As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. We're now at 18,000 registered members. We had another month of more than a million page views. It just took us six weeks to get this latest 1,000 members, which is the fastest growth we've ever seen--we're…Continue
Another day, another cool feature to call out in the Mission Planner! (These posts are almost turning into a rolling tutorial series). In today's version (1.0.61), when you right click in the Flight Planner, you can directly enter commands such as Loiter and Jump along with the other commands…Continue
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As you've probably noticed, there are new features added to the Mission Planner almost every day (Michael Oborne is amazing). I thought I'd just highlight today's, which is neat. In the Flight Planner screen, your current Waypoint radius (the "hit zone" that qualifies as having arrived at the waypoint, which you can set) is shown. That makes planning missions much…Continue
CNET reports on a cool proof of concept--delivering life-saving drugs by UAV in parts of Africa where road are poot. I've advised that team that fixed wing UAVs might be a better choice for those distances, but they're keen on totally automated delivery and…Continue
It crashed in Pakistan today and is claimed to be American. I don't recognize it. Anybody seen this one before?…Continue
Today's Developer is the genius behind the HK GCS, which you all know and love. We'd had ground stations before, but Paul Mather was the first to really do them right. I still remember the day he rolled out recording and replaying missions, which was mind-blowingly cool. And when he added voice synthesis, I felt a real surge of pride in how our hobby projects were growing up to…Continue
The Mission Planner will automatically load the new APM 2.23 code when you click on the plane icon on the firmware tab. The APM 2.23 source code is also in the…Continue
Today in Meet the Developers, please meet Max Levine, another graphic artist par excellence! You've all seen his work in the simple, stylized icons in the Mission Planner (see below), but he's also behind many of the diagrams and instructional graphics in the ArduCopter manual.
He's also working with Sandro Benigno and Samantha Nelson on the forthcoming…Continue
Randy is one of the key members of the ArduCopter team, and has been leading the traditional heli part of it, along with integrating optical flow sensors into the ArduCopter code (look for a product we may be offering in that space soon).
He's also a great example of the international nature of the team. If you thought Jani was pretty exotic, as a Finn living in…Continue
This project is like a smoothie of all my favorite things blended together.
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is keeping track of a ground robot that leads a flock of similar robots. The UAV flies autonomously and uses its cameras to help the units moving in a defined formation, while communicating…
We've accidentally introduced a bug into the latest ArduCopter code that interferes with MAVLink setup. After you load the firmware with the Mission Planner, when you go through the setup process and click on "Level" it resets the board into…Continue
I know this isn't news, but please indulge me a moment of pride in the APM dev teams. They have built the world's first "universal autopilot". The same hardware can fly all of the above--every kind of airplane, multicopter and helicopter, along with hardware-in-the-loop simulations--with one click to load new firmware in the Mission Planner. That's just…Continue
The latest version of the Mission Planner (1.0.55) has a nice little feature that you might not notice, so I thought I'd call it out. In the Configuration tab, where all the user-modifiable MAVLink parameters are, "tool tips" that…Continue
Today's Meet the Developers is Sandro Benigno, who displays the amazing range of talent we have here. I first realized the scope of his abilities when he took the APM design files and, on his own, created the photorealistic renders of them that we still use in the manual:
Here's a cool project to open source the telemetry data stream that the Aurora 9 RC gear uses:
Among others, one thing that makes the 2.4GHz Aurora 9 so great is the big LCD in combination with the full…
Today's Meet the Developers profile is Jani Hirvinen, who is one of the leaders of the ArduCopter project. Jani is one of our core team members, is always on the Sunday night dev call and is constantly testing new code, suggesting improvments and extending the platform to new airframes and configurations. He's got boundless energy and seems to always be…Continue
Today's Developer is Olivier Adler, who works with John Arne Birkeland on the PPM encoder team. I already described the PPM encoder project in detail here, so I'll just turn this over to Olivier!
Name: Olivier Adler