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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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Hover - #1 app for Drone pilots adds International airports to no-fly zone maps!

Posted by Dan Held on August 29, 2015 at 12:44pm 0 Comments

International airport no-fly zone maps are now available! Of course detailed US, UK, and Korean maps are still up and running as well :) :)



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Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA

Posted by Gary Mortimer on August 28, 2015 at 9:30pm 20 Comments

 

The unconfirmed report is that a “company survey” aircraft impacted a small UAS at 2,500 feet near Lewis University (KLOT) on August 27, 2015 causing damage to the leading edge of the manned aircraft wing.

More as we get it but this is what…

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Stop California Bad Drone Law

Posted by Jimmy Oliver on August 28, 2015 at 5:00pm 12 Comments

I have started a petition to stop the newest California drone law. Please consider signing so safe operators can continue flying and innovating. Thank you.…

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Using ROS Gazebo simulator with ArduCopter

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm 5 Comments

The future of robotics development, including drones, is powerful simulation, which makes it possible to achieve faster development and better performance by reducing the "trial and error" process of testing everything with physical machines. The Dronecode projects have long used a number of…

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Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm 14 Comments

I'd like to take a moment and call out Hamish Willee and the rest of the documentation team, who every day make scores of improvements to the wikis and other documentation for the APM and other Dronecode project wikis. To give just one example, you may have noticed the new sidebar/menu system, which…

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Call for members

Posted by Matt Wallhead on August 27, 2015 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Consider joining the High Plains and Mountain States UAV Users Group (HP&MS UAV-UG). This group was created to facilitate networking among UAV users/enthusiasts located in the High Plains and…

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Screen shot of our new iPad app

Posted by Ted Morgan on August 27, 2015 at 11:59am 9 Comments

We flew our remote hexacopter on Cape Cod from over 60 miles away over a cellular connection using only this iPad interface. Beautiful day for a flight. Actual screen shot from the flight.…

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Erle Robotics in the top 30 robotic startups worldwide

Posted by Iñigo Muguruza on August 27, 2015 at 8:02am 0 Comments

Hello everyone,

Erle Robotics is happy to announce that has been selected by RoboHub as one of the 30 most…

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Fotokite Phi Tethered Quadrotor on IndieGoGo

Posted by healthyfatboy on August 27, 2015 at 5:37am 6 Comments

Looks really interesting! I like the fact that it gives accountability as to who is using it, seems relatively safe given the prop guards and the flexible props, and at least there won't be any flyaways! This was done by some guys that worked in ETH Zurich's lab.

Here's the IndieGoGo link.…

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Theoretical analysis of obstacle detection using LIDAR

Posted by Laser Developer on August 27, 2015 at 4:42am 4 Comments

Small LIDAR (scanning laser) systems can be used for obstacle detection and SLAM from a moving drone. Whilst more work is still needed on the integration of the data from these sensors into the flight software, the theoretical performance can be evaluated based on the specifications of the…

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The Swarm

The Swarm

by I will just park this here… The Swarm man carrying multi-rotor airborne flight testing montage. 54 counter-rotation propellers, six grouped control channels with Hobbyking stabilization. Take of weight 148kg, max lift, max approx. lift 164kg. Endurance10 minutes. Last years…

Drone companies flourishing in the Flathead

Drone companies flourishing in the Flathead

by By Seaborn Larson/The Daily Inter Lake When people spot an unmanned aerial vehicle, more commonly known as a drone, it can be unnerving for some who wonder if they’re under surveillance or what the hovering contraption is doing overhead.…

No, Part 107 Does Not Fix Everything.

No, Part 107 Does Not Fix Everything.

by Since Part 107 is coming out in the next 1-3 years, will anyone use the Section 333 process anymore? Many people mistakenly believe that Part 107 is the answer to all their needs. This is not true as there…

Park Service Borrows Drone To Guide Olympic Rainforest Wildfire Fight

Park Service Borrows Drone To Guide Olympic Rainforest Wildfire Fight

by By TOM BANSE Multiple times this summer, the sighting of a wayward hobbyist drone has grounded aerial firefighting aircraft at Western wildfires. But unmanned aircraft have the potential to be useful at wildfires too. The National Park Service used a borrowed…

Drone operator taken into custody after close call with LAPD helicopter in Hollywood

Drone operator taken into custody after close call with LAPD helicopter in Hollywood

by LOS ANGELES (KABC) –A close encounter with a hobby drone forced a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter to take evasive action while searching for a suspect in Hollywood. Police in the helicopter were conducting their search around midnight near…

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