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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:

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Hexacopter vs shotgun (court rules in favor of copter!)

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2015 at 2:10pm 5 Comments

A Pixhawk-powered hexacopter had an encounter with an overzealous and somewhat paranoid neighbor. Ars Technica tells the story:

That day, Eric Joe…

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Parrot, Team Blacksheep, Walkera and others join DroneCode!

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2015 at 9:38am 1 Comment

Exciting news from the DroneCode Project, which today announced six new members, bringing the total to…

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UgCS 2.4 Is Live!

Posted by Kristaps Brass on June 29, 2015 at 12:57am 0 Comments

For those who have missed it - the newest version of UgCS - 2.4 is live and available on Windows, Mac and Linux!

UgCS 2.4 makes drones smarter and more agile than before. The most important new features are that it allows import of custom terrain elevation models, 3D building models which make the drone more…

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GooMPy: Interactive Google Maps for Python

Posted by Simon D. Levy on June 28, 2015 at 3:00pm 6 Comments

My students and I like to write MAV applications in Python, and we were disappointed in that Google does not provide an interactive map-visualization API in that language. So we wrote one ourselves, which we call GooMPy.

GooMPy provides a Python…

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Footage of 80 kg payload test multicopter

Posted by Winfried Rijssenbeek on June 28, 2015 at 1:30pm 9 Comments

We succeeded 2015/06/25 with a test flight (craft strapped with 4 ropes) with a 80 kg payload. It only used 8 of the 12 rotors! Next,we want to give you a glimpse on how it will look in future (part with canopy) Hope you enjoy. And for all the critics: you helped us to pursue our targets! And indeed a lot of challenges ahead, range extender, silent props, etc.  Any…

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Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller

Posted by Gary McCray on June 26, 2015 at 4:00pm 20 Comments

Just had to tell all of you about this $59.95 three axis gimbal deal on EBay:

This seemed like a great deal and looks to be identical to DYS Gimbal on Hobbyking which is $200.00.

I got one and quality appears excellent though I haven't tried to use it yet (I will probably get…

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Electric Quadcopter world record 3 hours 43 minutes

Posted by Amit on June 26, 2015 at 1:00pm 20 Comments

https://youtu.be/7rpxcCoycvA

This is an electric Quadcopter powered buy fuel cell technology innovated by The Canadian "Energyor".

It got an amazing power …

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Precise indoor positioning with ultrawideband

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2015 at 8:00am 11 Comments

Right now, for precise indoor positioning you typically need an expensive optical motion capture rig like a Vicon. This Kickstarter project promises…

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MIT: "Disruptive" New manufacturing approach slices lithium-ion battery cost in half

Posted by Felixrising on June 25, 2015 at 3:00pm 3 Comments

Another Lithium-Ion battery tech story...

An advanced manufacturing approach for lithium-ion batteries, developed by researchers at MIT and at a spinoff company called 24M, promises to significantly slash the cost of the most widely used type of rechargeable batteries while also improving their performance and making them easier to recycle.…

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More News About the Solo Gimbal!

Posted by Jeevan Kalanithi on June 25, 2015 at 1:55pm 30 Comments

Reposting from the 3DR blog -

Hello from China! Well, I’m writing this from an office in Palo Alto, but the news comes from the team in the factory in Guangzhou.

The gimbal is making good progress, with our production crew…

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Drone pilot is flying high after exam pass

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by Tegan Chapman A photographer is flying high after securing a drone pilot’s licence in record time. Commercial photographer Andrew Bryson, from Morpeth, started flying a camera drone to give his pictures a new dimension but, under Civil Aviation Authority…

Sagem enhancing marketing of its new Patroller UAV

Sagem enhancing marketing of its new Patroller UAV

by Sagem of France, maker of the Sperwer unmanned aerial vehicle used by some coalition nations in Afghanistan, has announced new moves on the UAV scene. First it has partnered with Seguritech of Mexico to jointly develop drone systems and surveillance payloads in…

North Dakota UAV business grows

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by By: Jonathan Knutson, Agweek GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The UAV industry continues to grow and evolve, and Field of View is growing and evolving with it. New regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles proposed in February by the Federal Aviation Administration…

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by Lots of press about this one, an A320 inbound Heathrow from the West. I find two things very interesting. Firstly that First Person View (FPV) flying was mentioned. That shows that folks in authority know about FPV and know…

DRONES IN BUSINESS: Between heaven and earth, a lot of gray

DRONES IN BUSINESS: Between heaven and earth, a lot of gray

by By Jennifer Nesslar When Jared Serfozo first saw drones being sold in America, the technology caught his attention. “I had to have one,” he said. Serfozo is a videographer who makes training videos for a software company. But he…

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