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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 autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, including:

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Sand Casting Rotor Tip Weights

Posted by Randy Sonnicksen on February 9, 2016 at 8:00am 0 Comments

This is an "exploded" view of my rotor design.  Leading and trailing edge foam cores moved out of position to show internal details.

This design features a cylindrical bearingless rotor root, with droop stop.  Airfoil shaped pieces on inboard and outboard ends of rotor airfoil…

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UgCS 2.8 Is Now Live!

Posted by Kristaps Brass on February 9, 2016 at 6:11am 1 Comment

We're very excited to announce the release of UgCS 2.8.



Visually the first thing you will notice is that the new version features an improved user interface – you are now able to change the visual theme yourself. By default it now comes with a new…

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Converting a video to georeferenced 3D model tutorial (Agisoft PhotoScan, Sputnik GIS)

Posted by Petr Pletnyakov on February 9, 2016 at 5:28am 0 Comments

Nowadays, amateur drones have an amazing range of applications. You may wonder: “Can I use my drone for photogrammetry?” and the answer is “Yes”.



Source video (4k / 2160p):



3D Model created using Agisoft…

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P9X autopilot, a revised pixhawk

Posted by Jerry Giant on February 9, 2016 at 3:00am 15 Comments

Pixhawk is a great autopilot, we love its robustness and rich sets of features. Now day it is a de-facto to low cost autonomous vehicle application.

There’re always some changes you want to make in an open source design, this rule also applies to Pixhawk. First, I want to make it smaller, to fit it into a f5B glider fuselage, with built-in dampers and a plastic shell could survive a hard crash. Then I want to make the sensors to be replaceable, so I can test new MEMs…

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Its Tridge!!!

Posted by Gary Mortimer on February 9, 2016 at 2:52am 0 Comments

I can't embed this video because its disabled on the original. But Andrew reveals a little bit about the OBC and LOHAN. Well worth a watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kifraO9yMrk

Its only…

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Efficient Powerpath Balancing for Fuel Cell Battery Hybrid Powertrains

Posted by Simon Howroyd on February 8, 2016 at 6:13am 8 Comments

For those following my work, thank you and sorry for the long wait for an update!  I am currently writing up my doctorate so as you can imagine I have been a social hermit recently!



Nevertheless, I have now had a journal paper published which…

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Latest Dronecode stats. This thing is getting big!

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 7, 2016 at 7:40pm 1 Comment

And membership is up to 50 companies now.  Just a year and a half…

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Using Aerial Robotics and Virtual Reality to Inspect Earthquake Damage in Taiwan

Posted by Patrick Meier on February 7, 2016 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan shortly before 4 in the morning on Saturday, February 6th. Later in the day, aerial robots were used to capture areal images of the disaster damage, like the one below.…

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Drotek releases first L1 RTK GNSS compatible with PixHawk (ArduPilot/PX4)

Posted by DROTEK on February 6, 2016 at 1:40am 78 Comments

Dear Community,

Drotek, French tech start-up is proud to release its L1 RTK GNSS ! RTK technology allows to enhance GNSS positioning and to go down to centimeter level precision.

We have seen a lot of RTK boards coming up. However we have witnessed…

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FAA Updates DC-Area Unmanned Aircraft Procedures

FAA Updates DC-Area Unmanned Aircraft Procedures

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is updating its conditions today for flying unmanned aircraft in the area between 15 and 30 miles from Washington, D.C. to clarify differences for various types of unmanned aircraft. As of 12:01 a.m. EST, Wednesday, February 10, the operating procedures will allow model aircraft, commercial and public users to operate…

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UgCS 2.8 Has Been Released!

UgCS 2.8 Has Been Released!

We’re very excited to announce the release of UgCS 2.8. Visually the first thing you will notice is that the new version features an improved user interface – you are now able to change the visual theme yourself. By default it now comes with a new black/green theme and you are able to select either…

The post UgCS 2.8 Has Been Released! appeared first on sUAS News.

senseFly to bring game-changing multispectral sensor, Sequoia, to popular eBee Ag drone

senseFly to bring game-changing multispectral sensor, Sequoia, to popular eBee Ag drone

  By combining Parrot’s new ultra-light multispectral sensor with senseFly’s  popular farming drone, agriculture professionals will be able to capture more accurate crop data, over a large area, in a single flight Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, February 9, 2016 – Swiss professional drone maker, senseFly, has confirmed that Parrot’s Sequoia multispectral sensor – announced today at World…

The post senseFly to bring game-changing multispectral sensor, Sequoia, to popular eBee Ag drone appeared first on sUAS News.

Bristow Group Enters Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Services Business

Bristow Group Enters Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Services Business

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) and Sky-Futures today announced that Bristow has invested $4.2 million in Sky-Futures, the leading provider of drone inspection data services for the oil and gas industry. This investment gives Bristow immediate entry to the fast-growing UAV services business and bolsters Bristow’s offerings to include drone inspection services. The investment, which also…

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Camcopter S-100 – Successfully flies with detect and avoid system

Camcopter S-100 – Successfully flies with detect and avoid system

Schiebel and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR), the Netherlands Coastguard and the Royal Netherlands Air Force conducted a series of successful flights with a newly developed airborne Detect and Avoid System at the airport of Den Helder in December 2015. The AIRICA (ATM Innovative RPAS Integration for Coastguard Applications) project marks a major step forward in the process of safe…

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