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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 autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, including:

  • APM:Copter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • APM:Plane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • APM:Rover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Efficient Powerpath Balancing for Fuel Cell Battery Hybrid Powertrains

Posted by Simon Howroyd on February 8, 2016 at 6:13am 4 Comments

For those following my work, thank you and sorry for the long wait for an update!  I am currently writing up my doctorate so as you can imagine I have been a social hermit recently!



Nevertheless, I have now had a journal paper published which…

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Latest Dronecode stats. This thing is getting big!

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 7, 2016 at 7:40pm 0 Comments

And membership is up to 50 companies now.  Just a year and a half…

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Using Aerial Robotics and Virtual Reality to Inspect Earthquake Damage in Taiwan

Posted by Patrick Meier on February 7, 2016 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan shortly before 4 in the morning on Saturday, February 6th. Later in the day, aerial robots were used to capture areal images of the disaster damage, like the one below.…

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Drotek releases first L1 RTK GNSS compatible with PixHawk (ArduPilot/PX4)

Posted by DROTEK on February 6, 2016 at 1:40am 73 Comments

Dear Community,

Drotek, French tech start-up is proud to release its L1 RTK GNSS ! RTK technology allows to enhance GNSS positioning and to go down to centimeter level precision.

We have seen a lot of RTK boards coming up. However we have witnessed…

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The most powerful RC + Telemetry system on the market "Ultimate LRS 2000mW, 433MHz"

Posted by Rana on February 5, 2016 at 8:00pm 20 Comments

I have a great news for the RC community that you can DIY the most powerful RC + Telemetry system on the market "ULRS 2000mW" using OrangeRX 433MHz 1W module and my 2W power mode. You need to have a magnifying lens and a small tip knife to do this mod. My greatest gratitude to FlipFlap…

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World's first hydrogen pellet drone flight

Posted by Duffy on February 5, 2016 at 10:00am 8 Comments

A demanding project for the platform in delivering maximum efficiency, and after some lamination schedule and power setup optimizations the Raptor E1 by RaptorUAS delivered the first ever hydrogen pellet powered drone flight.…

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Drone's related UI benchmark study

Posted by Beatriz Palmeiro on February 5, 2016 at 9:30am 12 Comments

We'd like to share with you a study around the current state of UI related to drone flights to find positive aspects and improvements areas on them.

14 tools were analysed through video…

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The History of the Modern Consumer Drone

Posted by AKRCGUY on February 4, 2016 at 5:35pm 15 Comments

A comical view of the short history of the modern consumer drone.

Drone Racing Might Just Be The Next Big Thing

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on February 4, 2016 at 11:47am 8 Comments

From Hackaday

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Arguably, drones are one of the next big things that will revolutionize many industries. We’ve already seen them portrayed in many movies and TV shows in not-so-distant futures, and what with Amazon planning drone deliveries, we can’t imagine it’ll be long before they are a common…

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UAV news from sUAS News

Anti-Drone Solutions

Anti-Drone Solutions

AV8 UAS Solutions are able to offer solutions in support of Anti-Drone operations worldwide. As drones grow more and more popular, so too does the need for anti-drone security that looks to protect its users. The term “drone” has been extended to include a wide range of unmanned multi-copters that have proliferated in recent years.…

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UK Do’d and Don’ts

UK Do’d and Don’ts

When it comes to the laws and rules when flying a drone in the UK, there are some specific things that you must keep in mind. Recently there has been a massive boom in not only the number of drones but the number of people applying for and attaining ​permits to fly their drone. There…

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Hybrid concepts as ideal drive technology for commercial UAV use

Hybrid concepts as ideal drive technology for commercial UAV use

Hybrid drives are familiar to most people from the automotive area where they’ve been used for years in private and community vehicles. However the hybrid drive is also moving ever more prominently into the focus of unmanned aviation where it brings interesting benefits for commercial usage. Conventional combustion engines play a decisive role here. “In…

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North Shields firm launches region’s first drone pilot training school

North Shields firm launches region’s first drone pilot training school

BY ROBERT GIBSON A North Shields company has launched the region’s first drone pilot training school – and is already expanding the service to other parts of the country. Heliguy – which sells radio-controlled drones, repairs aircraft and custom builds specialist multi-rotors for commercial operators – has been awarded National Qualified Entity (NQE) Status by…

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FAA: Drone registration eclipses regular planes

FAA: Drone registration eclipses regular planes

Bart Jansen, USA TODAY WASHINGTON – More people have registered drones than all of the country’s aircraft that carry people, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday. More than 325,000 people registered drones by Friday, which is more than the 320,000 occupied aircraft – everything from a Cessna 172 to a Boeing 777 – that are registered with the…

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