Christopher Vo http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/member/9/e/5/e/member_140140542.jpeg

Co-Organizer

DC Area Drone User Group http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/d/5/0/4/global_178614532.jpeg 20120829
Washington, DC 20009
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Location:

Washington, DCUSA 20015
Hometown: Burke, VA

Member since:

October 14, 2012

Introduction

I am a PhD student at George Mason Univeristy studying how to do robotic motion planning problems in real world applications. One application I've been working on lately is autonomous UAV navigation, and I've been building a drone for it!

What's your experience working with drones? Beginners are welcome!

I have had much experience building and hacking on robots big and small. I spent years leading a small team to build several models of autonomous humandoid robots (doing mechanical, electronics and pcb design, and software both on bare metal atmega, blackfin, and with OS, linux and various real time os). For my research assistantship I am building a sensor-laden car with LIDAR, GPS and IMU sensors. I'm also into photography and building other stuff besides robots too!

What kind of equipment do you own/operate (ArduCopter 3DR Hexacopter, Swinglet, Parot AR, etc...) You don't need to have your own equipment to join the group.

Tons of R/C equipment as well as several hexacopters and quadcopters. Many of them are using ArduCopter. I am customizing ArduCopter software to enable telemetry commands (such as waypoints) to be inserted from a Raspberry Pi (mounted on-board) which will do some form of motion planning / computer vision. I have two FPV systems and all sorts of cameras and gadgets.

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  • John Krahulec

    DC Area Drone User Group

    Chris,
    Thanks for the presentation last night. (My son was anxious to leave at the end, so I didn't get a chance to chat with you before we left). Looking forward to the next gathering.

    Jul 11, 2014 7:11 AM
  • Brian

    Hey Chris, I've been interested in scratch building my first quad, but I don't want to spend hundreds on high end equipment, because this one will be smashing into the ground a LOT. Do you know any alternatives to some of the expensive hardware?
    Thanks

    -Brian

    Apr 30, 2014 9:17 PM
  • Charles Whitham

    DC Area Drone User Group

    Hi Chris. Are you or is anyone in the group familiar with Team Blacksheep and their TBS Discovery? Is that a good choice for a build?
    Thanks,
    Monte

    Feb 22, 2014 1:08 PM
  • stephan Tisseront

    DC Area Drone User Group

    Chris, Do you know who I could speak with to set up my ZenMuse to my futaba 8FG?
    Thanks,
    Stephan

    Jan 09, 2014 6:15 PM
  • stephan Tisseront

    DC Area Drone User Group

    Chris,
    I have a F550 with Naza V2 and a Zenmuse H3-2D. I use a Futaba 8FG controller and am unable to get the controller to work with the zenmuse. Do you know of anyone that could help me?
    Thanks,

    Stephan

    Jan 02, 2014 10:16 PM
  • Mike

    DC Area Drone User Group

    Hi Chris,

    Will the PixHawk flight controller be an option in an upcoming group buy?

    Thanks,
    Mike

    Dec 22, 2013 9:09 AM
  • Curt Westergard

    Hi Christopher,
    I may have a small mechanical engineering project for you or someone with interest in catching and dropping mid sized motorized gliders. I hope to go to build session on Saturday. Call [masked] if interested. Curt W. Falls Church.

    Dec 17, 2013 12:34 PM
  • Charles Whitham

    DC Area Drone User Group

    Hi Christopher,
    My son, Michael, is corporate secretary for the Sabin Vaccine Institute and had wanted to meet up with the group from MIT who arre working on vaccine delivery by drones this past Saturday. Unfortunately, he could not find the meeting place. If there was literature available or if you have a contact for the MIT group, please contact Mike at [masked].
    Thanks,
    Charles Whitham

    Nov 18, 2013 3:55 PM
  • Travis Good

    NOVA Makers

    Ha! About time!!! :-)

    Apr 03, 2013 1:37 AM

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