Demo of ArduCopter Loiter, RTL and Alt Hold at Maker Faire

We had a great time at the East Bay Maker Faire today, with Jason demoing autonomous ArduCopter functionality to constant crowds. Once the throng thinned out, he started doing stunts like this one, where he drags the ArduCopter away from home and lets it find its way back, terrain following the whole way, and then throws it away like a Frisbee and watches it stablize itself and return home. Later, he proved that it's possible to throw it a little too hard, but we'll save that for another day ;-)

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Comment by Dany Thivierge on October 16, 2011 at 4:42pm

haha! Great video... Nice to see you guys having fun.  The code is getting there! 

Comment by Randy on October 16, 2011 at 5:24pm

nice.  Now that's a guy who trusts his code!

There's a Maker Faire in tokyo in about 6 weeks...hmmm.

Comment by Jason Short on October 16, 2011 at 5:40pm
Here's a tip. You'll saturate the z gyro if you do that too fast!
Comment by Martin Szymanski on October 16, 2011 at 6:22pm

Good to see the weekend event.

However I work on weekends (

I noticed a little wind on the trees in the video.

I flew great with the gusts today.

Comment by Jiro Hattori on October 16, 2011 at 6:47pm

Really nice presentation at Maker fair.

Should we ask our outside demonstration at Tokyo?

I can not trust my skills for that :(

Comment by Randy on October 16, 2011 at 7:43pm


     Yes, I definitely think we should do some demonstrations outside otherwise we won't be able to show the loiter stuff. 

     Also for the Heli, it really must be outside...I use wooden blades so any mishaps are not life threatening and I also have the switch to instantly kill the engine (a nice safety feature even the quads don't have) but still it's just so quick that I wouldn't be comfortable flying it indoors with people nearby.

Comment by Jason Short on October 16, 2011 at 8:49pm

Just noticed that this was the demo after everyone left and a few folks asked us to show it again. We had about 100 people jammed into the tiny presentation room, and 30 trekked across the faire to the back lot to see it fly.

Comment by Kirill on October 16, 2011 at 10:54pm
Very nice and funny!
BTW, Jason, could you tell, please, what firmware was installed in that flight? 2.049?

Comment by Gary Mortimer on October 17, 2011 at 12:06am

It should go without saying that safety first at anything you demo with propellers on it. I am sure that was thought of there. Remember lots of accidents in aviation start with the words, "Watch this!"


Impressive flight BTW motors on sticks are getting better and better ;-)

Comment by I.S. on October 17, 2011 at 9:29am

really nice to see vdo.

same question as kirill: which fw version did you use?


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