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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 autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, including:

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FAA RESCINDS DRONE BAN AROUND DC

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on February 12, 2016 at 7:13am 1 Comment

From HACKADAY

by:

Late last year, the FAA expanded a Special Flight Rule Area (SFRA) that applied to Unmanned Aerial Systems, drones, and RC airplanes around Washington DC. This SFRA was created around the year 2000 – for obvious reasons – and applies to more than just quadcopters and airplanes…

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Drones could follow trails to find lost hikers

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on February 12, 2016 at 7:00am 0 Comments

In field tests, a quadcopter was slightly better than humans at finding and following a previously-unseen ...

In field tests, a quadcopter was slightly better than humans at finding and following a previously-unseen trail

(Credit: University of Zurich)

From gizmag

By    FEBRUARY 10,…

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New OS image for Erle-Brain 2: "denim"

Posted by Lander Usategui on February 12, 2016 at 7:00am 0 Comments



Hi all!

Erle Robotics team announces the release of the new version of the Debian OS image for Erle-Brain 2 codenamed "denim". The image includes the following enhancements:

  • New version of kernel PREEMPT_RT 

  • Live video…
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New DroneThermal - Smallest Thermal Camera for Drones

Posted by Melih Karakelle on February 11, 2016 at 6:11am 8 Comments

Hi Everyone,



After 5 months of design and test process, new DroneThermal v022016 thermal camera boards are ready to announce. 

This is probably the smallest analog (PAL/NTSC) thermal camera in the world. 



Dimensions : 20mm x 20mm x 15mm (included Lepton 25 degrees…

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Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 10, 2016 at 10:00pm 7 Comments

From Fast Company, an interesting application of APM:Copter powered drones:

Distributed energy systems are a good idea for…

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Redundancy for your autopilot

Posted by Robert Hoermann on February 9, 2016 at 9:41pm 20 Comments

Hello flight-buddys,



it has been quiet for a while from GIZMOtec and the AP-Manager.



But meanwhile the project is finished and we are happy to present the AP-Manager with even more features and flexibility as a redundancy-board between two parallel running (different)…

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Watch Easy Drone defy gravity on Discovery Channel

Posted by Ivan Stamatovski on February 9, 2016 at 7:03pm 4 Comments

Hello Drone Lovers!

Ivan here from Easy Aerial Inc.



I am super-excited to invite you to watch my appearance on a Science Channel show called …

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Autopilot assisted thermalling exploitation

Posted by Riccardo Kuebler on February 9, 2016 at 3:30pm 7 Comments

Hello ensemble,

this is a flight done with the Proxima II, using a UAVDevBoard v4 for autopilot assisted thermal exploitation.

Telemetry on screen is done with DashWare. I had to create a profile for UDB to use the telemetry file with that program and had to adapt a few gauges also. The profile is attached, in the case someone needs…

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ADS-B on DJI M100

Posted by clearskiesph on February 9, 2016 at 12:16pm 3 Comments

After typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban and areas around it, a lot of UAV's have been utilized to do damage assessments. And some pilots complained that they saw UAV's flying in the area during the relief operations. 

As a POC, we have fitted an ADS-B receiver on the DJI M100. The ADS-B…

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New Research on Drone Buying Experience

Posted by Colin Snow on February 9, 2016 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

We just launched a new research survey exploring your drone-buying experiences, where you bought, what seller services matter, and where you intend to buy drones and/or small unmanned aerial systems. As a short 13-question survey, it’s designed for those who have bought or will buy a drone for either…

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UMS SKELDAR announces South East Asia as priority market in launch of global multi-platform UAV strategy

UMS SKELDAR announces South East Asia as priority market in launch of global multi-platform UAV strategy

Saab and UMS AERO Group combine technologies as UMS SKELDAR to showcase Europe’s only provider of both Rotary and Fixed Wing platforms UMS SKELDAR, the newly formed joint business between Saab and UMS AERO Group launches its combined unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) at Singapore Airshow, as the springboard for its ambition to become the number…

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Airborne Drones: An affordable business solution – the Airborne Drones A1 Thermal

Airborne Drones: An affordable business solution – the Airborne Drones A1 Thermal

Lowest cost long range quadcopter in market today with one of the few UAVs that provide stable footage in real-time with, both HD and Thermal footage. The A1-Thermal is a business tool that provides a complete turnkey solution for your farm, or enterprise. Systems in this range typically start from $80, 000 and at below…

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The Aerospace Corporation Demos Counter-Drone Technology for Security Organizations

The Aerospace Corporation Demos Counter-Drone Technology for Security Organizations

El Segundo, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2016) – The Aerospace Corporation recently gave a demonstration of counter-drone technology for a group of organizations that control critical infrastructure. The demonstration was held at a meeting of the Los Angeles Regional Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Working Group, which is a Los Angeles regional group co-hosted by Aerospace and…

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Drone batteries left to charge overnight ‘major suspect’ in Parry Avenue fire

Drone batteries left to charge overnight ‘major suspect’ in Parry Avenue fire

By Vanessa Paige Chelvan SINGAPORE: Drone batteries left to charge overnight are a “major suspect” in the case of a fatal fire that broke out at 6A Parry Avenue last June, a Coroner’s court heard Thursday (Feb 11). The fire killed 74-year-old Ian Johnson, an Australian, and Singaporean Angeline Tan Poh Chu, 64. Their bodies had been…

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DroneDeploy Opens the Skies to Free Autonomous Aerial Mapping

DroneDeploy Opens the Skies to Free Autonomous Aerial Mapping

​­DroneDeploy, the leading cloud software platform for commercial drones, is making powerful aerial data accessible and productive for everyone. Today DroneDeploy announced the launch of its free iOS flight app to simplify and automate the capture of aerial data for the iOS community. Now anyone with the latest drones from DJI, the world’s leading drone…

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