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
"the good news is that I think they need a congressional bill to solidify their real roles and responsibilities with civilian unmanned vehicles and the congress in office now cant seem to get anything passed.
Hopefully the AMA will help as well.…"
Agencies like CASA love these types of responsibilities. They can make extraordinary claims using made up figures which in turn leads to more funding. After all how do you count how many flyers there are ?"
"patrick> Gary you are a jackass.
patrick>I still believe that we should hear and understand the publics misgivings about the police using drones and patrick> their privacy. Like I said, the police battle is not the one I want to fight for…"
"I've always thought it's just silly for organisations like the FAA, and here in Australia CASA, to even be involved in policing RC aircraft. These organisations have very important work to do that we all need done properly. I don't…"
Its not "full speed ahead" but its pretty damn close. We have to remember that any proposed regulation by the FAA must bear the full process of the institution of legislature to be enacted as law. The FAA has no special power…"
"It's good to see a ruling that many of us who have been in the field for decades expected.Unfortunately it's not full speed ahead for "commercial" work as there is still regulatory uncertainty. This is what killed an…"
"I would say that if the FAA does nothing by 5pm tomorrow they may not until they release the small rule as they won't be able to re message after a weekend media blitz surrounding this decision.
AFS-80 (UAS integration office) is working on a…"
"An analogy if I may:
The government built a roadway to accommodate the newly invented car. Cars began to use the road and the government wrote rules to regulate the use of the roadway by cars which we'll call Traffic Code. A few decades later,…"
I agree, the FAA has proven above all else that they are inept at regulating this industry.
I have no problem with the requirement of a license for commercial use of drones, so long as such a thing is readily attainable."
"Gary you are a jackass.
I still believe that we should hear and understand the publics misgivings about the police using drones and their privacy. Like I said, the police battle is not the one I want to fight for them. "
"The FAA have proved themselves unsuiltable in regulating the commercial use of UAV's. Vindictive and draconian regulations from this point would only reinforce this view. I hope the US UAV community is writing letters to their…"
"Great News for everyone south of the border (with Canada). Its good to know you guys have a judge with common sense. At least the FAA now will have to made laws in a correct way and that has the benefit of oversight from the legal…"
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?
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 ;-)
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!!!
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.
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.