Stephen Rayleigh's Blog (5)

Philippine Disaster Relief Mapping

In the wake of the strongest typhoon in recorded history, Swift Radioplanes LLC of Prescott, AZ recently returned from the Philippines, where they created aerial maps of the extensive damage as part of an open-source project. Shortly before Christmas, the team packed two of their Lynx Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and…


Added by Stephen Rayleigh on March 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

UAV degree: Colleges offer courses in drone design, marketing

By MARY SHINN  Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Stephen Rayleigh and Matt Lyon thought they were done with careers in drones after they left the Army in 2010 and enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott.

Until they met Professor Ray Bedard.

Rayleigh wanted to start a club that would build and fly drones; Bedard had wanted for years to…


Added by Stephen Rayleigh on May 9, 2013 at 1:47am — No Comments

2012 SUAS Competition Results

The results for the 2012 Small UAS Competition in Patuxent River, MD have been released.  The standings can be found here.

My team, Team Awesome from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University placed 8th in flight and 13th overall.  It's our first…


Added by Stephen Rayleigh on June 27, 2012 at 9:24am — No Comments

AUVSI Competition using ArduPilot

I'm the captain for Team Awesome, the UAS team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona Campus.  We're headed to the Small UAS competition in Pax River, MD in five days, and we're using an ArduPilot 2.0 equipped airplane. This will be our first year at the competition. We're using the ParkZone Radian powered glider airframe, and the GoPro Hero 2 camera.…


Added by Stephen Rayleigh on June 8, 2012 at 10:30pm — 12 Comments

UAS Competition Team

Hi, I'm starting a team at Embry-Riddle in Arizona to go to the UAS competition in Maryland this year.  We're using APM on a custom built airframe, but we're still learning the ins and outs of Ardupilot and Mission Planner.  I've got a few questions:

We're tuning the PID's, and the aircraft pitches down in stabilize and FBW A&B. Should I fix this with RC trim, one of the gains, or initialize the aircraft in a slightly pitch-up attitude?

We're building a…


Added by Stephen Rayleigh on April 5, 2012 at 11:17pm — 3 Comments

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