Garry Qualls
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Garry Qualls commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Audi uses 1/8th scale autonomous rover to test full-size self-driving sofware
"The build quality on the cars is really impressive.  There is a Youtube channel for competitors that starts with an unboxing video: ...followed by a series of videos that go through all the features of the car and the software development…"
Dec 8, 2016
Garry Qualls commented on John Arne Birkeland's blog post ArduPilot and DroneCode part ways
"I am an outsider who has benefitted greatly from the work of this community (while contributing very little) and I'm hopeful that these disturbances damp out over the next few weeks and months. I've read everything people have linked to in…"
Sep 11, 2016
Garry Qualls commented on Chris Anderson's blog post ETH's Raffaello D'Andrea presenting at TED -- Wow!
"@Chris_Anderson, Thanks for the Pozyx link.  I'll be ordering some of those today!  The little quads swarming at the end of that TED talk look like Crazyflie 2's from bitcraze.  My guess is that they are using the DWM1000…"
Feb 21, 2016
Garry Qualls commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 100 swarming drones!
"I would have a hard time saying that either one of these large swarm demos was significantly harder than the other (comparing the Naval Postgraduate School's swarm of 50 fixed-wing planes vs. the AscTec/Intel swarm of 100 multi-copters). The…"
Jan 9, 2016
Garry Qualls commented on Chris Anderson's blog post APM-based swarm reaches 30 simultaneous aircraft in the air
"A fast launch rate is important so you can get the last plane up while the first plane still has enough battery left to do something interesting.  I see multiple launchers operating simultaneously in their future... :-)  It depends on your…"
Jul 23, 2015
Garry Qualls replied to Eric Lee's discussion Anyone had problem ordering from 3DR store? in the group IRIS
"I started to try to order some parts at the beginning of May and could not get the web site to completely process my order.  It would charge my card but not create an order number.  I started trying to contact 3DR on May 6 and was given a…"
Jul 6, 2015
Garry Qualls commented on UAS_Pilot's blog post NMSU and USDA performs UAS Flights in Las Cruces, NM
"Corey, I wasn't involved in this work and I'm not affiliated with the university, but NMSU has had a UAS Flight Test Center with a up and running for a couple of years, at least.  You can read more about it here: NMSU Physical…"
Apr 14, 2014
Garry Qualls commented on Garry Qualls's blog post Early Registration is open for the UAS Airspace Operations Challenge
"Gary, I think NASA has a pretty good track record for respecting the intellectual property of others, but regardless, you'd want to make sure you have the proper protections in place before you start demonstrating a technology that is…"
Oct 7, 2013

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Early Registration is open for the UAS Airspace Operations Challenge

Posted on October 5, 2013 at 2:30pm 7 Comments

I just wanted to let everyone know that early registration is open for the UAS Airspace Operations Challenge. Please take a look at the web site ( to see the deadlines (early registration ends Nov 15), the new Team Agreement, and the revised rules.  You can sign up for the competition…


Update: NASA UAS Airspace Operations Challenge with $500k Prize Purse

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 6:39pm 11 Comments

Since I first posted here about this competition last October, we've been pretty busy.  NASA selected Development Projects Inc. (DPI) of Dayton, OH to be our partner and run the contest.  We've selected Camp Atterbury, Indiana (in the restricted airspace around Himsel Army Air Field) to be the location, and we're working on putting everything in place so we can stage…


New $500,000 UAS Competition Announced by NASA

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 8:52am 23 Comments

NASA has announced a new UAS contest that I think might interest people here. It is called the UAS Airspace Operations Challenge and it's being developed as part of NASA's Centennial Challenge Program. Our goal is to hold the competition in…


Collision of RC Plane and plane with with people in it...

Posted on August 21, 2010 at 1:30am 23 Comments

Last week in Colorado a 46% scale RC plane flying a demo at a charity event at a private airfield got clipped by a full scale biplane with two people in it. Apparently, the video has been taken down from Youtube but there is a short article and a copy of the video over on Jalopnik (I have attempted to embed the video above). You should probably watch the… Continue

Commercial Quadrotor Recommendations?

Posted on March 21, 2010 at 9:24am 10 Comments

I am setting up a lab this summer for some student research that will be similar in most ways to this one at MIT:

I would like to buy 6-8 commercially available trirotor or quadrotor helicopters in the $1000 - $1500 price range that would be similar in capabilities to the old Draganflyer V Ti. I've looked around and I would be very happy using Parrot AR Drones, but they have not set a date for releasing them or published a… Continue

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