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Can anyone help me choose parts?

Hello!Im looking to build a long range system. Plane: Skywalker X8TX/RX EZUHF, longest…See More
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Can anyone help me choose parts?

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Looking for New Technology

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Arris M650/680 Quad and 680 Hex

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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:

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SteadiDrone MAVRIK - Video

Posted by Duran - SteadiDrone on September 2, 2014 at 11:30am 5 Comments

We've spent a long time developing the MAVRIK to be the most affordable high quality medium lift drone available today, or tomorrow. With an all new fully adjustable rail supported front mounted brushless gimbal that will fly hundreds of different cameras with the ability to point straight up, to our well known 'Rapid Deploy' folding air frame design, a new airframe hatch that allows…


Droneshare Update

Posted by Ramon Roche on September 2, 2014 at 8:30am 1 Comment

We have been working hard to get Droneshare out of beta, and are pleased to share that we are almost ready to call it V1. We are wrapping up a few things including mission discovery, filtered searches, and making flight uploads easier.

Interesting milestones since our last update:

  • Over 15,000 flights uploaded (a combination of public and private flights)
  • Upload support is now built into…

Need to Know - Export Controls

Posted by Quadzimodo on September 1, 2014 at 9:00pm 11 Comments

As outlined in this early post by Hai Tran, it has been…


Micro Aerial Vehicle GPS denied navigation

Posted by Austin H on September 1, 2014 at 11:00am 11 Comments

Davide Scaramuzza and pals in the Robotics and Perception Group at University of Zurich have devised a new method called  Semi-Direct Monocular Visual Odometry for autonomous gps denied micro areal vehicle navigation. Using only …


UgCS 2.0 Teaser video

Posted by Janis Kuze on September 1, 2014 at 8:30am 5 Comments

Hello the DIYDrones community!

Thank you very much for your interest in our software. Since last news about support of DJI Phantom 2 our ranks of Beta testers have exploded!

Here we would like to present to you teaser of upcoming version of UgCS 2.0.

To those who have stumbled upon us for the first time we support not just DJI, but…


ETH drone shows real-time 3D scanning and coordination with a ground rover

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 1, 2014 at 7:01am 3 Comments

David Scaramuzza from ETH writes: "In this video, we show our autonomous quadrotor acting as a flying 3D scanner. At the end of the video, the quadrotor guides a ground robot to grasp an object."



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

After the Flood: microdrone is finding land mines

After the Flood: microdrone is finding land mines

Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia, 26 August 2014 – Airborne support in the search for survivors and land mines: in the wake of a natural disaster in Serbia/Bosnia and Herzegovina, rescue teams have been using German-made drones. This past May, flooding and…

Forfeiture of UAV equipment to Australian customs

Forfeiture of UAV equipment to Australian customs

Cyber Technology (WA) Pty. Ltd. has been in an enduring process with Australians Customs over incorrect paper work relating to the export of parent company equipment. UAV technology, due to it’s proprietary dual-use nature is a controlled export technology. This…

Aerialtronics improves safety by incorporating sense and avoid.

Aerialtronics improves safety by incorporating sense and avoid.

The Hague, September 2nd, 2014 – Aerialtronics has announced today that it will be incorporating the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) in its new Collision Avoidance System (CAS). Developed by NXP in cooperation with the automotive industry ITS gives vehicles and…

UNR to conduct drone research with Australian company

UNR to conduct drone research with Australian company

Lenita Powers, RGJ Flirtey, an Australian firm that uses drones to deliver textbooks to customers, announced today it is partnering with the University of Nevada, Reno to help develop a commercial drone delivery service. Matthew Sweeny, Flirtey’s chief executive officer, said the…

Pentagon set to open second drone base in Niger as it expands operations in Africa

Pentagon set to open second drone base in Niger as it expands operations in Africa

By Craig Whitlock The Pentagon is preparing to open a drone base in one of the remotest places on Earth: an ancient caravan crossroads in the middle of the Sahara. After months of negotiations, the government of Niger, a landlocked West…

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