Robert Giordano
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  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Mission Planner doesn't work right after using APM Planner

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Giordano Aug 30, 2015. 4 Replies

Hello,I did some Google searches and also searched this forum and could not find this issue but maybe someone has an answer...I use a Macbook Pro with Parallels running Windows XP. Its awesome. I…Continue

Tags: Planner, APM

QAV400 Mods to Increase Flight Time

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Giordano Aug 11, 2015. 133 Replies

I built a QAV400 that flies well and records smooth video. I'm getting 10 minute flights using 5200mAh LiPo batteries.I want longer flight times.My Plan:Create a baseline using a standard…Continue

Tags: experimental, APM, tuning, DIY, weight

 

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Robert Giordano replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Duration World Record for Electric Multicopter Flight Duration 4 1/4 hours--How We Did It
"Congratulations Forrest!! and thanks for the mention. I knew you would do it. Also, you've posted a ton of great information here that should inspire others, and that is something I love to see!!"
Aug 28, 2018
Robert Giordano replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Worlds Best ESC - Making it Better
"I just read through all 21 pages of this discussion. First, I have a question that no one has asked. I get that the Aluminum heat sink quickly rises to the temperature of the FETs and may not be able to dissipate the heat to AIR very well with the…"
Jul 22, 2016
Robert Giordano replied to Cala's discussion Offline maps instructions in the group Tower (Droidplanner)
"This looks good! I'm going to try it!!"
Oct 15, 2015

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Randy replied to Robert Giordano's discussion How to Launch Arducopter, IRIS, or SOLO from a Boat in the group ArduCopter User Group
"@Robert, I guess that would work.  Just need to worry about a couple of things: be sure that power is not provided through the USB during flight because if it were then that would trick the Copter code into think that it's just doing…"
Sep 29, 2015
Robert Giordano replied to Robert Giordano's discussion How to Launch Arducopter, IRIS, or SOLO from a Boat in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Thanks Randy!For older flight controllers that won't take 3.3 or 3.4, what do you think about arming on land and then keeping the FC powered with a USB battery? Any issues?"
Sep 28, 2015
OwlPic replied to Robert Giordano's discussion How to Launch Arducopter, IRIS, or SOLO from a Boat in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Lorenz Meier"Every PX4 firmware's startup is in “boat mode”. We never do boot time gyro calibration because of concerns of unreliability of the method." https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/px4users/h92Q0NWM_yk"
Sep 24, 2015
OwlPic replied to Robert Giordano's discussion How to Launch Arducopter, IRIS, or SOLO from a Boat in the group ArduCopter User Group
"That's great Randy. Would like to suggest also a parameter to set the amount of gyro moment allowed, combined with averaging. For example, It's our observation that apm is much more sensitive than px4 firmware for example. Thank you."
Sep 24, 2015

Developer
Randy replied to Robert Giordano's discussion How to Launch Arducopter, IRIS, or SOLO from a Boat in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Paul and I spent a day-ish on the problem earlier this week and Copter-3.4 (not AC3.3 which is about to be released) will include "boat mode".  To take-off from a boat, the user will need to set the INS_GYR_CAL parameter to…"
Sep 23, 2015
Gerhard Laubscher replied to Robert Giordano's discussion How to Launch Arducopter, IRIS, or SOLO from a Boat in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Hi All, Just another option to supply  Power to pixhawk, without using the main onboard MultiRotor LiPo batt, which may be another suitable solution for pre-launch calib etc, then taking it, power-on, to boat etc. I use a std In-Car…"
Sep 23, 2015
Pedals2Paddles replied to Robert Giordano's discussion Dynamic RTL? Can APM or Pixhawk do it? Can Tower do it?? DJI Inspire has it! in the group ArduCopter User Group
"The only way to presently launch off a moving vehicle/vessel is to disable the pre-arm checks.  If you're going to do this, you should do a full test flight on solid ground to make sure everything is working and calibrated properly."
Sep 22, 2015

Developer
Randy replied to Robert Giordano's discussion Dynamic RTL? Can APM or Pixhawk do it? Can Tower do it?? DJI Inspire has it! in the group ArduCopter User Group
"I hear the latest beta of Tower has the return-to-me feature which should work with Copter-3.3 although I haven't tested it personally."
Sep 21, 2015
Cliff-E replied to Robert Giordano's discussion How to Launch Arducopter, IRIS, or SOLO from a Boat in the group ArduCopter User Group
"In some ways pre-3.0 APM code had the same (the good ol cold start vs warm start). We've been out of it since v3.1. As for dynamic RTL, what happened to rally points? Also, LIRC MP can set a new home position in the map display much like…"
Sep 21, 2015
Henri replied to Robert Giordano's discussion How to Launch Arducopter, IRIS, or SOLO from a Boat in the group ArduCopter User Group
"@Federico Boldori Any 12 Volts to USB (Which is 5 Volts) normally will work. So a 3S Lipo battery when fully charged is (4.2 x 3) = 12.6 volts. If you don't know how to implement a such "gadget" then Google "12 volts to usb"…"
Sep 21, 2015
Federico Boldori replied to Robert Giordano's discussion How to Launch Arducopter, IRIS, or SOLO from a Boat in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Usb batteries, as long as they are not cheap and bad designed, they  work ok without damaging the Pixhawk or APM. Or they will destroy your cellphone, i think :)"
Sep 21, 2015
Robert Giordano replied to Robert Giordano's discussion How to Launch Arducopter, IRIS, or SOLO from a Boat in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Thanks Richard, that looks pretty cool. For anyone else reading this, here's the link.The specs say:USB Output: 5V/1000mAhInput Voltage: DC 7.5~25.2VCell Checking: 1~6S LipolyInput Cut-Off Voltage: 3V per cell"
Sep 21, 2015
Richard Kennedy replied to Robert Giordano's discussion How to Launch Arducopter, IRIS, or SOLO from a Boat in the group ArduCopter User Group
"This small lipo to usb charger seems to work fine so would be a handy thing to use with your idea. "
Sep 21, 2015

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About Me:
I'm an artist and a wanderer. I like designing and building things. I studied engineering in college but then I found photography and I've been doing that professionally ever since.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I want to shoot amazing footage from the sky.
Hometown:
Fort Lauderdale

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