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Curtis Olson
Works at Airborne Technologies, Inc.
Attended Globe High School
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Here is a little open-source offering I've just made available.  I don't expect widespread interest, but if you are looking for an inexpensive way to add a suite of inertial and positional sensors to your robotics project (and drive some servos while you are at it) this might be of interest.  Low cost, simple integration with a host computer via USB.  Open-source so it can be extended to your specific project needs if desired.
APM2 Sensor Head. Posted on February 15, 2015 by curt — No Comments ↓ · apm2. The ardupilot mega is a fairly capable complete autopilot from both the hardware and the software perspective. But what if you projects needs all the sensors and not the full APM2 autopilot code?
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Good thing I just deleted all my drone moon landing videos off youtube. 
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This is Rin Tin Tin (with a stick at his feet if you look closely).  We went on a long walk following some deer trails through a marshy area.  Tin Tin loves to fetch so he always brings along a stick.
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In my first year intro to computer science class, the professor got up at the blackboard and showed us 1/10 using classic long division, but did it all in base 2 binary. The result turned out to be a repeating decimal. The point was that things like 0.1 can not be represented exactly on a computer using IEEE floating point. I know everyone knows that, but just wanted to mention doing long division in base 2 ... couldnt remember how to do it now though!
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Here is a quick update on my catalina rebuild efforts from this weekend (after a very sad crash early this month.)  I've added some orange color to the wing tips and engine cowls, hopefully to increase visibility on those tricky overcast days.  It's almost ready for final assembly, just waiting for delivery of the replacement canopy which was shattered into 100 billion bits.
January 26, 2015. IMG_20150126_102541. Here is a quick snapshot showing the new orange color on the engine cowls, the upper side wing tips, and also notice the tail stripes have been repainted orange (originally red.) I'm just waiting on a replacement canopy which will hopefully arrive tomorrow ...
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thanks  i will look it up
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Working on rebuilding my Dynam PBY Catalina after a disaster.  I am going to add some orange color to hopefully help with the visibility on overcast days.  Here are some more pictures and thoughts: http://gallinazo.flightgear.org/model-airplanes/needs-work/pby-catalina/pby-catalina/
I'm thinking about doing the retractable wing tip float mod, but that might be more effort than I have energy for right now.  Has anyone done the wing tip retract mod and have any tips for me?
Thanks!
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Some things just must be done no matter what the effort or time!
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Excellent (though it's strange hearing the turbine engines power up instead of radials).
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I am assembling a HK Skywalker 1900 and am continuing my adventures with hand held cans of spray paint.  The longer range goal is to set it up as a UAV test platform for a hybrid autopilot system I'm prototyping (beaglebone + ardupilot mega.)  I really like this shade of red!
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After a disastrous crash, she is all shiny again!
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A few years ok I sat next to a guy on a flight from SFO to MSP, and this guy was traveling to Duluth to pick up a brand new Cirrus aircraft to ferry back to Australia. I'm sure it wasn't the same guy, but he said that every flight had something to stress you out and make your wheels turn. Great to see he was ok!
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+Alex Green Wow, small world!  Glad he's ok!
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I know this model has been out for a while, but if anyone is interested in a pretty cool EDF powered flying wing, here are my thoughts and experiences.
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This is just such an amazing photo, I had to reshare it
 
Lightning in a approaching storm on 8-17-12. I was about to post this, then more lightning arrived for the next few hours. Have not had a chance to get to it until today.
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that's positive strike when its like that. the largest starter of Forrest fires up here in the NW.
VERY CLEAN.
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Education
  • Globe High School
    1982 - 1985
  • Bethel College
    Computer Science Major, Math Minor, 1985 - 1989
  • University of Minnesota
    Computer Science, M.Sc., 1992 - 1996
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Flight simulation and embedded avionics engineer. (and UAS test pilot.)
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  • Airborne Technologies, Inc.
    Embedded Avioinics Engineer, UAS Designer, Chief Test Pilot, present
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Wow! A great, world class, live magic show and kid friendly too. Our kids have seen local magicians do a few tricks at school or the fair, but never anything remotely close to this and they were completely blown away. Highly recommended, and one of the first places we'll visit again when we go back to the Dells.
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Wow, this was the best ice cream we have had in a long time! Enough said!!!
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Carvelli's was a really pleasant surprise for us. They offered really great service, the chef rocked, and the food was wonderful. This was definitely the best restaurant we visited during our 4 days at the Dells. Our vacation at the Dells was marked by some big hits and some big misses so we weren't quite sure what to expect walking in off the street. Carvelli's is right at the top of our family's "hit" column. If you are looking for a place with some character and class (that isn't just another chain restaurant) definitely put Carvelli's towards the top of your list of restaurants to visit while you are staying at the Dells! Here's a quick parking tip: the main street through the downtown dells area is all parking meters, but if you turn off on a side street (like Cedar) we found it really easy to find a free spot just a half block off the main drag.
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I wish we would have read the reviews here before we went. They have a beautiful outdoor patio and we visited on a perfect evening for sitting outside. But everything others here have said about the food rang true for us. When they brought out our dish of butter packets, there was some used chewing gum stuck to the top of one of the packets. That grossed us out, but it's an honest mistake if the dish was recycled from another table and we were willing to forgive that. But then my daughter's hamburger was really under-cooked and things just didn't improve from there. It's a beautiful place so I wish I could write a better review ... maybe on a different night if we ordered different things it would have been better?
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We just wandered in on a whim because we pretty much made it to the end of the whole downtown stretch and hadn't found anything else the kids were willing to eat. We had a great experience. The prices were very reasonable and the food was really tasty -- and the service was also very good. We would definitely eat here again next time we visit the dells.
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