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Luis Vale Gonçalves replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
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"@Mike: Just saw a typo.  We flew on Aug 27, not July 27. :)"
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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 and APM 2.6 autopilots run a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:

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DRONE.BO CONFERENCE - TECHNOLOGY AND COMERCIAL DRONE'S USE

Posted by hiroshi takey on September 4, 2015 at 12:48pm 0 Comments

Drone.bo conference at Engeneering Society of Bolivia with Electronic Engeneering (SIB) and Electricity College Society of Santa Cruz (CIEE).

Drone.bo tells and shows the OpenHardware techonology at enterprises and comercial use to the businessman…

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Proposed Brazilian UAV regulation is open for public consultation

Posted by Thiago Silva on September 4, 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments

The Brazilian Aviation Agency (ANAC) has released the newest iteration of their proposed rules for UAV operation (VANT, in Portuguese), and is requesting public feedback until October 3rd, 2015. The official release is linked at the bottom. Feedback can be sent by e-mail to …

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4Gmetry II

Posted by Silvio on September 3, 2015 at 4:02pm 16 Comments



A new version of 4Gmetry is now available on store: 4Gmetry II (504 €…

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From Zero to Fifty Planes in Twenty-Seven Minutes

Posted by Mike Clement on September 3, 2015 at 12:30pm 16 Comments

 
Last week, the Advanced Robotic Systems Engineering Laboratory (ARSENL) team at the Naval Postgraduate School, based in Monterey, California, successfully launched and flew 50 aircraft…
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Over 60 Deliverable 1 documents received for the 2016 Outback Challange

Posted by Mark Omo on September 3, 2015 at 8:01am 7 Comments

The deadline has now passed for submitting Deliverable 1 documents to the 2016 UAV Challenge Medical Express. We received 64 D1 documents from teams from all over the world. The Technical Committee will now get to work reading through the documents and assessing teams for the Go/No-Go decision. This process is likely to take 2-3 weeks.…

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RC Electric Calculator App for Android

Posted by Graham Dyer on September 3, 2015 at 12:54am 16 Comments

RC Electric Calculator App for Android - version 3.0 is coming out shortly with many improvements and some calculations…

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1800mm Largescale ultralight (Metal rebuild)

Posted by CliffN on September 2, 2015 at 11:00pm 5 Comments

ok , for hobby grade seems few guys here does aluminum

after several months of procrastination its time to get this bird to finally fly

1.3KG AUW in only 850kv 3s the maiden was on Aug15,15 then reflown on Aug 31,15

should be my first metal build aircraft, and it should be scale able. the original design been feature , the guys at our field have several concern of being underpower for having a tiny motor for such a big plane. my reason is its what I've…

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TrackerBots

Posted by lianpinkoh on September 2, 2015 at 5:00pm 5 Comments

One of the major challenges encountered bynatural resource management agencies is the lack of information on the occupancy, distribution and population trends of species of concern, many of which are cryptic, small bodied, and idiosyncratic in habitat selection over large extents of remote areas. And yet these same species are the most threatened due…

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FLIMMER: THE FLYING, SWIMMING DRONE

Posted by EngineerX on September 2, 2015 at 2:00pm 6 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Og6-oFKoV0

Dan Edwards of the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory is the principle investigator of Flimmer - a flying, swimming unmanned air vehicle (UAV)/unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). Flimmer can operate in the air and underwater to significantly improve tactical…

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Proposed Brazilian UAV regulation is open for public consultation

Proposed Brazilian UAV regulation is open for public consultation

by The Brazilian Aviation Agency (ANAC) has released the newest iteration of their proposed rules for UAV operation (VANT, in Portuguese), and is requesting public feedback until October 3rd, 2015. The official release is linked at the bottom. Feedback can be…

NZ: Strict drone laws limit opportunities in Invercargill, broadcaster Jason Gutteridge says

NZ: Strict drone laws limit opportunities in Invercargill, broadcaster Jason Gutteridge says

by BLAKE FODEN Invercargill is missing out on promotional opportunities because of strict rules around flying drones, a broadcaster says. Jason Gutteridge landed himself in hot water with the Civil Aviation Authority after footage he shot above Oreti Park Speedway…

Lily Robotics, Maker Of Self-Flying Drones, Seeking To Raise $15.5 Million At $100 Million Valuation

Lily Robotics, Maker Of Self-Flying Drones, Seeking To Raise $15.5 Million At $100 Million Valuation

by By Aaron Tilley and Ryan Mac In May, Lily Robotics received a flurry of attention when it announced the pre-sale campaign for its flagship drone, which came with a slick launch video that showed a device that could be…

Supporting Blasting Operations with UAS

Supporting Blasting Operations with UAS

by Using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) imagery and mapping software Pix4Dmapper, the Explosives Risk Managers company supported quarries in Virginia and Ohio: accurately measuring stockpile volumes and excavated materials, measuring borehole locations, and monitoring blast sites, all at a low…

Crashed drone interrupts Pennetta-Niculescu match at U.S. Open

Crashed drone interrupts Pennetta-Niculescu match at U.S. Open

by Ava Wallace, The drone flew over Grandstand before it flew into Armstrong Stadium. “I was a little bit scared, I have to say,” Pennetta said. “I mean, with all the things that happen now in the world, I’m imagining, ‘OK, it’s…

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