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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 and APM 2.6 autopilots run a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, 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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Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2014 at 10:42pm 2 Comments

From Robohub:

When Canadians attempt to characterize aspects of Canadian culture, it’s not uncommon to draw comparisons with the US. I recently…

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FPV on the cheap; 1990's VR equipment

Posted by Liam Honecker on September 29, 2014 at 2:07pm 1 Comment

I want to share my FPV setup I built on a small budget which uses some Virtual I/O iGlasses made in 1995.  I bought these in 2001 for about ~$75 and they are 600x800 in resolution and 120htz (60htz per eye).  They are capable of displaying 3D video too.  The 3D effect requires a video…

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Part 2: How to build a High-Definition FPV UAV using a Rasperry PI with HD camera, using a high speed WiFi link

Posted by Patrick Duffy on September 29, 2014 at 12:00pm 19 Comments

Part Two: Here is the original picture of the finished product:

This is the second part of a 2-part series on 'How to build a High-Definition FPV UAV using a Raspberry PI with HD camera, using a high speed WiFi link.

In my first post on the subject (located …

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GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!

Posted by Gary McCray on September 29, 2014 at 10:30am 18 Comments

GoPro is finally announcing the new 4 Silver and Black:

It , of course has the new 30fps 4K and - not surprisingly costs $100.00 more than the last one so now $499.00.

Probably using the new Ambarella 9 chip, but no mention made of built in electronic image stabilization…

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How to build a High-Definition FPV UAV using a Rasperry PI with HD camera, using a high speed WiFi link

Posted by Patrick Duffy on September 28, 2014 at 9:00pm 34 Comments

After 3 months of research, picking a platform, and building my own HD FPV rig, I decided to write this blog to share my experience. I have been flying FPV for about a year now, and this was the most fun project yet! 

Here is a picture of the finished product:

The platform I picked was the…

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Frsky Tarais spoken flight mode guide

Posted by Greg O on September 28, 2014 at 8:30pm 11 Comments

I've been away from the diydrones scene for a while, but I'm still around. Here is something that I can contribute to the community.…

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"Spaxels" light painting with swarming drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 28, 2014 at 4:20pm 6 Comments

This came out late last year, but I missed it at the time. "Spaxels" are space+pixels, with coordinated multicopters. You can read more about them from Ars Electronica here.

Dancing Dronies In Top Ten Crowdfunding Campaigns Of The Week

Posted by David Bell on September 28, 2014 at 4:00pm 2 Comments

Dancing Dronies: NexGen Drone Technology, a crowdfunding campaign by Drovionics.com went live on Indiegogo on September 21, 2014.  According to this week's Top Ten list released by Crowdocracy.org, Dancing Dronies picked up sixth spot amongst the most popular cross-platform crowdfunding campaigns. Crowdocracy uses a quantitative algorithm…

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Drone Mapping in Agriculture

Posted by Iain Butler on September 28, 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

This is a compilation of 3 blog posts from theUAVguy which cover the use of UAV's in agriculture. The first blog covers How UAV's can help in Farming - An…

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Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

New fund would provide drone development a $2.2B shot in the arm

New fund would provide drone development a $2.2B shot in the arm

For all the hype, drone development is pretty slow going. But a D.C.-based investment banking firm hopes to give it a boost with $2.2 billion in funding from the private sector, most notably the aerospace industry. The fund, dubbed the UAS…

Gang-gang: Canberra’s champion drone

Gang-gang: Canberra’s champion drone

Ian Warden A Canberra Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) team has just used its clever drone to save the life of a tourist, Joe, lost in the God-forsaken wastes of Queensland. The drone not only detected him, but dropped the dehydrated…

Zephyr flies to new heights in Dubai

Zephyr flies to new heights in Dubai

phyr The solar-powered Zephyr unmanned aerial vehicle flew higher than 61,000 feet above the United Arab Emirates in a day/night test. Airbus Defense and Space said the test, conducted with engineers from the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology,…

Race is on to perfect solar-powered drones

Race is on to perfect solar-powered drones

Hiawatha Bray The model airplane hanging from the ceiling of Chris Bailey’s industrial-size garage in Waltham seems almost too fragile to fly, much less enter a race in which the grand prize is worth billions of dollars. But the race…

Yellowstone drone crash pilot fined $3000

Yellowstone drone crash pilot fined $3000

A US judge has fined a Dutch tourist for crashing a drone into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park. Theodorus Van Vliet was ordered to pay more than $3,000 (£1,847) for flying the unmanned aerial vehicle into the Grand…

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