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Submit your ArduCopter configuration files here

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ArduCopter 2.3 released

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About Me:
I'm CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. I'm the former Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, author of The Long Tail (Hyperion, 2006), FREE (Hyperion, 2009) and Makers (Crown, 2012) and founder of GeekDad.com

You can find more about me at my About.me page here: http://about.me/andersonchris
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Fixed wing and quads. Mostly for fun and development. With kids as often as they allow!
Hometown:
Berkeley, California

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Using AirSim to train an autonomous racing drone

Very cool research from Microsoft on using their AirSim simulators to train racing drones for the real world:Humans subconsciously use perception-action loops to do just about everything, from walking down a crowded sidewalk to scoring a goal in a community soccer league. Perception-action loops—using sensory input to decide on appropriate action in a…See More
Mar 17
Terje Nilsen commented on Chris Anderson's blog post US military team releases Dronecode-based app to fly DJI drones with QGC
"And is work perfect on DJI Smart Controller !!!!"
Mar 13
Terje Nilsen commented on Chris Anderson's blog post US military team releases Dronecode-based app to fly DJI drones with QGC
"Rosetta Drone 2 is now in the making.  Bringing the best of two worlds together. Alpha code can be found here. It is unstable and still missing some features. (Some issues with the waypoint to position goto, and I have not understood the Mavic…"
Mar 13

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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Using a drone to measure the wind

Cool research from Virginia Tech using a 3DR Solo to do wind measurement:All multirotor drones can be used as wind sensors, providing wind profiles on demand, anywhere, with higher spatiotemporal resolution and a…See More
Mar 3
Armin Strobel commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Microsoft releases Pixhawk-based autonomous soaring drone code
"Very nice job. Love that. I tried to convince my professor for my PhD to develop an intelligence for thermal soaring. Instead I did swarming for UAVs which is and was very interesting too. Thermal soaring just has something magical to it. Crossing…"
Mar 1

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Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Microsoft releases Pixhawk-based autonomous soaring drone code
"Superb!"
Mar 1

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Chris Anderson commented on Geoffrey L. Barrows's blog post Artificial insect intelligence and vision for nano drones - how many pixels do you actually need?
"Great post, Geoff. Have you looked at some of the new versions of OpenCV and TensorFlow Lite that are optimized to run on GPU-less microprocessors? OpenMV is a good example of that implemented on a simple Cortex H7, which might be within your power…"
Mar 1

3D Robotics
Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Microsoft releases Pixhawk-based autonomous soaring drone code

From Microsoft Research:The past few years have seen tremendous progress in reinforcement learning (RL). From complex games to robotic object manipulation, RL has qualitatively advanced the state of the art. However,…See More
Mar 1
Ellen Zhu commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Upgrading this site to Ning 3.0 (beta testers needed!)
"I send message to you yesterday. Could you ask your technical personnel to solve this problem?"
Feb 27
小姐 朱 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Upgrading this site to Ning 3.0 (beta testers needed!)
"Could you help me? I send message to you for help."
Jan 10

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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Upgrading this site to Ning 3.0 (beta testers needed!)

Hey, all 91,000 of you! After way too many years of an old-skool design here based on the original Ning network template of 2007, I'm thinking it's time to upgrade to the more modern Ning 3.0 service. It should be much more usable on mobile, big screens and otherwise the responsive, social-friendly platform you'd expect today.  It's also an opportunity to clean up the…See More
Jan 7

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Chris Anderson commented on andre van calster's blog post Adaptation of a ArduPilot Rover to an autonomous DonkeyCar
"This is awesome! My two worlds collide :-)"
Dec 19, 2019

3D Robotics
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Microsoft AirSim drone racing at NeuroIPS

From the Microsoft Research Team:Drone racing has transformed from a niche activity sparked by enthusiastic hobbyists to an internationally…See More
Dec 10, 2019

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Chris Anderson replied to Patrick Duffy's discussion Arduplane 3.9 flyaway with bad compass
"Probably not the compass. Did you try any other auto mode before the RTL, such as fly by wire or stabilize? "
Nov 30, 2019

