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This community is the home of ArduPilot (now known as APM), the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, including:

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New DroneThermal - Smallest Thermal Camera for Drones

Posted by Melih Karakelle on February 11, 2016 at 6:11am 5 Comments

Hi Everyone,



After 5 months of design and test process, new DroneThermal v022016 thermal camera boards are ready to announce. 

This is probably the smallest analog (PAL/NTSC) thermal camera in the world. 



Dimensions : 20mm x 20mm x 15mm (included Lepton 25 degrees…

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Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 10, 2016 at 10:00pm 7 Comments

From Fast Company, an interesting application of APM:Copter powered drones:

Distributed energy systems are a good idea for…

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Redundancy for your autopilot

Posted by Robert Hoermann on February 9, 2016 at 9:41pm 20 Comments

Hello flight-buddys,



it has been quiet for a while from GIZMOtec and the AP-Manager.



But meanwhile the project is finished and we are happy to present the AP-Manager with even more features and flexibility as a redundancy-board between two parallel running (different)…

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Watch Easy Drone defy gravity on Discovery Channel

Posted by Ivan Stamatovski on February 9, 2016 at 7:03pm 4 Comments

Hello Drone Lovers!

Ivan here from Easy Aerial Inc.



I am super-excited to invite you to watch my appearance on a Science Channel show called …

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Autopilot assisted thermalling exploitation

Posted by Riccardo Kuebler on February 9, 2016 at 3:30pm 7 Comments

Hello ensemble,

this is a flight done with the Proxima II, using a UAVDevBoard v4 for autopilot assisted thermal exploitation.

Telemetry on screen is done with DashWare. I had to create a profile for UDB to use the telemetry file with that program and had to adapt a few gauges also. The profile is attached, in the case someone needs…

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ADS-B on DJI M100

Posted by clearskiesph on February 9, 2016 at 12:16pm 3 Comments

After typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban and areas around it, a lot of UAV's have been utilized to do damage assessments. And some pilots complained that they saw UAV's flying in the area during the relief operations. 

As a POC, we have fitted an ADS-B receiver on the DJI M100. The ADS-B…

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New Research on Drone Buying Experience

Posted by Colin Snow on February 9, 2016 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

We just launched a new research survey exploring your drone-buying experiences, where you bought, what seller services matter, and where you intend to buy drones and/or small unmanned aerial systems. As a short 13-question survey, it’s designed for those who have bought or will buy a drone for either…

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Sand Casting Rotor Tip Weights

Posted by Randy Sonnicksen on February 9, 2016 at 8:00am 1 Comment

This is an "exploded" view of my rotor design.  Leading and trailing edge foam cores moved out of position to show internal details.

This design features a cylindrical bearingless rotor root, with droop stop.  Airfoil shaped pieces on inboard and outboard ends of rotor airfoil…

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UgCS 2.8 Is Now Live!

Posted by Kristaps Brass on February 9, 2016 at 6:11am 4 Comments

We're very excited to announce the release of UgCS 2.8.



Visually the first thing you will notice is that the new version features an improved user interface – you are now able to change the visual theme yourself. By default it now comes with a new…

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Converting a video to georeferenced 3D model tutorial (Agisoft PhotoScan, Sputnik GIS)

Posted by Petr Pletnyakov on February 9, 2016 at 5:30am 2 Comments

Nowadays, amateur drones have an amazing range of applications. You may wonder: “Can I use my drone for photogrammetry?” and the answer is “Yes”.



Source video (4k / 2160p):



3D Model created using Agisoft…

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Airborne Drones: An affordable business solution – the Airborne Drones A1 Thermal

Airborne Drones: An affordable business solution – the Airborne Drones A1 Thermal

Lowest cost long range quadcopter in market today with one of the few UAVs that provide stable footage in real-time with, both HD and Thermal footage. The A1-Thermal is a business tool that provides a complete turnkey solution for your farm, or enterprise. Systems in this range typically start from $80, 000 and at below…

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The Aerospace Corporation Demos Counter-Drone Technology for Security Organizations

The Aerospace Corporation Demos Counter-Drone Technology for Security Organizations

El Segundo, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2016) – The Aerospace Corporation recently gave a demonstration of counter-drone technology for a group of organizations that control critical infrastructure. The demonstration was held at a meeting of the Los Angeles Regional Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Working Group, which is a Los Angeles regional group co-hosted by Aerospace and…

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Drone batteries left to charge overnight ‘major suspect’ in Parry Avenue fire

Drone batteries left to charge overnight ‘major suspect’ in Parry Avenue fire

By Vanessa Paige Chelvan SINGAPORE: Drone batteries left to charge overnight are a “major suspect” in the case of a fatal fire that broke out at 6A Parry Avenue last June, a Coroner’s court heard Thursday (Feb 11). The fire killed 74-year-old Ian Johnson, an Australian, and Singaporean Angeline Tan Poh Chu, 64. Their bodies had been…

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DroneDeploy Opens the Skies to Free Autonomous Aerial Mapping

DroneDeploy Opens the Skies to Free Autonomous Aerial Mapping

​­DroneDeploy, the leading cloud software platform for commercial drones, is making powerful aerial data accessible and productive for everyone. Today DroneDeploy announced the launch of its free iOS flight app to simplify and automate the capture of aerial data for the iOS community. Now anyone with the latest drones from DJI, the world’s leading drone…

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Elbit unveils upgraded drone designed to send visual intelligence to ground forces

Elbit unveils upgraded drone designed to send visual intelligence to ground forces

Elbit system announced on Wednesday the arrival of an upgraded tactical drone, which belongs to the same family of UA Vs that currently serve IDF ground units on a daily basis. Neither Elbit nor the Defense Ministry would comment on whether Israel plans to acquire the latest platform, but Elbit said the new system has…

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