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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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Finnius Mar 29, 2014. 41 Replies

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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liling commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
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Moris commented on Chris Anderson's blog post UAV report: Tel Aviv
"Hi,  It is a very very very very old post, but is there any place/association/groupe in Israel for people that want to share their interest for UAV ? I build my own Quad with Rasperry pi + Pixhawk + 4g dongle for remote control and I would like…"
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Chris Anderson commented on SHIVANI SALIAN's blog post Play Table Tennis using a drone
"Great work! Reminds my of Jose Julio's original demo of what became ArduPilot almost ten years ago (at 1:16 in the below):"
Aug 4
Quadzimodo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones now at 88,000+ members
"I’m still enjoying this site and referring to it as a resource after so many years.  Thank you."
Jul 27

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Chris Anderson replied to Elena S's discussion Solar Rechargeable Cyclocopter Blimp: Student-led development of a high endurance and zero emissions drone for disaster relief efforts
"Cool idea, but this is better posted as a News item. Can you repost (and remember to start the post with an image or *embedded* video [use video icon in toolbar])?"
Jul 14
Izzy Brand commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Another Pixhawk-powered glider drop from a high-altitude balloon
"For high altitude winds I used the excellent habhub predictor. They have a bunch of other useful tools for high altitude weather balloon launches. Now that this is getting some views, please help me figure out why the glider oscillated in roll…"
Jul 14
Azhar T. Pangesti commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Another Pixhawk-powered glider drop from a high-altitude balloon
"Where do you get data on stratospheric winds?I like this one.. nice graphic :-) https://earth.nullschool.net/"
Jun 17
Matt commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Another Pixhawk-powered glider drop from a high-altitude balloon
"...meant to say, "Thank you" and "Awesome project!!!" :)"
Jun 12
Matt commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Another Pixhawk-powered glider drop from a high-altitude balloon
"Hello, You write that "every day predictions showed that strong stratospheric winds would blow the glider hundreds of miles into the ocean if we launched from that height". Where do you get data on stratospheric winds?"
Jun 12
Yograj Singh Mandloi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Another Pixhawk-powered glider drop from a high-altitude balloon
"This is amazing. DIY SPACE Planes :D"
Jun 9
Oz commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Tutorial: Programming your uBlox GPS module
"I have been told that GPS config is automatically done in pixhawk now, is this true?"
Jun 6
Azhar T. Pangesti commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Another Pixhawk-powered glider drop from a high-altitude balloon
"Wow.. Congrats.We actually did almost the same exact thing a few years back. But we didn't use RasPi for release mechanism. Our engineer was actually add a few lines of code to the ardupilot code to have several release condition. I believe it…"
Jun 3

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Another Pixhawk-powered glider drop from a high-altitude balloon

Via Hackster.io. From the YouTube description:The goal of this project was to drop a glider from the edge of space using a high altitude weather balloon. The glider is entirely homemade and uses the opensource Pixhawk flight controller + a Raspberry Pi Zero to disconnect at the desired altitude and fly to a predetermined…See More
Jun 2
Oz commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Tutorial: Programming your uBlox GPS module
"+1, looks like the config file on the 1st page is 8 years old and for 5 series gps, what about M8N gps configuration and pixhawk? tia"
Jun 2
FMS RC airplane commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones now at 88,000+ members
"oh, my god,  very big traffic. i like it"
May 30

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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

DIY Drones now at 88,000+ 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 88,000 members!Thanks as always to all the community members who make this growth possible, and especially to the administrators and moderators who approve new members,…See More
May 30

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Chris Anderson replied to Dan Benson's discussion Mission planner parameters when flight controller board orientation and external compass differ
"Thanks for sharing the solution! That must have been a lot of trial-and-error to find that."
May 27

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Chris Anderson replied to Laser's discussion what's the problem?
"I'd post on the Ardupilot.org forums. That's too technical for here"
May 24

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Chris Anderson replied to r4space's discussion Community favourite chassis? in the group ArduRover User Group
"I'd go with a basic RC car, which is much easier to integrate with Pixhawk than a robot chassis like the Adafruit one. Here's a list of cheap ones that we recommend at our DIY Robocars sister site"
May 19
Leonardo Garberoglio commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Where do I find the schematics for this version? Thank"
May 14

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Another Pixhawk-powered glider drop from a high-altitude balloon

Posted on June 2, 2018 at 11:30am 6 Comments

Via Hackster.io. From the YouTube description:

The goal of this project was to drop a glider from the edge of space using a…

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DIY Drones now at 88,000+ members

Posted on May 30, 2018 at 9:49am 2 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 88,000 members!

Thanks as always to all the community members who make this growth possible, and especially to the administrators and…

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Using LoRa radios for long-range RC

Posted on May 5, 2018 at 6:00pm 3 Comments

This one is a bit of a dangerous hack, since LoRa is not as reliable as regular RC, but if you've got an autopilot handling regular drone control, using LoRa to send commands might make sense. 

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ETH open sources aggressive quadcopter code

Posted on May 4, 2018 at 1:48pm 4 Comments

From Davide Scarmuzza at ETH: "We are releasing our full quadrotor control framework as open-source. This framework has been used for the past 6 years in my lab. It has served as the basis in over 500 public live demonstrations over 50…

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US military team releases Dronecode-based app to fly DJI drones with QGC

Posted on May 3, 2018 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

From Mark Jacobsen: "Rosetta Drone is an Android app that wraps the DJI SDK in Mavlink. It allows you to fly a DJI drone with a Mavlink-based ground control station like QGroundControl.

Rosetta Drone was brought to you by…

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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,
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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,
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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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