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Chris Anderson replied to vyoufinder's discussion Pixhawk1 Error Uploading Firmware no matter what I try
"You can use the latest PX4 and ArduPilot firmware with a Pixhawk 1, but some features will be disabled (lack of memory). "
Nov 24, 2019

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Chris Anderson replied to vyoufinder's discussion Pixhawk1 Error Uploading Firmware no matter what I try
"It does sound pretty bricked. One last thing you can try is removing the SD card, which might be corrupted.  That's a very old flight controller, which cannot run the latest software. Might be time to upgrade to Pixhawk 4 or equivalent…"
Nov 24, 2019
Ethan Krauss commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ion drive drone -- NO moving parts!
"Here are 9 flight footage videos of an ion propelled aircraft with complete onboard power that predates the MIT version by over a decade!!  It is also patented for carrying its power supply and way more efficient.  I am currently in the…"
Oct 31, 2019

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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Evolution of solar-powered drones

From Hackaday:Many of us have projects that end up spanning multiple years and multiple iterations, and gets revisited every time inspiration strikes and you’ve forgotten just how much work and frustration the previous round was. For [Daniel Riley] AKA [rctestflight] that project is a …See More
Oct 9, 2019
arnulfo avila commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAQ: Confusing terms explained
"GPS: Global Positioning System IO BOARD: A digital I/O board is an interface board that adds the ability to input and output digital signals in parallel to a computer. ESD: Electrostatic Discharge MHP-TA: Over temperature breaker OC: Over…"
Oct 3, 2019
Richard Kennedy commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduPlane User Group
"Also my pixjawk is in a Sig Senorita 3 channel plane. When I originally set it up I simply put the rudder on the aileron channel. It seemed to work. Should I do that differently now? I see some things in the params on that but not sure how to set…"
Sep 23, 2019

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Using AirSim to train an autonomous racing drone

Posted on March 17, 2020 at 11:45am 0 Comments

Very cool research from Microsoft on using their AirSim simulators to train racing drones for the real world:

Humans subconsciously use perception-action loops to do just…

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Using a drone to measure the wind

Posted on March 3, 2020 at 10:50am 0 Comments

Cool research from Virginia Tech using a 3DR Solo to do wind measurement:

All multirotor drones can be used as wind sensors, providing…

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Microsoft releases Pixhawk-based autonomous soaring drone code

Posted on March 1, 2020 at 8:14am 2 Comments

From Microsoft Research:

The past few years have seen tremendous progress in reinforcement learning (RL). From complex games to robotic object manipulation, RL has…

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Upgrading this site to Ning 3.0 (beta testers needed!)

Posted on January 7, 2020 at 6:38pm 2 Comments

Hey, all 91,000 of you! After way too many years of an old-skool design here based on the original Ning network template of 2007, I'm thinking it's time to upgrade to the more modern Ning 3.0 service. It should be much more usable on mobile, big screens and otherwise the responsive, social-friendly platform you'd expect today.  It's also an…

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Microsoft AirSim drone racing at NeuroIPS

Posted on December 10, 2019 at 1:42pm 0 Comments

From the Microsoft Research Team:

Drone racing has transformed from a niche activity sparked by enthusiastic…

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Comment Wall (119 comments)

At 5:58pm on July 11, 2007, Jeffrey Johnson said…
Great talking to you today. We are on it with using your designs here, and look forward to dovetailing our efforts. Power to the PictEarth People!
At 10:13pm on January 2, 2008, Dhrumil said…
Thanks for setting this up.
At 12:12am on February 8, 2008, Mark L said…
Hey Chris,

I just read your post on UAVs and I'm wondering if there's anywhere that one could purchase a pre-made UAV...couldn't find one on ebay.
I run a network of websites, www.ballerhouse.com, and am considering featuring a UAV article. Can you point me in the direction of where someone could purchase one? If so, what other info should my readers know?
Thanks!
Mark L
markl@ballerhouse.com
At 12:17am on February 8, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
The cheapest commercial one is around $7,000 (cropcam.com). The cheapest *good* one is around $10,000 (http://www.procerusuav.com/). That's why we started this site, to bring the price down below $1,000.

