We all know we should remove the props before we power up our multirotors on the bench, but how often are we in too much of a hurry to always do it? There was a scary post on DIY Drones where a multirotor had an indoor flyaway. In the discussion thread, ausdroid mentioned a great solution so we wanted to pass it along. As shown in the photo, just insert a fuse between the battery and the copter while servicing your machine on the bench. A 3A fuse worked fine for us. That allows plenty of juice to run the flight controller, radios, etc, but if HAL decides to engage the motors the fuse will overrule him. We tested it out and it works; the motors spun for a very short bit but never got up enough momentum to cause any damage. We'll be shipping one of these with all our quad units from now on. Tip of the hat to ausdroid.
We finally got almost the entire crew together at the same place at the same time for a group photo. The dronie shot is even better but we haven't processed the video yet -- to come soon.
Front row (left to right). Paul Susmarski - software development; Blair Keller - hardware; Jimmy Underhill - flight ops
Back row. Paul Hoff - CEO; Rick Burd - flight ops; Ryan Friedman - flight ops; Tom McKinnon - CTO; Wayne Greenberg - chairman of the board; Daniel McKinnon - marketing; Thomas Harris - GIS; Jaisimha Rao - director of Asian ops.
Not present. Ned Riedel - director of engineering; Kyle Miller - Iowa field rep.
Our Field Rep Kyle Miller, the newest member of our precision agriculture UAV team, was featured in yet another press item. This time with the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Both a nice article and a great video of Kyle launching our farming UAV, the Hornet. Here's a link to the full article and the video. Nice work Kyle!
The Sioux Center News wrote a nice article about Kyle Miller.
Kyle Miller is the latest employee to join the Agribotix merry band, and our first Field Representative. We met Kyle at the Precision Aerial Ag Show in Decatur, Illinois over the summer and knew we had to find a way to bring him on board. Fortunately he was looking for just this sort of opportunity so it didn’t take much convincing. When not flying Agribotix drones over farms, Kyle is finishing his final year at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa to get a degree in agronomy, and in computer science. Kyle was recently married to Quinlan, who is getting her degree in animal science. Together they make the ag power couple!
Kyle is no stranger to the farm coming from at least seven generations of farming in Kalona, Iowa and worked as an agronomist for his summer employment. Ever since we set him up with the Agribotix system he has been keeping our cloud computers quite busy crunching the big load of his images. In the off-season Kyle will be representing Agribotix at a number of ag shows and helping us develop our products for next season. Welcome aboard Kyle!