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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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Landing of a helicopter UAV on a mobile platform without GPS

Posted by Antidio Viguria on September 1, 2015 at 2:11am 1 Comment

The EC-SAFEMOBIL project, initiative that belongs to the VII Framework Programme for R&D of the European Commission led and coordinated by CATEC and the University of Seville in the field of unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) and robotics, continues advancing its research and has achieved…

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ODROID + Flip32 Mini Quadcopter, Part II: Mounting and Flying the ODROID

Posted by Simon D. Levy on August 31, 2015 at 11:37pm 1 Comment

In my previous post I had built and flown this little 250mm quad with the Flip32 flight controller on board.  I was waiting for the arrival of a tiny …

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Another good-looking APM-based crowdfunded drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2015 at 10:05pm 3 Comments

Just went live on Indiegogo:

Maneuverable and customisable

The ERIDA drone constantly tracks where you are and follows you automatically keeping the camera…

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Automatic Woody crop and forest plantation inventory and statistic data extraction with GIS and drone (UAV) technology

Posted by Jesus A on August 31, 2015 at 10:00pm 1 Comment

Usage of small dimensions RPAS ( drones ) has a real and practical benefit on forest, environment and agriculture management. Drones can obtain Digital Surface Models and pseudo-NDVI orthomosaics that can be manipulated by Geographic Information Systems (hereinafter GIS) allowing professional and rigorous studies along with technically supported decisions.

We provide here an example of woody crop inventory done with our drones and GIS…

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Seeking student and maker short film entries for FRiFF (drone film festival)

Posted by Eddie Codel on August 31, 2015 at 6:04pm 0 Comments

The Flying Robot international Film Festival, an open competitive film festival focused on drone-based cinema, is seeking short film submissions (<5 minutes). Of particular interest to the DIY Drones community, we're looking for more entries in the Student Film, I Made That and Drones for Good categories.



Student Film - If you're a student and have a drone related…

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Pixhawk Prizes for Pronto Pair :- T3 Back to the Future Winners

Posted by Gary Mortimer on August 31, 2015 at 2:30pm 7 Comments

Back in 2009 we ran our first pylon style race in a figure eight pattern. It was won by an Easystar using a paparazzi autopilot in a fraction over 49 seconds for a single lap.

This time we asked contestants to complete 5 laps and Dawid Preller flew a blistering time of 221…

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RotorBuilds.com Helps you price out your Multirotor Build and Share it with Others

Posted by WhiffleX on August 31, 2015 at 8:11am 2 Comments

RotorBuilds is a new application that allows multirotor DIYers to price out their build and share the finished product with others.  As you add each part to your build the total price is updated in real time to give you an idea of your…

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An awesome day at CMAC

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on August 30, 2015 at 10:30pm 26 Comments

Anyone who has been involved in aeromodelling for a while dreams of having one of those days when everything works right. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it sure is nice!

CanberraUAV had one of those days yesterday. It was a…

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New stats on commercial drones in the US

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2015 at 7:44pm 6 Comments

Thanks to sUAS News, here are the latest stats on commercial drone registrations in the US based on tail numbers, which actually tracks drone units and is a…

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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 2 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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Naches Heights fire official sees drone use as a tool to help firefighters

Naches Heights fire official sees drone use as a tool to help firefighters

by By Donald W. Meyers After a suspicious brush fire in Naches Heights earlier this summer, Steven Mack decided to get a better look at the fire scene. Rather than walk the charred earth or seek out higher ground to…

Unruly drones spook pilots while entrepreneurs seek to get airborne

Unruly drones spook pilots while entrepreneurs seek to get airborne

by By Ian Duncan The Baltimore Sun Federal aviation officials are looking to police in Maryland to help deal with a new kind of lawbreaker: drone pilots. Following complaints from pilots about unmanned aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration has referred more than…

NZ :- Drone operator fined $3000 for ‘favour’ to Palmerston North City Council

NZ :- Drone operator fined $3000 for ‘favour’ to Palmerston North City Council

by THOMAS HEATON Doing a “favour” for the Palmerston North City Council has left one Ashhurst man with thousands of dollars in fines. Robert Edwards received two “excessive and ridiculous” fines, amounting to $3000, for using his drone to film…

Indiegogo :- Personal full carbon smart drone ERIDA

Indiegogo :- Personal full carbon smart drone ERIDA

by The ERIDA drone constantly tracks where you are and follows you automatically keeping the camera on you and captures your every move. We set out to create the best aerial photography experience you ever imagined. This means the creation…

From Amazon.com to iron ore mines, drones are on the rise

From Amazon.com to iron ore mines, drones are on the rise

by First it was driverless trucks and trains, now Australia’s biggest mining companies are turning to drones for a competitive advantage. With mines, railways and ports sprawling over hundreds of kilometres, unmanned drones are increasingly being used by miners to…

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