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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:

  • APM:Copter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
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  • APM:Rover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Steampunk Tricopter project

Posted by Skyview Creative1 on July 2, 2015 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

I am finally about finished with my Steampunk Tricopter. I have been working on this design since last December on and off. After crashing last fall I decided to completely rebuild as a steampunk airship. I looked extensively on line to get some ideas and to see what was out there but I couldn't find anything that inspired me. Using my electronic components from my existing tricopter, I completely redesigned every part. I mean, the only parts I used from my old frame was…

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iDroneCtrl 1.4.1: iPhone/iPad drone control app update

Posted by Bryan Galusha on July 2, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Latest update of iDroneCtrl ground station fixes a small bug affecting some of our users, where iDroneCtrl would repeatedly request the mission. Using the Fighting Walrus Apple MFi approved …

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New Solo Update: Improvements to GPS, live video and more

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on July 1, 2015 at 3:44pm 11 Comments

This week we’ve rolled out some important updates that will go a long way toward making your Solo experience even more smooth and easy. This includes updates for both Solo and the Solo app—remember, the Solo app will do all of the update work wirelessly, without any need to connect to Solo with cables.…

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DroneBoX Team presentation

Posted by DroneBox Team on June 30, 2015 at 7:00pm 6 Comments

Hi all

Do you know how many parcels were delivered last year to persons like you or me? UPS delivered last year 4.6 billion parcels worldwide, imagine the rest of companies.

Do you think the current transport…

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Multi-beam Laser for Forward Looking Obstacle Detection along the Flight Path.

Posted by Laser Developer on June 30, 2015 at 2:04pm 10 Comments

Laser range finders can be very effective in detecting even small obstacles at long distances from a moving UAV. To cover large areas the laser beam is usually…

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This Week: Drone vs. shotgun; FAA vs. NFL; robobees vs. pollen; Tom Cruise vs. drones; all of us vs. that fake viral video

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on June 30, 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

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Shotguns. Snoops. Surveillance. So many stories in recent weeks have been calling attention to the…

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Multirotors Festival

Posted by Egor_FPV3DCam on June 30, 2015 at 12:24pm 0 Comments

Photos from the Festival multirotor machines, which took place on June 27 in the village of Ulyanovka, Mytishchi district. At the festival ‪‎FPV3DCam‬…

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Harvard Robobees

Posted by Damian McKay Earl ll on June 30, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Led by Robert Wood, Harvard University is trying to make Robobees

http://robobees.seas.harvard.edu/home

INSPIRED by the biology of a bee and the insect’s hive behavior ...

we aim to push advances in miniature robotics and the design of compact high-energy power sources; spur innovations in…

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Intro to BoxBotix and BBots

Posted by Coby on June 30, 2015 at 9:00am 3 Comments

Just letting folks know what we have been up to over the last year or so.  Finally getting close to something we can release.  Essentially an all open source hardware modular robotics platform.  The short version is it's a BrainBox that can accept several different modules so it can be configured as a plane/copter/rover/whatever.

  Figured it was about time the community had a modular frame system to match the different flavors of autopilot code.  Still lots to do…

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Woman knocked out by drone at Seattle Pride parade

Posted by John on June 30, 2015 at 5:30am 17 Comments

Something like this was bound to happen with the mass market of drones to people not having safety in mind.

By Stephanie…

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Drone Wars: Airspace and Legal Rights in the Age of Drones

Drone Wars: Airspace and Legal Rights in the Age of Drones

by By Gary Wickert It is only the tip of the iceberg. As technology advances, common citizens are increasingly finding themselves with the ability to obtain and fly reasonably-priced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) known as drones. News broadcasts are only now beginning to…

South Africa cricket team apologise to Bangladesh for drone

South Africa cricket team apologise to Bangladesh for drone

by South Africa’s cricket team apologised to the Bangladesh military for using a drone at a practice session in Dhaka. The home cricket authorities ordered a halt to the use of the device, which was flying overhead taking photos during…

America now has over 700 333 exemptions.

America now has over 700 333 exemptions.

by As of the 30th of June 714 333 exemptions have been granted and above a heat map of them. The registration department of the FAA is a little behind at publishing N numbers, so far I can only find…

Drone Helps Firefighters Save Stranded Rafters; DJI Phantom 3 Carried Life Jacket To Wet, Cold Kids

Drone Helps Firefighters Save Stranded Rafters; DJI Phantom 3 Carried Life Jacket To Wet, Cold Kids

by By Jeff Stone Firefighters had to use a drone to save a teenager and a younger boy when they became stuck on a rock in the middle of a raging current. Rescue crews tried to reach the pair in a…

Researchers Test Avoidance Technology in Unmanned Aircraft

Researchers Test Avoidance Technology in Unmanned Aircraft

by Unmanned aircraft researchers associated with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership of Virginia Tech and Rutgers University recently tested new technology designed to prevent collisions with other aircraft. The flights from Cape May County Airport in New Jersey involved a fixed-wing aircraft that stayed within…

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