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bocorps commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post Part 2: How to build a High-Definition FPV UAV using a Rasperry PI with HD camera, using a high speed WiFi link
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Welcome to DIY Drones!


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

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                   Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

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New product is coming. We have produced AlienCopter Bee 450 Multi-Roter Frame.

Posted by Angie xue on January 27, 2015 at 2:00am 0 Comments

AlienCopter Bee 450 Multi-Roter Frame

 

AlienCopter have released their premiere FPV frame, the BEE. The first thing that stands out and sets this frame apart from any other in its class is it true 100% real multilayer carbon construction, folding capabilities and vibration isolation system. …

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OpenMV Cam on KS

Posted by Bot Thoughts on January 26, 2015 at 12:30pm 13 Comments

Hey all, remember OpenMV Cam? It's the machine vision module that runs Python.

Well, we finally launched it on Kickstarter http://bit.ly/openmvcam. It does color tracking, object tracking, records movies and photos, too. All scriptable with Python. And…

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Hover - #1 iOS App for Drone Enthusiasts Launches on Android!

Posted by Dan Held on January 26, 2015 at 11:06am 2 Comments

We've just launched on Android!  If you have an iPhone, we launched a few weeks ago on…

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Percepto - computer vision for drones

Posted by Raviv Raz on January 26, 2015 at 8:00am 6 Comments

Hi,

 

My name is Raviv Raz and I am a co-founder of a really cool startup called Percepto. I really hope you will like it since it pretty much grew out of reading and following this community.

 

Percepto is an add-on device, some may call a companion computer, that is designed to give almost any UAV computer vision…

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$15K AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY DRONE HELICOPTER FLY AWAY CRASH / RESCUE in the AMAZON Rainforest!

Posted by Rui Costa on January 26, 2015 at 8:00am 5 Comments

Sometimes gear fails you! This was Cinecopter experience in Peru filming for animal planet!

Ground station survey

Posted by Gerard Toonstra on January 26, 2015 at 7:12am 3 Comments

Ground stations are the means you have available in the field to interact with your autonomous vehicle, so they're a very important part of the toolset to conduct your work or hobby. The ground station as we know it now is not just there to support your activities to plan or execute the flight, they also contain functions for initial setups,…

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Two aircrafts in 3D

Posted by Little Smart Things on January 26, 2015 at 6:30am 2 Comments

Now have a closer look at our two aircrafts Cumulus One and Nimbo One, online!

Do feel free to take the time and enjoy every angle of our aircrafts…

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Siemens contest winner uses IRIS for smart parking lot assistant demo

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 8:00pm 3 Comments

From Fast Company:

The next time you spend 20 minutes circling a…

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Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 6:30pm 15 Comments

Back in June 2013, I shared some pictures from the then-new 3D Robotics Tijuana factory.  Here's another batch, showing the growth and progress there. It's buzzing and…

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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

A Drone, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House

A Drone, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MICHAEL D. SHEAR WASHINGTON — A White House radar system designed to detect flying objects like planes, missiles and large drones failed to pick up a small drone that crashed into a tree on the South Lawn early…

Thailand:- Gov to criminalize personal drone use

Thailand:- Gov to criminalize personal drone use

By Coconuts Bangkok Flying a radio-controlled drone outfitted with a camera by members of the public will be illegal once new regulations come into effect next month. For the sake of national security and to protect privacy, the Civil Aviation Department…

Lewis Realty Associates, Inc. Files a Petition for Exemption to FAA for Use of “Drone” in Real Estate

Lewis Realty Associates, Inc. Files a Petition for Exemption to FAA for Use of “Drone” in Real Estate

Over the past three years, Chris Rackley, President of Lewis Realty Associates, Inc, began searching for a viable platform for aerial photography that did not involve a traditional aircraft to hopefully one day use in the real estate business at…

White House Security Breach Shifts Debate on Civilian Drones

White House Security Breach Shifts Debate on Civilian Drones

By Alan Levin and Angela Greiling Keane The discovery of a radio-controlled copter on the White House lawn injects a new complication into the debate over the growing popularity of drones used by civilians. The security breach Monday at the…

NJIT to Conduct Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flights in National Airspace over the Atlantic Ocean

NJIT to Conduct Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flights in National Airspace over the Atlantic Ocean

NJIT is conducting UAS flights over the Atlantic Ocean to test the feasibility of safely integrating drones into the public airspace and to assess the research and operational capabilities of several data-collecting sensors aboard the craft that can be used…

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