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MiniAPM v3.1

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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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UAVX Gravity Pilot

Posted by Radoslaw Kornicki on December 18, 2014 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

Hello Everyone! 
Some of You may remember an early prototype of a integrated remote that I built and posted here on DIY a couple of years ago. While the post has been taken down since, the work on this control never stopped but rather went "underground" while I worked on it with a couple of…

Novadem unveils a new positioning technology for UAV

Posted by Rui Costa on December 18, 2014 at 2:10pm 4 Comments

The LPS technology of Novadem (Local Positioning System) allows for the first time to perform fully automatic inspection…


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 8 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 26 Comments

This one looks pretty…

PX4 - Call for VTOL test pilots

Posted by PX4 on December 16, 2014 at 3:00pm 13 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…



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

Crash into Tree: The Fascinating New Genre of Drone Flyaway Videos

Crash into Tree: The Fascinating New Genre of Drone Flyaway Videos

Rob Walker It’s been quite a year for unmanned aerial vehicles — or drones, to you and me. Forget the familiar military and business uses for the machines. In 2014 it’s been the hobbyist, the recreational user, the drone owner…

Unmanned aircraft officials meet with Hoeven to talk industry future

Unmanned aircraft officials meet with Hoeven to talk industry future

By Brandi Jewett Local leaders in the unmanned aerial systems industry met Thursday with U.S. Sen. John Hoeven in Grand Forks to discuss strategy for advancing UAS operations in the state. In a recent round of legislation, the Air Force’s Global…

UK Job opportunity:- Drone Spokesperson Wanted

UK Job opportunity:- Drone Spokesperson Wanted

At 3iC would like to hear from anyone with the following abilities & ambitions * You will be comfortable in front of a BBC camera in studio * You will be able to articulate everything “Drone / RPAS / UAS“ to any…

The Royal Navy holds ‘robot wars’, with science firms demonstrating unmanned aircrafts and boats.

The Royal Navy holds ‘robot wars’, with science firms demonstrating unmanned aircrafts and boats.

The Royal Navy is holding its first ‘robot wars’, inviting firms at the cutting-edge of science to demonstrate unmanned aircraft, boats and submarines. The head of the Navy – First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas – has challenged academics,…

New radar system supports unmanned aircraft

New radar system supports unmanned aircraft

FORT HOOD, Texas – The Army installed its first Ground Based Sense and Avoid system radar on Dec. 15 at Fort Hood home to two MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System companies. Fort Hood is one of five installations that…

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