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mP1 commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
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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

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                    Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms

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Multiple UAV Path Planning and Optimization

Posted by Gustavo Avellar on July 24, 2014 at 2:45pm 3 Comments

I have recently finished my Master studies in electrical engineering and robotics. The focus of my thesis are UAVs and the title is UAV Navigation for Area Coverage and Time Optimization. One of the goals of this study was to answer two questions:

  1. What is the best path that will reduce each UAV flight time and the overall mission time?
  2. Does…
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"Superman" flight mode - intuitive interface design - (Flight Mode Drift + Head-tracker for control)

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on July 24, 2014 at 12:18pm 4 Comments

Started a little pet project as I further develop a flight system that we can use on all of my crafts. This was going to include a uniform setup for several pieces that made the system work for me. I wanted to include a head tracker,as I started getting into this I remembered a episode that I liked very much on Top Gear, yes I am a gear-head also. So as I thought more about it,a nd as I get this setup consistent across the fleet this would be a good time to question how to…

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DON'T FLY DRONES HERE

Posted by Tilman Griesel on July 24, 2014 at 7:10am 3 Comments

A map represents areas where it is not recommended to fly drones due to regulations.…

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I was looking to get better radio range.. Found XRange

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on July 23, 2014 at 8:30pm 21 Comments

As reported from their website, seems like a great upgrade for the telemetry radio, maybe to also carry RC control, and depending on bandwidth  maybe using it also for a digital video feed. 

It is on indiegogo 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/xrange-extreme-long-range-wireless-module-for-868-915-mhz

As listed on…

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Droneshare now has No-fly Zones

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2014 at 6:09pm 16 Comments

Check out this cool new Droneshare feature, out in beta (beta.droneshare.com): No-Fly Zones! Just select the "Restricted Areas" view from the little icon at the top right of the map (this is only in beta.droneshare.com now, but will be in…

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Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2014 at 5:45pm 10 Comments

From Politico

President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO…

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Even Burning Man has drone regs

Posted by Cliff-E on July 23, 2014 at 3:00pm 6 Comments

From free spirits to regulated r/c:



http://88nv.burningman.com/drones-rc/

Introduction:

The rising popularity of remote control (RC) aircraft including: fixed wing planes, helicopters, multicopters aka…

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Letter to my Congressman

Posted by James Daniel on July 23, 2014 at 12:00pm 5 Comments

This is my very first post here, so forgive me if this isn't the most appropriate place to share this.

I live in rural south GA, and have been tinkering with RC planes and homemade UAVs for a…

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Our Vulture 2 spaceplane roars into X-Plane

Posted by Lester Haines on July 23, 2014 at 3:16am 1 Comment

We're very much obliged to Billy Bargagliotti of Memphis, Tennessee, for putting together an X-Plane model of our Vulture 2 spaceplane.…

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Amateur drone pilot finds man missing for three days

Posted by Bob on July 23, 2014 at 2:00am 24 Comments

Apparel-company owner David Lesh found a missing elderly man in a bean field Saturday using a camera-equipped drone.

http://www.examiner.com/article/amateur-drone-pilot-finds-man-missing-for-three-days

When Virginia resident Guillermo DeVenecia went missing last Wednesday, police and searchers were dispatched to find the 82-year-old man, who suffers from dementia and hearing…

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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

White House Prepares Executive Order on Commercial Drone Privacy Guidelines

White House Prepares Executive Order on Commercial Drone Privacy Guidelines

by Anna Forrester The administration is set to pass an executive order to establish privacy guidelines and voluntary best practices for unmanned aerial vehicles in the U.S. commercial market, POLITICO reported Wednesday. Erin Mershon and Kevin Robillard report that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration would…

New survey grade UAV from Aeromao Inc. – Canada

New survey grade UAV from Aeromao Inc. - Canada

The Aeromapper Talon offers the easiest way to achieve professional georeferenced DEMs and orthomosaics. Features a EPO foam body, parachute landing system, 16 Mp camera with Voigtlander lens (the best optics for UAV mapping), fully autonomous flight, handlaunch (no launcher…

MotionDSP Launches Commercial IKENA WAMI for Advanced Wide Area Motion Imagery Exploitation Capabilities

MotionDSP Launches Commercial IKENA WAMI for Advanced Wide Area Motion Imagery Exploitation Capabilities

BURLINGAME, Calif. – July 24, 2014 – MotionDSP, the leading provider of video analytics software, today announced the commercial availability of its IKENA WAMI (Wide Area Motion Imagery) software suite, providing the private sector the ability to rapidly scan and…

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe need drones for MH17 investigation.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe need drones for MH17 investigation.

To support its operations in Ukraine the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has put out an urgent request for UAS. They are perhaps required to help with the security of staff and rapid mapping of ground surrounding the Malaysian Airlines…

ATLAS, new member of International Consortium of Aeronautical Test Sites (ICATS)

ATLAS, new member of International Consortium of Aeronautical Test Sites (ICATS)

ATLAS Flight Test Centre has become a new member of the International Consortium of Aeronautical Test Sites (ICATS), which will add Spain to the list of countries involved in this partnership. The four executive countries of the consortium that include…

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