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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
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Blog Posts

Using drones for archeological scanning

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 25, 2014 at 10:53pm 0 Comments

3D model of the planned colonial town of Mawchu Llacta in highland Peru, reconstructed from 241 aerial photos.

From NBC

Maybe all Indiana Jones needed was a good hat and a whip, but if he'd seen what…


The Friday Experiment

Posted by Mario on October 25, 2014 at 7:16pm 2 Comments

OK...this image above is boring... If you don't feel to read now, just go further down and watch videos. I hope that will bring you back at my story here. Enjoy...

In the research world, the Friday experiment is what researchers often do at the end of a hard working week. Basically, they give a…


3D Print a Graphene Battery into a quad frame ???

Posted by Paul on October 25, 2014 at 3:58pm 0 Comments

Husband And Wife Team Unveil The World's First 3D-Printed Graphene Battery

A company founded by a married…


Flying Wing for Search and Rescue

Posted by Karan Chawla on October 25, 2014 at 5:30am 13 Comments

Flying Wing for Search and Rescue

Hey Guys,

I've been working on designing a flying wing UAV since 2 months now. Human search and rescue using an autonomous drone is the prime objective of this project.

First Prototype.

One of the major aim of our project is to show how a visual human detection system that uses images from a normal camera can be implemented in software. The system would fit into the larger context of disaster…


Conservation Drones Recycling Bin

Posted by lianpinkoh on October 24, 2014 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

Recycle drone has benefited tremendously from the generous support of many groups. We are launching a new initiative to pay this forward.

If you have 'preloved' drone equipment in working order that are just lying around gathering dust and rust, why not donate them to needy users, especially student groups, around the world who might be struggling to build their first  drone for…


Testing a small thermal imaging camera (Version 2) for UAVs

Posted by Felix Meissner on October 24, 2014 at 3:20pm 7 Comments

This is some footage shot with the second version of the thermal imaging camera which I tested earlier on (

The second version of…


Clemson through the Eyes of a Red Epic and Scalett

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on October 24, 2014 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

Clemson University / from Lee Dashiell | Osprey Production on Vimeo.

Not to long ago my father who is not what I would describe as technology savvy forwarded me a email that he had received from Clemson University we we both had attended…


An Autopilot in the clouds - part 4

Posted by Jesper Andersen on October 24, 2014 at 1:58am 0 Comments

This article is part four in a series, describing some of the inner workings of an autopilot system - even though the description is specific for this particular system, a lot of principles are generic and can be used to describe a…


Food Fight: In Syria, Drones with a New Mission

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on October 23, 2014 at 6:39pm 28 Comments

Cross-posted from the 3DR blog.

This past March, Mark Jacobsen (pictured above holding an Ed Ansley Peace Drone prototype), a PhD candidate in Political Science at…

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

US Navy’s Northrop-built MQ-8C Fire Scout completes sloped landing tests

US Navy’s Northrop-built MQ-8C Fire Scout completes sloped landing tests

The US Navy’s Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aircraft has successfully completed precision sloped landing tests at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, US. The MQ-8C will now prepare for its at-sea testing. US Naval Air Systems Command Fire…

Jim Williams to leave Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office ?

Jim Williams to leave Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office ?

Persistent rumors are reaching our offices all pointing towards Jim Williams, Manager of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office (UASIO) leaving his current post in 2015. Some saying it might even be as early as January 2015. Patrick tweeted…

Vic emergency services to use drones as ‘eyes in the sky’

Vic emergency services to use drones as ‘eyes in the sky’

By Paris Cowan The Victorian Government’s ten-year plan for emergency communications forsees a day when first responders can live stream a birds-eye view of a natural disaster filmed by an overhead drone straight to their tablet. Just over a month out from…

E-GO and Blue Bear work on unmanned aircraft

E-GO and Blue Bear work on unmanned aircraft

Plans to provide an unmanned version of e-Go aeroplanes’ microlight aircraft has been launched through a new partnership between the Cambridge company and Bedford UK neighbour Blue Bear Systems Research. The pilot-free option would meet growing market demand in new…

HyUAV, a new step up in the Aerial Environmental Monitoring

HyUAV, a new step up in the Aerial Environmental Monitoring

Environmental monitoring has been revolutionized by a drone of 7kg capable of flying at 5 km/h speed and “observing”. Observing what? All that is necessary for a solid environmental monitoring: forests, lakes, glaciers, and other often inaccessible places up to…

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