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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 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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Announcing Aeriality Version 1.1

Posted by Taylor Glenn on September 19, 2014 at 12:30pm 5 Comments

Aeriality version 1.1 is out now, check it out at www.aeriality.io.

But, first things first, thanks everyone at DIYD for your support. I've had over 100 downloads of the Aeriality software so far, and lots of great interactions…

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3DR IRIS gets approved in France by DGAC (french FAA).

Posted by Nicolas on September 19, 2014 at 6:57am 12 Comments

After a few weeks of administrative processing it is finally here, the "Attestation de conception de type" (Type certificate) allows the 3DRobotics IRIS to fly legally in France in scenarios S1, S2 and S3. S3 meaning it can fly in urban areas as well !…



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Vulture 2 spaceplane launch hits Kickstarter target

Posted by Lester Haines on September 19, 2014 at 6:52am 5 Comments

Our £30k Kickstarter campaign to take our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission to Spaceport America…

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An Algorithm That Decodes the Surface of the Earth

Posted by Greg Dronsky on September 19, 2014 at 2:29am 0 Comments

...Study published last week in the Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, that describes an algorithm that can classify land cover types with minimal nudging from humans.

The problem, from a computational standpoint, is that…

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Simple set up for Turnigy 9XR (or similar) 6 position mode switching - No Hardware/Flashing Required

Posted by Ben Dellar on September 18, 2014 at 7:40pm 2 Comments

Until recently my main TX was a Turnigy 9X and I (like many others) was using a hacked in 6 position POT switch to select modes on my various aircraft. Unfortunately the 9X has died so has been replaced by a shiny new 9XR. Rather then hack apart the 9XR (too pretty) I wanted to experiment with using the…

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Humanoid robot learns to fly a flight simulator!

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 18, 2014 at 3:34pm 4 Comments

This is both adorable and really cool. From IEEE Spectrum:

As much trouble as humanoid robots are to build and control, we keep on trying to make it work because it's easiest to operate in a human environment if you can…

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Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops

Posted by Matthew Schroyer on September 18, 2014 at 2:30pm 10 Comments

Many of us recreational, semi-pro, and pro RPAS operators here on DIYDrones.com are fortunate enough to have had great dialogue with the public, sometimes even taking time off from our normal schedules or responsibilities to show others the wonders of robotic flight. Still, we are all to familiar with those few stories where the public has become confrontational with civilian and commercial…

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Google Glass, civilian drones, and space for reflection

Posted by John Githens on September 18, 2014 at 12:14pm 2 Comments

A friend outside of DIYD passed on a link to a thought-provoking post by Michael Sacasas. His observations are around people and Google Glass. However as I read…

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An Autopilot in the clouds - part 3

Posted by Jesper Andersen on September 18, 2014 at 2:00am 0 Comments

This article is part three in a series, describing some of the inner workings of an autopilot system - even though the description is specific for this particular system, a lot of principles are generic and can be used to describe a variety of auto…

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How 3DR tests camera gimbals

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 17, 2014 at 9:09pm 21 Comments

With our partners AES. This is a great way to really quantify performance!

 
 
 

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A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Hurricane Edouard Right Environment for Drone Test

Hurricane Edouard Right Environment for Drone Test

By JENNIFER KAY Associated Press Hurricane Edouard was the perfect environment to test new data-collecting drones because the storm was strong, had a well-defined eye and never threatened land, U.S. government scientists said Thursday. Four drones called Coyotes — shaped…

Navy’s Triton unmanned aircraft completes 1st cross-country flight

Navy’s Triton unmanned aircraft completes 1st cross-country flight

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River Sept. 18 after completing its inaugural cross-country ferry flight, bringing the Navy closer to delivering this new capability to the fleet. This…

Tiny Humanoid Robot Learning to Fly Real Airplanes

Tiny Humanoid Robot Learning to Fly Real Airplanes

By Evan Ackerman As much trouble as humanoid robots are to build and control, we keep on trying to make it work because it’s easiest to operate in a human environment if you can do the same things that a…

Despite FAA dithering, a drone economy sprouts on the farm

Despite FAA dithering, a drone economy sprouts on the farm

Clay Dillow Commercial use of unmanned aircraft remains prohibited in the U.S., but a marketplace for small drones is developing among American farmers. In June, the oil and gas giant BP  BP  began flying drones over an oil field in Prudhoe Bay,…

Google wants to test drone wireless Internet in New Mexico

Google wants to test drone wireless Internet in New Mexico

Martyn Williams Google is planning to test Internet delivery by drone high above New Mexico, according to a government filing. On Friday, the company asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to use two blocks of frequencies for the tests,…

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