Chris Anderson's Blog – April 2010 Archive (37)

Somebody finally got the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor model working right!



Even got the transition to and from horizontal flight going nicely! The company is here (based in Texas). No info yet on pricing and availability.


Looks like a great UAV platform, with all the VTOL advantages of a quad with a lot better endurance for horizontal…
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Added by Chris Anderson on April 13, 2010 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments

Meetup with DIY Drones folks this week

Jordi and I will be at the FIRST Robotics National Championships at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta this Thursday, running a planning session for a new FIRST Indoor Aerial Robotics competition (we'll be demoing blimps and quadcopters). If…
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Added by Chris Anderson on April 13, 2010 at 9:02pm — 13 Comments

1973: Maynard Hill invents the electrostatic autopilot



Google has recently scanned and posted all of Popular Science's back issues (and they go WAY back), and there are some gems in there from the early days of autopilots. One of them is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2010 at 10:26pm — 16 Comments

Preview of Turn-Rate Limiter ArduPilot shield



While we work on ArduPilot's big brother (Mega), we wanted it to have a little brother, too: a cheap and easy entry-level autopilot.



The best way to do that is with a tried-and-true design, a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2010 at 11:00am — 14 Comments

More good work from the MIT GPS-denied quad team



Another great video from the Robust Robotics Groups at… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on April 10, 2010 at 10:23pm — 6 Comments

Podcast/Livechat tomorrow (Sunday) night with Project Andromeda, 9:00 PST

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Tomorrow night we'll do podcast #21, which everyone here is welcome to participate in by listening to the chat live… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on April 10, 2010 at 11:48am — 5 Comments

Video of PixHawk GCS in action



Here's a video of the PixHAWK groundstation (based in Qt) that we'll be using for the basis of our ArduPilot Mega groundstation. Check out the cool voice synthesis--very… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on April 10, 2010 at 11:15am — 11 Comments

Can it actually be true that the Wasp MAVs cost $291,000 each???

According to Defence Tech:


"The Air Force is asking for $3.2 million to purchase 11…
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Added by Chris Anderson on April 7, 2010 at 9:55pm — 27 Comments

New poster for the Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition


Excellent poster. How long until that car becomes a plane?

Added by Chris Anderson on April 6, 2010 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Virtual Arduino



Last year Fritzing came along as a virtual Arduino sandbox, a way to simulate a breadboard and components and run Arduino code to test the circuit. Now VirtualBreadboard, which has…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 6, 2010 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

All Things Quad Megalist!



There are a zillion quad- and tri-copters out there, from the priciest commercial ones to the funkyiest DIY rigs. This guy has done a tremendous job of trying to bring all the available info in one place:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 6, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Introduction to PixHawk ground control station (including source code)

Operator view



In our discussion the other day about what programming language to use for our next generation of ArduPilot Ground Control Station (GCS), I mentioned the PixHawk GCS, which is written in Qt.… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on April 4, 2010 at 8:00pm — 13 Comments

Turning the Parrot AR.Drone into an autonomous UAV



There are loads of open source quadcopters out there, but they're all a bit too DIY for me--I just want something cheap that works right out of the box. I love the Parrot AR.Drone, which fits that bill,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 4, 2010 at 3:30pm — 18 Comments

UAV control via iPad

Very nice prototype of a iPad UAV groundstation in this RCG thread. Was originally designed for the iPhone but clearly works better on the bigger…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 2, 2010 at 11:34am — 21 Comments

Status of DIY Drones development projects

Last week, I listed the main DIY Drones development projects and the team leaders. This week I'll give the current status of those projects, along with a few of the less high-profile ones:

Project…
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Added by Chris Anderson on April 1, 2010 at 10:30pm — 9 Comments

50ft Hyperblimp can scoot!

A test drive of a new HB50 Hyperblimp envelope with front and rear thrust vectoring motors. Autopilot integration coming.


The creators explain what it's for: "We have…
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Added by Chris Anderson on April 1, 2010 at 9:00pm — 11 Comments

Warning for indoor Micro UAVs with magnetometers: stay away from steel doors!



From I Heart Robotics:

"While it may be obvious to some, as a practical matter, steel doors should be considered a serious navigational hazard to indoor autonomous micro air vehicles due to the effects of the magnetic fields. This problem is especially… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on April 1, 2010 at 11:11am — 2 Comments

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