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Re: [Paparazzi-devel] What do people do/where are they?

From: Ben Despain
Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] What do people do/where are they?
Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 14:04:07 -0600

Hi all,

I got my graduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah. I'm currently trying to start a business building my own VTOL that transitions from tricopter to plane for fully autonomous, efficient flight and accurate landing with no need for a pilot. Goal is to sell my first iteration to my brother for about $1500 in June and then keep iterating from there.

I'm currently familiarizing myself with the ardupilot platform and trying to edit the code to handle the transition from VTOL to plane.

About 5 years ago I built a Tiny board in my spare time with a friend but never flew with it (I still have it but it's pretty out of date now and I guess it would be a waste of time to try to use it as a transitioning autopilot - I still do wonder if I should try to combine it with my Hobby King KK2.1.5 board though but I also wonder if I should just do a whole new paparazzi board). I got stuck with the complexities of the Paparazzi platform, my own manufacturing and design (I built my own CNC router and CNC foam cutter) and my limited time. But, I always wanted to get an engineering degree so I could work on flight-related things (which I really like) so I decided to quit my job about a year ago (since I wasn't doing anything flight-related) and am now full-time trying to build my VTOL with the following immediate goals:

I think I've been involved with like two or three code commits, but I don't have any experience developing for paparazzi. But I'm willing :)

Thanks for all you do,

On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM, Felix Ruess <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi all,

I'm a PhD candidate at the Robotics and Mechatronics Center of the DLR (German Aerospace Center) working mostly on autonomous multicopters.

Most work on Paparazzi I do in my free time, but I can also spend a little time at work on it (although we don't use Paparazzi within our group).

Also note that you can add yourself to

Cheers, Felix

On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 4:40 PM, Karoly Molnar <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi Martin,

I am not sure if this is what you are asking for, but considering your company's experience in power electronics, you might just conisder developing high end/robust (safe) line of brushless motor controllers for UAVs. Perhaps you could have a product line that can drive multiple (2, 4 or 6) high power brushless motors and can be connected to the autopilot on various interfaces like CAN (or UART or I2C altough I would definitely go for CAN). You can then report back status of the motors to the autopilot. I also have power electronics background and immediately see a number of issues with the standard ESCs that are used in the budget UAVs. I do believe there is a market for this.


Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 07:20:38 -0700
From: address@hidden
To: address@hidden
Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] What do people do/where are they?

Here at Alpha Power Electronics we are starting to make the PCB's for the Paparazzi product line. Does anyone in the development list have any suggestions of how we can develop business?

regards, Martin (Principal)

On Tue, May 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM, Michal Podhradsky <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi, here in Utah we are using Paparazzi for precision agriculture applications. Look at for more details.


On Tue, May 20, 2014 at 3:44 AM, Ben Laurie <address@hidden> wrote:
I hope people don't mind me asking: I'm curious what people on this
list do for a living/with UAVs? Also, where they are.

I'll start: I work for Google (in security), UAVs are purely a hobby
for me, mostly flying an ardrone2 (which sucks, but I have one - and
they're surprisingly robust), but I also have a first generation
arducopter I'm considering giving a brain transplant (why did anyone
think an arduino was a good computer for a UAV?) plus considering
building something more modern from scratch with camera gimbal... all
I need is some spare time :-)

I'm based in Wales, but also have a place in London.

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