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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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Exploring the secrets of flying wing design with CFD.

Posted by Andrew Rabbitt on July 28, 2015 at 9:36pm 5 Comments

The flying wing design I have been working on for some time now has been slowly evolving as I have learned more about aerodynamics and expanded my skill set with modelling tools of various forms.  I have recently completely re-surfaced my design with new aerofoil sections and better, more consistent surface…

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Warehouses logistics and something else

Posted by DroneBox Team on July 28, 2015 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

Tricopters, quadcopters, hexacopters, octocopters, etc.

The drone-world is evolving quite fast and nowadays one can see very curious vehicles and configurations that surprisingly (or not) are able to fly properly.

This is due to the possibility that some open source autopilots like Pixhawk…

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Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2015 at 7:10am 16 Comments

Congrats to the ETH Autonomous Systems Lab for this milestone with a Pixhawk-powered fixed wing drone. Next stop: crossing the Atlantic! From the team:

Two weeks after having demonstrated …

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Fun with collision-resistant drones

Posted by AdrienB on July 28, 2015 at 3:41am 2 Comments

We wanted to share a fun video we made recently. Our drones can interact with obstacles and humans, which is opening amazing new applications, be it for accessing hard-to-reach places or for having fun with them. 

We achieve that through a passively rotating protective cage an control algorithms that keep the drone stable at all times. More than just a…

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PID Gains explained like never before!

Posted by Alexandre Mainardi on July 27, 2015 at 6:30pm 9 Comments

[IEEE CSS Video Clip Contest 2015 Submission]

This is a video introduction to controlling self-driving cars, specifically using PID-control. Special emphasis is placed on how the proportional, integral, and derivative gains affect the performance of the vehicle.



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Pixhawk + ODROID + MAVLinkAutoPylot

Posted by Simon D. Levy on July 26, 2015 at 2:31pm 4 Comments

After we demoed a little five-channel "AutoPylot" program on a Naze32 with ODROID companion board, our friends at A2USA, Inc . asked us whether we could do the same for the Pixhawk that they use for flying their big birds.  We started modifying…

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3D FPV camera The BlackBird 2 and FPV goggles

Posted by Egor_FPV3DCam on July 26, 2015 at 1:17pm 2 Comments

Today I want to publish a series of pictures on how you can obtain stereoscopic video 3D FPV flight camera The…

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JALC Boat educational platform to develop aquatic drones

Posted by Jose Antonio Luceño on July 26, 2015 at 5:28am 0 Comments

Hello everyone,

I present one of my latest projects, which aims to create an educational platform to develop aquatic robots/drones. Most pieces are designed and printed with 3D Printer.

You can download all parts Thingiverse. …

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Automatically spotting endangered chimpanzee nests by drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 25, 2015 at 7:07pm 2 Comments

Congrats to our friends at Conservation Drones, whose collaboration with International Union for Conservation for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Liverpool John Moores University on using computer vision to spot chimpanzee nests from the air (using APM-powered drones) has now been published in the …

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Hillview man arrested for shooting down drone; cites right to privacy

Hillview man arrested for shooting down drone; cites right to privacy

by By Travis Kircher LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A Hillview man has been arrested after he shot down a drone flying over his property — but he’s not making any apologies for it. It happened Sunday night at a home on…

Drone causes plane to make emergency landing at Niagara Falls Airport

Drone causes plane to make emergency landing at Niagara Falls Airport

by By Marissa Perlman, News 4 Reporter NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) –  A plane was forced to take make an emergency landing at the Niagara Falls airport to avoid colliding with a drone. It happened in the area of Shawnee and Slusaric…

Amazon proposes drones-only airspace to facilitate high-speed delivery

Amazon proposes drones-only airspace to facilitate high-speed delivery

by Ed Pilkington Amazon is proposing that a pristine slice of airspace above the world’s cities and suburbs should be set aside for the deployment of high-speed aerial drones capable of flying robotically with virtually no human interference. The retail…

Inspection drone cuts time needed to safety check aircraft and buildings

Inspection drone cuts time needed to safety check aircraft and buildings

by Tracey Wye The time taken to inspect buildings, aircraft and other large inanimate objects has been dramatically slashed with the release of a new drone. Drone developers Blue Bear Systems, which is based in Clapham, Bedfordshire, has joined with…

Drones rapidly becoming a nuisance

Drones rapidly becoming a nuisance

by By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune Drones are getting a lot of attention in Southern California these days, but for all the wrong reasons. Last week firefighters were battling the North Fire along the 15 Freeway when their efforts…

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