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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:

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WiFi Telemetry with Cheap 3$ ESP8266

Posted by Omer on July 29, 2015 at 7:30am 5 Comments

Hello all,

It's not a new achievement using wifi as Telemetry but this UART to WiFi module has really long range (up to 400 meters), and unbeatable price. Very small form factor (about 2cm x 1.5cm) and light (3 gr). Great for the small sized UAVs. And your Smart Phone or Tablet will become a GCS with no additional hardware. And with module's available GPIOs…

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Drones: A force for good when flying in the face of disaster (UK Guardian)

Posted by Patrick Meier on July 29, 2015 at 4:33am 0 Comments

Unmanned aircraft can be put to effective use in humanitarian situations, but a code of conduct is needed to make sure they are used safely and efficiently

UK Guardian, July 28,…

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Exploring the secrets of flying wing design with CFD.

Posted by Andrew Rabbitt on July 28, 2015 at 9:36pm 35 Comments

The flying wing design I have been working on for some time now has been slowly evolving as I have learned more about aerodynamics and expanded my skill set with modelling tools of various forms.  I have recently completely re-surfaced my design with new aerofoil sections and better, more consistent surface…

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Warehouses logistics and something else

Posted by DroneBox Team on July 28, 2015 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

Tricopters, quadcopters, hexacopters, octocopters, etc.

The drone-world is evolving quite fast and nowadays one can see very curious vehicles and configurations that surprisingly (or not) are able to fly properly.

This is due to the possibility that some open source autopilots like Pixhawk…

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Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2015 at 7:10am 26 Comments

Congrats to the ETH Autonomous Systems Lab for this milestone with a Pixhawk-powered fixed wing drone. Next stop: crossing the Atlantic! From the team:

Two weeks after having demonstrated …

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Fun with collision-resistant drones

Posted by AdrienB on July 28, 2015 at 3:41am 5 Comments

We wanted to share a fun video we made recently. Our drones can interact with obstacles and humans, which is opening amazing new applications, be it for accessing hard-to-reach places or for having fun with them. 

We achieve that through a passively rotating protective cage an control algorithms that keep the drone stable at all times. More than just a…

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PID Gains explained like never before!

Posted by Alexandre Mainardi on July 27, 2015 at 6:30pm 11 Comments

[IEEE CSS Video Clip Contest 2015 Submission]

This is a video introduction to controlling self-driving cars, specifically using PID-control. Special emphasis is placed on how the proportional, integral, and derivative gains affect the performance of the vehicle.



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Pixhawk + ODROID + MAVLinkAutoPylot

Posted by Simon D. Levy on July 26, 2015 at 2:31pm 4 Comments

After we demoed a little five-channel "AutoPylot" program on a Naze32 with ODROID companion board, our friends at A2USA, Inc . asked us whether we could do the same for the Pixhawk that they use for flying their big birds.  We started modifying…

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3D FPV camera The BlackBird 2 and FPV goggles

Posted by Egor_FPV3DCam on July 26, 2015 at 1:17pm 3 Comments

Today I want to publish a series of pictures on how you can obtain stereoscopic video 3D FPV flight camera The…

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Drone training company to offer flight classes in Central New York

Drone training company to offer flight classes in Central New York

by By Kevin Tampone  Syracuse, N.Y. — A company that trains aerial drone pilots across the country is launching classes in Central New York. Dartdrones will offer a free, two-hour introductory class on Aug. 8. Its full-day classes cost $500 and…

Safe UAV Operations Around Low-Flying, Manned Aircraft

Safe UAV Operations Around Low-Flying, Manned Aircraft

by Its this weeks spot the group running scared campaign. Let’s Be Fair About Sharing The Air…. Come on chaps really. What about get out the way you massive polluter? Can you tell the National Agricultural Aviation Associations press release…

Revealed: Private firms at heart of US drone warfare

Revealed: Private firms at heart of US drone warfare

by Abigail Fielding-Smith, Crofton Black, Alice Rossand James Ball The overstretched US military has hired hundreds of private-sector contractors to the heart of its drone operations to analyse top-secret video feeds and help track suspected terrorist leaders, an investigation has found. Contracts unearthed by…

D.A.: Operators Will Be Prosecuted For Murder If ‘Intentional Act Of A Drone’ Were To Cause Death

D.A.: Operators Will Be Prosecuted For Murder If ‘Intentional Act Of A Drone’ Were To Cause Death

by SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — Authorities in San Bernardino County issued a stern warning Wednesday for anyone caught flying an unmanned aerial vehicle over dangerous situations, such as wildfires. “If an intentional act of a drone was to cause one of…

Daniel Herbert of Rockaway Twp. gets aerial shots with his feet still on the ground

Daniel Herbert of Rockaway Twp. gets aerial shots with his feet still on the ground

by BY SANDRA PLEDGER Making a business work goes a long way, as Daniel Herbert, a Rockaway Township resident and owner of Skygear Solutions, Inc. would know. He has been a successful business owner since 2014. Herbert found his way…

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