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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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Learning the ArduPilot codebase

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on November 27, 2014 at 8:04pm 4 Comments

I've put together a wiki page on learning the ArduPilot code base. Perhaps you are a ArduPilot user who is looking for something to occupy them while recovering from too much turkey this weekend? Try some of the exercises on this wiki page as a sure fire cure for the effects of…
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Installing APM Planner 2.0 on Ubuntu 14.04LTS

Posted by Ronald Pandolfi on November 27, 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

As instructional materials designer for the DaVinci Challenge, I need to provide clear and concise guidance on all aspects of building and operating drones including preparing ground control systems. With Microsoft as a sponsor of the DaVinci Challenge, I usually start by encouraging installing Mission Planner or APM Planner 2.0 on Windows, despite the difficult of installing unsigned drivers on Windows 8. For those participants with a MAC, guidance is to install APM Planner 2.0. Inevitably,…

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New Transport Canada UAV Regulations Arrive!

Posted by Rob_Lefebvre on November 27, 2014 at 7:46pm 4 Comments

Well, the moment we have all been waiting for in Canada is finally here.  Transport Canada has published the new UAV regulations.  It is important to understand that these regulations effectively come in 2 parts.  Basically, you have one set of regulations for UAV's less…

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Zubax GNSS Black Friday Special

Posted by Andreas Jochum on November 27, 2014 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

NicaDrone offers obligatory Black Friday discounts on Zubax GNSS and accessories. For those unaware what we're talking about, please read…
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Initial results: Using Public Lab Mobius Infragram Point and Shoot with Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 and using PTLens to correct fisheye effect

Posted by Patrick Coyle on November 27, 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

The lightweight form factor of PL Mobius Infragram Point and Shoot allows use of it with low-lift UAVs. Together with ability to correct fisheye effect, makes for another (albeit limited niche) aerial mapping tool in the toolbox.…

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How to Write (Set) a Pixhawk parameter using the Mavlink protocol standard

Posted by Hugues on November 27, 2014 at 4:03pm 2 Comments

Hi,

I'm sharing with this community about my project's experiments which has for an objective to write (i.e. set = modify) a parameter (i.e. parameters we can see in the full parameters list in mission planner) using Mavlink.

You're now thinking : what a stupid objective, just use a GCS like mission…

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A new controller project

Posted by Alican Kurutepe on November 27, 2014 at 3:47pm 0 Comments

A new project with STM32F429I-Disco



I have decided to build a quad and work on some control algorithms using FreeRtos to understand well both quad dynamics and what can a real time operating system do in practice. I will try to explain every step…

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Comparing traditional CSI procedures with UAV Mapping

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on November 27, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Experimental project organized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Pix4D, using UAV models from Draganfly and Aeryon Labs. The goal is comparing traditional CSI procedures with UAV mapping.

More information here Pix4D (It can take a bit for…

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GoPro Developing Line of Consumer Drones

Posted by Rui Costa on November 27, 2014 at 5:59am 6 Comments

GoPro Inc. is developing its own line of consumer drones to expand from its core business of making wearable video cameras popular with surfers and other sports enthusiasts, according to people familiar with its plans.

The company plans to start selling multirotor helicopters equipped with high-definition…

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My Free Foam board 250 sized quadcopter plans.

Posted by Jake Wells on November 26, 2014 at 9:00pm 12 Comments

I've been working on this project for about a month and a half. I was sick of replacing props and I wanted a lighter cheap frame. This frame with wood weighs 193grams. Hope someone out there enjoys it as much as I do. …

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Flying robots to start serving in restaurants by end-2015

Flying robots to start serving in restaurants by end-2015

By Robin Choo SINGAPORE: Restaurant-goers in Singapore can expect to be served by autonomous flying robots – the world’s first commercial attempt – by the end of next year. Infinium-Serve, the autonomous flying robotic waiters, will be first launched at one…

HEXO+ BlackFriday Deal

HEXO+ BlackFriday Deal

Guys, all the contests we did on our channels have showed how much of an incredible community you are, helping us spread the word to achieve this aerial filming revolution together. We love this spirit. And would like to keep…

You have control

You have control

Short and sweet, to the point nothing more needed really well done the UK. In the month that our USA readers started noticing the sky falling down. http://www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx?catid=1995

AirStrato, Affordable, solar powered, stratospheric drone

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Indian UAV maker off to a flying start

Indian UAV maker off to a flying start

DEBABRATA DAS NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 25: Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar might just have given a glimpse into the future when it showed the film’s protagonist chasing down an Indian-made drone. Although the country is yet to manufacture large unmanned aerial vehicles…

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