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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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thomas Butler commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"
"Unless of course they pay the excise tax!"
14 minutes ago
thomas Butler commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"
"Who cares? In 1492, they explored North America in an attempt to find a place to dump their Jews.  Christophero Columbo wasn't looking for a new route to the West Indies. They sent the conquistadors to rape South…"
15 minutes ago
jackhero commented on Chris Anderson's blog post List of all 3D Robotics retailers and distributors
"no chinese company? "
23 minutes ago
Hyon Lim commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Gumstix releases PX4-compatible Linux flight controller board
"Hi Andrew, This is really cool and interesting project. I would like to know which software is used for the video you've mentioned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9Xg4lxEyNo According to the video, there should be a firmware for Cortex-M4F to…"
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Hein du Plessis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"
"So as long as your commercial drone isn't "suited for transporting people or objects" you're clear to use it?"
1 hour ago

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

From QuartzLast October, Ridley Scott and more than a thousand extras and film crew arrived in Andalusia, in southern Spain, to shoot Exodus, his new epic about the life of Moses starring…See More
3 hours ago
makeflyeasy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post CanberraUAV (ArduPlane) wins Outback Challenge!
"Congrats!"
6 hours ago

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Thomas J Coyle III commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"@Longshot7601, The PM Eagle files are on this webpage:PM Regards, TCIII Admin "
9 hours ago
Longshot7601 commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Does anybody have a link to the Power Module schematic?  Mine isn't working and I want to know why. Thanks in advance."
9 hours ago
Quadzimodo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs
"Monroe - one really good use for these things (especially the cushion mounted version) would be a cheap assistive device for helping hearing imparted kids learn to speak."
14 hours ago
Quadzimodo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs
"Monroe - Yeah, that is the same sorta thing, just smaller. The Aura shakers are basically just a bare motor structure. They are engineered much like an inside out speaker, with the voice coil mounted stationary on the frame with the magnet able to…"
14 hours ago

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Morli commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs
"Interesting  topic. Monroe ,thanks for sharing the video link. I haven't seen this effect before."
14 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs
"Here's a good use for your drivers Quadzimodo! I've see wall drivers in the past that make an entire wall a speaker. Can't seem to find any but the used to sell them. They really do work."
15 hours ago
Quadzimodo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs
"Rob - How big was your shaker table?  The biggest Subwoofer I am aware of (which actually worked as intended) was the SWR8000, which was a monsterous 32-inches in diameter.  It was a largely a marketing initiative, as it wasn't…"
16 hours ago
Quadzimodo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs
"Very interesting. I have a whole carton of linear motors sitting in a box which I have been saving for a home cinema project (which I will likely never complete) which would be well suited to a bench rig like this.  These were originally…"
16 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs
"Some day the APM might have active stabilization. Something like camera image stabilization in special DSLR lenses?  "
18 hours ago
Kristoffer de Jesus commented on Chris Anderson's blog post High-precision RTK GPS coming to ArduPilot
"It is already April 19. You said above that "we're promising you a ship-by date of April 15th for the Production RTK Kits." Now, where can we buy this?"
19 hours ago
Harry commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs
"I use a 1/2 inch thick slab of modeling clay wrapped in masking tape for the mass and the damping. "
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keeyen pang commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs
"Hi Chris, Thanks for the info. I always use gyro foam to mount my APM and will use the 3M foam tape come with Pixhawk. Great to know the simple foam dose the same thing as expensive vibration damping casing. "
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Harry commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs
"You guys don't need that test rig, I'll sell you my tricopter with the slightly twisted arm and out of balance props.  It looks like it shakes about the right amount.  It flies the APM like a champ."
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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 3 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 15 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 49 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 23 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,
3D Robotics
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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