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Feedback on new manuals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gustav Kuhn Apr 14, 2013. 130 Replies

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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Chris Anderson replied to Austin Boucher's discussion Iris + firmware problems
"It's Arducopter"
Monday
Eugene Potapov commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Eagles vs Drones (spoiler: Eagles win)
"Unfortunately no observations on hunting per se. However most time the eagles are sitting on trees and looking at water. Tons of photos of that. If the eagles have never seen the drone before and the drone is buzzing too close, they might move from…"
Oct 29
Michael Johnston commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Eagles vs Drones (spoiler: Eagles win)
"Good work Eugene. Enjoyed your paper.   Do you notice any difference in eagle behaviour if the drone is flying when / where the birds are foraging or is your work mostly focusing on nesting?"
Oct 28

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Chris Anderson replied to biejinawei's discussion GPS modules with Active Antenna and without Active Antenna
"There's no need for an active antenna if you're using a passive antenna with a well-designed ground plane. Even the high-end RTK GPSs typically use passive antenna"
Oct 27
Eugene Potapov commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Eagles vs Drones (spoiler: Eagles win)
"We fly with the eagles on regular basis. details: http://docs.sibecocenter.ru/programs/raptors/RC27/RC27_253-260_Potapov2.pdf If you know what are you doing, the birds ignore the drone."
Oct 26
Alexis Paques commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520
"As it is an offboard computer connected to the UAV, that's perfect. No latency, no jitter.  Yet, the "master", controlling the overall mission (fleet management) is connected over WiFi to the offboard computers. That's the…"
Oct 25
Fnoop commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520
"That's interesting, and it's better than dronekit for latency/jitter? "
Oct 25
Alexis Paques commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520
"I am using mavros for real-time offboard control."
Oct 25
Fnoop commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520
"That would be great, latency/jitter in dronekit is really bad.  Looking forward to ardupilot support :)"
Oct 25
Alexis Paques commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520
"@Fnoop If I understood well, dronekit has latency. Dronecore solves that issue. "
Oct 25
Monroe King commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones now at 86,000 users
"What a ride man what a ride! Thanks Chris Anderson for the ticket definitely an "E" ticket."
Oct 23
Jack commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones now at 86,000 users
"Congratulations! Great job!"
Oct 21
Nikola Rabchevsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones now at 86,000 users
"Can we find a way to require all blog post to have comments?"
Oct 21

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DavidJames commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Introducing OpenSolo!
"Using the Solex Android App the Open Solo Update went well for me.    Solex has a much better camera Heads Up Display for flying Solo."
Oct 21

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DavidJames commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Introducing OpenSolo!
"Looks like it is working.    Here is a link to the installation instructions. https://github.com/OpenSolo/documentation/blob/master/README.md"
Oct 21
Aaron Curtis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Introducing OpenSolo!
"Does any of this code work?"
Oct 21

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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

DIY Drones now at 86,000 users

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 86,000 members! We're also more than ten years old!Rather than simply give the usual monthly traffic snapshot, I thought I'd give the data for the whole decade, which…See More
Oct 20
Patrick Poirier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "MVP" computer vision rover with OpenMV for less than $90
"Yes I agree the odometry do not really optimize the  tracking loop process.  Actually I found this code while looking at single tick encoders (there are not many) , and I could not resist to try it. I might try the full ROS stack, but…"
Oct 16

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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "MVP" computer vision rover with OpenMV for less than $90
"Very cool! I also added the wheel encoders, but to be honest I'm not sure how much utility they add since I'm already closing the loop with vision. Do you find them useful?"
Oct 15
Patrick Poirier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "MVP" computer vision rover with OpenMV for less than $90
"Rainy Week-End ;-) ... Time to test new stuff  I found this very interesting code :  ESP_ROS , that is using the Arduino IDE to implement a full turtle bot  ROS  stack on the functionality to the Esp8266 Car. I never relly liked…"
Oct 15

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DIY Drones now at 86,000 users

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 1:20pm 3 Comments

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 86,000 members! We're also more than ten years old!

Rather than simply give the usual monthly traffic snapshot, I thought I'd give the data…

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Blimpduino flies again!

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 3:37pm 1 Comment

Ten years after this site started with its first project, a robotic blimp called Blimpduino, two long time friends here, Jordi Munoz and Jose Julio, are relaunching it in a new improved form. It's called, unsurprisingly, Blimpduino 2.0, and you can see the progress here

The is new…

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"MVP" computer vision rover with OpenMV for less than $90

Posted on October 1, 2017 at 9:30pm 6 Comments

This is the cheapest good computer vision autonomous car you can make — less than $85! It uses the fantastic OpenMV camera, with its easy-to-use software and IDE, as well as a low-cost chassis that is fast…

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Eagles vs Drones (spoiler: Eagles win)

Posted on September 30, 2017 at 5:08pm 10 Comments

From the Wall Street Journal:

SYDNEY— Daniel Parfitt thought he’d found the perfect drone for a two-day mapping job in a remote patch of the…

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Our DIY Robocars sister community in the news

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 7:02am 5 Comments

Jalopnik covers our DIY Robocars sister community. If you're in the Bay Area or one of the other half-dozen areas with these races, join us!  We'll also be competing in the Sparkfun AVC in Denver in October,

Comment Wall (118 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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