Chris Anderson's Blog – July 2009 Archive (10)

Announcing the official DIY Drones Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest

Thanks to the good ideas of Gary Mortimer and others, we're now launching a Trust Time Trial contest. The idea is simple: you set up four waywaypoints, spaced 200m apart, on your own field and time your UAV completing the course. Upload the data in the comments here. Best time on Sept 1 wins (I've got a prize this month--a new… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2009 at 8:30am — 215 Comments

Contest idea: DIY time trial. Fastest GPS track wins

Gary Mortimer has a good idea: a DIY time trial contest, where you time your UAV flying autonomously over an agreed-upon course. You upload GPS track, time and, onboard video. Fastest time each month wins something cool that I'll donate (like a Funjet kit).

What kind of course would work best for this? For starters, how about this: a square, 400m on a side. Must complete three full circuits in… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 29, 2009 at 9:00pm — 42 Comments

Quick and dirty program to test your XY and Z sensors

This is just a repost for those who are new to ArduPilot:

Here's a very simple Arduino program that will test your XY and Z sensors. Just load it on ArduPilot (make sure the board is powered and the GPS is not connected). With the FTDI cable connected, click on the serial monitor icon in Arduino and make sure the speed is set for 9600. The program will prompt you to tilt the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2009 at 11:31pm — 6 Comments

ScanEagle model kit with 63" wingspan

Found by Gary Mortimer over at the AttoPilot user forum: a fiberglass model kit of the ScanEagle UAV. Unfortunately, the supplier is out of stock. More info and pics in… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 25, 2009 at 10:30pm — 26 Comments

Aurora VTOL drone prototype first flight

Half-scale model. Video of first flight comes after renders. More info from Wired's Danger Room… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 24, 2009 at 10:22pm — 6 Comments

ArduPilot (and Jordi) on the cover of new MAKE Magazine!

Article is not online yet, but here's the cover!

Added by Chris Anderson on July 24, 2009 at 8:37pm — 8 Comments

Review of new FMA Co-Pilot II

Good review of FMA's new CoPilot II. Works with ArduPilot… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2009 at 8:38pm — 2 Comments

Robotic Glider Set To Break Autonomous Flight Records

From Slashdot:

"Dan Edwards, a student at NC State University, is attempting to break two records by creating an autonomous glider. The project goal is a 142-mile… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 12, 2009 at 5:07pm — 11 Comments

Update on DIY Drones projects

Jordi and I have been hard at work at some projects over the past couple weeks, which has led to some light posting. My project is my book launch (FREE: The Future of a Radical Price), for which I've been on book tour for the past two weeks and will be for the next… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 11, 2009 at 11:07pm — 19 Comments

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