We've wanted to be transparent with the community on our plans for ArduPilot Mega to get feedback, but I fear we've also introduced uncertainty and confusion. Here are some tips and pointers that may help you plan your ArduPilot path.
First, don't expect ArduPilot Mega until well into the new year. Second, it will be considerably more expensive than ArduPilot. Third, it won't necessarily work any better than the current ArduPilot for basic autopilot functions--it's just for people… Continue
I still remember how thrilled I was when we passed 100.... Sometime over the weekend, we passed 6,000 members. We're now doing an average of 15,000 page views a day! We have an average of twice as many visitors at any given time as the #2 UAV community, RC Groups.
For those on the DIY Drones development teams, you may have noticed a few updates on Huddle. Formatting now works so your paragraphs will break properly in discussions. The >1MB bug in editing documents has also been fixed, so you should be able to edit online without fear of changes not being saved.
Currently, Huddle only supports Firefox and IE7+ on Ning (apols to those using Safari, but not to those using IE6--upgrade!). If you want more powerful and flexible editing and… Continue
From BotJunkie: "The University of Maryland monocopter can take off from the ground, hover, fly controllably, and land without killing itself. The key was a lot of research into the flight characteristics of the seed pods themselves, which enables the monocopter to autorotate just like the real thing. Obviously, the camera isn’t really useful for… Continue
The dev teams are making great progress in the various Huddle workspaces. Above is just one example: the prototype enclosure for ArduStation 2.0. Looking good! Other teams that are making good progress include the ArduIMU manual (almost done) and the… Continue
Just a reminder that entries are due at 12:00 midnight PST on Sunday for the current T3 contest. Right now we've got six entries, and it would be great to get a few more in today or tomorrow. I'd hoped to enter an ArduPilot and AttoPilot, but I had three straight bad… Continue
This team of 17 years olds designed this RC blimp from scratch, and learned a lesson in weight control and using optimal components, since this seems to be based on heavy Vex parts. Next up: autonomy. If they want a Blimpduino, we'd be happy to send them… Continue
Sparkfun has just announced that registration is open for its second annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition (which we won last year). It will be held on April 17th. New this year: separate air and land categories, so the UAVs don't… Continue
Just a FYI: we're doing an average of 15,000 page view a day here, with around 4,000 unique visitors/day. Total membership will hit 6,000 in the next week. The site's traffic has more than doubled over the past year!
Tonight we'll be recording a podcast with guest Bill Premerlani of the UAVDevBoard fame. But I'll be in a car so we're not using Skype. That means we can't livecast it on UStream or take question in the chat board this time. We will be recording, however, so you'll be able to download the podcast on Mon. We should be back to our normal livecast next week.
A week into the start of the DIY Drones volunteer development teams in the Huddle workspaces, we're making fast progress. Here's the current status:
First, on Huddle, we've identified at least two bugs that they've been notified about and are working on. Formatting doesn't work in the discussion groups (they're escaping all the special characters to avoid exploits, which is overkill). And sometimes changes to files that are edited online aren't being saved, due to a bug in passing… Continue