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Johann van de Venter replied to Leslie Newhouse's discussion Pixhawk will not arm
"You are most welcome.  I'm in South Africa"
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Leslie Newhouse replied to Leslie Newhouse's discussion Pixhawk will not arm
"Thanks, Johann!!! I missed that. I'll let you know how it turns out. By the way, where are you…"
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Christian Stallings replied to Christian Stallings's discussion APM / Pixhawk systems with COA aproval
"Thanks Muhammad,  I have that list but unfortunatly its from 2012 FOIA request and…"
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Johann van de Venter replied to Leslie Newhouse's discussion Pixhawk will not arm
"I have not been able to figure out how to do it on APM Planner 2.0. I'm using Mission Planner…"
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Pixhawk will not arm

Started by Leslie Newhouse in Unassigned category. Last reply by Johann van de Venter 12 minutes ago. 7 Replies

APM / Pixhawk systems with COA aproval

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Vortex 700

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World Record for Duration of Flight

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Welcome to DIY Drones!

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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Blog Posts

Payloader max prototype complete

Posted by Euan Ramsay on August 27, 2014 at 2:22pm 1 Comment

So, the first payloader max is built - time for testing!

Just got the APM to put back onto the lifter, and away we go.

Payloader max: 5kg capacity via parrallel EPM's, no moving parts to fail, full autonomous integration with arducopter…


A new cheap obstacle detector for robotics

Posted by Harry Olar on August 27, 2014 at 12:00pm 15 Comments

There are a few obstacle detectors and rangefinders on the market, but are usually either very expensive or don't work

great outside (I am looking  at you Kinect). We decided to try to make a product that it is cheap and rugged enough to be used outdoors.

Here are some parameters:

  • detectable range: 200 mm to 1500 mm (7 to 60 inches )

    7.5 degrees angular resolution

    2 scans per second

    180 degrees view

    easy readable output data in…

Ground/Air Drone Delivery

Posted by healthyfatboy on August 26, 2014 at 6:17pm 4 Comments

With all this talk about Amazon and other less serious drone delivery concepts out there, there has been a large amount of discussion regarding the feasibility of delivering a package via drone for same day delivery or general delivery. While I don't think this is really all that feasible from a logistical or safety point of view, the…


Bend boy’s drone among those cited as ‘emerging hazard’ for forest firefighters

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on August 26, 2014 at 4:00pm 20 Comments

From the SUAS Feed

BEND — It cost a Bend teenager about $800 in revenue from chores, yard work and birthday gifts to buy a miniature aircraft and a camera he sent aloft to capture video of a forest fire this summer that was threatening…


FAA BVLOS Committee Formed

Posted by Patrick Egan on August 26, 2014 at 3:30pm 4 Comments

The FAA has formed a new committee with industry participation for end-users that want to fly Beyond-Visual-line-Of-Sight (BVLOS). RCAPA was included in the list of thirty-one different industry groups to give input to the current FAA…


Urban Mapping with a small APM 2.6 controlled quad drone

Posted by Walter Volkmann on August 26, 2014 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

Above is a video of a presentation we recently gave about the work we did for the World Bank in Albania. It shows that small drones are much more than toys - they have become productive tools for innovative surveyors. 

Should We Let the Drone Hype Run Its Course?

Posted by Tim Haynie on August 26, 2014 at 9:00am 5 Comments

The mere mention of “Autonomous Vehicles” conjures up visions of machines able to carry out complex tasks that have taken us a millennium to evolve or tasks we have yet to take on ourselves.  With national discussion (in this case, Unmanned Aerial Systems…

Community Drones : A Short (unprofessionally made) Clip

Posted by Rai on August 25, 2014 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

Dear all: Thanks lot for all the insights, time, information and most importantly is the spirit that you all share here in DIY Drones. It is just a quick post as I am still in Borneo and not having too good internet connection. We just want to share a short (unprofessionally made) clip that we (hardly) tried to make. I hope it will give you all some information on how far…


A clever design exercise in visualizing drone no-fly zones

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2014 at 8:24pm 4 Comments

From Mitchell Sipus, an urban planner doing doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon (scroll down for more good design examples of displaying drone legal and safety…


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

Unmanned-aircraft hangar opens on post

Unmanned-aircraft hangar opens on post

Rose L Thayer | Herald staff writer Fort Hood soldiers began moving into a first of its kind hangar this summer. With enough space for two football fields inside, the unmanned aerial system hangar is open for business. Fox and…

Four hundred jobs coming to Reno with drone maker Ashima

Four hundred jobs coming to Reno with drone maker Ashima

Yvonne Beasley, RGJ Ashima Devices, a manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles, will move its headquarters and jobs to Reno, the company announced Tuesday. About 400 new jobs, with a reported average salary of $70,000, are expected by 2018. The jobs…

UAS Urban Mapping for the World Bank

UAS Urban Mapping for the World Bank

At the 2013 annual World Bank conference on land and poverty  Walter Volkmann, Land Surveyor of Micro Aerial Projects LLC, Dr. Grenville Barnes of the University of Florida and Kevin Barthel of the Millenium Challenge Corporation presented some of the…

The League of Landowners and Drone Operators:- FAA myths who owns the airspace

The League of Landowners and Drone Operators:- FAA myths who owns the airspace

It appears there is more than one point of view on this subject.  One, the opinion of Chief Justice Douglas, and two, the FAA’s which was defined in the ‘Myth Buster’ paper they published, and is as follows: Myth 1.…

Afghan man develops unmanned aerial vehicles

Afghan man develops unmanned aerial vehicles

By GHANIZADA An Afghan engineer has developed different types of unmanned aerial vehicle – drone and another aircraft which can be flown by a pilot. The aircrafts developed by Engineer Zmarai Helali are operated with fuel and electricity energy, and have…

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