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Daniel Estes replied to Daniel Estes's discussion Battery Failsafe (RTL) crash in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Attached is a jpeg of the Failsafe options when the APM 2.6 went into RTL. I had the Failsafe…"
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Thomas Stone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones
"Hi Jack, I feel your pain. Investigating the infrared components can be a headache. We spent a lot…"
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Thomas Stone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones
"@Roberto: I am not completely familiar with the particular gimbal products, but thanks for sharing.…"
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Andre K. replied to Petras Litvinas's discussion Battery failsafe failure?
"BTW: be sure to remember that you cannot discharge a Li-xx battery to 0% while flying. Whatever…"
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Turnigy 9XR PRO Setup for X8 RTF

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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
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New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:55pm 8 Comments

This new Kickstarter project looks awesome. I've backed it, and will experiment with it for autonomous blimps (as well as copters):…


Disney patents copter-controlled puppets

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:43pm 3 Comments

From IEEE Spectrum:

Disney has a research lab in Zurich, right next door to ETH Zurich. In the past, we've seen a lot of collaborations between…


Robo-birds to scare away real ones

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:41pm 1 Comment

From Wired:

Birds are nice enough, unless you work at places like airports, farms, and landfills, in which case they’re the sworn enemy. Today, there are a variety of tools and technologies for spooking unwanted birds—we’ve…


"Superman" flight mode - intuitive interface design - (Thalmic Update - Ali's Video)

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on August 29, 2014 at 2:10pm 0 Comments

So the hunt continues, seems that the Universe heard my need for a demonstration video. It does the trick. 

As I get deeper into how to accomplish all the parts needed for this new flight mode idea I have focused on the controls,…


APM Planner 2.0.15-rc1 (Beta Release)

Posted by Bill Bonney on August 29, 2014 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

APM Planner 2.0.15-rc1 release is available.

When we released 2.0.14, we added a feature to subscribe to beta releases (we've called them 'release candidates' i.e. rc releases)

If you would like to help us test these new releases before we declare them stable (which would be awesome!) You…


SteadiDrone MAVRIK - new medium lift all round workhorse

Posted by Duran - SteadiDrone on August 29, 2014 at 10:30am 3 Comments

Hey again all, been a while since I last posted here, been busy with development of our all new medium lift copter, MAVRIK, just wanted to post some details for those who are interested, and as always, any feedback welcome.

We've spent a huge amount of time and testing in developing the MAVRIK and very excited to get it out there, it does not replace the popular SteadiDrone QU4D but is it's new bigger, more grown up brother.

It's mainly aimed at…


Lidar landing with APM:Plane

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on August 29, 2014 at 2:04am 19 Comments

Over the last couple of days I have been testing the Lidar based auto-landing code that will be in the upcoming 3.1.1 release of APM:Plane. I'm delighted to say that it has gone very well!

Testing has been done on two planes - one is a Meridian…


Brookfield East HS Technology and Engineering Club: WE MADE IT!

Posted by Tim V on August 28, 2014 at 9:00pm 3 Comments

In a startling turn of events, The BEHS Technology and Engineering Club Kickstarter (NOT the IndeGoGo) was funded!. In less then 15 Minutes, we went from 286$ to 1036$! YAY! SUCESS!

WOOHOO! (I'm excited)

DIY Drones was our single largest affiliate supporter site! Good for you!…


Project Wing: Google Reveals It Has Been Working on Drones for Two Years

Posted by Dan Murray on August 28, 2014 at 5:17pm 24 Comments

Google today revealed it has been working on a top-secret drone delivery program for the last two years. Nick Roy, an MIT roboticist on sabbatical for two years, has been leading the project based in Australia.

Google has developed a tail sitter aircraft, capable of VTOL transitioning to forward flight.…


Hobbyking seems "Serious" now

Posted by Tipu on August 28, 2014 at 12:00pm 15 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.…



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

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CyPhy Works is hiring

CyPhy Works is hiring

Several vacancies on the CyPhy works site. CyPhy Works is a dynamic and exciting environment. We brainstorm, we invent, we build, we test, and then we do it all again. We work with and create cutting edge technology. We use…

Zephyr 7 UAS chalks up new achievement

Zephyr 7 UAS chalks up new achievement

By Richard Tomkins A solar-powered unmanned aerial system from Airbus Defense and Space has been flown for more than 11 days non-stop. The test of the Zephyr 7 High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite, or HAPS, was conducted for Britain’s Ministry of Defense in…

Library drone plan hits turbulence

Library drone plan hits turbulence

By Roberto Roldan, MANAGING EDITOR Library officials had expected USF to be eligible for a Certificate of Waiver or Authorizations (COA) to do research using their Phantom I and Phantom II drones, but last month General Counsel for the FAA…

Google drones tested in Queensland

Google drones tested in Queensland

Cameron Atfield A Queensland farm on the Darling Downs has become the unlikely testing ground of one of the most technologically advanced Google projects that could see autonomous drones deliver anything from chocolate to life-saving medicines. Google X, a division…

Inside Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program

Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program

ALEXIS C. MADRIGAL A zipping comes across the sky. A man named Neil Parfitt is standing in a field on a cattle ranch outside Warwick, Australia. A white vehicle appears above the trees, a tiny plane a bit bigger than a…

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