Andreas M. Antonopoulos's Blog (13)

Solar powered "Silent Falcon" UAV shown at AUVSI

At the AUVSI conference, Silent Falcon UAV of Alburquerque, New Mexico unveiled a solar powered UAV. The UAV has up to 14 hours of flight endurance. Detailed report from Denver…

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Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on August 10, 2012 at 10:16am — 9 Comments

ArduCopter 2.7 Released!

Announcing: ArduCopter 2.7

In just a short while, ArduCopter 2.7 will become available for download in Mission Planner. As we worked on ArduCopter 2.6.1, we saw that it had several new and compelling features (as well as…

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Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on July 24, 2012 at 11:28am — 71 Comments

Foamie? I wanna JET

Enjoy. Sound is essential to appreciate this video ;-)

Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on July 17, 2012 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

Developing code for the APM - Webinar (TODAY)

Free Webinar: Developing code for the APM

On Monday July 16th 2012, at 5pm Pacific Time,I will be hosting a 90min webinar on Developing for the APM. 

Guests will include several members of the…

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Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on July 16, 2012 at 8:56am — 55 Comments

Parameters and their meaning: Dynamic Wiki Documentation

 

 

With more than 200 parameters to "tweak", the ardupilot-mega system can be a bit intimidating. Documentation is critical, but in a fast-moving project like APM, it is almost impossible for the documentation to keep up with the code. A major improvement in the code was the addition of inline documentation for the configuration parameters, several months ago. This documentation has been visible recently in the superb new configuration screen in Mission…

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Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on July 8, 2012 at 7:00pm — 13 Comments

Quads in SciFi

Cory Doctorow just released the cover of his new book Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother, a cyberpunk/cipherpunk dystopian novel. In the first book, the protagonist fights "the man" in a totalitarian future US. In the second book, there are quads floating over protesters with…

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Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on June 20, 2012 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Ardu.. Mower? John Deere's TANGO E5 autonomous lawnmower

John Deere's TANGO E5 autonomous lawnmower

 

It's like a Roomba with blades?

Pah! 

 

I just fly my quad upside down over the lawn and get the same result!

Autonomous? Well.. kinda: "This space has to be defined by a user/specialist dealer installed boundary wire that helps to keep the mower from heading across…

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Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on June 14, 2012 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

US Navy drone crashes in Maryland, no injuries.

From WBOC16 News: "

 U.S. Navy drone crashed early Monday afternoon in a marshy area on Maryland's Eastern Shore, military officials said. There were no reported injuries on the ground and no damage to property.

The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator…

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Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on June 11, 2012 at 12:55pm — 15 Comments

New: Wifi BacPac and remote control for GoPro cameras

Ben Coxworth over at GIZMAG has an article up about the new GoPro "BacPac" that attaches to a GoPro HERO to give it Wifi capabilities and the Remote that can control up to 50 GoPro cameras.

For the launch, GoPro created this…

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Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on June 4, 2012 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments

Geo-Fencing for ArduCopter - Keep your copter "fenced in"

ArduCopter now has experimental geo-fencing support, thanks to Andrew Tridgell's superb geo-fencing code for ArduPlane.

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Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on April 28, 2012 at 3:12pm — 24 Comments

Software-in-the-loop Architecture

I'm experimenting with SITL, for the purpose of routing MAVLink and prototyping IP Telemetry. Anyhow, after reading the documentation here...:

http://code.google.com/p/ardupilot-mega/wiki/SITL

It took me a while to figure out how everything connects. To help myself, I…

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Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on April 1, 2012 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

Telemetry over IP (cellular)

Please see the new group Telemetry over cellular IP, which is a gathering place for all those interested in working on IP-enabled UAVs. 

The end goal is a plug-and-play ardupilot telemetry option of comparable cost to Xbee (or less). It should provide bi-directional…

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Added by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on March 26, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
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