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"No, it is currently set to disabled. I don't understand why the octaquad flies OK in…"
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Adding extra functions to MinimOSD

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Does wind badly affect the APM?

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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:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Blog Posts

Conservationdrones in Aceh, North Sumatra

Posted by keeyen pang on April 16, 2014 at 11:00pm 1 Comment

One of the early drone develop by still actively fly in Aceh for forest monitoring. This is a repost video from conservatiodrones. It is good to know that low cost drone bring great benefit to conservation body. Thanks Fauna & Flora International Aceh Program sharing the video and I…


Water-jetting Hexacopter frames out of Lexan

Posted by Jeremy Guillory on April 16, 2014 at 10:25pm 9 Comments

CAD layout for four frames…


UAV and UAV Landing Platform close to completion!

Posted by Brandon Frazer on April 16, 2014 at 8:00pm 3 Comments

UAV and UAV Landing Platform close to completion!

I posted a while back with our project and we have been keeping it in hiding until we fully finished it. We still have some things left to finish.  We were able to get the magnetic locking system to work…


Mulitrotors on the set of Mythbusters

Posted by Joe Murphy on April 16, 2014 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

Adam Savage and the crew over at talk multirotors on their most recent podcast still untitled. Adam mentions that one of the cameramen, Duncan Clark, has been using…


Drones over Idaho: Robert Blair, the Unmanned Farmer

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on April 16, 2014 at 12:18pm 1 Comment


Robert Blair (, a fourth-generation wheat farmer living in Kendrick, Idaho, has been using drones in precision agriculture since 2007. “Folks think we’re standing out there in our bib overalls with a pitchfork,” he says. “But take a look at our technology. Our tractors, our…


Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority scrambling to roll out drone public awareness campaign

Posted by Greg on April 16, 2014 at 10:01am 6 Comments

UAV Safety Story

From ABC News Australia

Aviation authorities are struggling to keep up with a boom in remote controlled drones over…


Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV

Posted by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 16, 2014 at 6:19am 32 Comments

Mayday! Mayday! I tested the FPV system on the Raptor140B, with nearly disastrous results. Luckily, the APM was onboard to save the day!

I added the 400mw 1.3Ghz FPV transmitter to the 140B, and took it for a test flight. Right after take off I had significant control issues,…


Portable Ground Station design, 2.0 - the basic idea

Posted by Adrián Nagy Hinst on April 16, 2014 at 3:12am 9 Comments

Hi guys, previously I posted a description about my Ground station.

Since than, I spent many hours on testing and flying with it!

Regarding my experiences, I came up with a 2.0…


Using the Stars, Sun the Moon and the Horizon rather than GPS

Posted by Monroe Lee King Jr. on April 16, 2014 at 12:58am 21 Comments

 This is a post off the top of my head because I have not looked into it very much but I thought it might be of interest to some so I'll post it anyway.

 I was looking at this:

This is the Celestron "StarSense" an accessory for computerized "GOTO" telescopes. What this does is you…


NAVIO: RTK demonstration

Posted by Emlid on April 15, 2014 at 10:13pm 10 Comments

Hey guys, we wanted to share a visual demonstration of  RTK GPS.  The demo was made with NAVIO board and Raspberry Pi running RTKLIB. Plots display how RTK GPS solution compares to a single GPS solution from the same receiver.…



Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
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UAV news from sUAS News

Agriculture gives unmanned aerial vehicles a new purpose

Agriculture gives unmanned aerial vehicles a new purpose

United Soybean Board Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), sometimes referred to as “drones,” have found a use beyond the military. According to Rory Paul, founder and CEO of Volt Aerial Robotics, a UAV company, the sky’s the limit for what these…

Drone battle to come before Berkeley City Council

Drone battle to come before Berkeley City Council

by Emilie Raguso More than a year after the Berkeley City Council asked three city panels to take a look at the use of drones around town, two starkly different recommendations are slated to come before officials in a special work session…

Nain school helps build drone

Nain school helps build drone

Andrew Robinson Students at a school in Nain are helping construct an aerial drone that will eventually film and photograph significant archeological sites in the area. “At first it was like, ‘Wow, is this really going to happen?’ But once…

Drone delivers maps pay-off

Drone delivers maps pay-off

A team of Northland surveyors is taking aerial mapping to a whole new level using the latest technology. Beasley and Burgess Surveyors, based in Whangarei, are the first surveyors in Northland to use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known…

Jim Williams of the FAA wants more at the sUSB Expo

Jim Williams of the FAA wants more at the sUSB Expo

James (Jim) H. Williams has requested a full hour block of time to present and answer questions from the small business end-user community. He suggested extending his briefing time (briefing & question and answer period) from 30 min to 1…

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