Sunday, April 1, 2012

We're featured in a nice AP Drone article!

A nice article by AP's Marcus Wohlsen went out today.  Andreas and I met with him last last week and demoed some of the work we've been doing here.

Best pictures:

BERKELEY, CALIF. (AP) - Sharp-eyed dog walkers along the San Francisco Bay waterfront may have spotted a strange-looking plane zipping overhead recently that that looked strikingly like the U.S. stealth drone captured by Iran in December. 
A few key differences: The flying wing seen over Berkeley is a fraction of the size of the CIA’s waylaid aircraft. And it’s made of plastic foam. But in some ways it’s just like a real spy plane. 
The 4 1/2-foot-wide aircraft, built by software engineers Mark Harrison and Andreas Oesterer in their spare time, can fly itself to specified GPS coordinates and altitudes without any help from a pilot on the ground. A tiny video camera mounted on the front can send a live video feed to a set of goggles for the drone’s view of the world below.
If you've come here by way of that article, welcome!  Check out our youtube channels if you want to see some videos of the work we've been doing:

And here's some links to past posting that might be of general interest to people curious about homemade drones:

And some representative build details.  If you're interested in more details, there's plenty on the site or feel free to drop me a line.

The plane is a Ritewing Zephyr II, with an ArduPilot Mega control board. Lots of details here.
The quad is a RadicalRC Stinger, with an ArduPilot Mega 2 control board.  Lots of details here.

1 comment:

  1. Great work, Mark. Been following for about six months and learning the ropes of multirotor and fpv myself. Maybe some day when I am in the Bay area we'll get a chance for a meet-up.