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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 (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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RotorBuilds.com Helps you price out your Multirotor Build and Share it with Others

Posted by WhiffleX on August 31, 2015 at 8:11am 0 Comments

RotorBuilds is a new application that allows multirotor DIYers to price out their build and share the finished product with others.  As you add each part to your build the total price is updated in real time to give you an idea of your…

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An awesome day at CMAC

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on August 30, 2015 at 10:30pm 12 Comments

Anyone who has been involved in aeromodelling for a while dreams of having one of those days when everything works right. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it sure is nice!

CanberraUAV had one of those days yesterday. It was a…

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New stats on commercial drones in the US

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2015 at 7:44pm 6 Comments

Thanks to sUAS News, here are the latest stats on commercial drone registrations in the US based on tail numbers, which actually tracks drone units and is a…

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Hover - #1 app for Drone pilots adds International airports to no-fly zone maps!

Posted by Dan Held on August 29, 2015 at 12:44pm 1 Comment

International airport no-fly zone maps are now available! Of course detailed US, UK, and Korean maps are still up and running as well :) :)



Hover - an app for Drone…

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Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA

Posted by Gary Mortimer on August 28, 2015 at 9:30pm 39 Comments

 

The unconfirmed report is that a “company survey” aircraft impacted a small UAS at 2,500 feet near Lewis University (KLOT) on August 27, 2015 causing damage to the leading edge of the manned aircraft wing.

More as we get it but this is what…

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Stop California Bad Drone Law

Posted by Jimmy Oliver on August 28, 2015 at 5:00pm 24 Comments

I have started a petition to stop the newest California drone law. Please consider signing so safe operators can continue flying and innovating. Thank you.…

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Using ROS Gazebo simulator with ArduCopter

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm 6 Comments

The future of robotics development, including drones, is powerful simulation, which makes it possible to achieve faster development and better performance by reducing the "trial and error" process of testing everything with physical machines. The Dronecode projects have long used a number of…

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Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm 14 Comments

I'd like to take a moment and call out Hamish Willee and the rest of the documentation team, who every day make scores of improvements to the wikis and other documentation for the APM and other Dronecode project wikis. To give just one example, you may have noticed the new sidebar/menu system, which…

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Call for members

Posted by Matt Wallhead on August 27, 2015 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Consider joining the High Plains and Mountain States UAV Users Group (HP&MS UAV-UG). This group was created to facilitate networking among UAV users/enthusiasts located in the High Plains and…

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Screen shot of our new iPad app

Posted by Ted Morgan on August 27, 2015 at 11:59am 9 Comments

We flew our remote hexacopter on Cape Cod from over 60 miles away over a cellular connection using only this iPad interface. Beautiful day for a flight. Actual screen shot from the flight.…

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The Selfie-Drone: Invasion of the Vacation Snatchers

The Selfie-Drone: Invasion of the Vacation Snatchers

by Stephanie Rosenbloom It was a blistering hot Sunday in Provence. The painted shutters of the houses in Arles were closed. Visitors were scarce. In the Roman amphitheater, built to hold some 20,000 spectators, I sat among empty bleachers, above…

Collaboration with UK firm brings drone utility infrastructure inspection to the USA

Collaboration with UK firm brings drone utility infrastructure inspection to the USA

by Colorado based Unmanned Experts (UMEX), a leading consultancy and training company in the United States Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) market has joined forces with the UK head-quartered Cyberhawk Innovations, the world’s leader in UAS aerial surveys, to deliver market-leading…

Engineers find secret to steady drone cameras in swan necks

Engineers find secret to steady drone cameras in swan necks

by by Bjorn Carey Swans and geese are the envy of aeronautical engineers. Even plump geese can perform remarkable aerial acrobatics – twisting their body and flapping their powerful wings while keeping their head completely still. Now, Stanford engineers have…

DJI first to 500 333 exemption airframes

DJI first to 500 333 exemption airframes

by Earlier this week Dajiang Innovation Technology Co. (DJI) became the first company to exceed 500 N registered aircraft in the USA. It might raise eyebrows among the old guard when they realize the 500th airframe belongs to Raytheon Integrated…

B4UFLY Smartphone App

B4UFLY Smartphone App

by Beta test now underway B4UFLY is an easy-to-use smartphone app that helps unmanned aircraft operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly. On August 28, 2015, the FAA…

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