Christopher V.




Washington, DC
Hometown: Burke, VA

Member since:

October 14, 2012

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 P.

    DC Area Drone User Group

    Hello, my name is John Park. I am new to drone UAV system. I currently have a project to build a drone with smoke generator which can skywrite in the sky with automated flight system. I am currently researching what I need to build but would like to get some professional advice from you. You can contract me via email [masked] I look forward hearing from you. Thank you.

    Oct 18, 2014 12:36 PM
  • Rich W.

    DC Area Drone User Group

    Christopher, Please contact me ASAP regarding your scheduled 10/11 Ida Lee Fly In. This event requires permiting, potential insurance, and potential park use fees. Rich Williams Town of Leesburg, Dept of Parks & Recreation [masked]

    Sep 30, 2014 11:43 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?


    Apr 30, 2014 9:17 PM
  • Charles W.

    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?

    Feb 22, 2014 1:08 PM
  • stephan T.

    DC Area Drone User Group

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

    Jan 09, 2014 6:15 PM
  • stephan T.

    DC Area Drone User Group

    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?


    Jan 02, 2014 10:16 PM
  • ?

    DC Area Drone User Group

    Hi Chris,

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


    Dec 22, 2013 9:09 AM
  • Curt W.

    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 W.

    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].
    Charles Whitham

    Nov 18, 2013 3:55 PM
  • Travis G.

    NOVA Makers

    Ha! About time!!! :-)

    Apr 03, 2013 1:37 AM

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