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Jakub Oller replied to Randy's discussion figuring out the Antenna Tracker
"I forgot to write about it but reversed PWM signal sounded at least strange. No servo or ESC would…"
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Setup of New RFD900 Radios

Can someone direct me to a website to setup and get working of Two RFD900 modems one on a Pixhawk,…See More
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Greg Covey replied to Randy's discussion figuring out the Antenna Tracker
"I disproved my theory of Pixhawk PWM signal by loading an Arduflyer 2.5 with the AT 0.7.2 firmware…"
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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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Ardupilot SITL + DroneAPI in Architectural Fabrication

Posted by Artyom Maxim on August 4, 2015 at 12:07pm 0 Comments

Drone Fiber Winding from Artyom Maxim on Vimeo.

Industrial robots and a drone-based material delivery system concept in a simulation illustrating carbon fiber vault - structure fabrication.

Tools used: Rhino + Grasshopper + DroneAPI +…

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5 Things Apple and DJI Have in Common

Posted by FlightBots.com on August 3, 2015 at 2:00pm 21 Comments

Apple and DJI are pioneering companies that manage to consistently stand head and shoulders above their competitors.

Few people would argue with that statement.

But, what common denominators do…

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Do you know the drone laws in the United States?

Posted by Peter Gulin on August 3, 2015 at 7:00am 1 Comment



Here's a little infographic to help you grasp the drone laws that may be prohibiting you to fly freely whenever and wherever you want. Stay informed to stay safe!  

To see the full infographic click …

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SMALL DRONES + SMALL CAMERAS + STRUCTURE FROM MOTION + SMALL ENTERPRISES = MAPPING REVOLUTION

Posted by Walter Volkmann on August 3, 2015 at 6:00am 1 Comment

Last week, in Naples, Fl., at the AGM of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS) our sister company drone2GIS Inc. showcased a cross section of it's leading edge drone derived geo-spatial products . Have a look at the video here: …

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Mobius non-fish eye lens conversion

Posted by Patrick Coyle on August 2, 2015 at 2:57pm 5 Comments

 

This Public Lab note explores alternative non-fish eye lens options for use with Public Lab Mobius Infragram plant cam or standard visible imagery Mobius. The "flat" images are…

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APM Planner 2.0.18 for Raspberry Pi 2

Posted by Bill Bonney on August 2, 2015 at 10:30am 3 Comments

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Hi, Just a quick note to people wanting to run APM Planner 2.0 on the Raspberry Pi 2 and don't want to build it from the source code. Community member Carpy has created a build to download.

It will run on any ARMv7 debian based platform, i.e. Ubuntu or Jessie, it's experimental so please…

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Drones & Privacy "The Real Truth"

Posted by AKRCGUY on August 1, 2015 at 3:51pm 8 Comments

In light of the recent "Drone Slayer" in the news, we wanted to make a video to show what the common hobbyist drone can actually see from 200' up.  

The drone slayer being William Meredith of Kentucky who shot down a drone he said was hovering as low as 10' over his yard.  It turned out that after the drone pilot released his DJI Phantom 3 flight record, the…

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More gimbal news

Posted by Jeevan Kalanithi on August 1, 2015 at 2:30pm 33 Comments

For this post, we want to let you inside 3DR by providing a look into the overall…

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Flying Robot International Film Festival

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2015 at 4:04pm 1 Comment

From the great Eddie Codel, one of the first and best drone videographers, comes this!

The Flying Robot international Film Festival or FRiFF, is an open competitive film festival focused on aerial cinema created…

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Primoco UAV presents an the biggest unmanned aircraft for commercial use in the territory of Central and Eastern Europe

Primoco UAV presents an the biggest unmanned aircraft for commercial use in the territory of Central and Eastern Europe

by Prague, August 4, 2015 – A unique, civil unmanned aircraft with remote control developed by the Czech company Primoco UAV SE is coming to the international market. It can fly independently, with the help of pre-programmed flight plans. It…

DJI Releases App to Make Aerial Photo and Video Sharing Easier Than Ever Before

DJI Releases App to Make Aerial Photo and Video Sharing Easier Than Ever Before

by DJI today announced the release of the all-new DJI GO app, an upgrade to the previous DJI Pilot app with a redesigned user interface to make it easier to capture and share images captured with DJI’s latest products including…

Phase One Industrial Introduces the iXU-R Camera Series with up to 80 MP resolution plus high performance optics

Phase One Industrial Introduces the iXU-R Camera Series with up to 80 MP resolution plus high performance optics

by Phase One Industrial, a leading manufacturer and provider of medium format aerial digital photography equipment and software solutions, today introduced the iXU-R camera series. Available in 80 MP, 60MP and 60MP achromatic versions, these cameras feature dedicated interchangeable 40…

Welk Aviation Takes Flight with AERIGON, Aerial Remote Camera Head for Professionals

Welk Aviation Takes Flight with AERIGON, Aerial Remote Camera Head for Professionals

by Welk Aviation has made a bold move into the professional unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market with the purchase of two AERIGON aerial remote camera heads (ARCH™) from Intuitive Aerial. The AERIGON, for which Welk Aviation has received an FAA…

Legislation would close loopholes in FAA’s authority over consumer drones

Legislation would close loopholes in FAA’s authority over consumer drones

by Dianne Feinstein Every second counts when fighting wildfires. This certainly held true on July 17 when Cal Fire’s aerial firefighting operations were suspended because five consumer drones were flying over the North Fire in San Bernardino County. During those…

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