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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 birthplace of ArduPilot, 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, including:

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Mission Planner's Michael Oborne on rarely known features

Posted by Olivier on March 27, 2017 at 8:04pm 0 Comments

Ardupilot developer and Mission Planner author  Michael Oborne  gave a talk at the Ardupilot 2017 Unconference about little known features of Mission Planner. A video of the talk is available, with…


New UAV helidrone from Helipse the HE 220 E

Posted by HELIPSE on March 27, 2017 at 9:54am 4 Comments

• Weight: 6.8 kg

• Total take off weight: 23 kg

• Autonomy: more than 1 hour

• Payload 4 to 12 kg (depending flytime)…


PixFalcon, Mega2560, Pi2 & S-Bus

Posted by Bob Morley on March 26, 2017 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Hi all,

Thought it about time I posted something about my new project, which is all about getting way too many sensors airborne on something interesting. I've flown fixed wing models before (many years ago), multirotors look like more fun.

So far I have a PixFalcon, a Pi2 and…


New FPV option - FPV HAT for Raspberry Pi

Posted by FernRF on March 26, 2017 at 1:28pm 13 Comments

Hi all,…


Scam warning: NEMORC.COM and DRONADA.COM

Posted by sander on March 26, 2017 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

To anyone considering a purchase from or i would like to warn you of the following.

The store is owned by Phillippe Cosyn from Moldova, someone who is known to scam and has previously done so under the name RCMOLD-STORE.COM. (

He now operates under

After transferring funds to him he…


BeagleBone Blue released, Linux-enabled autopilot for $80

Posted by Mirko Denecke on March 26, 2017 at 11:30am 17 Comments has released the BeagleBone Blue some days ago, a Linux-enabled computer for robotic applications.

The BeagleBone Blue is an open…


Basic Air Data 8mm Pitot Tested in Wind Tunnel

Posted by Jose.L.Jr on March 24, 2017 at 1:30pm 13 Comments

We've been told that the Basic Air Data, DIY oriented 8 mm probe performed well within a wind tunnel 

You can read the article…


Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - DJI Naza-M V2

Posted by Kristaps Brass on March 24, 2017 at 12:00am 2 Comments

This is the second instalment in a series in which we test the precision of different drones and autopilots by flying them on a standard photogrammetry mission created in UgCS.

Last week we published a test of DJI Phantom 4 where we tested the precision of this drone on our photogrammetry route. In…



Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

FAA UAS Symposium (Fear & Loathing in DC)

FAA UAS During my drive to the site of the 2017 FAA UAS Symposium in Reston, Virginia today, I imagined many exciting announcements that would be made which would help foster a strong community and bring together thoughtful leaders who would impact the future of all mankind through the use of drones, which could ultimately save the […]

Kruger Park, South Africa, stops anti-poaching drone experiment

Speaking to South African website Defence Web  Mark McGill, technical operations manager at SANParks, said that the UAV test period was “very disappointing” as no poachers were seen and none apprehended. He said that UAVs need a lot of further development before they can be useful. This really comes as no surprise, anti-poaching patrols are one […]

A novel hybrid UAV U-Lion that may change the way people operate drones

U-Lion Two PhD students from the National University of Singapore, Unmanned System Research Group, spent four years in developing the novel hybrid unmanned aerial vehicles(UAV), U-Lion. U-Lion is a hybrid UAV which can take-off and land vertically like helicopter UAVs, and transit to cruise flight like normal aeroplanes. The wings can be fully retracted or extended, […]

DJI Spark, what’s in a name?

DJI Spark Earlier this month DJI filed for the trademark name SPARK, will it be a low-cost Mavic or racing drone? I guess we will find out August or September! My spider senses tell me something small and quick. We will find out as the images start getting leaked! No doubt that will happen if somebody else […]

Neva Aerospace project opens doors for development of aerial robots

neva Launch of first VTOL-optimised turbines proved technology behind patented distributed thrust approach, and Neva is ready for development of heavy-duty aerial robots. Heavy duty aerial robots have made a major leap from wish-tech to becoming next generation real tech innovation after the success of early aeronautical engineering development work by Neva Aerospace. Having secured essential […]

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