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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:

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Pixhawk packaging?

Posted by Teejay on May 23, 2015 at 12:50am 3 Comments

I'm used to getting Pixhawks from the 3DR store and resellers - and it comes in the nice grey box. And it's the first time I've seen it packaged in the 3DR branded "white" Pixhawk box. The white Pixhawk was purchased somewhere in China. Is this an older (or newer) batch? Or is it a…

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MQ9 camera housing

Posted by Clint K. Campbell on May 22, 2015 at 11:30pm 9 Comments

I've read a lot about the NitroPlanes/ProJet MQ-9 Reaper, and mostly about how to outfit it with a camera.  Before I received my plane from some ignoramus who packaged it like a 2-year-old might do, I thought that I could cram a GoPro camera into the "ball".  And yes, a GoPro will fit inside the "ball"... but not the way one might like.

The 3D rendering above shows how badly the GoPro fits into the stock MQ-9 camera housing.  The lens is far left and high...…

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Transport Canada to investigate ''Roman Candle Attack''

Posted by Charles Blouin on May 22, 2015 at 8:46pm 9 Comments

Transport Canada will investigate the use of a Quadcopter for shooting fireworks. It is again people giving unmanned vehicles a bad reputation. Shooting fireworks on someone is plain stupid, I think we can agree. However, should Transport Canada be handling this case? What if they were shooting from a radio-contolled boat or car? The danger is from…

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SPARK, the italian drone recognized by ENAC (Italian FAA ) for professional aerial work.

Posted by Roberto Navoni on May 22, 2015 at 1:00pm 6 Comments

Drones and aerial work in Italy. Despite some difficulties of a regulatory and bureaucratic, dictated by the regulation on unmanned…
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Man sized *copter

Posted by Ioan Ghip on May 22, 2015 at 12:42pm 9 Comments

A new OSD for FPV - PlayuavOSD

Posted by rentt on May 22, 2015 at 10:30am 7 Comments

Hi,I want to share a new OSD - the PlayuavOSD. It is new but not totally unfamiliar. It is created by integrating a variety of excellent open-source projects. Many thanks to the developers for their efforts and dedication.

This project is licensed under CC 3.0 BY-SA and GUN v3. You can find all information about this OSD at…

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Lynx M: 3 Hour Mapping Endurance

Posted by Matthew - Swift Radioplanes on May 21, 2015 at 7:30pm 17 Comments

Greetings all. About a year ago, we introduced you to the Lynx. http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/introducing-the-lynx. Lynx was our first system developed as an affordable, fixed-wing UAV for mapping. The Lynx design was…

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Rover goes full size followme - actually its XL!

Posted by Grant Morphett on May 21, 2015 at 5:00pm 14 Comments

You're all having a lovely time with your little copters and planes.  Over on Rover - were going full size!!!!  Check out this tractor performing FollowMe!

NEW Drone Recovery Parachute System Looking For 20 Beta Testers!

Posted by Joshua Johnson on May 21, 2015 at 2:39pm 6 Comments

Hello Diy Drones Universe,

Here at CAD Drones LLC we are currently looking for 20 Beta Testers of the Drone Parachute System we are now currently selling. To get this affordable product to the Drone Industry we have to have video from people sharing their success with our product! Currently…

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AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm 37 Comments

Sorry to see this notice from AirDroids, who had launched the PocketCopter on Kickstarter, but glad to see their list of "lessons learned". Manufacturing is really, really hard, and they were not the first or last Kickstarter project to get in over…

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UAV news from sUAS News

AirDroids cease trading

AirDroids cease trading

by Dear Drone Lovers, We are writing to let you know that AirDroids, Inc. is ceasing operations. As of this week, we have sent out units for all the orders that we received addresses for. Our company ran out of…

Swift Radioplanes Lynx M

Swift Radioplanes Lynx M

by  The Lynx M UAS is an affordable imagery collection device with the performance and features that match or out perform considerably more expensive systems. The Lynx design emphasizes simplicity, ruggedness, and performance. Lynx is designed for aerial photomapping and is currently used…

Spy in the sky: Whose drone is it anyway?

Spy in the sky: Whose drone is it anyway?

by MARIE HUCHZERMEYER During the recent anti-xenophobia march through Hilbrow and central Johannesburg something struck me as more deeply unnerving than the armed police presence, impatient taxi drivers and a glass bottle hurled at the crowd from a window. They…

Singapore: URA explores creating 3D digital models of city area using drones

Singapore: URA explores creating 3D digital models of city area using drones

by SINGAPORE: Digital models of the Republic’s heritage sites and city areas created using aerial images by drones could be here to stay, if trials conducted by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) are successful. The URA said the technique is…

Drone adjuster: Pa. insurer’s air force

Drone adjuster: Pa. insurer’s air force

by Joseph N. DiStefano One of Pennsylvania’s largest insurers says it has received the Federal Aviation Administration’s blessing to launch its first DJI Phantom 2 quadrocopter drones, which will putter across the skies to spy out your damaged home or…

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