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Feedback on new manuals

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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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João Luís Marins commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Hi to all! I am from Brazil and I am finishing my thesis to get my Doctor's Degree. I have an energy model for quadcopters and I need some data to do a final check in the model. I have spent the last two weeks tryng to find those files in the…"
12 hours ago
oren avivi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post US military team releases Dronecode-based app to fly DJI drones with QGC
"hi there .... can anyone guide me imstalling the rosetta drone on my android phone? thx"
20 hours ago
Tomtom Express commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LoRa radios for long-range RC
"it is good as a back up radio. It can give you telemetry data and as mentioned you send send commands"
yesterday
Stone Bai commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Real-time data analysis tool for PX4
"Awesome UI design."
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Stone Bai commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Real-time data analysis tool for PX4
"Awesome UI design."
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Bernt Christian Egeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones now at 90,000 members!
"Looking forward to the 100k suprise...  :)   Well done."
Apr 15

3D Robotics
Chris Anderson replied to Andrew Ferry's discussion Quad plane pitch problem in the group ArduPlane User Group
"Sadly that's just for manual flight. No GPS autonomy"
Apr 9
Laser Developer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones now at 90,000 members!
"Well done Chris! As you say, this is a marathon, not a sprint..."
Apr 8
Charles Blouin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones now at 90,000 members!
"Congrats!"
Apr 8
Cala commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones now at 90,000 members!
"That thrue, at my club there are less people with diy drones ( actually me near alone ) we werw 4 or 5 rc pilots eight yeats ago building our oun drones. But still an impressive number for this times, congrats Chris :)"
Apr 8

3D Robotics
Chris Anderson posted a blog post

DIY Drones now at 90,000 members!

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 90,000 members!A few observations on this milestone:It took 12 years to get to 90k members. It's a marathon, not a sprintAlthough this is a zero-person operation (it runs itself, with a few volunteers moderating), it's one of the…See More
Apr 6
Pascal Fust commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Why anti-poaching drones haven't worked well
"Somehow correct. Hyperspectral technology provides many advantages, though it is prone to challenges when it comes to wavelengths in the visual range due to colour variations."
Apr 6

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John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Why anti-poaching drones haven't worked well
"My first thought was maybe some variation of a hyperspectral camera?"
Apr 5
Pascal Fust commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Why anti-poaching drones haven't worked well
"Hi Chris, thanks for raising attention to the project. As I'm currently working on comparable topics (detecting diurnal mammals instead of humans) in the same climatic environment, I am most interested in any investigation of the applicability…"
Mar 29
eduardo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Measuring airspeed without an airspeed sensor
"airspeed= 9.8/gz*gy/gz/sqrt((gy/gz)^2+1) where gz =yaw speed gy= pitch speed   with gz!=0"
Mar 26

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John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Why anti-poaching drones haven't worked well
"1. When the human body and the ambient temperature are almost the same, a better TI camera with better sensitivity/resolution will only help marginally. The increased sensitivity will also lead to more false positives. 2. When/if a drone is able to…"
Mar 24
Ravi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Why anti-poaching drones haven't worked well
"One should not give up so easily. eventually better TI cameras will appear in market. Remember drones can go 10Km in the jungle. Imagine travelling 10km in jungle over foot or by a SUV. electric drones are easy to operate and have very low…"
Mar 17
UrbanTech commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Can anyone direct me to a stable 2,8 250 x quad platform?"
Mar 13
Mateusz Sadowski commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Why anti-poaching drones haven't worked well
"Thanks for the great insights Chris! Although the forum is not the format I would usually link to at WeeklyRobotics the discussion is so eye opening that I'll most probably make an exception."
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Why anti-poaching drones haven't worked well
"Thanks for the catch. Link fixed"
Mar 9

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DIY Drones now at 90,000 members!

Posted on April 6, 2019 at 6:17pm 4 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 90,000 members!

A few observations on this milestone:

  • It took 12 years to get to 90k members. It's a marathon, not a sprint
  • Although this is a zero-person operation (it runs itself,…
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Why anti-poaching drones haven't worked well

Posted on March 9, 2019 at 8:00am 8 Comments

As an industry, we had high hopes for the use of drones in anti-poaching efforts. But in hot climates everything looks hot to airborne thermal cameras and fleet logistics are crippling. Dogs work much better. Here's a…

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QGroundControl 3.5 released

Posted on February 20, 2019 at 1:19pm 2 Comments

Congrats to the QGroundControl team who have just released version 3.5 of my fave GCS. Along with a lot of bug fixes, these are the new features:

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    • Added Airmap integration to QGC. OSX build only.
    • Bumped settings version…
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Is it a rocket? A ducted fan-copter? Both?

Posted on January 25, 2019 at 8:17pm 0 Comments

I dunno which it is, but it's really DIY and interesting, and that's all that counts. From Hackaday:

Quadcopters are familiar, and remote control planes are old hat at this point. However, compact lightweight power…

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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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