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Feedback on new manuals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gustav Kuhn Apr 14, 2013. 130 Replies

ArduCopter 2.3 released

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About Me:
I'm CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. I'm the former Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, author of The Long Tail (Hyperion, 2006), FREE (Hyperion, 2009) and Makers (Crown, 2012) and founder of GeekDad.com

You can find more about me at my About.me page here: http://about.me/andersonchris
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Fixed wing and quads. Mostly for fun and development. With kids as often as they allow!
Hometown:
Berkeley, California

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Toby Mills commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"It's the same thing when people take photos and video of "UFO's" Somehow they manage to take the worst photos ever with the most expensive camera gear on earth."
1 hour ago
Paul Krajewski commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"On another note... why is it, when I see law enforcement documenting a crime scene (and I've seen a few... I spent several years as a volunteer firefighter in my youth) they always have camera equipment that makes me salivate; yet the photos…"
1 hour ago
afernan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"
"@Chris Anderson: as moderator, you must stop people like Mr. Butler. He´s seriously damaging this web site and the comunity. "
2 hours ago
Artem commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Hi, I am trying to pair 2 air modules of an old 3dr radios, does anyone know how to accomplish this?  "
7 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"Your statement does nothing but support the idea of our own entity.  No I don't know about the AMA doing that and since droners wont get together then going to the AMA and working with them is the only other real choice. Your right though…"
7 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"I'm not dead yet if that's what you mean."
7 hours ago

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Chris Anderson replied to Thomas's discussion Why NAZA work without PIDS tuning and APM not? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Thomas: They're right at the top of the Config/Tuning tab screen: "
7 hours ago
Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"I guess you're going to keep ignoring and keep ranting. The AMA's proposed regulations for the FAA would require AMA membership for any and all personal hobby use. I thought you said you were done here?"
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Chris Anderson replied to Thomas's discussion Why NAZA work without PIDS tuning and APM not? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"First, the default settings on APM should be fine for most copters. If, however, your configuration is outside the normal range, you don't need to fiddle with PIDs at all. There are just three sliders to adjust, in both Mission Planner and APM…"
9 hours ago
Juan Rodríguez commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"
"@afernan I could not say it better than you!!  Regards from Spain!"
10 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"It currently is a free for all and your still not getting it. No one has to join the AMA or any other entity they exist to provide guidance and a buffer with the government for amateurs. Joining these entities provides the Sport/Hobby with these…"
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afernan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"
"@Mr thomas Butler (Mr. mantequilla?), we don't need your products in Spain. We don't need your companny in Spain. We don't want people like YOU in Spain. This is a quiet place where we don't kill indians. If you're are able…"
10 hours ago
Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"No one is suggesting a free for all.  I'm suggesting that paid membership to an organization as a requirement to use my own personal things on my own personal property, on my own personal time, is unethical. You want to make common sense…"
11 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"Well I have tried being nice and I apologize for my tone here but in my POV it's a serious matter. I want the best for droners but you can lead a horse to water ya know? I don't get it? Perhaps I am getting old. I am getting tired of this…"
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John McGrath commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"Pauls got it right "the skies are not the internet". The problem is lots of anti AMA folks think they can go and do whatever they want and pull a bad attitude.  Thing is you can't just go do whatever you want and fly around a…"
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Jose Luis Berzal commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"
"The ban comes at no surprise after the popularity of cromatica45 video which has probably made many people uneasy in defense and security organizations in the Spanish government. The video is very beautiful but has done a poor service to all the…"
12 hours ago
David Pello commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"
"@Hugues, it's the same in the US so I don't know of what socialist mentality are you talking about. All countries began legislating on UAVs not long ago, but until the legislation is ready, most of them are banning commercial use. If we…"
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Bill Patterson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"Haha!"
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Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"Bill I don't think it's your age that's showing. lol"
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Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"I whole heartedly agree Paul."
15 hours ago

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"Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 9:47pm 12 Comments

From Quartz

Last October, Ridley Scott and more than a…

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How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 2:00pm 16 Comments

This is a quick demo of how we vibration-test our next-gen autopilots at 3D Robotics labs. Two big bass speakers are programmed to generate vibrations at a range of frequencies, and the autopilots are mounted on a structure that's driven by them in two dimensions. We then measure the output from the autopilots to look for aliasing and harmonics, which helps us design the…

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Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 10:06am 63 Comments

From the Associated Press:

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident…

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Gumstix releases PX4-compatible Linux flight controller board

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:51pm 24 Comments

Thanks to Chris Crews in the forums, a new AeroCore from Gumstix.…

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Google buys Titan Aerospace (solar powered, high-altitude drones)

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:26am 4 Comments

From TechCrunch:

Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as…

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Comment Wall (109 comments)

