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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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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
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
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
Richard Kennedy commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduPlane User Group
"Hi there everybody. I have been out of the loop so to speak for 2-3 years. I have the original pixhawk. It's running 3.7.1 ... should I update the FW?? Is there a limit to the versions I should not go beyond with my older Pixhawk? Thanks"
Sep 23

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Chris Anderson commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Affordable cargo drone now available after testing in 3 countries
"I'm pretty sure those are not QR codes -- they're more likely AprilTags or one of the below markers, which don't just give a unique ID but also a vector normal, which is used for precision landing. We use AprilTags ourselves, which…"
Sep 12

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Chris Anderson commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Affordable cargo drone now available after testing in 3 countries
"I like your AprilTag (or whatever those are) landing pad. Did you have those made?"
Sep 12

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Chris Anderson commented on Kirill's blog post SmartLink - 2x HD video, telemetry and control up to 20 km
"I think what procurement is going to require evidence of is: 1) controlling ownership of creator company is in a NATO country 2) control of code is in a NATO country 3) manufacturing is in a NATO country If you can demonstrate all of that, I think…"
Aug 25

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Chris Anderson commented on Kirill's blog post SmartLink - 2x HD video, telemetry and control up to 20 km
"Great. Assuming that US government won't accept any Russian technology, can this be legitimately presented as UK (or other NATO) tech in both SW and HW? Hope so, since it looks awesome"
Aug 25

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Chris Anderson commented on Kirill's blog post SmartLink - 2x HD video, telemetry and control up to 20 km
"Is the encryption 128 or 256 bit?  Any possibility of a version not made in Russia or China? Unfortunately, the US government is going to reject either of those :-("
Aug 25

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Chris Anderson commented on FusionFlight's blog post Introducing the JetQuad: Quad Jet-Engine VTOL Drone
"Terrifying. I love it!"
Aug 24
d j commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Tupperware + ArduRover = super cheap (but still effective) autonomous boat
"at rcgroups interest in boats is at zero level since you need water to let boat to float I am trying to convert 1. motor turbocharger into turbo jet engine ( a lot of video on youtube) 2. motor turbocharger into wind turbine ( no video or developer…"
Aug 19

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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Tupperware + ArduRover = super cheap (but still effective) autonomous boat

From Hackaday:There’s nothing quite like the sight of a plastic box merrily sailing its way around a lake to symbolise how easy it is to get started in autonomous robotics. This isn’t a project we’re writing about because of technical excellence, but purely because watching an autonomous…See More
Aug 18
EsdTechnik commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Swarming Solos
"One of the best DEV Team on this freaking earth."
Aug 15
EsdTechnik commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Swarming Solos
"I forgot APM Dev Team.... i'm sorry.... I love you too! en Tabarnak!"
Aug 15
EsdTechnik commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Swarming Solos
"Chris!  ( no not you Chris Anderson ) but crisse, I forgot to say thanks to the APM Dev Team. I love you!"
Aug 15
EsdTechnik commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Swarming Solos
"Thank you 3DR! for... EVERYTHING! You just saved my life! A special thanks to Jordi, a freeking nice guy! Thank you all!, yes! I wrote it! ... what a relief en tabarnak! :)"
Aug 15

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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Swarming Solos

Collaboration of Rajant, a mesh networking company, and the Norwegian military. BBC story here;Scientists from the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and the US's Rajant Corporation are working on simultaneously flying about 20 drones that can work in co-ordination with…See More
Aug 6
Thomas Noonen commented on Chris Anderson's blog post NXP is giving away 100 PX4-based development copters for its firefighting competition
"Thomas, you bring up a lot of good points. I work for Hackster and I think that this kind of feedback is very good for us. Some of our team members did get to test out the the drone kit and they found it to be very high quality and hackable. …"
Jul 9
Ken Ter commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Making a UAV fail-safe
"I am new to drones but am embarking on building a drone for my final year of school. it is supposed to be a fail safe FPV and I am so confused on the right way to bring this to realization. my aim for the project is to make the UAV smart enough to…"
Jul 8

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Chris Anderson replied to Harish's discussion Learning Simulation with Pixhawk
Jul 7

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Evolution of solar-powered drones

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 11:58am 0 Comments

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…

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Tupperware + ArduRover = super cheap (but still effective) autonomous boat

Posted on August 18, 2019 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

From Hackaday:

There’s nothing quite like the sight of a plastic box merrily sailing its way around a lake to symbolise how easy it is to get started in autonomous robotics. This isn’t a project we’re writing…

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Swarming Solos

Posted on August 6, 2019 at 8:06pm 3 Comments

Collaboration of Rajant, a mesh networking company, and the Norwegian military. BBC story here;

Scientists from the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and the US's Rajant Corporation are working on simultaneously flying about 20 drones that…

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NXP is giving away 100 PX4-based development copters for its firefighting competition

Posted on June 23, 2019 at 1:55pm 6 Comments

This is pretty cool. NXP is giving away 100 of its new Dronecode/PX4-based ready-to-fly drone development platform to people entering its "help fight fires with drones" competition with Hackster.io. 

Apply here…

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PX4/Dronecode Developer Conference full house today in Zurich

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 8:55am 0 Comments

More than 200 attendees at our first PX4 developer summit in Zurich!

Nearly 600 developers are now contributing to the project…

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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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