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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:

  • 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

Using ArduCopter 3.2 Missions for Aerial Panoramas

Posted by Phill Simpson on October 29, 2014 at 7:33pm 12 Comments

The latest version of ArduCopter (3.2 -rc11 and above) has several new and improved mission commands  and features that make the automated capture of spherical panoramas fairly straightforward. These include a “Command-Yaw” relative command, the Do-Jump command, and an increase in the maximum number of Mission commands (waypoints) for Pixhawk users to 718. It is now…


How a quadcopter is born?

Posted by Aldo Vargas on October 29, 2014 at 9:49am 0 Comments

How a quadcopter is born? from Aldo Vargas on Vimeo.

This educative video shows how a quadcopter is born, and of course its maiden flight. 

I had to built a quad with some parts we order from hobbyking, so, I took my camera, put it in a tripod, read some…


Why GIS Might Be the 2nd Largest Commercial Drone Market

Posted by Colin Snow on October 29, 2014 at 9:47am 0 Comments

GIS: The Biggest Little Drone Market in the World

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a two-day symposium on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) hosted by the Northern California American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).  …


CBS This Morning piece about NYPD working on ways to disable drones

Posted by Tim on October 29, 2014 at 7:57am 11 Comments

CBS This Morning reports that NYPD is planning ways to disable drones. While this reports focuses on weaponized drones I think NYPDs actions effect anyone flying in NYC.

Final LOHAN test flight hits 27,700m

Posted by Lester Haines on October 29, 2014 at 1:36am 3 Comments

It's a big thanks very much to our US allies at Edge Research Lab for carrying out the final test flight for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project.…


New FAA TFR prohibits model aircraft/RPAS flight within 3nm of large sporting events

Posted by Gary Mortimer on October 29, 2014 at 12:55am 5 Comments

Watch out if you are tempted to look over the wall at the ball game. The FAA have issued a NOTAM that no doubt event operators will enforce on their behalf. It brings model aircraft and RPAS within a NOTAM previously enacted post 9/11 for full sized aircraft.

What does it mean, if your flying field is within 3nm of major sporting events you should not be…


Making a helicopter with just one motor/actuator

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 28, 2014 at 11:48pm 1 Comment

In general, copters need at least two props, one for lift and the other to cancel out angular momentum, either as a tail rotor or coaxial main rotors. But U Penn have shown that with the right configuration, you can fly a copter with just one motor and prop. From IEEE Spectrum,…


3DR IRIS+ Follow Me and Auto Mission Demo

Posted by AKRCGUY on October 28, 2014 at 12:38pm 3 Comments

We did some more IRIS+ testing this past weekend using the Pebble watch and "Follow Me" mode.  Here is the video-

Rethinking the RC "Controller TX" - SuperMan FM Continued-

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on October 28, 2014 at 10:00am 33 Comments

Today we were having a discussion about aircraft control via different flight modes. Personally would prefer to change the way input happened when controlling the UAV directly, so that the input is more intuitive in nature. I have seen allot of really…



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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

UAV news from sUAS News

The next AUVSI Executive Vice President ??

The next AUVSI Executive Vice President ??

This position has recently become vacant and represents an opportunity to either install an individual with years of empirical experience in many facets of the technology and its applications or an unknown quantity. Time is of the essence as the association’s…

It’s Alive! Ames Engineers Harvest and Print Parts for New Breed of Aircraft

It’s Alive! Ames Engineers Harvest and Print Parts for New Breed of Aircraft

Rachel Hoover Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. It’s more an engineer’s dream than nightmare – to rapidly prototype and redesign aircraft using 3-D printed parts. That’s just what a team of student interns and engineers at NASA’s Ames Research…

AgEagle introduces new UAV operations management system

AgEagle introduces new UAV operations management system

AgEagle, LLC., announced its new Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) automation and post-flight data processing via its new AgEagle RAPID, an advanced and comprehensive UAV operations management system specifically developed for professional agronomists and crop consultants. Imagine heading out into the…

Drones spotted over seven French nuclear sites, says EDF

Drones spotted over seven French nuclear sites, says EDF

France’s state-run power firm Électricité de France (EDF) on Wednesday said unidentified drones had flown over seven nuclear plants this month, leading it to file a complaint with the police. The unmanned aircraft did not harm “the safety or the…

Insitu Announces ScanEagle 2 – the Next Generation of the ScanEagle Platform

Insitu Announces ScanEagle 2 – the Next Generation of the ScanEagle Platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu announced today ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours, ScanEagle 2 provides increased payload power and expanded payload options, a more robust…

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