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Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa, is situated southwest of Nairobi city centre and is framed by a railway line and the Ngong River. In an area of abo...
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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:

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Be careful with LiPos

Posted by moglos on March 30, 2015 at 3:24am 2 Comments

This fire in my home town is suspected to have been started by a LiPo. (Though that hasn't yet been confirmed by the fire investigation authorities.)

"A neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, says Les is a member of the Nelson Model Aero Club."

Thankfully the occupants are both…

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Pictures: Humanitarian UAV Mission to Vanuatu in Response to Cyclone Pam

Posted by Patrick Meier on March 29, 2015 at 7:33pm 2 Comments

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Above: Aéroport de Port Vila - Bauerfield International Airport. As we land, thousands of uprooted trees could be seen in almost every direction. Below:Massive roots were not enough to save these trees from Cyclone Pam. The devastation reminds us how powerful nature is.

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After getting clearance from the Australian Defense Force (ADF), we pack up our UAVs and head over to…

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Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 28, 2015 at 5:30pm 10 Comments

Congrats to Marco Robustini and his team/colleagues for a fantastic first Ferrara Drone Show, in the lovely northern Italian town of Ferrara (between Bologna and Venice). Most of the drones on display were using Pixhawk or another APM…

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ESC with FOC and sensor - why not

Posted by Jure M on March 28, 2015 at 1:10pm 6 Comments

So for a while I was thinking of creating a big ass tilt rotor tricopter with a X8 as a base frame. All good, but which ESC to use? After deciding that I don't really like anything on HobbyKing, I started working on my own. It had to have good quality components, rated for automotive applications (don't want my ESC to fail when flying...), FOC…

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Iris+ Mapping Tutorial and Data Set

Posted by MultiSpek on March 28, 2015 at 12:37pm 5 Comments

MultiSpek Data Processing Overview from MultiSpek on Vimeo.

UAV mapping is getting easier by the day.  From agriculture to mining and construction, companies are looking for real time mapping to increase…

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Europe agrees on regulatory drone framework to move industry forward

Posted by IKE on March 28, 2015 at 7:32am 0 Comments

During a two-day conference in Riga, the European aviation community found broad…

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First flight of Linux APM on Raspberry Pi 2 with Navio+

Posted by Emlid on March 28, 2015 at 7:16am 16 Comments

Hey guys!

Today we’ve made the first flight of Linux APM on Raspberry Pi 2 with Navio+.

Navio+ is an autopilot HAT…

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Latest Festo robo-butterflies now capable of swarming, autonomous flight

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 27, 2015 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

Every time Festo puts out a new video, my jaw ends up on the floor. Their robo-butterflies can now navigate with "indoor GPS", which I think means motion capture cameras. Also: check out that ant! (20x+ as big as a real ant, but still!)

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GeoUAV Workshop, 1-2 October 2015, La Grande Motte, France

Posted by Thorsten on March 27, 2015 at 1:46pm 1 Comment

GeoUAV is a specialized Workshop in the frame of the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2015. Dedicated to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), it will bring the…

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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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Diver Looking For Owner Of Crashed Drone Found Near Rainbow Bridge

Diver Looking For Owner Of Crashed Drone Found Near Rainbow Bridge

FOLSOM (CBS13) — A broken quadcopter was found under the Rainbow Bridge by a diver, and he’s sharing the video to help find the rightful owner. It was a bird’s-eye view of one of the region’s most beautiful bridges. Then…

Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustration

Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustration

Ed Pilkington in British Columbia Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated warnings by the e-commerce giant that it would go outside the US to bypass what it sees as the US federal government’s lethargic…

Unmanned aerial vehicle now fully operational after years of intensive training

Unmanned aerial vehicle now fully operational after years of intensive training

By XUE JIANYUE SINGAPORE — The Hermes 450 (H-450) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), delivered to Singapore in 2007, is now fully operational after years of intensive training in the Air Force to operate and maintain the aircraft, announced the Defence Ministry…

Kansas State researchers team with Australians in using unmanned aircraft in agriculture

Kansas State researchers team with Australians in using unmanned aircraft in agriculture

By Justin Wingerter MANHATTAN — Nearly 8,500 miles lie between the cities of Brisbane, Australia, and Manhattan, Kan., but a common enemy 2 mm in length is bringing the cities’ researchers together. The Russian wheat aphid is an invasive pest that…

Facebook’s UAV Flies, Builds On Developments In Solar Power

Facebook’s UAV Flies, Builds On Developments In Solar Power

Graham Warwick AviationWeek.com Somewhere in the U.K., Facebook has completed the first flight of a prototype of the solar-powered stratospheric unmanned aircraft the social media giant is developing to provide Internet infrastructure in remote parts of the world. CEO Mark Zuckerburg…

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