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Andrew Fernie commented on Tipu's blog post Hobbyking seems "Serious" now
"Anybody got any links to multicopters that use this size of equipment? No interest in buying one,…"
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George Randall replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"I finally flashed rc5 and re-calibrated compass and accel. I mainly wanted to give hybrid a shot.…"
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Henri replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Question: With Pixhawk, 3.2-rc5: To do auto-tune, best to do it with EKF on or off? Thank you in…"
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Richard Boyhan replied to Theo's discussion FPV bracket for two Mobius cameras
"The camera is so small why don't you just Velcro it to the copter."
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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, 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:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
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Blog Posts

Hobbyking seems "Serious" now

Posted by Tipu on August 28, 2014 at 12:00pm 9 Comments

Hobbyking just came with new large multirotor brushless motors.

 9235-100kv , that spins 30" props on 12S and capable of lifing 11kg each.

And for sure , these are cheap again, 1/3 of Tiger motor 10kg level, U11 motors.…


Northport Fire Rescue working with NH drone integrator GEN2 ROBOTICS, has added a drone to its arsenal of emergency response tools.

Posted by Guy Cefalu on August 28, 2014 at 11:17am 3 Comments

By Stephanie Taylor

Northport Fire Rescue has added a drone to its arsenal of emergency response tools.

The department’s new UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) is remotely piloted and transmits high-quality images to…


Sony to begin developing drones with sony commercial sony sensor

Posted by tazdevil on August 28, 2014 at 7:04am 8 Comments

Sony to begin developing drones from Biz / Tech Aug. 27, 2014 - Updated 23:26 UTC-4

Officials of Sony say they have…


Payloader max prototype complete

Posted by Euan Ramsay on August 27, 2014 at 2:22pm 11 Comments

So, the first payloader max is built - time for testing!

Just got the APM to put back onto the lifter, and away we go.

Payloader max: 5kg capacity via parrallel EPM's, no moving parts to fail, full autonomous integration with arducopter…


A new cheap obstacle detector for robotics

Posted by Harry Olar on August 27, 2014 at 12:00pm 22 Comments

There are a few obstacle detectors and rangefinders on the market, but are usually either very expensive or don't work

great outside (I am looking  at you Kinect). We decided to try to make a product that it is cheap and rugged enough to be used outdoors.

Here are some parameters:

  • detectable range: 200 mm to 1500 mm (7 to 60 inches )

    7.5 degrees angular resolution

    2 scans per second

    180 degrees view

    easy readable output data in…

Ground/Air Drone Delivery

Posted by healthyfatboy on August 26, 2014 at 6:17pm 5 Comments

With all this talk about Amazon and other less serious drone delivery concepts out there, there has been a large amount of discussion regarding the feasibility of delivering a package via drone for same day delivery or general delivery. While I don't think this is really all that feasible from a logistical or safety point of view, the…


Bend boy’s drone among those cited as ‘emerging hazard’ for forest firefighters

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on August 26, 2014 at 4:00pm 26 Comments

From the SUAS Feed

BEND — It cost a Bend teenager about $800 in revenue from chores, yard work and birthday gifts to buy a miniature aircraft and a camera he sent aloft to capture video of a forest fire this summer that was threatening…


FAA BVLOS Committee Formed

Posted by Patrick Egan on August 26, 2014 at 3:30pm 4 Comments

The FAA has formed a new committee with industry participation for end-users that want to fly Beyond-Visual-line-Of-Sight (BVLOS). RCAPA was included in the list of thirty-one different industry groups to give input to the current FAA…


Urban Mapping with a small APM 2.6 controlled quad drone

Posted by Walter Volkmann on August 26, 2014 at 1:00pm 4 Comments

Above is a video of a presentation we recently gave about the work we did for the World Bank in Albania. It shows that small drones are much more than toys - they have become productive tools for innovative surveyors. 



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

Is the FAA limiting drone innovation?

Is the FAA limiting drone innovation?

Mehboob Jeelani In the winter of 2013, Scott Pham had finished teaching his fall semester on drone journalism—a new journalistic method of reporting and photographing stories by using unmanned aircraft—at the University of Missouri. While gearing up for the spring,…

UAVs have come of age

UAVs have come of age

UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are taking over the surveying industry thanks to their ever-improving sensors and the fact that they are getting lighter and can therefore remain in the air for longer. They complete surveying and inspection tasks that would…

Leica Geosystems Welcomes Bryan Baker as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Sales Manager

Leica Geosystems Welcomes Bryan Baker as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Sales Manager

Norcross, GA, August 28, 2014 – Leica Geosystems has hired Bryan Baker as UAS Sales Manager, NAFTA. In his new role, Baker will apply his aviation expertise and extensive geospatial experience to lead the adoption and strategic growth of Leica…

GA-ASI Radar Shines During USN Spearhead IIA Exercise

GA-ASI Radar Shines During USN Spearhead IIA Exercise

SAN DIEGO – 28 August 2014 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optical and related mission systems solutions, today announced that its Lynx® Multi-mode Radar success- fully demonstrated the ability…

Drone disrupts CareFlight landing

Drone disrupts CareFlight landing

By Barrie Barber, Tiffany Y. Latta and Andy Sedlak Staff Writer DAYTON — A CareFlight helicopter taking a patient to Miami Valley Hospital was forced to circle for nine minutes Monday because a drone entered the airspace near the hospital. Unmanned aerial system experts…

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