At 5:58pm on July 11, 2007, Jeffrey Johnson said…
Great talking to you today. We are on it with using your designs here, and look forward to dovetailing our efforts. Power to the PictEarth People!
At 10:13pm on January 2, 2008, Dhrumil said…
Thanks for setting this up.
At 12:12am on February 8, 2008, Mark L said…
Hey Chris,

I just read your post on UAVs and I'm wondering if there's anywhere that one could purchase a pre-made UAV...couldn't find one on ebay.
I run a network of websites, www.ballerhouse.com, and am considering featuring a UAV article. Can you point me in the direction of where someone could purchase one? If so, what other info should my readers know?
Thanks!
Mark L
markl@ballerhouse.com
At 12:17am on February 8, 2008,
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Chris Anderson
said…
The cheapest commercial one is around $7,000 (cropcam.com). The cheapest *good* one is around $10,000 (http://www.procerusuav.com/). That's why we started this site, to bring the price down below $1,000.

We're *DIY* Drones--buying one premade isn't the point ;-)
At 6:41pm on February 28, 2008,
T3
William Premerlani
said…
Chris,
If you want to do a Q&A with me, that would be fine.

The reason for the board is that my son and I thought it would be fun to build our own board, develop theory, and write firmware. We were inspired by Maynard Hill, who came to town and gave a talk.
We got our feet wet with a rapid-prototyping board mounted on an RC truck, and then build our own board for a sailplane. We bought our parts from SparkFun. Nathan Seidle, the ownder of Sparkfun, asked me what we were doing, I told him, he offered to build a surface mount board for me.
My son and I spent a few delightful summers getting the firmware working. At the time, our goal was to play, to just do some interesting things with it, without any goal in mind. When we were done, we had something that worked to our satisfaction, Nathan asked if he could sell it, we gave him permission.
We recognized that what we had was not a full-fletched autopilot, but that it might be interesting to anyone wanting to tinker with the controller. They could build on our firmware, if they wanted, or start from stratch, if they were ambitious.
By the way, the main reason we used assembly language was that my son had never written any, and he wanted to learn. He had used lots of other languages, but not assembly.
As far as what people are doing with my board, you probably have more information than I have!! The only person I've talked to so far is a member of diydrones. All I know is that the board is selling well at SparkFun, with no complaints.
By the way, the reason the board has been backordered for so long is that the vendor of the GPS replaced their ET301 with an ET312 at the same time that SparkFun was automating their board production, resulting in some defective boards. Even after we worked out the hardware problems, there was a subtle change in the ET312 that caused some problems. Every board that SparkFun builds is tested with the full firmware running, and the boards were not passing. We finally figured out what was wrong, production is resumed, I guess they are catching up on backorders.
All of the work my son and I was deliberately done in a vacuum...we didn't do any research on what other people were doing. We made some mistakes (that was the point) and had some fun.
My background is an electrical engineer with strengths in control theory, mathematics, and theory of flight.
I work at GE's research labs, I've been there for 33 years.
You might want to do a Google on "William Premerlani" to see what I have been up to. Much of it has to do with software development...you gave me a good chuckle when you said in your review that you wondered why we hadn't used C...the answer is, it would have been too easy!!!
Bill
At 10:52pm on March 22, 2008, Elisa said…
any time if u like to have a wet dip & country village food, come over try our our boats,(planty of spcae for plane flys
elisa
At 6:02pm on March 26, 2008, T-Rex said…
I heard you on Talk of the Nation today...great job! I did not get to hear the whole show, but definately heard the part about your "robotics" site and 3-axis accelerometers. You, my friend, rock!

By the way, thanks for the advice about starting out in R/C with a foamie...else I would not have made it past my first flight attempts.
At 6:27pm on March 26, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
Thanks! I wanted to say "3-axis MEMS accelerometer" but I held back for the sake of the NPR audience ;-)
At 10:44pm on April 4, 2008, Simon Pan said…
Hey Chris,

I won honorable mention, best in category, best in engineering, 550$, and an internship offer, at the state science & engineering fair. (The winners were a guy who did computer simulations of bird flu epidemics to determine the best method to distribute a limited supply of antivirals, a girl who developed an advanced, complex robotic vision algorithm which could detect blobs in foggy areas and high altitude ranges, and a guy who figured out a method to stem the growth of certain forms of cancer, so it was a humbling experience).

I just wanted to thank you for making this website and for your great documention and projects, because without them I'd probably still be trying to figure out how to connect the GPS receiver to the Stamp.

Thanks!

- Simon
At 8:26am on May 10, 2008, Huckleberry said…
Thanks Chris,

Been following along for some time (geekdad) and just bought a Blubberbot for something to do over the summer holidays... thinking about the project possibilities for my kids in electronics 11/12 ... hmmm blimp racing? Anyway, great to be here.

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