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Simon D. Levy commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Hackhawk: Hacking the Altair Aerial Blackhawk with your own flight controller
"Thanks!  There's certainly a lot of exciting DIY activity going on with building-from-components, esp. in the FPV racing community, where the increasing sophistication of ESCs continues to blow my mind.  It's because of my…"
Nov 21
Laser Developer commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Hackhawk: Hacking the Altair Aerial Blackhawk with your own flight controller
"Very cool project. I wonder if "DIY" drone projects are becoming "hacker" drone projects where less fundamental research is involved in favor of re-engineering existing subsystems that are already tried and tested. The time comes…"
Nov 21
Simon D. Levy posted a blog post

Hackhawk: Hacking the Altair Aerial Blackhawk with your own flight controller

Looking around for an inexpensive, almost-ready-to-fly brushless-motor quadcopter to use a basis for indoor flight-control research, I was delighted to come across the  Altair Aerial Blackhawk.  With its extra-long extension legs and GoPro mount (which I plan use for additional…See More
Nov 20
SAMRIDHI JAIN commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post GooMPy: Interactive Google Maps for Python
"Harry , yes Gmapcatcher is another map program but it is in gtk you cant use it in any other application."
Jun 1
SAMRIDHI JAIN commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post GooMPy: Interactive Google Maps for Python
"how can be converted to the qt file ? and how can we change the location in the map as it is not fetching the longitude and latitude of India's cities."
Jun 1
Simon D. Levy commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post AirSim + TensorFlow = Deep Learning Fun!
""Unfortunately our classroom was not equipped for video capture, but the lecture notes and assignments are all posted online.  For hands-on self-teaching, I can also recommend this new book about Deep Learning.""
Dec 19, 2017
Mateusz Sadowski commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post AirSim + TensorFlow = Deep Learning Fun!
"Very interesting results! Do you happen to have or planning to publish any videos from your lectures? I would be very interested to follow it online if possible!"
Dec 19, 2017
Simon D. Levy posted a blog post

AirSim + TensorFlow = Deep Learning Fun!

Originally developed as an MAV flight simulator, Microsoft's AirSim program recently added the ability to drive a simulated  car.  Although my own interests lie on the MAV side,  students in my recent AI / Deep Learning course chose to…See More
Dec 18, 2017
Simon D. Levy commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post HackflightSim Rebooted
"Charles, you should definitely look into Microsoft AirSim.  It already has support for those kinds of machine-vision projects."
Oct 13, 2017
Charles Blouin commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post HackflightSim Rebooted
"Cool. We need better tools to integrate UAVs with machine vision. For  training with neural net for example, it would be super useful to have the video from cameras, and an output for each frame identifying the position, height, and position of…"
Oct 13, 2017
Simon D. Levy posted a blog post

HackflightSim Rebooted

In earlier posts I described HackflightSim, an open-source quadcopter flight simulator built on the V-REP robotics simulation platform, using actual C++ flight-control firmware. After seeing the kinds of beautiful, real-time simulations…See More
Oct 10, 2017
Simon D. Levy commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Flight of the Ladybug: A 32-bit brushed-motor flight controller that you program with Arduino
"@Thomas: I've had great results using the EM7180 SENtral Sensor Fusion Solution from Pesky products, on both this Ladybug board and the earlier Teensy-based design.  It features a MPU9250 IMU and a barometer (BMP280 on the…"
Jun 5, 2017
Simon D. Levy commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Flight of the Ladybug: A 32-bit brushed-motor flight controller that you program with Arduino
"Thanks, Patrick!  It'll be your choice: you can order the bare board from OSH Park now and assemble it yourself, or you can purchase one from me on Tindie, once they're available (I'm hoping by the end of July).  So, no…"
Jun 5, 2017
Patrick Poirier commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Flight of the Ladybug: A 32-bit brushed-motor flight controller that you program with Arduino
"Hey Simon , great blog.. as usual :-) Do you know if Pesky will offer the LadyBug Flight controler as a complete unit or we will have to source parts and retrofit our EasyBake Ovens ?"
Jun 5, 2017
Thomas Butler commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Flight of the Ladybug: A 32-bit brushed-motor flight controller that you program with Arduino
"Funny how people obfuscate things. The "EM7180" contains a BMX055 from Bosch (integrated STM32 (M0 ARM CPU) and gyro/accel/compass). This component has been out since 2014...it wasn't able to cut the mustard (bandwidth is too…"
Jun 5, 2017
robert bouwens commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Flight of the Ladybug: A 32-bit brushed-motor flight controller that you program with Arduino
Jun 4, 2017

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About Me:
Simon D. Levy
Professor
Computer Science Department
407 Parmly Hall
Washington & Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
My students and I write programs in Python, Java, and C++ for controlling and simulating UAVs and other robots:

https://github.com/simondlevy
Hometown:
Lexington, Virginia

Simon D. Levy's Blog

Hackhawk: Hacking the Altair Aerial Blackhawk with your own flight controller

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 7:54pm 2 Comments

Looking around for an inexpensive, almost-ready-to-fly brushless-motor quadcopter to use a basis for indoor flight-control research, I was delighted to come across the  Altair Aerial Blackhawk.  With its extra-long extension legs and GoPro mount (which I…

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AirSim + TensorFlow = Deep Learning Fun!

Posted on December 18, 2017 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

Originally developed as an MAV flight simulator, Microsoft's AirSim program recently added the ability to drive a simulated  car.  Although my own interests lie on the MAV side,  students in my recent AI / Deep Learning…

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HackflightSim Rebooted

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 4:31pm 2 Comments

In earlier posts I described HackflightSim, an open-source quadcopter flight simulator built on the V-REP robotics simulation platform, using actual C++ flight-control firmware. After seeing the kinds of beautiful,…

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Flight of the Ladybug: A 32-bit brushed-motor flight controller that you program with Arduino

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 9:30pm 5 Comments

This video shows the Maiden flight of the Arduino-compatible STM32L4 "Ladybug" brushed-motor  flight controller from Pesky Products (enabled by the Arduino STM32L4 package…

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At 3:33am on May 16, 2017, Saksham Dutta said…

Sir,

I need to implement the Extended kalmann filter for state of charge estimation in battery monitoring system.What can be the code for this?.I will be coding it into a texas instrument IC for monitoring the battery pack.Any insight you can provide would be extremely helpful.

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