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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
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Aerial Photogrammetry vs. Terrestrial Photogrammetry

Posted by UAV Data Processing on December 17, 2014 at 11:44pm 0 Comments

Photogrammetry is a technology that combines photography and geometry. The principle is very simple, yet it has a huge impact on current architectural works. What it does is something like this:

Photography gives 2D representations. The system generates 3D measurements of the surface and object from a photograph. Aerial and terrestrial are two major types of photogrammetry.

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UgCS 2.1 is out!

Posted by Janis Kuze on December 17, 2014 at 4:02am 5 Comments


I am pleased to inform that UgCS 2.1 is out now. All versions including UgCS One are available.

There is of course UgCS Open which is free and will suit needs of most of hobby users who fly drones for fun.

With UgCS version 2.0 one has ability to search for locations via text search and…


Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter

Posted by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2014 at 11:59pm 17 Comments

This one looks pretty…

PX4 - Call for VTOL test pilots

Posted by PX4 on December 16, 2014 at 3:00pm 9 Comments

Call for VTOL test pilots! The PX4 standard firmware (master branch, downloadable via QGroundControl) supports first VTOL vehicle (duo-rotor, tail sitter). This video demonstrates the transition from hover - fixed wing - hover. Contact: …


Google Earth API depricated

Posted by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2014 at 1:15pm 0 Comments

From the Google Earth blog. This doesn't have an effect on the mobile GCSs, such as Droidplanner, but could affect some desktop GCSs that use the Google Earth (rather than Google Maps)…


BreezeUAV new flight : a crash but also some features tested

Posted by Adrien HADJ-SALAH on December 16, 2014 at 9:03am 0 Comments

Hi everyone,

Today I made a new flight using the BreezeUAV autopilot that I develop in open-source ( :

It ended up with a crash due to motor vibrations leading to wrong roll evaluation. Actually I was aware of those vibrations, I thought the Kalman and Low-Pass filter will be enough to have good value. Without propeller I had 0.3G of…


Custom designed quadcopter-APM 2.5

Posted by Michael Nauta on December 16, 2014 at 8:30am 4 Comments

For a project my group is currently undertaking with media lab Asia, we had to fabricate a UAV that could be used as a data mule in case of disaster(Delay tolerant networks).

Decided to go for an H frame and designed the following frame on Autocad. motor to motor distance is 525 vertical (as in image) and 575…


"Autonomous Christmas Lab": a robotic "Merry Christmas!"

Posted by kostalexis on December 16, 2014 at 7:00am 4 Comments

Dear members of the drones community,

For one more year... the time has come! 

The Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich just released the "Autonomous Christmas Lab 2014" video! Watch and share! Robots are indeed excellent Christmas…


LA Drone Expo - Is it really all about the Drone?

Posted by Iain Butler on December 15, 2014 at 10:42pm 3 Comments

The LA Drone Expo was held on Saturday 13th Dec at the LA Sports Arena, here is a blog covering the LA Drone Expo - Is it really all about the…


QAV250 Carbon Fiber Edition - Building TimeLapse Log

Posted by Alexandre Mainardi on December 15, 2014 at 6:10pm 4 Comments

Hello DIY Friend's,

This is my latest video, QAV250 Carbon Fiber Edition, Building TimeLapse Log, i hope you enjoy! 

Here is my Setup

Lumenier QAV250 Carbon Fiber Edition

OpenPilot CC3D Atom

Tiger Motor 12A 600hz simonK ESCs 

Lumenier (Tiger motor Rebranded) FX2006-13 2000kv motors

Gemfan 5x3 props

Lumenier CS-600 super…



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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

UgCS goes commercial

UgCS goes commercial

SPH Engineering is pleased to announce that UgCS is now out of Beta stage and is available for purchase. Our work for nearly two years have resulted in UgCS version 2.1 Which now we have tested to be exceeding or…

Microdrones inspect Australian railways.

Microdrones inspect Australian railways.

Aerial inspection of the rail network: Aurizon, Australia’s biggest rail company, uses two UAV of the German microdrones GmbH to survey its entire transport infrastructure. The company from the German City of Siegen beat its international competitors in the tendering…

CASA to issue fine after VIC drone crash

CASA to issue fine after VIC drone crash

A Victorian man will be fined after crashing his drone during a police operation at Altona this week. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will issue the $850 fine because the drone was flown within 30 metres of people. The man…

Trimble:- eCognition Essentials Free Trial

Trimble:- eCognition Essentials Free Trial

Powerfull Out-of-the-Box Land Cover Mapping Solution eCognition® Essentials is a new software solution for geospatial and remote sensing professionals performing land cover mapping tasks using imagery. eCognition Essentials offers an intuitive image analysis solution that allows users of all levels to quickly…

Universities: Confusing Drone Rules Stifle Our Research

Universities: Confusing Drone Rules Stifle Our Research

BY KAVEH WADDELL Academics who use drones for their research are pushing back on what they call overly restrictive federal regulations. Two associations that together represent more than 200 American universities are complaining that the Federal Aviation Administration’s confusing policies on…

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