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Old Feb 04, 2013, 08:19 PM
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Whatever happened to dmgoedde?

He was famous for optimizing fixed wing autopilot algorithms to fly the most unstable aircraft in the harshest weather. He used to brag about his autopilot flying in 50mph winds & blizzards. His last post was in 2011. His product page, attopilot.com is no more. He once said Procerus incorporated his work in their own product. Procerus was acquired by Lockheed for undoubtedly billions of dollars.

Today, Lockheed issued a press release about its micro UAV program.

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/mst...t-systems.html

Which said "the Kestrel autopilot, which enabled the combat proven Desert Hawk III to conduct a stable flight profile during a recent demonstration in 50 MPH winds and blizzard conditions"
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 01:16 AM
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It seems that the dmgoedde comet has collapsed in the cemetery for the industrial and business capitalists: bankers, robber barons, railroad, steel, and oil industrialists that built America. A great firework indeed.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 08:45 AM
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Dean is still working on new developments and has some promising products in the works. I think the claims here are way off base but it is what it is.

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Old Feb 05, 2013, 09:50 AM
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Good news. I was afraid of some kind of burn-out.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 11:26 AM
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I don't know what claims here were off base, but I can tell you it was ME in that video that showed a Spectra flying wing in the 50mph wind in a vertical descent landing into my waiting hands. It was in the desert down in Ocotillo, CA, we had a handheld Kestrel digital wind gauge. It read a STEADY 50mph wind with gusts!

Gene

Edit: Ironic that we used a Kestrel wing gauge and Procerus makes the Kestrel autopilot......
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 12:02 PM
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Hi Gene!

No doubts on the wind claims or even flying in snow! I've flown an Atto in howling Kansas winds and the plane did just fine. I've also flown a lawnmower track with a 28 MPH+ direct crosswind and it tracked right to each waypoint.

Would I fly in rain and snow? You bet!

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Old Feb 05, 2013, 01:13 PM
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An AttoPilot Web Site still exists

It may not be Dean's original personal site but one still exists.

http://attopilotinternational.com/

Dean's efforts and contributions are significant. He set a high bar with great personal effort. The fact that the software developed is closed source means that we as consumers are less aware of it. As a private company we just don't hear about and see his efforts.

Attopilot International appears to be closely partnered with Dean so maybe a contact could be made through them if needed.

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Old Feb 05, 2013, 01:19 PM
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Actually, Dean is no longer associated with Attopilot International nor are they with any of his products.

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Old Feb 05, 2013, 03:08 PM
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My Mistake

I apologize. I believed that because there was an order form on the web site for the AttoPilot that they were still associated with Dean.

My mistake.

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Old Feb 05, 2013, 03:16 PM
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Hi Jim.

No need for apologies, just an answer to your post. Hope I didn't come across as condescending as that definitely was not my intention.

Jimmy
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 04:43 PM
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I still fly my 1.8s just seeing much of what Dean was doing coming as the latest and greatest on new systems.

It was you and him back in the day Jack,now it seems like its just you!
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 11:15 PM
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I ran into Dean at a trade show last year. He seemed to still be involved in things - at the very least keeping tabs on the industry.

I wish him the best. He had a good product, his mistake mistake was that he was a year or two late into the industry.


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Old Feb 08, 2013, 02:16 AM
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I ran into Dean at a trade show last year. He seemed to still be involved in things - at the very least keeping tabs on the industry.

I wish him the best. He had a good product, his mistake mistake was that he was a year or two late into the industry.


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"late into the industry"? He was if anything early not late. Had he gone open source things would have been quite different.
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 07:28 AM
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Probably way out ahead of the open-source market, but trailing the commercial market (cloud cap, procerus, etc.)
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 09:17 AM
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Yeah, Dean started in 2005 before the open source projects were popular. He was also trying to make it more affordable than the APs that were on the market at the time. I'd stay tuned for coming developments.....

Jimmy
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