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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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Arcturus Jump - Piccolo autopilot using Latitude Engineering’s Hybrid-Quadrotor technology

Posted by Dennis Okeefe on April 24, 2014 at 8:30am 24 Comments

Is any work being done by the development team to add this class of vehicle to the capabilities of the APM or Pixhawk series of…

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Point cloud densification and orthophoto generation

Posted by Gerard Toonstra on April 24, 2014 at 5:20am 3 Comments

This is a continuation of previous blog posts about how 3D reconstructions work. In this image you see a…

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Keeping things toasty in the stratosphere

Posted by Lester Haines on April 24, 2014 at 2:30am 33 Comments

Anyone out there involved in High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) operations might be interested in the space-grade Polyimide Thermofoil flexible heater rig we're using to keep our Vulture 2 spaceplane's rocket motor toasty at altitude.

The propellant doesn't much like the cold, so we need to keep it above -5 degrees C if possible - the minimum guaranteed firing temperature.…

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Brushless Gimbal - Opensource communication problem

Posted by Hein on April 24, 2014 at 2:00am 0 Comments

If you are having problems with uploading firmware or communicating with the gimbal software (RCTimer - Gimbal controller board for example) then most likely the following info will help you.

See communication problem below in Arduino:

Follow this link for instructions:…

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The "Walking with a drone project" is seeking a drone constructor partner

Posted by Benoit Pereira da Silva on April 24, 2014 at 12:30am 2 Comments

The french team behind the "Walking with a drone project" is seeking a drone constructor partner.

This original walking performance should receive a large media coverage.

We will offer:

  • free advertisings to promote our partner brand throughout the world and especially in France (a market with a mature UAV legal…
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Latest musical drone composition from Kmel

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 23, 2014 at 10:30pm 4 Comments

Oh, the cool things you can do when you have a Vicon motion capture room!

APM2.5.2 & 2.6 MIC5219-3.3YM5 (GL33) Regulator Mod & Alternate Capacitor Mod

Posted by Paul Krajewski on April 23, 2014 at 9:00pm 6 Comments

APM2.5.2 & 2.6 MIC5219-3.3YM5 (GL33) Regulator Mod & Alternate Capacitor Mod

Supplies Needed:

MIC5219-3.3YM5 SOT23-5 Package 3.3V Fixed Voltage Regulator

0402 or 0603 size SMD 470Ω Resistor ( Marked [471] )

(1) 1206 size 100uf 6.3V Ceramic Capacitor or (2) 1206 size 47uf 6.3V…

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Landing from Rally Points

Posted by Michael Day on April 23, 2014 at 9:00pm 13 Comments

Howdy devs,

I've been working on this for a few months now and I think it is finally ready for evaluation for a possible merge into master. My team has been wanting to simplify planning for autonomous landings so that mission planning for autonomous landing is less complex. Our motivation is that…

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Legislative committee approves proposed law to regulate drones in North Carolina!

Posted by Joshua Johnson on April 23, 2014 at 7:10pm 1 Comment

"Proposed legislation regulating drone use in North Carolina would open the door for use of the unmanned aircraft by government agencies and for commercial flights once the Federal Aviation Administration allows them.

The draft legislation, approved unanimously Wednesday by the House Committee…

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UAV news from sUAS News

It’s the weekend call for the band.

It's the weekend call for the band.

KMel Robotics presents a team of flying robots that have taken up new instruments to play some fresh songs. The hexrotors create music in ways never seen before, like playing a custom single string guitar hooked up to an electric…

Balloon Lets Builders Check Out Future Towers’ Views

Balloon Lets Builders Check Out Future Towers’ Views

A big white balloon appeared in New York this week. First on the Lower East Side, then uptown, where 57th Street meets the East River. The balloon, it turns out, frequently visits the city on business: Its job is to…

Unmanned aircraft aiding geologists could face legal challenges

Unmanned aircraft aiding geologists could face legal challenges

Luke Jones JACKSON, Wyo. - As geologists and engineers work to try to understand a slow-moving landslide and how they can stop it, a camera-mounted unmanned aircraft is helping keep them informed of what’s happening on the ground. But while…

Datron Receives Purchase Order for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Datron Receives Purchase Order for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Datron World Communications, Inc. (http://www.dtwc.com), a US-based leading supplier of unmanned solutions, announced today the receipt of a purchase order from a U.S. military customer for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). “Our VTOL sUAS platforms are field tested and battle…

Multispectral Camera Payload on Draganflyer Unmanned Aircraft System Provides Agricultural and Environmental Data Collection

Multispectral Camera Payload on Draganflyer Unmanned Aircraft System Provides Agricultural and Environmental Data Collection

Multispectral imaging has long been used to collect data-rich images which reveal things not visible to the naked eye, but equipment for this has traditionally been bulky, heavy, and expensive. Taking advantage of the newly miniaturized Tetracam ADC Micro camera, Draganfly Innovations…

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