Jordi and I have been hard at work at some projects over the past couple weeks, which has led to some light posting. My project is my book launch (FREE: The Future of a Radical Price), for which I've been on book tour for the past two weeks and will be for the next two weeks, too. Press stops have included NPR's Fresh Air show with Terry Gross and CNN, and will take me to The Colbert Report (yikes) and the Charlie Rose show over the next two weeks.

Jordi's project is still secret (and awesome! announcement in a few weeks, I hope) but in the meantime the good news is that he's now started making the XY and Z sensors and should have them for sale in the DIY Drones store in the next day or two.

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Comment by Sgt Ric on July 11, 2009 at 11:34pm
I'm sure I speak for the members when I say we appreciate all the hard work you and Jordi have put into the ArduPilot projects and all the additional troubleshooting and hand-holding.

It's a fantastic and ambitious dream you had for open-source budget APs and we've come along way with your help.

Thanks again, and good luck with the tour and the book.
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Comment by Peter Meister on July 11, 2009 at 11:40pm
Go get em chris on colberts.... :)

Jordi - I can't wait to order up the X/Y/Z sensors. Thats awesome, and I can't wait to hear more about the secret project !!!!

Cheers,

-Peter
Comment by Nick Sargeant on July 12, 2009 at 12:00am
Thanks for the update and all the best with the launch.
I eagerly await news on Jordi's secret project but I sincerely hope that it isn't a major hardware change (ArduinoMega based ardupilot or IMU)
I think the current hardware revision (and software) needs time to be adopted by the community and stabilise...
Comment by Reto on July 12, 2009 at 2:02am
Hey, great news, Chris and Jordi! There will be some pushing in the starting blocks for the sensors...
By the way Chris, am I right not to expect your book price to be as radical as free? Where will it be possible to get it for us living abroad? Put it on DIYdrones' online store! Just saw there was a link... I'm bad.
Comment by Jack Crossfire on July 12, 2009 at 3:01am
Despite all the nay sayers, shrouding a company in secrecy, releasing late & seldom pays off.

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on July 12, 2009 at 7:04am
Nick,

Products, like the basic Ardupilot, that take time to evolve, no matter how good they are, are always quickly left by the wayside if something better comes along that doesn't cost much more.

The big problem with the Ardupilot is the necessary field calibration and the performance of the XY sensor under varying atmospheric conditions. Also, the user must attach two external items to the fuse that can become damaged in a crash.

The move to a totally enclosed IMU based Ardupilot only makes sense. Jordi and Chris have probably sold as many Ardupilots as they are going to sell, except for replacements/backups, as the UAV community is still relative small in the scheme of things.

It really is time to move on.

Just a thought.

Regards,
TCIII

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Comment by William Premerlani on July 12, 2009 at 7:44am
Chris,
Oh please, please, please let us know when you are going to be on the Colbert Report. I for one will be sure to watch.
Best regards,
Bill Premerlani
Comment by Patrick Mccabe on July 12, 2009 at 8:39am
i love the colbert report
Comment by Greg Gibbons on July 12, 2009 at 8:52am
Chris,
Definitely let us know when you'll be on the Colbert report and NPR with Terry Gross.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on July 12, 2009 at 9:13am
No No, here's the secret add on, using a dragon 32 and ZX80 Chris has added this (Im showing my age)

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