Chris Anderson's Blog – June 2017 Archive (8)

ArduPilot, PX4 dominate AUVSI drone competition

When we got started ten years ago, the annual AUVSI student drone competition was dominated by commercial autopilots, such as Piccolo. Now it's almost entirely open source autopilots, led by ArduPilot (14 of top 20) and Dronecode/PX4 (3 of top twenty). I'm super proud of this having co-founded ArduPilot and now leading Dronecode. Only one commercial autopilot in top twenty --…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2017 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

How do modern open source autopilots compare to aerospace-grade IMUs?

I noticed that Digikey is now selling Honeywell's newest aerospace-grade IMUs, which cost $1,328 each (note that's just for the IMU; it's not a full autopilot). How do the specs of these aerospace IMUs compare to…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 20, 2017 at 10:21am — 59 Comments

Intel cancels Edison, Joule boards

It was well known that Edison was going to be discontinued this year, but Joule, which was just released, is a surprise. This is bad news for any autopilot board that uses Edison, such as Pixhawk 2.1, which will now have to move to another companion computer. (I'd suggest Raspberry Pi). From …


Added by Chris Anderson on June 19, 2017 at 5:50am — 19 Comments

NASA webinar on drone crash-avoidance technology using APM copters

Is it flattering that NASA uses a 3DR Y6 to teach "crash management" techniques? I'm going with yes! Register here

ASA’s Langley Research Center is offering a free informational webinar on its  autonomous…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 16, 2017 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Nvidia demos visual navigation on 3DR Iris+

From Nvidia: Here's the full paper.

Most drones would be lost without GPS. Not this one.

A drone developed by NVIDIA researchers navigates even the most far-flung,…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 13, 2017 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

New two-motor VTOL from Horizon

This kind of 2-motor vertical take-off plane was a PhD thesis 2 years ago, a TED talk 1 year ago & now it's a $150 toy. From…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 10, 2017 at 9:24pm — 3 Comments

Dronecode/PX4 1.6 code released!

From the Dronecode release post:

We’re very excited to announce the release of PX4 v1.6, the latest version of the Dronecode Flight Stack (PX4 Pro). This firmware represents a huge…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 7, 2017 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Updating the "red balloon finder" to use OpenMV cam

Awesome post from Patrick Poirier in the OpenMV forums (OpenMV is my favorite computer vision board, and what I use on our DIY Robocars autonomous racers).


This project…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 5, 2017 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

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