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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:

  • APM:Copter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • APM:Plane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
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Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 6:30pm 1 Comment

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…


Agrolytic: Cloud processing service for UAV agriculture data

Posted by Kyle Forbes on January 24, 2015 at 6:20pm 3 Comments

Our team at Agrolytic spent the 2014 growing season in the fields, working with growers, and flying UAVs with different sensors. Our single goal was to create a practical, online service that empowers growers to benefit from the latest in sensor and big data processing technologies, but…


Thermal imaging system for drones

Posted by Jan Sova on January 24, 2015 at 1:00pm 12 Comments

I would like to introduce a thermal imaging system for drones and UAV systems made by european company Workswell s.r.o.

Basic parameters

Workswell Thermal Vision Pro is high-end and unique wireless thermal imaging solution with two cameras and storage for unmanned aerial vehicles, quadrocopters or drones. This…


Design an Airplane in 1 Minute

Posted by Blucraft on January 24, 2015 at 5:00am 5 Comments

Mach-Up is free and web-based. Design your own at ;

Cheap IR LIDAR Lite (90$)

Posted by Bertrand Duchiron on January 23, 2015 at 1:35pm 12 Comments

This is the LIDAR Lite, a compact high performance optical distance measurement sensor from PulsedLight. The LIDAR Lite is ideal when used in drone, robot, or unmanned vehicle situations where you need a reliable and powerful proximity sensor but don’t possess a lot of space. All you need to communicate with this sensor is a standard I2C or PWM…


Trappy ended up paying

Posted by Gary Mortimer on January 22, 2015 at 10:39pm 16 Comments


Raphael Pirker agreed on Thursday to pay the FAA $1,100 to settle the agency’s $10,000 fine for allegedly flying a drone recklessly to film the University of Virginia in 2011. Under the settlement terms, Mr. Pirker doesn’t admit to guilt and the FAA agreed to drop some of its accusations against…


ESPN's Winter X Games allowed to film with UAV.

Posted by Todd Harper on January 22, 2015 at 8:00pm 3 Comments

Thought everyone might want see/read this.

ESPN is adding camera-carrying drones to its coverage of the Winter X Games, using the cutting-edge technology to cover snowboardcross and snowmobiling events this week in Aspen, Colorado.

Full story: Winter X Games…


Blank Coverage from TC in Airport Zone

Posted by Paul on January 22, 2015 at 4:22pm 3 Comments

Link to article

Really nice to see UAV being use in a good way.  But what I am wondering Transport Canada wants

to promote safe use…


Flying, Walking Vampire Bat Robot Is Back

Posted by Greg Dronsky on January 22, 2015 at 3:31pm 1 Comment

A few years ago, Ludovic Daler showed us a flying robot that he was working on that had the ability to “walk” by rotating its wings while on the ground. We love seeing designs like this that are completely, utterly out of the box, and Ludovic promised even…



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

Drones flying high in Canada’s friendly skies

Drones flying high in Canada’s friendly skies

François Shalom, Montreal Gazette The vast and relatively quiet airspace above Canada has become fertile ground for the burgeoning drone industry. Drones can be a barrier-breaking tool for businesses, and have become hugely popular among consumers, who can buy one for as little…

French theme park will use 50 drones for a nighttime spectacle

French theme park will use 50 drones for a nighttime spectacle

BY JESSICA PLAUTZ France’s second-biggest theme park, Puy du Fou, is enlisting 50 drones to keep guests entertained by incorporating them into its Cinéscénie nighttime show. The show is already an over-the-top spectacle, involving 1,200 actors and dancers on a…

Blucraft releases Mach-Up: A Web-Based Aerodynamic Conceptual Design Tool

Blucraft releases Mach-Up: A Web-Based Aerodynamic Conceptual Design Tool

Mach-Up, a free, web-based design tool was recently released to assist developers and engineers in the conceptual design phases of airframe design. Check it out here: It’s interface was designed to allow developers the ability to quickly create mock-ups for…

$850 Drone fine: CASA using YouTube to identify illegal drone use

$850 Drone fine: CASA using YouTube to identify illegal drone use

If you’ve got a drone and haven’t been keeping a close eye on the regulations that outline where and when you can fly it – be very careful. Uploading videos taken from your drone to the internet could result in the Civil Aviation…

Allied Drones Unveils New Tethered HV44 “HornetCAM”

Allied Drones Unveils New Tethered HV44 “HornetCAM”

The next generation of the tethered HV44 “HornetCAM” UAV has been unveiled. As a tethered UAV the HV44 is capable of flight/hover times exceeding 72 hours of continuous operation. From a safety standpoint, scenarios of a “run-away UAV” are not possible because…

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