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Compile AC using Eclipse LUNA & Cygwin

Hi, I am having difficulty compiling ArduCopter 3.2 using eclipse. Compiles using, cygwin in the…See More
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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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UAVs with artificial muscles

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 22, 2014 at 11:20pm 1 Comment

From IEEE Spectrum:

Until recently, a defining characteristic of robots has been their rigid mechanical nature. Most of them are made up of hard structural…

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Flying an Unmanned Aircraft - Transport Canada

Posted by LHardy on October 22, 2014 at 6:01pm 2 Comments

Transport Canada rolled this out yesterday.  

Expects you to follow these basic Do’s and Don’ts or else there will be fines involved.

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  • Only fly your aircraft…
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Drone for the Masses

Posted by Jason Lam on October 22, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

 



A drone for everyone? It's about time.

Anura Pocket Drone is currently on KickStarter.…



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Dedicating a page to the Pixhawk

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on October 22, 2014 at 2:00pm 1 Comment

-3dr Pixhawk- Page Link

Each time I integrate the pixhawk into a platform I am impressed with the ease and prowess to which it performs. Working with it often I had put together a single page for…

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Vibration Mitigation Blocks- VMB1

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on October 22, 2014 at 9:25am 7 Comments

Vibration is the bane of multirotors, and needed something that I could produce very inexpensively in small quantities for quadcopter builds and other robotic applications. This is what I came up with that I could cut on demand on the waterjet.

I have used zip ties, nylon screws and traditional bolts with nylock nuts to secure them in a frame, and were very impressed with the operation, if…

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DIY Ghetto 5.8g wireless monitor project

Posted by benbojangles on October 22, 2014 at 5:29am 5 Comments

Hello, I decided to make a guide for people who wish to make a neat budget wireless fpv monitor. I figure that it costs less than half the amount to make your own than to buy an off the shelf monitor. And besides, it is fun to hack and be creative. You also learn some valuable skills.

Here we…

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Finally got to fly in restricted airspace!

Posted by Phillip Jones on October 21, 2014 at 3:30pm 16 Comments

We finally got to take our helicopter into restricted airspace a couple weeks ago, where our pilot got out of the cockpit for the first time! (We always fly with a pilot onboard when operating in normal airspace) This video shows formation flight, sideways flight, and landing and takeoff on a moving platform. Later flights we did a 5…

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DroneDeploy launches real-time mapping

Posted by Jono on October 21, 2014 at 12:30pm 10 Comments

DroneDeploy is launching the first drone software capable of creating orthorectified maps in real-time. Farmers, surveyors and search and rescue teams typically had to wait for 4-6 hours for maps to be created out of drone imagery, but now can start making decisions with data as it’s collected…

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Redesigning multirotor ESC's

Posted by Gerard Toonstra on October 21, 2014 at 6:18am 47 Comments

It's been quiet on my front, but that was because I was redesigning ESC's (for multirotors and AP's).



Most of the ESC's for multirotor use the SimonK firmware on a relatively simple Atmel microcontroller. There's a single control wire running from the autopilot to the ESC, which is a signal…

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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

Soon, e-tailers could use drones to deliver your purchases

Soon, e-tailers could use drones to deliver your purchases

Sharmistha Mukherjee  E-retail giants such as Flipkart and Amazon might soon be able to air-drop your online purchases using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) considering notifying regulations for civilian use ofdrones in the next two months. A senior DGCA official said, “We are examining…

Bionic bird can be flown with your smartphone

Bionic bird can be flown with your smartphone

By Dario Borghino A French startup has turned to crowdfunding to build an extremely light bionic bird that can be controlled using the magnetometer and accelerometer in a smartphone. The bird, currently at the prototype stage, would communicate via Bluetooth for…

Integrated 3D Visualization: Drones, Photogrammétry Tied To 3D Printing

Integrated 3D Visualization: Drones, Photogrammétry Tied To 3D Printing

France-based company Drones Imaging integrates UAV imagery with 3D printer technology. Based on photogrammetric approaches, the integration of drone gathered images results in the building of 3D printed models for use in applications that include mining, building models, public works…

Unmanned Experts next small UAS Multi-rotor aerial photography course – 1 Dec – 9 Dec 2014

Unmanned Experts next small UAS Multi-rotor aerial photography course – 1 Dec – 9 Dec 2014

Unmanned Experts® is running the next in their sell-out Small UAS Multi-rotor Aerial Photography Courses over 1- 9 December 2014 in Cedar City, Utah, USA. This will a combination of both our SUAS Safe Flight ground school and fight operations…

Aerialtronics sets new benchmark with Altura Nucleo+

Aerialtronics sets new benchmark with Altura Nucleo+

Aerialtronics announces the Nucleo+. A new, fully digital version of Aerialtronics previous Dupla Vista sensor box that features real-time, massive on-board processing power. The Nucleo+ offers both a 1080p HD daylight camera with up to 16x zoom and 30 fps…

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