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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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New solar UAS record.

Posted by Chris Cloutier on July 6, 2015 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

This is some really exciting news. Curious what FC is onboard. From the team:

The AtlantikSolar Unmanned Aerial Vehicle took off on June 30th at 11:14 o’clock to attempt the “holy grail” of solar-powered…

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Parrot Bebop running APM!

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 6, 2015 at 5:54pm 9 Comments

I just got back from Paris, where I was meeting with the Parrot team, who are now part of the DroneCode project. Here's the first glimpse of what they are working on: the APM code running on the Bebop drone! The…

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Drones in Firefighting (and fire reporting)

Posted by MarioSpeedwagon on July 6, 2015 at 3:57pm 3 Comments

Drones & Firefighting

I wanted to (quickly) share some experiences with the use of drones in firefighting, as my UAS and goals differ a bit from most departments we've seen that are starting to use drones. 

I am a career…

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Just how good are Solo's autonomous landings?

Posted by Daniel McKinnon on July 6, 2015 at 2:42pm 4 Comments

There has been a lot of discussion recently on DIYDrones about GPS accuracy, the reliability of autonomous flight modes like Return to Home, and safe flying conditions. These are all valuable discussions to be had, but it is also is helpful to consider how well GPS-based positioning works in…

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GoPro Session $399

Posted by Brian Martin on July 6, 2015 at 1:17pm 6 Comments

GoPro Hero 4 Session:  $399

GoPro just released the Hero 4 Session!!!  Nice looking camera but now we have to redesign all of our gimbals.  The size and weight savings along with the symmetry could prove beneficial to drone applications?!?…

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DIY RC Gimbal Part 2

Posted by Jonathan Hair on July 5, 2015 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

Hi all,

A few months back I posted about making my own RC controller: http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/diy-rc-controller

I finally got around to making it work. I am very happy with the results! I ended up using code posted on RCgroups to format the PPM signal:…

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AEROMAPPERS UAVs mapping drone updates

Posted by Mauricio on July 5, 2015 at 1:00am 4 Comments

Aeromao Inc. A leading edge UAV manufacturer from Canada has recently made several updates to its Aeromappers family of drones as well as additions to its payload offerings.

 

The Aeromapper family of UAVs consist of three different drones aimed for mapping and survey applications with…

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Database of FAA drone exemptions

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 4, 2015 at 2:58pm 8 Comments

From the excellent Center of the Study of the Drone, a searchable spreadsheet with all the current FAA Section 333 exemptions for commercial use:

By…

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Latest on Pixhawk-powered ducted fan drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 4, 2015 at 2:39pm 7 Comments

From Hackaday:

A while back, we wrote about the ducted fan, single rotor, VTOL drone that [Armin Strobel] was working on. It wasn’t quite finished then, and hadn’t got off the ground yet. He’s posted an update, and from the looks of it, he’s made tons of progress,…

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AEROMAPPERS UAVs mapping drone updates

AEROMAPPERS UAVs mapping drone updates

by Aeromao Inc. A leading edge UAV manufacturer from Canada has recently made several updates to its Aeromappers family of drones as well as additions to its payload offerings. The Aeromapper family of UAVs consist of three different drones aimed…

GoPro Launches HERO4 Session: the Smallest, Lightest and Most Convenient GoPro, Yet

GoPro Launches HERO4 Session: the Smallest, Lightest and Most Convenient GoPro, Yet

by GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO), enabler of some of today’s most engaging content, is proud to announce HERO4 Session, the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro yet.  50% smaller and 40% lighter than GoPro’s best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, HERO4 Session packs…

Operation of unmanned aircraft systems prohibited: Delhi Police

Operation of unmanned aircraft systems prohibited: Delhi Police

by New Delhi: Amid fears that drones could be used to stage a terrorist attack, Delhi Policeon Thursday issued a notification saying operation of any unmanned aircraft systems by public is prohibited and anybody violating it will be strictly dealt with.…

Unmanned aircraft test at Griffiss ‘went really well’

Unmanned aircraft test at Griffiss ‘went really well’

by Elizabeth Cooper The successful first test of an unmanned large aircraft at Griffiss International Airport last month may help solidify the area’s future in that field. The twin engine general aviation-style aircraft recently was flown through the Northeast UAS…

Students to get hands-on training in drone technology

Students to get hands-on training in drone technology

by Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press A California-based nonprofit is planning to invest up to $1 million to bring a high-tech learning lab to the Coleman A. Young International Airport, where Detroit students and the public can get hands-on training in…

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