One of the biggest challenges in an open source development project is getting the "architecture of participation" right. Like a great game, contributing should be easy to pick up but hard to master, giving people of all skills and experience an opportunity to engage. Right now we have scores of developers working on dozens of projects, but a lot of it is behind the scenes on private email lists, Skype calls and IM threads, Google Docs and 3D Robotics project trackers.  You can see the tip of the iceberg in the change logs, but that's just a hint of the activity that goes on every day.

If you'd like to get involved with the DIY Drones dev teams, here are a few places to start:

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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 30, 2011 at 9:26am

Jose: I've updated the list to include some Traditional Heli to-dos. Multicopters coming soon...

Comment by Jose Angel on September 30, 2011 at 9:34am

Chris, you are fast... as usual :)

Waiting for the multicopter list...

Comment by Mark Colwell on September 30, 2011 at 10:38am

I will be starting a SharePoint 10 Admin Certification on 24 Oct 2011, and free course  AI: A Modern Approach at Stanford U, until then I can help with a split flap and elevator version for a rugged, heavy lift, long range, Blended Wing Body I am developing. I have a testbed ready to check code too.

Comment by Kirill on September 30, 2011 at 12:16pm

I would like to take part in this too, but wondering about the same list for ArduCopter as I involved in it more than in ArduPlane now.

Comment by YureZzZ on October 1, 2011 at 11:51am

I'm in as well. PM sent.

Comment by YureZzZ on October 1, 2011 at 11:55am

Oops... Can't send the PM.

Doug, can you add me as a friend?

Comment by Doug Weibel on October 1, 2011 at 3:04pm

As YureZzZ notes, you cannot PM people you are not friends with.  Just send a friend request....  If your PM is small you can actually fit it in the friend request.

Comment by Wojciech Batog on October 3, 2011 at 2:33am

I would also like to contribute. ArduPlane task 13 is on my mind for quite some time now...

Comment by Jeb Bailey on October 3, 2011 at 6:46am

All of the programming is WAY above my head, but I have been working with the fixed wing ArduPilotMega (now ArduPlane) since release.  I've installed it on an E-flite Apprentice, and am lucky enough to have several up and running.  This means I have almost no down-time when it comes to real-air testing (as opposed to sim).  I've also got some experience with a professional UAS autopilot, so i at least know what the big boys do.


I'd love to get deeper into the testing loop.

Comment by madhuran wilson on October 12, 2011 at 8:05pm

I want to try the elevons with a canard, where the canard would be an elevator. Canard planes bring the CG forward than a flying wing or delta, making CG balance easier for me. I have a platform ready just need to figure out how to add the aux channel and route the elevator commands through it...


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