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Rob Shearer replied to Rob Shearer's discussion Linking additional RC switches to an APM 2.6 outputs in the group ArduRover User Group
"I had a read through and am interested in the Pilot Control of Relay option. It appears to…"
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daniel arnoff replied to carlos heli Manosalva's discussion Hola a todos in the group Spanish arducopter Users
"Carlos Anteaye actualicé mi Mission Planner a la versión 1.3.34 y sucede que ahora NO…"
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Patrick Poirier replied to Jake Kutrufis's discussion Onboard Image Processing (Find red disk in green field) in the group ArduCopter User Group
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Hugues replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Mathematical Solution for Preventing a Fly-Away
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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 (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:

  • APM:Copter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • APM:Plane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • APM:Rover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Efficient Powerpath Balancing for Fuel Cell Battery Hybrid Powertrains

Posted by Simon Howroyd on February 8, 2016 at 6:13am 4 Comments

For those following my work, thank you and sorry for the long wait for an update!  I am currently writing up my doctorate so as you can imagine I have been a social hermit recently!



Nevertheless, I have now had a journal paper published which…

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Latest Dronecode stats. This thing is getting big!

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 7, 2016 at 7:40pm 0 Comments

And membership is up to 50 companies now.  Just a year and a half…

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Using Aerial Robotics and Virtual Reality to Inspect Earthquake Damage in Taiwan

Posted by Patrick Meier on February 7, 2016 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan shortly before 4 in the morning on Saturday, February 6th. Later in the day, aerial robots were used to capture areal images of the disaster damage, like the one below.…

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Drotek releases first L1 RTK GNSS compatible with PixHawk (ArduPilot/PX4)

Posted by DROTEK on February 6, 2016 at 1:40am 64 Comments

Dear Community,

Drotek, French tech start-up is proud to release its L1 RTK GNSS ! RTK technology allows to enhance GNSS positioning and to go down to centimeter level precision.

We have seen a lot of RTK boards coming up. However we have witnessed…

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The most powerful RC + Telemetry system on the market "Ultimate LRS 2000mW, 433MHz"

Posted by Rana on February 5, 2016 at 8:00pm 19 Comments

I have a great news for the RC community that you can DIY the most powerful RC + Telemetry system on the market "ULRS 2000mW" using OrangeRX 433MHz 1W module and my 2W power mode. You need to have a magnifying lens and a small tip knife to do this mod. My greatest gratitude to FlipFlap…

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World's first hydrogen pellet drone flight

Posted by Duffy on February 5, 2016 at 10:00am 8 Comments

A demanding project for the platform in delivering maximum efficiency, and after some lamination schedule and power setup optimizations the Raptor E1 by RaptorUAS delivered the first ever hydrogen pellet powered drone flight.…

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Drone's related UI benchmark study

Posted by Beatriz Palmeiro on February 5, 2016 at 9:30am 12 Comments

We'd like to share with you a study around the current state of UI related to drone flights to find positive aspects and improvements areas on them.

14 tools were analysed through video…

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The History of the Modern Consumer Drone

Posted by AKRCGUY on February 4, 2016 at 5:35pm 15 Comments

A comical view of the short history of the modern consumer drone.

Drone Racing Might Just Be The Next Big Thing

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on February 4, 2016 at 11:47am 8 Comments

From Hackaday

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Arguably, drones are one of the next big things that will revolutionize many industries. We’ve already seen them portrayed in many movies and TV shows in not-so-distant futures, and what with Amazon planning drone deliveries, we can’t imagine it’ll be long before they are a common…

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FAA: Drone registration eclipses regular planes

FAA: Drone registration eclipses regular planes

Bart Jansen, USA TODAY WASHINGTON – More people have registered drones than all of the country’s aircraft that carry people, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday. More than 325,000 people registered drones by Friday, which is more than the 320,000 occupied aircraft – everything from a Cessna 172 to a Boeing 777 – that are registered with the…

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University of Missouri to require Unmanned Safety Institute Training as Prerequisite for Drone Students

University of Missouri to require Unmanned Safety Institute Training as Prerequisite for Drone Students

Columbia, Missouri- Today, the University of Missouri’s Journalism and Agriculture schools announced that they will require the Unmanned Safety Institute’s (USI) online safety awareness training as a prerequisite for students enrolled in the schools jointly run drone courses.  The effort is part of USI’s Ambassador program, of which the University of Missouri is a member,…

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Drone Ed Conference

Drone Ed Conference

Sean Anderson Last Saturday CalPoly Pomona hosted there first-ever North American Drone Educator’s Conference.  Folks from across California (and a few from further afield) gathered on a warm Saturday afternoon at the Kellogg Conference Center in Pomona, California to discuss a myriad of aspects of teaching students to create, use, and become otherwise professional members of…

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Looncopter wins US $1 million in Dubai

Looncopter wins US $1 million in Dubai

Well done the team from Oakland, some not so small change for the win. Loon Copter is a novel multi-rotor platform capable of traditional aerial flight, on-water surface operation, and sub aquatic diving. The Loon Copter is a proof-of concept  vehicle that demonstrated  successful  operation in early 2015.  The 3rd prototype of our Loon Copter is now one…

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Carilion Life-Guard launches ‘Land The Drone’ campaign for safety

Carilion Life-Guard launches ‘Land The Drone’ campaign for safety

Noell Saunders, WBDJ7 ROANOKE Va. – On Friday, Carilion Clinic Life-Guard pilots and drone operators met at the hangar on McClanahan Street in Roanoke to talk about safe ways to share the airspace. Hospital staff say drone encounters have caused delays while they were flying patients to the hospital. “Sometimes people want to video what…

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