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APM 2 external GPS I must have missed something

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ismail Akcoral May 14, 2013. 1 Reply

sUAS news weekly is out

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick Egan Feb 27, 2011. 1 Reply

Some opinions please

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Mortimer Jan 24, 2011. 4 Replies


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Gary Mortimer replied to muavdrones's discussion Current architecture of drone autopilots is wrong , Drone hardware architecture needs to be completely re-engineered.
"How an autopilot flies almost matters not a jot, they all get the job done well these days. How the system talks to integrated apps that get work done is more important. Just yesterday I was trying a couple of new mapping apps that. One…"
Feb 25

Gary Mortimer replied to Cj Bailey's discussion Problem with Naza m V2 and QBrain ESCs
"How did you know the gyros were bad in the 2.8 ..."
Feb 23

Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Where drones sit on the Gartner "Hype Cycle"
"They are firmly in the trough of disillusionment unless you are in the USA where Part 107 has made it like 2000 in Australia and 2007 in UK."
Feb 6

Gary Mortimer replied to Aaron Emmett's discussion X-UAV Build in the group X-UAV Talon
"Wonderful platform, love mine (3)"
Feb 2

Gary Mortimer commented on Greg Dronsky's blog post How a Tribe is Battling Loggers With a Drone They Built Watching YouTube
"What a great use case, perhaps they could augment what they do with free satellite data, ironically from satellites launched in Guyana"
Dec 24, 2016

Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Measuring airspeed without an airspeed sensor
"Great as ever Curt"
Dec 17, 2016

Krzysztof Bosak commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Europe canes America in drone delivery race
"Just wrote a paper to debunk Prime Air myths, go around patents, demonstrate prior art where applicable and proposed cleaner legal solution for airspace. Got fed up being regular worker at Amazon just because they hire in Poland only for lowest…"
Dec 13, 2016

Gary Mortimer commented on John C.'s blog post Parrot/Pix4D announce 2017 Climate Innovation Grant
Dec 7, 2016

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Developing UAS systems for game management and fence patrol in South Africa.

Gary Mortimer
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I perhaps spend way too much time dreaming and scheming not enough time flying.
Rosetta Kwa Zulu Natal South AFRICA

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Who remembers Piksi, Colin and Fergus make Forbes 30 under 30

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 3:48pm 1 Comment

Swift Navigation, the San Francisco-based startup building centimeter-accurate GPS technology that will power a world of autonomous vehicles, is proud to announce that two of its co-founders, Fergus Noble…


Talking Pixhawk 2.1 and RTK with Philip Rowse

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 6:00am 2 Comments

It's in the title really. ;-)

sUAS News Guide, Q3 update

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 2:20am 0 Comments

Another quarter of the year has flown by (yes, I just did that) and there is no shortage of new drones milling about the skies of this blue marble.

Q3 Update – October 2016 –

Gary, Editor of sUAS News, recently mentioned that in his neck of…


In the USA.... Be careful after Monday

Posted on August 26, 2016 at 11:05pm 6 Comments

Of course, you are always careful you are a DIYD member.

We are all aware of Part 107 coming in next Monday. The very simple test that will allow folks to fly commercially. Less is being said about Part 101, the bit that affects all other model aircraft fliers. If after Monday you don't…


sUAS Guide #2 - Its free!

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 9:34am 0 Comments

As the first half of 2016 screams into the rear view mirror, sUAS News brings you sUAS Guide Issue 2. Lots of happenings in the last few weeks including the FAA finalizing the Part 107 ‘small UAS Rule’, which we will see come into effect in August this year. A great step forward to foster the growth of more commercial…


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At 5:17am on October 20, 2007, Mike Mc Smith said…
Hey there G - Hope your trip went smooth...
Thanks again for all the flying - and donating your airframe to the cause. Been speaking with Stuart a lot more... He's fast!! Quadro-chopper still is not on the table in front of me- but Ill give you a shout when it is- and post some pictures.

not too many repairs to be done to your craft- just changing the wheels really and thinking about molding a new nose for it..

Again I'll post pictures when anything happens..

Till then, enjoy the sunshine I guess.

Mc Smith
At 11:12am on February 18, 2009,
Rory Paul

For a couple of coils of Wors and few Windhoeks I will export an MP Autopilot ; )

At 4:20am on February 26, 2009, dionh said…
Do you know where i can find atmega168 micro's in SA
At 1:16pm on April 6, 2009,
Rory Paul

I will be in SA (Jhb) within the next two weeks if there is anything you need from the US let me know.


At 1:52pm on April 6, 2009,
Rory Paul
No problem. I will take you up on the offer then next time I am in SA + I will try to bring my plane out and get some long duration flying in so I will need some pointers on good locations to fly.
At 8:59am on May 17, 2009, jaron said…
Gary, what's the current state of your "Airframe 1 in FlightGear" project? Let me know if I can help you with the aspects concerning UAV Playground.
At 1:46am on May 19, 2009, James Ross said…
Am looking at assisting drug enforcement on the Seychelles. We are busy acquiring a Bank License there and need to assist the Island folk with other infrastructure. They have a huge drug problem evolving and their sea is vast and have 115 islands although we would only need to concentrate on those surrounding Mahe. The yachts are the problem donkeys.
What do you think?
At 2:06pm on June 19, 2009, Robert Vale said…
Why do you think our secuity co from NYC posted it? THINK about it, THAN comment.
At 8:30am on July 6, 2009,
Rory Paul
Hi Gary

Looks like you had a good turn out for your RCAP event. I have been toying with the idea of arranging an informal event here in Southern California for autopilot users but worry that Patrick would be lurking in the bushes to report us all to the FAA.

Your new airframe looks good. Any plans to make it available for sale?


At 12:44pm on July 14, 2009, Ross Badcock-Walters said…
thanks for your response Gary. I was starting to think I was all alone out here. Please send me an email on with details of your system. you can check out our website for more details about the work we do. We opperate on large estates for the likes of Tongaat huletts and illovo. 12 000 ha is a fairly normal size that we will have to cover in a week to 10 days, so we need a system that can handle a lot of work. Look forward to hearing from you.
kind regards

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