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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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DJI to release mandatory firmware update

Posted by Gary Mortimer on January 28, 2015 at 7:30am 8 Comments

DJI will release a mandatory firmware update for the Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, and Phantom 2 Vision+ to help users comply with the FAA’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) 0/8326, which restricts unmanned flight around the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

The updated firmware (V3.10) will be released in coming days and adds a No-Fly Zone centered…

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Vulture 2 spaceplane HIL simulation

Posted by Lester Haines on January 28, 2015 at 6:28am 2 Comments

We've been quietly beavering away at hardware-in-the-loop simulations for our Vulture 2 spaceplane, and Pixhawk wrangler Linus Penzlien has finally got the aircraft to land itself at a virtual Spaceport America.

The HIL work involves ArduPilot controlling an…

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Thanks for a great first week!

Posted by Blucraft on January 28, 2015 at 4:30am 2 Comments

It's been just over a week since we launched, and we've had an INCREDIBLE response to Mach-Up - the free, web-based design tool.

We've had over 2,000 visitors and now have over 600 registered users. Amazing. Thank you all for your enthusiastic support!

(If you missed it, you can check it out at …

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The A to Z of UAVs

Posted by UAV Vision on January 27, 2015 at 11:46pm 0 Comments

For the Full list visit: A to Z of…

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ardurover Latency and Tracking problem using joystick mode in mission planner

Posted by 404Warehouse on January 27, 2015 at 11:00pm 5 Comments

We are tring to build a FPV Rover combining a logitech racing wheel with an RC Car for an FPV platform.

However we are having some problems with the latency and tracking of the steering wheel input. 

- I have checked the RC inputs using MAVlink and checked that the rc override was working fine

(The racing wheels seem to be in sync with the rc…

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5 Ways Drones Could Affect the American Food Supply

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on January 27, 2015 at 5:42pm 2 Comments

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides.

When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National…

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Adventure Time

Posted by Lach Kilby on January 27, 2015 at 4:54pm 0 Comments

I'm currently in the void between uni and full time work, so naturally I have a lot of time to go out and fly! I will be travelling to some pretty spectacular places over the following weeks to practice my cinematography. To keep up, follow my…

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Review: DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ vs. 3DR IRIS+

Posted by drnes on January 27, 2015 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

Compared key features of each drone, including flight time, technology features, ease of getting started, camera systems, and price. 

Full review here: http://drnes.com/blogs/fresh/16458097-head-to-head-3dr-iris-vs-dji-phantom-2-vision…

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OpenMV Cam on KS

Posted by Bot Thoughts on January 26, 2015 at 12:30pm 17 Comments

Hey all, remember OpenMV Cam? It's the machine vision module that runs Python.

Well, we finally launched it on Kickstarter http://bit.ly/openmvcam. It does color tracking, object tracking, records movies and photos, too. All scriptable with Python. And…

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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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Podcast:- Super Drones by R2D2 creator

Podcast:- Super Drones by R2D2 creator

Episode 86- This episode’s guest is Professor Tony Dyson, robot tech and creator of the world’s most famous robot, R2D2. We get some technical insights about working on the Star Wars franchise as well as hear about his new projects…

Costa Concordia Parbuckling Project calls on Cyberhawk expertise

Costa Concordia Parbuckling Project calls on Cyberhawk expertise

In the month of the third anniversary of the Costa Concordia cruise ship tragically running aground off the coast of Italy’s Giglio island (13th January 2012), Cyberhawk’s Founder, Malcolm Connolly, reflects on the company’s involvement in salvaging the wreckage of…

Unmanned Safety Institute Providing COA and 333-waiver Support

Unmanned Safety Institute Providing COA and 333-waiver Support

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), a Florida-based LLC that provides commercial UAS training and safety certification, is now offering its expertise to businesses and individuals applying for waivers and exemptions from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate Unmanned Aircraft…

DJI Announces Mandatory Firmware Update

DJI Announces Mandatory Firmware Update

- Restrictions are in accordance with FAA guidelines - Additional limits will prohibit flight across borders DJI will release a mandatory firmware update for the Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, and Phantom 2 Vision+ to help users comply with the…

South Africa, RPAS regulations by April 2015

South Africa, RPAS regulations by April 2015

The CARCom Subcommittee that met in Johannesburg on Monday was well received by industry pundits in attendance. Nearly two hundred comments were submitted by industry and addressed by SACAA members present. Not unusual in modern South Africa the proceedings were plunged…

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