Chris Anderson's Blog – May 2010 Archive (28)

A safety reminder: girl badly injured by irresponsible flying



This is just a reminder that you can badly injure or even kill people with model aircraft. Don't let this be… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2010 at 11:16pm — 27 Comments

Build log for the Skywalker

I'm still travelling and haven't finished mine, but here are some build log photos.



Also, the good EPO…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 27, 2010 at 4:23pm — 44 Comments

Futaba and Spektrum RC clones coming?

Some interesting reports from RCG that the Futaba FASST and Spektrum DSM/DSM2 2.4 Ghz RC standards have been reverse engineered and cheaper clones with more features are going to be coming out of China soon.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 27, 2010 at 3:11pm — 15 Comments

Grounded! Model airplane flights halted while President Obama visits San Francisco

The FAA routinely issues "NOTAMs" restricting aviation where top government officials are. This week it was San Francisco, where President Obama is visiting today and tomorrow. From the AMA alert:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2010 at 6:00pm — 21 Comments

Paparazzi co-founder Pascal Brisset, RIP

Anton Kochevar reports sad news over on RCG: "An unfortunate accident claimed the life of Pascal Brisset on Saturday. Pascal died while climbing a glacier in the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on May 24, 2010 at 9:00pm — 12 Comments

Announcing ArduCopter, the merger of the ArduPilot and AeroQuad projects!

I'm pleased to announce that we've joined forces with the other Arduino-based powerhouse in the aerial robotics world, the AeroQuad quadcopter team, to extend the ArduPilot platform to whirlybirds of all kinds. The project, called ArduCopter, will use…
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Added by Chris Anderson on May 24, 2010 at 10:30am — 1316 Comments

Stunning work from our ground-based brethren



Nothing to do with UAVs, but we're all roboticists, so I thought you'd enjoy this. Simply amazing… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on May 23, 2010 at 10:18pm — 9 Comments

Hang out with the DIY Drones crew at Maker Faire this weekend

A bunch of the DIY Drones crew are going to be at Maker Faire this weekend, which promises to be completely mindblowing. Expect 100,000 people over Sat and Sun, and the lineup of projects on…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 20, 2010 at 7:50pm — 6 Comments

Raven plans



Good looking plans for a balsa Raven clone, found on RGC.



Pic of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 19, 2010 at 10:10am — 5 Comments

Best BlimpDuino mod ever. iPad control!



"New York-based BREAKFAST fitted a BlimpDuino with on-board video and wireless control system and took it out for a spin at a party to interact with the crowd. Everybody's favorite controller du jour, an iPad, was employed…
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Added by Chris Anderson on May 19, 2010 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

Tip for ArduPilot 2.6 users: disable the Z sensor for now

Jason Short and I were testing 2.6 today and discovered something funky with the Z sensor calibration (he doesn't use one; I do). Until we sort it out, it's best to disable the Z sensor. Just set this line to 0, as shown below


#define ENABLE_Z_SENSOR 0


Although the code will eventually auto-calibrate without the Z sensor, you can calibrate it immediately on the ground before flying. Just hold the plane vertically and rotate it all the way around…
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Added by Chris Anderson on May 16, 2010 at 10:05pm — 10 Comments

Another use for UAVs: generating power

There's a good profile of Saul Griffith in last week's New Yorker. One of the companies he started, Makani Power,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 16, 2010 at 9:30pm — 15 Comments

A very creative use of an IMU



The Balancing Cube is a lovely exercise in balance, dynamic control and tight gearing.



[via… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on May 14, 2010 at 8:40pm — 4 Comments

Monocopters on the move



I'm still a little fuzzy on the advantage of the "maple-seed" style monocopters, but BotJunkie has an update on Lockheed Martin's Samurai UAV:



"We heard some rumors back in 2009 that Lockheed Martin’s SAMARAI UAV project had been killed off. In fact, Lockheed Martin themselves… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on May 13, 2010 at 9:58pm — 4 Comments

One way to win the T3-Round 6 competition ;-)



If your UAV has wheels and you're landing on tarmac, how to stop at exactly the right spot to win the T3-6 competition? Powerslide!



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Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2010 at 9:10am — 4 Comments

Researcher: Future of UAVs includes personal flying droids

Some interesting thinking in this week's Robots Podcast, on the past 50 years and next 50 years of robotics. One of those interviewed is Jean-Christophe Zufferey, who focuses on UAVs. Along with discussing the past two decades' advances in UAVs very well, he speculates on what's next, including the idea of… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2010 at 9:00am — 24 Comments

New Arduino datalogging shield

Adafruit has a released a very handy new datalogging shield ($19). You can attach any sensor and it saves the data to a SD card. Use it with the standard Arduino dev board.…



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Added by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2010 at 8:09am — No Comments

T3--Round 7: Autonomous takeoff and landing!



Inspired by the Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition, where massive points were given for autonomous takeoff and landing, we're going to do something like that here for round 7. So here's the DIY Drones T3 Total…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 9, 2010 at 10:00pm — 85 Comments

Predator plans (make one out of bluecore foam)



Very nice plans to make a smallish Predator out of bluecore foam. Too small for a decent UAV (and as we've said here many times, Predators are not the best flyers, being both short-coupled and prone…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 8, 2010 at 12:30pm — 18 Comments

New sensors in the DIY Drones store

Over the past few months, Jordi has added a bunch of new sensors in the DIY Drones store, which can be used with ArduIMU+ or ArduPilotMega. Here are the latest ones:…


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Added by Chris Anderson on May 6, 2010 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

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