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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 birthplace of ArduPilot, 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:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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FlightZoomer 2.1 is released! - Check out this top notch distributed avionics suite for drones!

Posted by Martin Rüedi on July 28, 2016 at 7:00am 0 Comments

In this post I show videos of two real flights, the first above for FlightZoomer version 2.0 and another below with the freshly released version 2.1. Both videos show the same automatic flight including an ILS approach. In the videos the replay feature is used to sync the recorded video…


AntennaTracker v1.0 on NAVIO2 with Bebop2

Posted by Randy on July 28, 2016 at 2:07am 6 Comments

ArduPilot's Antenna Tracker firmware has been making some quiet progress over the past few months.  They're all documented in the …


Ardupilot on a Raspberry Pi Zero with Escape board

Posted by Barry Getty on July 27, 2016 at 3:00pm 3 Comments

We've recently been pushing the low cost Raspberry Pi Zero to see what it can handle.

With a custom Raspbian linux build with real-time patches, Martin Evans ( @lostcaggy on Twitter ) has managed to get a slightly modified version of Ardupilot up and running on a Pi Zero…


"Formula Pi" self-driving car competition on Kickstarter

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 26, 2016 at 9:21pm 2 Comments

I've backed it. Similar concept to what we're doing at go-kart scale, but without the GPS and other big-car stuff. On Kickstarter now

Formula Pi is an exciting new race series…


Enterprise Drone Solutions announces Théa: the world’s first UAS to meet the high standards for an ​FAA Airworthiness Certificate

Posted by Enterprise Drone Solutions on July 26, 2016 at 9:00pm 31 Comments

Théa is the world’s first UAS to meet the high standards for an FAA Airworthiness Certificate, expanding its operational capabilities beyond those of any other commercial unmanned aircraft to allow legal flight over crowds, at night, and beyond. By providing unmatched aircraft-grade reliability (99.999 999 9%), Théa meets the stringent requirements necessary to go where consumer-grade systems can’t.…


Detection of Water Stress in Cereals Using the UAV Thermography (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)

Posted by Drone thermal camera on July 26, 2016 at 4:00pm 4 Comments

Availability of water for crops and their resistance to shortages during growth affect the overall yield, quality and profitability of field production in changing climate (Fig. 1). Plants affected by drought stress close their stomata, the process of transpiration that cools vegetation gets down and the surface…


iMavlink - iOS based arducopter ground control app - Looking for beta testers!

Posted by Tom on July 26, 2016 at 3:30pm 8 Comments

As some of you may know, I have been working on a GCS for iOS devices called iMavlink.

It is currently in its final stages before release, but I would really like to have some beta testers to squish the final bugs.

If you are interested, I am currently selling the BLE Device that accompanies the app for $60 on my store.

This device is required for the app to work, you can create your own,…


Silkopter FC Done

Posted by JeanLeFlambeur on July 26, 2016 at 3:29pm 3 Comments


(You can check the progress (and a copy of this post) on my blog.)

Finally, after some DHL delivery trouble the boards arrived.

After watching a few tutorials I immediately tried soldering the most difficult part –…


Game Boy + Paparazzi UAS = Back to the Future

Posted by earthpatrol on July 26, 2016 at 3:04pm 1 Comment

Demonstration of a UAV (Parrot ARDrone2) running Paparazzi UAS remotely piloted from a Nintendo Game Boy Classic. A fun little summer hack for your Paparazzi powered aircraft. Enjoy!…


Real-world flight with five Pixhawk-equipped drones using UgCS DDC

Posted by Kristaps Brass on July 26, 2016 at 2:15am 1 Comment

Last week we revealed the newest addition to UgCS family of ground control software - UgCS Drone Dance Controller. UgCS DDC allows the simultaneous and synchronized control of up to dozens of drones. It can be used to create spectacular shows using drones. Together with that we published a…


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Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
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