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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 autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, 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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The sUAS Guide

Posted by Gary Mortimer on February 13, 2016 at 6:00am 4 Comments

We have published a guide at work, it includes a bit about just how accurate surveys are without ground control points. That should be of interest here. 

This will be released on a six month…

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Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 12, 2016 at 1:36pm 10 Comments

Interesting proof-of-concept by DARPA researchers using a Pixhawk-powered drone to autonomously navigate a cluttered warehouse environment at 20 m/s.

DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program recently demonstrated that a commercial quadcopter platform could achieve 20-meters-per-second flight while carrying a full load of sensors and…

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Drone locates man's stolen motorbike

Posted by Katrina Rosen on February 12, 2016 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Drone locates B.C. man's stolen motorbike. Ryan Sandnes' bike was stolen last Friday, and despite security camera footage of the thief the police couldn’t help. Sandnes decided to fly a camera-equipped drone over a nearby field and found the bike.

Full story …

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Design of a 3-Axis Gimbal for Land Use

Posted by Rick Hwang on February 12, 2016 at 11:22am 0 Comments

There was a joke that one could take the gimbal from a quadcopter, flip upside-down, put it on a handle, and it becomes a handheld gimbal for use on land. It was an intriguing idea. I would like to share our interesting experience in the design process.

 

Popular Gimbal…

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FAA RESCINDS DRONE BAN AROUND DC

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on February 12, 2016 at 7:13am 1 Comment

From HACKADAY

by:

Late last year, the FAA expanded a Special Flight Rule Area (SFRA) that applied to Unmanned Aerial Systems, drones, and RC airplanes around Washington DC. This SFRA was created around the year 2000 – for obvious reasons – and applies to more than just quadcopters and airplanes…

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Drones could follow trails to find lost hikers

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on February 12, 2016 at 7:00am 1 Comment

In field tests, a quadcopter was slightly better than humans at finding and following a previously-unseen ...

In field tests, a quadcopter was slightly better than humans at finding and following a previously-unseen trail

(Credit: University of Zurich)

From gizmag

By    FEBRUARY 10,…

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New OS image for Erle-Brain 2: "denim"

Posted by Lander Usategui on February 12, 2016 at 7:00am 0 Comments



Hi all!

Erle Robotics team announces the release of the new version of the Debian OS image for Erle-Brain 2 codenamed "denim". The image includes the following enhancements:

  • New version of kernel PREEMPT_RT 

  • Live video…
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New DroneThermal - Smallest Thermal Camera for Drones

Posted by Melih Karakelle on February 11, 2016 at 6:11am 8 Comments

Hi Everyone,



After 5 months of design and test process, new DroneThermal v022016 thermal camera boards are ready to announce. 

This is probably the smallest analog (PAL/NTSC) thermal camera in the world. 



Dimensions : 20mm x 20mm x 15mm (included Lepton 25 degrees…

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Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 10, 2016 at 10:00pm 7 Comments

From Fast Company, an interesting application of APM:Copter powered drones:

Distributed energy systems are a good idea for…

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Redundancy for your autopilot

Posted by Robert Hoermann on February 9, 2016 at 9:41pm 20 Comments

Hello flight-buddys,



it has been quiet for a while from GIZMOtec and the AP-Manager.



But meanwhile the project is finished and we are happy to present the AP-Manager with even more features and flexibility as a redundancy-board between two parallel running (different)…

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20 m/s in a warehouse!

20 m/s in a warehouse!

They may not have zoomed flawlessly around obstacles like the Millennium Falcon did as it careened through the hull of a crashed Star Destroyer in Star Wars VII. But the sensor-loaded quadcopters that recently got tested in a cluttered hangar in Massachusetts did manage to edge their way around obstacles and achieve their target speeds…

The post 20 m/s in a warehouse! appeared first on sUAS News.

Scorpion QF1 – designing a new championship of 250 class racing quad copter

Scorpion QF1 – designing a new championship of 250 class racing quad copter

This upcoming season, there will be more speed and steeplechase competitions.  Every good racer needs a good copter in order to win, so Scorpion is proud to announce our new 250 class ultimate aerodynamic FPV racing quad copter, Scorpion QF1. With fundamental aerodynamic construction, Scorpion QF1 aims at providing fast, stable, and agile maneuverability, giving the…

The post Scorpion QF1 – designing a new championship of 250 class racing quad copter appeared first on sUAS News.

UAS Project to Increase Snowpack in Nevada Mountains

UAS Project to Increase Snowpack in Nevada Mountains

A new industry-academic research partnership will bring together Nevada’s top atmospheric scientists and leading unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) engineers, designers, and data experts to develop and test innovative applications focused on increasing snowpack depths in the Lake Tahoe region. Led by the Desert Research Institute (DRI), and supported by Nevada’s Knowledge Fund, this first-of-its-kind project will…

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A Giant Step for Micro Drones

A Giant Step for Micro Drones

On February 11, 2016, Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis introduced an innovative Micro Drone amendment to the AIRR Act, which is the latest FAA Reauthorization Act. The amendment creates a new “Micro UAS Classification” of unmanned aircraft systems, and would permit non-hobbyists to operate the smallest and the safest drones under regulations that are safety-oriented, but contain simplified and streamlined requirements…

The post A Giant Step for Micro Drones appeared first on sUAS News.

UMS SKELDAR announces South East Asia as priority market in launch of global multi-platform UAV strategy

UMS SKELDAR announces South East Asia as priority market in launch of global multi-platform UAV strategy

Saab and UMS AERO Group combine technologies as UMS SKELDAR to showcase Europe’s only provider of both Rotary and Fixed Wing platforms UMS SKELDAR, the newly formed joint business between Saab and UMS AERO Group launches its combined unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) at Singapore Airshow, as the springboard for its ambition to become the number…

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