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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 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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What bearings for my multi-rotor copter motor?

Posted by thomas Butler on November 21, 2014 at 1:41pm 5 Comments

What bearings in copter motors?  The type of bearing is a “deep groove” ball bearing.  

 

The axial load (applied force is parallel to motor shaft) placed on the motor is no different than…

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Aeromapper 300 mapping drone –1.5 hr endurance with multisensor capabilities

Posted by Mauricio on November 21, 2014 at 9:58am 19 Comments

The Aeromapper 300 is the latest UAV offer from Aeromao Inc. Canada.

The Aeromapper 300 is one of the most complete UAV for general mappping applications, at the most competitve price on the market. Powerful yet very easy & friendly to use, with 1.5 hour endurance, currently more than two dozen different sensors or combination of sensors supported…

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Phoenard: World's first all-in-one prototyping gadget as your Drone Controller?

Posted by mykita paskov on November 21, 2014 at 7:00am 7 Comments

Phoenard; The project currently running on Kickstarter.

It has lot of peripherals built in which is more than capable to be your next Drone controller.

10-degrees of freedom sensor, Accelerometer, gyro, magnetometer and barometer are included and powered by ATMEGA2560, identical to the one use on APM. Plenty of PWM GPIO pins are also available. The GPS, GSM and GPRS module are embedded by default as well on board. 

The full color LCD might be handy as…

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Wide angle laser beams for anti-collision

Posted by Laser Developer on November 19, 2014 at 1:30pm 20 Comments

Wide angle laser beams can detect and measure the range to people, trees and other safety critical objects from moving aerial or ground based platforms.

We've been experimenting with a new version of our SF10 laser altimeter to see what happens when we change the normally narrow, parallel laser beam into a wider, fan shape and align it horizontally or with a downwards tilt. There is a practical limit to the wide direction (major axis) of…

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3DR Announces the Release of New FPV Kit

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on November 19, 2014 at 11:05am 24 Comments

Our First-Person View (FPV) Kit includes everything you need to start live streaming a video feed from the GoPro on your IRIS+ or X8+. Thanks to the 7-inch Bright View™ monitor’s sharp contrasts and LED backlight, you’ll see the live feed clearly on even the brightest days. Additionally, the powerful 5.8 GHz…

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CAD Drones News - ASME Student Design Competition 2014 + Bonus Footage

Posted by Joshua Johnson on November 19, 2014 at 8:09am 4 Comments

(Montreal, Canada) November 17, 2014



Eighteen teams of young engineers-in-training competed for the right to call themselves world champion drone builders at the 22nd annual ASME Student Design Competition (SDC) finals today at the International Mechanical Engineering…

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Turbine-powered quad first flight

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2014 at 4:16pm 17 Comments

OMG. Turbine-powered quadcopter test flight -- next to a road. Love the car that pulls up to gawk at the end

3d Printed Mini HexaCopter

Posted by Todd Urban on November 18, 2014 at 3:00pm 20 Comments

I Have been working on this 3d printed hexacopter for some time now let me know what you think of the design ive been entertaining selling them and or the STL's so you can print them yourself here are some pics and some gimbal video feedback good or bad is much appreciated also if you would buy it what would you pay for it…

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Modifying a Powershot S95 for vegetation monitoring

Posted by Mark Williams on November 18, 2014 at 1:03pm 4 Comments





As part of an ongoing project to monitor natural habitats with a UAV I've modified a Powershot S95 to allow near infrared photography to capture some NDVI data. I've created a short how to video for anyone embarking on a similar task.







The filters are supplied by publiclab.org as part of their infragram kit. The first test photos I have… Continue

Defiance Airframe development

Posted by Dragan on November 18, 2014 at 10:30am 16 Comments

Hi guyz, its been a while since i reported back about my enthusiastic project, 'In search of design functionallity'.

Time has come to show you what i've been working on for long time, i'm very excited, the jurny was long and dreadful but every second of it was worth it.

Main design goal;

- compact and functional design

- protection of all…

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A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Drone flight to catch Asian condor leads to ag application at home

Drone flight to catch Asian condor leads to ag application at home

By Mark Jaffe The Denver Post Boulder-based drone maker Agribotix can tell a farmer when his corn is as high as an elephant’s eye — or not growing at all. The startup is combining drone surveys of fields, hundreds of acres…

Close Call: Drone Nearly Collides With Medical Helicopter

Close Call: Drone Nearly Collides With Medical Helicopter

Kelly Choate Foster Township, Schuylkill County – A Life Flight helicopter pilot avoided a catastrophe, when a drone nearly collided with the chopper as it flew above the Schuylkill County Joe Zerbey Airport. A spokesperson for Geisinger Health System said no…

Corpus Christi-made drone may get into tight spaces

Corpus Christi-made drone may get into tight spaces

Chris Ramirez Han Solo made it look easy on the big screen. But the concept of flying on multiple axes takes quite a bit of brain power. Researchers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi believe they are months away from launching…

UAS experts look to capitalize on growing industry

UAS experts look to capitalize on growing industry

By: Brandi Jewett , Forum News Service GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The developer of an unmanned aerial systems business park near Grand Forks said he wants to see aircraft in the sky as early as next year. Tom Swoyer, principal of Grand…

Hands-on with Parrot’s fun new $499 Bebop Drone

Hands-on with Parrot’s fun new $499 Bebop Drone

JOSH ONG Earlier this week, Parrot announced its latest drone, the Bebop, and the Android-based Skycontroller remote. Here are our impressions from our brief flight time with the gadget, which goes on sale in early December. Parrot is probably best known for its…

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