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Current FAA and NTSB Ruling

After reading the news today concerning the new ruling over UAV usage it seems the best measure…See More
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Hugues replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"this sounds like a perfectly normal behavior to me (and proof GCS failsafe kicked in…"
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Rob Ratcliff replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"RTL due to GCS fail safe after Landing I was testing out a simple mission (go to waypoint and…"
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Airspeed sensor issue

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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
  • 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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Blog Posts

Wide angle laser beams for anti-collision

Posted by Laser Developer on November 19, 2014 at 1:30pm 12 Comments

Wide angle laser beams can detect and measure the range to people, trees and other safety critical objects from moving aerial or ground based platforms.

We've been experimenting with a new version of our SF10 laser altimeter to see what happens when we change the normally narrow, parallel laser beam into a wider, fan shape and align it horizontally or with a downwards tilt. There is a practical limit to the wide direction (major axis) of…


3DR Announces the Release of New FPV Kit

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on November 19, 2014 at 11:05am 14 Comments

Our First-Person View (FPV) Kit includes everything you need to start live streaming a video feed from the GoPro on your IRIS+ or X8+. Thanks to the 7-inch Bright View™ monitor’s sharp contrasts and LED backlight, you’ll see the live feed clearly on even the brightest days. Additionally, the powerful 5.8 GHz…


CAD Drones News - ASME Student Design Competition 2014 + Bonus Footage

Posted by Joshua Johnson on November 19, 2014 at 8:09am 3 Comments

(Montreal, Canada) November 17, 2014

Eighteen teams of young engineers-in-training competed for the right to call themselves world champion drone builders at the 22nd annual ASME Student Design Competition (SDC) finals today at the International Mechanical Engineering…


Turbine-powered quad first flight

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2014 at 4:16pm 14 Comments

OMG. Turbine-powered quadcopter test flight -- next to a road. Love the car that pulls up to gawk at the end

3d Printed Mini HexaCopter

Posted by Todd Urban on November 18, 2014 at 3:00pm 16 Comments

I Have been working on this 3d printed hexacopter for some time now let me know what you think of the design ive been entertaining selling them and or the STL's so you can print them yourself here are some pics and some gimbal video feedback good or bad is much appreciated also if you would buy it what would you pay for it…


Modifying a Powershot S95 for vegetation monitoring

Posted by Mark Williams on November 18, 2014 at 1:03pm 2 Comments

As part of an ongoing project to monitor natural habitats with a UAV I've modified a Powershot S95 to allow near infrared photography to capture some NDVI data. I've created a short how to video for anyone embarking on a similar task.

The filters are supplied by as part of their infragram kit. The first test photos I have… Continue

Defiance Airframe development

Posted by Dragan on November 18, 2014 at 10:30am 13 Comments

Hi guyz, its been a while since i reported back about my enthusiastic project, 'In search of design functionallity'.

Time has come to show you what i've been working on for long time, i'm very excited, the jurny was long and dreadful but every second of it was worth it.

Main design goal;

- compact and functional design

- protection of all…


FAA Can Make All Drone Flights Illegal, Federal Court Rules.

Posted by Todd Harper on November 18, 2014 at 9:00am 42 Comments


Drone Flights Illegal.

Excerpt from above article:

Some very bad news for drone pilots this morning: An appeals board has ruled that the Federal…


Gobot -- Drones programmed in the Go language

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2014 at 10:45pm 2 Comments

GoBot is a new robot-control applications interface using the Go programming language, including support for 3DR copters and others using MAVLink.

Platform Support

Gobot has a extensible…


Angela Merkel admires an IRIS

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2014 at 10:20pm 7 Comments

One of our great academic collaborators, Fabio Ramos at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, uses both Iris and Aero as a research platforms.…


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

Virgin Atlantic jet’s ‘close call’ with radio-controlled drone

Virgin Atlantic jet’s ‘close call’ with radio-controlled drone

DAVID USBORNE A Virgin Atlantic jumbo jet from London to New York had a close call with a radio-controlled drone as it made its final approach to John F. Kennedy Airport last Sunday evening, it has emerged. The pilots told…

120+ students through flight school for UAV owners

120+ students through flight school for UAV owners

by Simon Chester UPG, local Trimble distributor, has proudly announced that it has had more than 120 students attend and pass its CASA certified flight school for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The five day course – which UPG claims is the quickest of its kind in Australia – takes…

Drone crashes into Perth house

Drone crashes into Perth house

Clair Tyrrell and AAP A Canning Vale couple have discovered a drone in their house after hearing a loud bang during the night. The wife heard a crash at about 2 am but disregarded it. Her partner, who was working…

Towed Twin-Fuselage Glider Launch System First Test Flight Successful

Towed Twin-Fuselage Glider Launch System First Test Flight Successful

NASA has successfully flight-tested a prototype twin-fuselage towed glider that could lead to rockets being launched from pilotless aircraft at high altitudes – a technology application that could significantly reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of sending small satellites…

CRFS sign agreement with Metis Aerospace for airborne platforms

CRFS sign agreement with Metis Aerospace for airborne platforms

CRFS hasentered an agreement with Metis Aerospace to supply RFeye® Nexus receivers for integration into Metis’s HYPERION system for high accuracy airborne and ground based mobile COMINT/SIGINT applications. HYPERION is a lightweight, compact and a cost-effective solution for most air…

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