We're *DIY* Drones--buying one premade isn't the point ;-)
At 6:41pm on February 28, 2008,
T3
William Premerlani
said…
Chris,
If you want to do a Q&A with me, that would be fine.

The reason for the board is that my son and I thought it would be fun to build our own board, develop theory, and write firmware. We were inspired by Maynard Hill, who came to town and gave a talk.
We got our feet wet with a rapid-prototyping board mounted on an RC truck, and then build our own board for a sailplane. We bought our parts from SparkFun. Nathan Seidle, the ownder of Sparkfun, asked me what we were doing, I told him, he offered to build a surface mount board for me.
My son and I spent a few delightful summers getting the firmware working. At the time, our goal was to play, to just do some interesting things with it, without any goal in mind. When we were done, we had something that worked to our satisfaction, Nathan asked if he could sell it, we gave him permission.
We recognized that what we had was not a full-fletched autopilot, but that it might be interesting to anyone wanting to tinker with the controller. They could build on our firmware, if they wanted, or start from stratch, if they were ambitious.
By the way, the main reason we used assembly language was that my son had never written any, and he wanted to learn. He had used lots of other languages, but not assembly.
As far as what people are doing with my board, you probably have more information than I have!! The only person I've talked to so far is a member of diydrones. All I know is that the board is selling well at SparkFun, with no complaints.
By the way, the reason the board has been backordered for so long is that the vendor of the GPS replaced their ET301 with an ET312 at the same time that SparkFun was automating their board production, resulting in some defective boards. Even after we worked out the hardware problems, there was a subtle change in the ET312 that caused some problems. Every board that SparkFun builds is tested with the full firmware running, and the boards were not passing. We finally figured out what was wrong, production is resumed, I guess they are catching up on backorders.
All of the work my son and I was deliberately done in a vacuum...we didn't do any research on what other people were doing. We made some mistakes (that was the point) and had some fun.
My background is an electrical engineer with strengths in control theory, mathematics, and theory of flight.
I work at GE's research labs, I've been there for 33 years.
You might want to do a Google on "William Premerlani" to see what I have been up to. Much of it has to do with software development...you gave me a good chuckle when you said in your review that you wondered why we hadn't used C...the answer is, it would have been too easy!!!
Bill
At 10:52pm on March 22, 2008, Elisa said…
any time if u like to have a wet dip & country village food, come over try our our boats,(planty of spcae for plane flys
elisa
At 6:02pm on March 26, 2008, T-Rex said…
I heard you on Talk of the Nation today...great job! I did not get to hear the whole show, but definately heard the part about your "robotics" site and 3-axis accelerometers. You, my friend, rock!

By the way, thanks for the advice about starting out in R/C with a foamie...else I would not have made it past my first flight attempts.
At 6:27pm on March 26, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
Thanks! I wanted to say "3-axis MEMS accelerometer" but I held back for the sake of the NPR audience ;-)
At 10:44pm on April 4, 2008, Simon Pan said…
Hey Chris,

I won honorable mention, best in category, best in engineering, 550$, and an internship offer, at the state science & engineering fair. (The winners were a guy who did computer simulations of bird flu epidemics to determine the best method to distribute a limited supply of antivirals, a girl who developed an advanced, complex robotic vision algorithm which could detect blobs in foggy areas and high altitude ranges, and a guy who figured out a method to stem the growth of certain forms of cancer, so it was a humbling experience).

I just wanted to thank you for making this website and for your great documention and projects, because without them I'd probably still be trying to figure out how to connect the GPS receiver to the Stamp.

Thanks!

- Simon
At 8:26am on May 10, 2008, Huckleberry said…
Thanks Chris,

Been following along for some time (geekdad) and just bought a Blubberbot for something to do over the summer holidays... thinking about the project possibilities for my kids in electronics 11/12 ... hmmm blimp racing? Anyway, great to be here.

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