i wanted to write down the journey i did over the past few years after a friend pointed me to diydrones.com.
I was quickly hooked by the hobby virus after assembling, flying and crashing my first rc-plane and afterwards fiddling around to get a APM1 integrated into a Bixler.
Since i live in a dense populated city i thought i should start with doing autonomous missions on the ground and so was pretty enthusiastic about the released rover code from Jean Louis Naudin in 2012.
I bought me a rc car from Hobbyking, strapped a APM1 on to it and it was great fun right from the beginning.
When i got involved with the rover community i teamed up with Tom and Tridge and we did a huge amount of tinkering, coding and testing in the following years.
I could get little deeper insights how things are working and Tom was able to win the 2013 AVC with his vehicle (Peloton class) which was a quite satisfying outcome i think.
I then bought me a few more components, a quad frame and started further explorations at the flying field.
Over the years i flew MultiWii, Megapirate, Harakiri, Baseflight and other available firmware/hardware combinations.
I did build a few big camera ships (Hexas, Octos) as well, mostly equipped with DJI and ZeroUAV autopilots.
But to be honest i am always missing the features and functionality ArduCopter/ArduPlane and APMrover2 comes with.
I will stick with Pixhawk in the future whenever its possible.
Today i can proudly report from the first big feature filming job with a X8 Octo equipped with a Red epic cinema camera beneath :) A rig worth 50.000 $. It was a long exhausting but very satisfying day.
So i think its time for a few nice words to all the developers and all other people involved.
This achievement wouldnt be possible without your work, the time you spend with the project and i am thankful for every single line you wrote over the years!
Im really looking forward to spend more time with pixhawk / linux autopilots and the community.
In deep gratitude for your time and efforts helping me to reach my very personal moon landing :)