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"Hi Leonardt, Yes here is a log from the Autotune with AGGR 0.05. In Autotune the copter…"
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Compass interference !

Hi,trying my first flights I always ended in trees or wheat fields >_<(Copter recovered every…See More
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"Hi, as a newbie I can not tell what the problem is (sorry), I had the same issue and could solve it…"
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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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New smartphone-controlled gaming drones (with GPS) on Kickstarter

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2015 at 8:16am 0 Comments

Impressively tiny given the GPS, autopilot and promised LTE connection option. Virtual FPV racing and indoor/outdoor use. On Kickstarter…


Sputnik Web - 3D landscape hosting

Posted by Dmitry Rykovanov on July 7, 2015 at 5:58am 2 Comments

GeoScan team is glad to invite drone owners to our upcoming project Sputnik Web:

This is an online service for publishing and sharing 3D…


The Bebop Drone goes crazy if it passes from shadow to the sun, and vice versa (Video )

Posted by Danilo Scarato on July 7, 2015 at 2:30am 1 Comment


bebop impazzisce al sole4



New solar UAS record.

Posted by Chris Cloutier on July 6, 2015 at 9:00pm 7 Comments

This is some really exciting news. Curious what FC is onboard. From the team:

The AtlantikSolar Unmanned Aerial Vehicle took off on June 30th at 11:14 o’clock to attempt the “holy grail” of solar-powered…


Parrot Bebop running APM!

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 6, 2015 at 5:54pm 13 Comments

I just got back from Paris, where I was meeting with the Parrot team, who are now part of the DroneCode project. Here's the first glimpse of what they are working on: the APM code running on the Bebop drone! The…


Drones in Firefighting (and fire reporting)

Posted by MarioSpeedwagon on July 6, 2015 at 3:57pm 6 Comments

Drones & Firefighting

I wanted to (quickly) share some experiences with the use of drones in firefighting, as my UAS and goals differ a bit from most departments we've seen that are starting to use drones. 

I am a career…


Just how good are Solo's autonomous landings?

Posted by Daniel McKinnon on July 6, 2015 at 2:42pm 5 Comments

There has been a lot of discussion recently on DIYDrones about GPS accuracy, the reliability of autonomous flight modes like Return to Home, and safe flying conditions. These are all valuable discussions to be had, but it is also is helpful to consider how well GPS-based positioning works in…


GoPro Session $399

Posted by Brian Martin on July 6, 2015 at 1:17pm 12 Comments

GoPro Hero 4 Session:  $399

GoPro just released the Hero 4 Session!!!  Nice looking camera but now we have to redesign all of our gimbals.  The size and weight savings along with the symmetry could prove beneficial to drone applications?!?…


DIY RC Gimbal Part 2

Posted by Jonathan Hair on July 5, 2015 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

Hi all,

A few months back I posted about making my own RC controller:

I finally got around to making it work. I am very happy with the results! I ended up using code posted on RCgroups to format the PPM 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 Pylon Race, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Southampton University survive last minute scare to take UAS gong

Southampton University survive last minute scare to take UAS gong

by Five final year masters of engineering students from the University of Southampton have beaten 13 other undergraduate teams to be crowned overall winners of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Challenge. The annual event encourages teams…

Sky-Futures Approve First Batch of American Remote Pilots and Inspection Engineers at UK Training Centre

Sky-Futures Approve First Batch of American Remote Pilots and Inspection Engineers at UK Training Centre

by Sky-Futures, the global leader in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Oil and Gas inspections has this week approved three new Remote Pilots, including the first two Sky-Futures USA Remote Pilots. Qualifications have also been awarded to three Inspection Engineers who…

China’s Civilian Drone Export Rises, Reaches 750M Yuan

China’s Civilian Drone Export Rises, Reaches 750M Yuan

by EL Borromeo For the first five months of this year, China has already exported 160,000 units of civilian drones worth 750 million yuan. The statistic is 69 and 55 times higher than the January and May 2014 figures, respectively.…

Serial shoplifter snatched drone aircraft and ran into waiting car

Serial shoplifter snatched drone aircraft and ran into waiting car

by A SERIAL shoplifter who was caught after stealing a £300 drone aircraft from an electrical store has been sentenced to 54 weeks in a young offenders institution. Joshua Cutter, 20, was spotted running into a waiting car after snatching…

General Atomics plans to set up drone academy in Grand Forks

General Atomics plans to set up drone academy in Grand Forks

by GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s unmanned aircraft business and technology park has landed a second major defense contractor. Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer say that General Atomics has reached a tentative agreement to establish an unmanned aerial systems training academy…

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