Chris Anderson's Blog – August 2010 Archive (34)

Autonomous security quad lives in this cool basestation

From the always entertaining BotJunkie:

"I guess it’s cold enough up thar in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 12, 2010 at 8:03am — 14 Comments

ArduPilot Mega alpha code now supports the LabVIEW GCS

Good news: you can now use the standard ArduPilot GCS with ArduPilot Mega!



Just select option 2 ("ArduPilot Legacy") in your GCS…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 11, 2010 at 11:00pm — 23 Comments

Testing GPS vs. Pressure Sensor Altitude



Good data from Doug Weibel today, who was testing the uBlox GPS vs the onboard absolute pressure sensor on ArduPilot Mega with his NexStar Mini EP. In general the uBlox is performing great. And we love the onboard datalogging on APM!…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 10, 2010 at 10:00pm — 19 Comments

Help sponsor the Open Hardware Summit

The first Open Hardware Summit will be held September 23rd in New York City, DIY Drones will be there, along with most of the other leaders in the emerging open source hardware movement. The group organizing this needs donations to cover costs, so please consider donating any amount--$20, $50, even $100--and help… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on August 10, 2010 at 8:10am — 3 Comments

Where are the women?

DIY Drones has 10,500 members. As best as I can tell the number of active females is: zero.



Of the 10,500, 364 registered as female, and I assume that some of them really are female. But none are actively contributing. There are women in the UAV world, as our… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on August 9, 2010 at 10:00pm — 21 Comments

It's alive!



More coolness from podcast guest Daniel Mellinger and the U Penn GRASP lab. Check out the spooky looking around starting at…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 9, 2010 at 7:03pm — 12 Comments

Podcast/Livechat tonight (Sunday) with Doug Weibel and Jason Short, ArduPilot/Mega code leaders, 10:30 PST

Free video streaming by Ustream



Tonight we'll do podcast #28, which everyone here is welcome to participate in by listening to the chat live above… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on August 8, 2010 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Beta Windows version of Xplane/Flight gear interface for ArduPilot APM

Michael Oborne has released a Windows GUI version of his great program to interface ArduPilot/APM with Xplane and FlightGear.



It's working well for me. Can you check it out and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 7, 2010 at 12:06pm — 57 Comments

Futaba, Spektrum clone receivers now available



As we discussed a few months ago, the 2.4Ghz clone receivers have arrived. Above is the new Futaba…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 7, 2010 at 7:00am — 41 Comments

Calculating airspeed from a differential pressure sensor



Lorenz Meir of the Pixhawk team had a good email discussion with the APM dev team on airspeed math, and was kind enough to write it up in a very helpful primer.



Check out the whole thing…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 6, 2010 at 5:59pm — 8 Comments

New site for those wanting to work in the pro UAV industry



This site is just a few days old, but might be worth checking out if you're looking to work in the UAV industry. Seems like a pretty good start so…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 4, 2010 at 10:57pm — 3 Comments

Vote on which PixHawk autopilot features you'd like them to release

The PixHawk team in Switzerland, which has been doing great work with quadcopters and ground stations (we're evaluating their GCS for the APM), is planning to release their IMU and autopilot commercially. Before they do so, they'd like some community feedback…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 4, 2010 at 7:49am — 1 Comment

Great writeup of the UAVDevBoard team's progress on Sparkfun site

Congrats to Bill Premerlani and the rest of the UAVDevBoard team for a great writeup on the Sparkfun front page!



Here's how it starts:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 2, 2010 at 10:20am — 1 Comment

How to contribute to the ArduPilot/ArduCopter project

Now that the DIY Drones community is more than 20,000 people, we're getting a lot of requests to participate in our various projects. That's terrific and we absolutely love and depend on the work of volunteers here. It's also a fun and rewarding experience for the dev team members: they get to help…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 1, 2010 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

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