Garrick Merrill
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Lack of replacement parts for 3DR vehicles

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Oct 18, 2015. 22 Replies

As a DIY enthusiast I'm puzzled why 3DR has drastically scaled back the replacement parts it sells for its vehicles.  Usually in a crash parts like the motors, props, arms, etc are damaged and 3DR…Continue

3DR Y6 flight times

Started this discussion. Last reply by J M Jun 1, 2014. 2 Replies

I'm curious what kind of flight times people are getting with a stock 3DR Y6?  We flew last week with a fairly light payload (Tarot T-2D and GoPro) with a 5400mAh battery (Thunder Power G8 Pro Lite),…Continue

Reloading the APM after X hours of operation?

Started this discussion. Last reply by R J Hamlett Mar 29, 2013. 3 Replies

We've put a lot of hours on our quad and hex vehicles.  We've reloaded the APMs as the software has been updated, but I'm wondering if reloading should be done with some frequency?  What happens when…Continue

Help with Hex Crash

Started this discussion. Last reply by Garrick Merrill Feb 27, 2013. 6 Replies

We we're doing an auto flight this past Friday with our 3DR Hex.  We noticed the altitude started climbing (all waypoints were set to 50ft) and transitioned to loiter to bring it back down slowly. …Continue


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About Me:
Always been interested in RC airplanes, but now shifting to UAV quadcopters
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
At home I have a 3DR Quad with a 2 axis stabilized mount for my GoPro HD Hero 2 as well as a AR.Drone 2.0. I also am developing a Search-and-Rescue UAV at work that is based off a 3DR Hex.
Deerfield, IL

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Inaugural NASA UAS Competition: Marshall Space Flight team (with ArduCopter) wins

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 5:30pm 29 Comments

This past week the inaugural NASA UAS competition was held at Kennedy Space Center.  This was an inter-agency competition that pitted teams from Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center, and Marshall Space Flight Center against each other.  The mission concept was to design, build, and fly and unmanned aerial system in a mock search and rescue mission.  We had about 18 months to work on this in our spare time.  The objective was to autonomously fly an unmanned aerial…


NASA using ArduCopter

Posted on April 21, 2013 at 9:00am 26 Comments

We've been using the ArduCopter platform at Marshall Space Flight Center for almost a year now.  We started with a 3DR Quad and have several 3DR Hex vehicles.  We're using them to test their capabilities for aerial reconnaissance as well as search and rescue.  This past week we used our Quad with a GoPro Hero3 to film a test flight of…


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