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Hi all, I run version 3.0.1 on my APM 2.5.Problem is, that no NTUN values are recorded, but NTUN…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, 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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Refurbish a damaged 4S battery - Do not try this!

Posted by Jorge Brites on August 20, 2014 at 7:30am 12 Comments

I purchased a 5000mA Turnigy Nano-Teck 4S 35C, at Hobbyking for my quad-copter in build.

After a small error, i fried out one the "ground side" cell of my battery with 5 or 6 recharge cycles.

So i decided that i dont need right now a 3S battery, so i purchased a 1S Turnigy Battery bundle to repair my damaged one.

So first thing first, remove the…


Complete Spanish Latin American translated documentation for APMCopter and APMPlane

Posted by enzo vinko criado on August 20, 2014 at 5:30am 9 Comments



Dear Comunity, I am working in a complete!, Yes, a complete…


Man Creates Flying Hexacopter Drone With 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen

Posted by Bob on August 19, 2014 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

The body of DeRosa's first hexacopter (source: Plasticity Productions)

The body of DeRosa’s first hexacopter (source: Plasticity Productions)

When 3D printing pens burst onto the scene…


First flight of ArduPilot on Linux

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on August 19, 2014 at 8:59pm 24 Comments

I'm delighted to announce that the effort to port ArduPilot to Linux reached an important milestone yesterday with the first flight of a fixed wing aircraft on a Linux based autopilot running ArduPilot.

As I mentioned in a…


Vulture 2 spaceplane hits 100km/h - strapped to a van roof

Posted by Lester Haines on August 19, 2014 at 7:18am 10 Comments

We're obliged to Linus Penzlien (seen above in boffin pipe mode) and Andrew Tridgell for all their hard work last week working on the custom APM:Plane parameters/commands for our Vulture 2…


Aerial Survey in Uganda

Posted by Luke Wijnberg on August 19, 2014 at 6:27am 11 Comments

Mark Wijnberg Land Surveyors recently completed an aerial survey of a river valley in a remote section of Western Uganda. The area is found on the Eastern slopes of the Rwenzori…


An AutoPilot in the Clouds - part 1

Posted by Jesper Andersen on August 19, 2014 at 12:01am 6 Comments

In our RC world, autopilots are typically some kind of software/hardware combination that is physically located on the craft flying/driving/sailing etc.. This has some disadvantages since autopilots are expensive and singular,…


My company is producing a ground station

Posted by Todd Urban on August 18, 2014 at 10:00pm 16 Comments

It Is a mini itx amd quadcore with a high bright lcd a solid state harddrive 2 front mounted usb built in 3dr radio dual video  RX with diversity video input for the onscreen HUD an additional 7" lcd with Output for your fpv googles it has 10ah of battery witch will run everything for around 3 hrs…


Coordinated docking of copter and rover

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 18, 2014 at 7:48pm 0 Comments

The two robots communicate their positions, converge to a common docking location and the dock successfully, both indoors and out.

From …



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

India:- Army eyeing IIT-made UAV for border patrolling

India:- Army eyeing IIT-made UAV for border patrolling

Researchers at IIT-Kanpur have developed India’s first low-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could be used for anything from patrolling the border to traffic and crowd monitoring. The aircraft, called P1, is commanded by a computer pilot on the…

College of Charleston takes new drone on its maiden voyage

College of Charleston takes new drone on its maiden voyage

By Philip Weiss CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Faculty and students from the College of Charleston were in James Island Thursday testing out their newest high tech piece of equipment that will provide a unique view in future research projects. The…

Students compete in UAS challenge

Students compete in UAS challenge

By Kelley King DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Teams of high school students put their unmanned aerial vehicles to the test for Destination: Dayton High School UAS Challenge at Sinclair Community College Saturday. During the daylong three part competition, students will…

Meet Ohio’s new point man for drones

Meet Ohio’s new point man for drones

Tristan Navera Dayton Business Journal Ohio has named a new point man to oversee the state’s drone efforts. Ryan Smith has been named director of Unmanned Aerial Systems operations for the state of Ohio. Smith will be heading up statewide…

Robots Moving Robots: Lockheed Martin Conducts First Fully Autonomous Mission

Robots Moving Robots: Lockheed Martin Conducts First Fully Autonomous Mission

Lockheed Martin, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), successfully conducted a fully autonomous resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition demonstration using its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle, K-MAX unmanned helicopter and Gyrocam optical sensor.…

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