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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:

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Over 60 Deliverable 1 documents received for the 2016 Outback Challange

Posted by Mark Omo on September 3, 2015 at 8:01am 2 Comments

The deadline has now passed for submitting Deliverable 1 documents to the 2016 UAV Challenge Medical Express. We received 64 D1 documents from teams from all over the world. The Technical Committee will now get to work reading through the documents and assessing teams for the Go/No-Go decision. This process is likely to take 2-3 weeks.…


RC Electric Calculator App for Android

Posted by Graham Dyer on September 3, 2015 at 12:54am 16 Comments

RC Electric Calculator App for Android - version 3.0 is coming out shortly with many improvements and some calculations…


1800mm Largescale ultralight (Metal rebuild)

Posted by CliffN on September 2, 2015 at 11:00pm 3 Comments

ok , for hobby grade seems few guys here does aluminum

after several months of procrastination its time to get this bird to finally fly

1.3KG AUW in only 850kv 3s the maiden was on Aug15,15 then reflown on Aug 31,15

should be my first metal build aircraft, and it should be scale able. the original design been feature , the guys at our field have several concern of being underpower for having a tiny motor for such a big plane. my reason is its what I've…



Posted by lianpinkoh on September 2, 2015 at 5:00pm 4 Comments

One of the major challenges encountered bynatural resource management agencies is the lack of information on the occupancy, distribution and population trends of species of concern, many of which are cryptic, small bodied, and idiosyncratic in habitat selection over large extents of remote areas. And yet these same species are the most threatened due…



Posted by EngineerX on September 2, 2015 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

Dan Edwards of the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory is the principle investigator of Flimmer - a flying, swimming unmanned air vehicle (UAV)/unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). Flimmer can operate in the air and underwater to significantly improve tactical…


AC 91-57 be gone, welcome AC 91-57A

Posted by Gary Mortimer on September 2, 2015 at 12:13pm 10 Comments

Just promulgated by the FAA

1. PURPOSE. This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance to persons operating Unmanned Aircraft (UA) for hobby or recreation purposes meeting the statutory definition of “model aircraft” contained in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. This AC describes means by which model…


FAA Approves a Fleet of 324 Commerical Drones

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on September 1, 2015 at 2:45pm 6 Comments


It's a bird. It's a plane. It's…


3DR launches 3DU, its program for drones in education and research

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 1, 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

3DR, North America’s largest consumer drone manufacturer, has launched its new academic program for drones in education—called “3DU”—to support the numerous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs taking flight at schools…


The force is strong with this one - SteadiDrone VADER

Posted by Duran - SteadiDrone on September 1, 2015 at 12:38pm 9 Comments

Hello again everyone, it's been a while since my last post, been somewhat busy with our latest offering, the VADER. I'll keep this post short and to the point, for those who've not yet seen the Vader (announced at sUSB Expo earlier this year) and the first batch shipped out already.



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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 Pylon Race, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Tributes paid to ‘brilliant’ pioneering Farnborough aviator

Tributes paid to ‘brilliant’ pioneering Farnborough aviator

by Tributes have been paid to an aviation pioneer, who helped design a world record-breaking aircraft, after he died suddenly while cycling near his home in Church Crookham. Chris Kelleher was the driving force behind the solar-powered aircraft, Zephyr 7, which…

Academy of Model Aeronautics urges California SB 142 action

Academy of Model Aeronautics urges California SB 142 action

by On August 27, 2015 the California State Senate followed the State Assembly’s lead in passing California SB 142. AMA spoke out in opposition to this bill in a letter to the Senate and the bill’s sponsors, and testified further…

RCAPA Comments On The GAO’s 15-610 FAA (Lack O’) Progress Report

RCAPA Comments On The GAO’s 15-610 FAA (Lack O’) Progress Report

by The RCAPA still believes that FAA accountability is the key to timely airspace integration. The GAO report pointed out what it could in the way of FAA progress, but what about the Congressionally mandated comprehensive airspace integration plan? September…

Intuitive Aerial Unveils Innovative New Gimbal Controller for AERIGON UAV at IBC2015

Intuitive Aerial Unveils Innovative New Gimbal Controller for AERIGON UAV at IBC2015

by Intuitive Aerial AB will introduce a compact, ergonomic controller for the AERIGON™, the airborne camera platform for professional film and broadcast production, at IBC 2015. The DOMINION controller is a portable device that allows camera operators to guide camera…

Northwest UAV NW-44 Propulsion System Sets Altitude Records

Northwest UAV NW-44 Propulsion System Sets Altitude Records

by McMinnville, Oregon, August 21, 2015 Northwest UAV (NWUAV) is pleased to announce the completion of over 100 hours of rigorous flight testing with the NW-44 engine, setting a new altitude record for small normally aspirated unmanned propulsion systems in…

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