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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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Ranger EX 757-3

Posted by Marc Halcomb on January 24, 2017 at 11:50am 0 Comments

Update:  The local weather is improving and looks like tomorrow will be the maiden flight, really looking forward to its first flight.  The field I have…


Initial Parameter Settings

Posted by Marc Halcomb on January 24, 2017 at 11:00am 1 Comment

For my maiden flight, takeoff and initial tests will be in the FBWA mode.  Followed by switching between FBWA and Manual to get the trim correct. …


Key features of Droiko

Posted by Cactus Robotics on January 22, 2017 at 5:46pm 0 Comments

  • Ready to use gaming drone, just take it out of the box and start playing. No assembly no soldering required.
  • Laser + IR marker and proximity weapons.
  • Double coaxial propellers for higher stability and longer flight times.
  • Swashplate mechanism to allow for movements in every…

Drone Mistakes, Mishaps and Misfortunes: We Always Break our Toys

Posted by Nate Sinisgalli on January 22, 2017 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

We’re making drone mistakes everywhere. We’ve only had our grubby little paws on drones for a short amount of time and we’re already royally F-ing it up! Like a monkey being handed an Xbox, people are in awe of their flying eye in the…


Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top

Posted by Jacob Cereteli on January 21, 2017 at 3:48pm 10 Comments

Hello everyone! 

For the past few months we were looking for a more convenient way to launch our PD-1 fixed-wing UAV (MTOW is 40 kg). Since runway takeoff and landing requires pretty serious and long training for the operator and any pneumatic launchers that will work with our UAV are expensive (from $30000 USD (actually we couldn't…


Cable-free flight simulator with Spektrum DSM satellite + Arduino

Posted by Simon D. Levy on January 19, 2017 at 2:30pm 4 Comments

This video shows me flying our homebrew "Hackflight Sim" quadcopter flight simulator using a Spektrum DX8 receiver without a cable. The DX8 is talking to a…


Call for members!

Posted by Matt Wallhead on January 19, 2017 at 1:16pm 0 Comments

The Great Lakes UAS user group is seeking members! The purpose of the Great Lakes UAS user group is to facilitate communication among individuals and businesses in the…


Mapping solution with low cost fixed wing airframe

Posted by Eric on January 19, 2017 at 11:44am 14 Comments


I offer for sale a low cost solution to do mapping with different camera that can be easily placed in the airframe thanks to the battery front cover. The other advantages are easy connections between the airframe and the wings or the elevator for quick and safe assembly / disassembly.

I hope…


Hack/Race DIY Robocars this weekend in Oakland

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 19, 2017 at 11:37am 1 Comment

Join us for our first hack/race day at the new Oakland warehouse location for DIY Robocar events.

There are three tracks:

1) A RGB lane track, modeled after the FormulaPi track:…


Droiko checkpoint smart mesh

Posted by Cactus Robotics on January 19, 2017 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Link to our Droiko on Kickstarter: …



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

Pix4D speak at United Nations Panel on Food Security

United Nations Today the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) will hold an expert panel meeting on the role of science, technology, and innovation in ensuring food security by 2030. Pix4D’s agricultural business manager Jorge Fernandez will present on drone mapping solutions for precision agriculture, and their potential impact on food security. “The […]

AI and Deep Learning Redefine High Performance Compute

AI Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning recent advances redefine the existing High-Performance Compute (HPC) baseline. The new compute requirement is now termed Accelerated High-Performance Compute and measured by the metric known as Floating Point Operations per Second (FLOPS wiki). To keep up with the latest generation of applications under development and being deployed already, companies will have no choice but to expand their computing […]

Rotron Power Reaches TBO Industry Record With 500 Hours Milestone Achievement

rotron Rotron Power Ltd, a leading manufacturer of advanced rotary-powered propulsion systems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) applications, is celebrating having completed more than 500 hours of simulated flight time on its RT600 rotary engine, marking the latest significant milestone in its engine development programme. The RT600 is shaping a new generation of tier 2 class […]

State of Victoria Australia, looking for endurance BVLOS platforms

Victoria If your platform can fly for more than four hours you might want to be getting your sales team onto this. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in Victoria Australia have released the request for tender below. A perfect fit for many civilian platforms that will come in much cheaper than ex-military […]

Near Space Corporation drone glider drop aids FAA tracking research

near space corporation A drone released from a high-altitude balloon carried a payload to evaluate how the equipment could help the FAA detect and track commercial spacecraft entering the National Air Space, NAS, as it descends from space. Near Space Corporation, NSC, in Tillamook, Oregon, conducted the flight test on Oct. 3 under the first FAA Unmanned Aircraft […]

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