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Tom Mahood replied to shelby meinkey's discussion Diagnosing possible ESC failure with motor logs.
"You probably have an intermittent ESC or bad electrical connection for your number two motor. I…"
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Gary Mortimer commented on Eli Cohen's blog post FDM Ag UAV
"Very pretty, IMHO its going to come down to cost, crude $20 EPP wing vs this. If the photos are…"
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Matt Hansen replied to Dennis Spanogle's discussion Requirements to compile Mission Planner and Progress with VS 2012 (see details)
"Dennis, I am getting the same "UploadProgressArgs" error while trying to build Mission…"
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Andreas Breitenstein commented on Ivan Bejarano's video

Full Autonomous Flight - UAV - 3DR X8 APM 2.6

"Hi Ivan, Very nice Video. Please let me know what firmware you are using on the X8. I have a large…"
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Welcome to the largest community for amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles! Use the tabs and drop-down menus above to navigate the site.


This community is the home of ArduPilot, the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk and APM 2.6 autopilots run a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Posted by Eli Cohen on April 22, 2014 at 7:00pm 12 Comments

Hi all! Just wanted to share a project I have been involved with since last September. I was the TA for a class of students at Purdue University and we collaborated with students from Brigham Young University and Georgia Tech to create an almost entirely additive manufactured UAV for agricultural surveying. Boeing funded the program through their education wing and Stratasys was a huuuuuuuuuuuuuge help with printing our aircraft. 

Wingspan is 89" from winglet to…


Paper-thin Arduino for a DIY blimp

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2014 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

From Makezine:

Want to build your own blimp? The folks at Ynvisible show you how to do just that with balloons, helium, balsa wood, paperclips, motors, and Printoo, …


Don't mess with Texas Equusearch

Posted by Gary Mortimer on April 22, 2014 at 12:53pm 14 Comments

Gene and Trappys lawyer Brendan Schulman will be talking to Patrick on todays sUAS News podcast at 1330 PST.  Call in to ask any questions. It will be available to download from the link below after the show as well.…


Self-learning copter uses neural networks

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2014 at 10:50am 1 Comment

From Hackaday:

Though this project uses an RC helicopter, it’s merely a vessel to demonstrate a fascinating …


FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2014 at 10:48am 36 Comments

From ABC News in Denver:

DENVER - The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that it…


Hover Mode for a fixed birotor VTOL

Posted by TheBadTomy . on April 22, 2014 at 6:38am 4 Comments

Hello everyone my name is Tomy and not so long I started to work on a birotor VTOL .

I'm a Automation and computer science student I want to implement a Hovering algorithm for my aircraft.

The main idea is that I will not use any RC equipment, all of it will be controlled from the onboard…


Outdoors walking project with a portable desk accompanied by a drone

Posted by Benoit Pereira da Silva on April 22, 2014 at 12:30am 8 Comments

The project

A 7-day walk, along the GR70 in the Cévennes (France), with a portable desk prototype, during which :

  1. I will document on this site and relate my adventure on social media.
  2. I will create a photographic and video report using a follower drone.
  3. I will measure and publish an instrumental data stream in…

Vulture 2 spaceplane livery wrapped

Posted by Lester Haines on April 21, 2014 at 10:46pm 8 Comments

Our Vulture 2 spaceplane is looking rather splendid, following a quick paintjob and vinyl wrap:…


MyGeekShow Raising Money on Indiegogo for Flight Across USA

Posted by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 21, 2014 at 7:30pm 19 Comments

It is time! With three years of research behind us and less than two months left before the first flight on June 16th, it is time to gather all the equipment, reservations and team members together to make the USA trip!!

See all the details here:…



Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here.

UAV news from sUAS News

Transport Canada and RCMP investigate ‘unmanned air vehicle’ close to commercial flights

Transport Canada and RCMP investigate ‘unmanned air vehicle’ close to commercial flights

Transport Canada and the RCMP are investigating videos posted on YouTube showing an “unmanned air vehicle” flying near Vancouver International Airport and over Vancouver Harbour, the site of commercial float-plane operations. Transport Canada spokesman Rod Nelson said Tuesday the federal…

No, Seriously, There Were Drones at Coachella

No, Seriously, There Were Drones at Coachella

By Andrea Domanick Remember our April Fool’s post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out we were prophetic. Those hovering propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella. They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds,…

FAA announces investigation into drone flying over 4/20 rally in Denver

FAA announces investigation into drone flying over 4/20 rally in Denver

Marc Stewart, April Nowicki DENVER – The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that it is launching an official investigation around the drone that was seen flying over the 4/20 rally in Denver on Sunday. “Anyone who wants to fly an aircraft…

2014 Small Unmanned System Business Expo

2014 Small Unmanned System Business Expo

We are quickly approaching May 8th, 2014. Day one of the two day premier Unmanned Systems Business event in the hub of technology innovation, San Francisco California. The sUAS News group present an offering to attendees to highlight and showcase what makes…

Eugene Robinson vs FAA

Eugene Robinson vs FAA

Of course sUAS News is fully behind Gene’s action against the FAA. This battle has been a long time coming the expertise of attorney Brendan Schulman will be put to good use! Gene, Brendan and Patrick will be talking about the…

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