would be a way to have drones and crows work together?
Tonight we'll do podcast #26, which everyone here is welcome to participate in by listening to the chat live above and commenting and asking questions via the DIY Drones chat function. We'll be starting at 8:00 PM PST not our usual 9:00PM PST time (since our guest is a few timezones ahead of us) and will probably go about 40 minutes.
This is a great talk by Sebastian at Google on winning the DARPA Grand Challenge:
The autonomous stunt helicopters we mention are a project run by Andrew Ng, a colleague of Sebastian's at Stanford. Check out the project's website if you missed earlier posts linking to it: http://heli.stanford.edu/
I'm sorry for the delay, this episode was recorded by Chris' phone and my laptop and the background noise required a lot more edits than usual. Jack Crossfire will be pleased to note that I found the source of the reverb and confined it to a theoretical vacuum. Of course the background noise probably didn't help (it's better at the end) but the quality should be up from here on out!
Testing out the AR.Drone (see the two orange LEDs floating in the air) in Doug Weibel's backyard—this is the podcast crew.
We recorded a roundtable podcast at Doug Weibel's (one of the main contributors to ArduPilot 2.6) house the night before the SparkFun Electronics Autonomous Vehicle Competition with roughly a dozen people involved. There were a few people who had been previous guests (Bill Premerlani, Jordi Muñoz and Ryan Beall for instance). It's a little bit different than our regular shows but I'm sure it'll be interesting!