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Hi, would like some advice if someone ever saw this, I have a frame similar to an Iris, it is a…See More
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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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New Solo Update: Improvements to GPS, live video and more

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on July 1, 2015 at 3:44pm 9 Comments

This week we’ve rolled out some important updates that will go a long way toward making your Solo experience even more smooth and easy. This includes updates for both Solo and the Solo app—remember, the Solo app will do all of the update work wirelessly, without any need to connect to Solo with cables.…

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DroneBoX Team presentation

Posted by DroneBox Team on June 30, 2015 at 7:00pm 5 Comments

Hi all

Do you know how many parcels were delivered last year to persons like you or me? UPS delivered last year 4.6 billion parcels worldwide, imagine the rest of companies.

Do you think the current transport…

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Multi-beam Laser for Forward Looking Obstacle Detection along the Flight Path.

Posted by Laser Developer on June 30, 2015 at 2:04pm 9 Comments

Laser range finders can be very effective in detecting even small obstacles at long distances from a moving UAV. To cover large areas the laser beam is usually…

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This Week: Drone vs. shotgun; FAA vs. NFL; robobees vs. pollen; Tom Cruise vs. drones; all of us vs. that fake viral video

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on June 30, 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

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Question of the week 

Shotguns. Snoops. Surveillance. So many stories in recent weeks have been calling attention to the…

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Multirotors Festival

Posted by Egor_FPV3DCam on June 30, 2015 at 12:24pm 0 Comments

Photos from the Festival multirotor machines, which took place on June 27 in the village of Ulyanovka, Mytishchi district. At the festival ‪‎FPV3DCam‬…

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Harvard Robobees

Posted by Damian McKay Earl ll on June 30, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Led by Robert Wood, Harvard University is trying to make Robobees

http://robobees.seas.harvard.edu/home

INSPIRED by the biology of a bee and the insect’s hive behavior ...

we aim to push advances in miniature robotics and the design of compact high-energy power sources; spur innovations in…

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Intro to BoxBotix and BBots

Posted by Coby on June 30, 2015 at 9:00am 3 Comments

Just letting folks know what we have been up to over the last year or so.  Finally getting close to something we can release.  Essentially an all open source hardware modular robotics platform.  The short version is it's a BrainBox that can accept several different modules so it can be configured as a plane/copter/rover/whatever.

  Figured it was about time the community had a modular frame system to match the different flavors of autopilot code.  Still lots to do…

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Woman knocked out by drone at Seattle Pride parade

Posted by John on June 30, 2015 at 5:30am 16 Comments

Something like this was bound to happen with the mass market of drones to people not having safety in mind.

By Stephanie…

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Drones in Environmental Research conference at Liverpool JMU

Posted by Mark Williams on June 30, 2015 at 2:00am 3 Comments

Liverpool John Moores University are holding their second conference on the use of drones in environmental research on July the 7th and 8th. There are some great pieces of research being presented and it should be a very interesting couple of days.

I'm…

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Hexacopter vs shotgun (court rules in favor of copter!)

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2015 at 2:10pm 8 Comments

A Pixhawk-powered hexacopter had an encounter with an overzealous and somewhat paranoid neighbor. Ars Technica tells the story:

That day, Eric Joe…

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Drone Wars: Airspace and Legal Rights in the Age of Drones

Drone Wars: Airspace and Legal Rights in the Age of Drones

by By Gary Wickert It is only the tip of the iceberg. As technology advances, common citizens are increasingly finding themselves with the ability to obtain and fly reasonably-priced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) known as drones. News broadcasts are only now beginning to…

South Africa cricket team apologise to Bangladesh for drone

South Africa cricket team apologise to Bangladesh for drone

by South Africa’s cricket team apologised to the Bangladesh military for using a drone at a practice session in Dhaka. The home cricket authorities ordered a halt to the use of the device, which was flying overhead taking photos during…

America now has over 700 333 exemptions.

America now has over 700 333 exemptions.

by As of the 30th of June 714 333 exemptions have been granted and above a heat map of them. The registration department of the FAA is a little behind at publishing N numbers, so far I can only find…

Drone Helps Firefighters Save Stranded Rafters; DJI Phantom 3 Carried Life Jacket To Wet, Cold Kids

Drone Helps Firefighters Save Stranded Rafters; DJI Phantom 3 Carried Life Jacket To Wet, Cold Kids

by By Jeff Stone Firefighters had to use a drone to save a teenager and a younger boy when they became stuck on a rock in the middle of a raging current. Rescue crews tried to reach the pair in a…

Researchers Test Avoidance Technology in Unmanned Aircraft

Researchers Test Avoidance Technology in Unmanned Aircraft

by Unmanned aircraft researchers associated with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership of Virginia Tech and Rutgers University recently tested new technology designed to prevent collisions with other aircraft. The flights from Cape May County Airport in New Jersey involved a fixed-wing aircraft that stayed within…

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