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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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AEROMAPPERS UAVs mapping drone updates

Posted by Mauricio on July 5, 2015 at 1:00am 1 Comment

Aeromao Inc. A leading edge UAV manufacturer from Canada has recently made several updates to its Aeromappers family of drones as well as additions to its payload offerings.


The Aeromapper family of UAVs consist of three different drones aimed for mapping and survey applications with…


Database of FAA drone exemptions

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 4, 2015 at 2:58pm 4 Comments

From the excellent Center of the Study of the Drone, a searchable spreadsheet with all the current FAA Section 333 exemptions for commercial use:



Latest on Pixhawk-powered ducted fan drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 4, 2015 at 2:39pm 4 Comments

From Hackaday:

A while back, we wrote about the ducted fan, single rotor, VTOL drone that [Armin Strobel] was working on. It wasn’t quite finished then, and hadn’t got off the ground yet. He’s posted an update, and from the looks of it, he’s made tons of progress,…


Hackaday Wings, Wheels and Propellers contest

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 4, 2015 at 2:11pm 0 Comments

From Hackaday:

Have a project that moves? Then get it entered this week for your chance at one of 15 quadcopters. …


MyGeekShow - Building the Solar UAV Prototype

Posted by Trent at MyGeekShow on July 4, 2015 at 2:57am 16 Comments

MyGeekShow is back! This week I finalized the design and built the 50% scale solar airplane prototype. I'll complete it's first flight next week!

My current mission is to build an RC airplane capable of indefinite flight, where solar panels installed on the wings power the airplane and charge the batteries by day, and then those same batteries power…


Experiments with an industrial USB webcam

Posted by Gerard Toonstra on July 3, 2015 at 3:51pm 5 Comments

Above is a fullsize image of a 5MP webcam. A webcam usually has a CMOS sensor and commercial ones support up to 720p resolution. 720p is a result of the usb bus bandwidth available to stream the images and since many computers still use USB 2.0, this is the maximum resolution for reasonable framerates of 25fps…


What happens when you bump into a drone ?

Posted by Laurent Eschenauer on July 3, 2015 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

Last month I shared with you our 'spherical drone' concept and promised to come back with more technical content. Well, I have just published a…


1 hours 43 minutes Flight with 2S NCR18650B Batteries

Posted by Melih Karakelle on July 3, 2015 at 8:51am 6 Comments

Hi Everyone

Last weekend I've tested Panasonic NCR18650B batteries on my maiden PolyClub EPP airplane. 

I was expecting ~40 minutes flight but I landed after 103 minutes 24 seconds! (1h43m24s)

This batteries are definitely working!

Only disadvantage of the batteries are low discharge rate. It is max. 2C.

So, discharge current should be less than 7A…


Steampunk Tricopter project

Posted by Skyview Creative1 on July 2, 2015 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

I am finally about finished with my Steampunk Tricopter. I have been working on this design since last December on and off. After crashing last fall I decided to completely rebuild as a steampunk airship. I looked extensively on line to get some ideas and to see what was out there but I couldn't find anything that inspired me. Using my electronic components from my existing tricopter, I completely redesigned every part. I mean, the only parts I used from my old frame was…


iDroneCtrl 1.4.1: iPhone/iPad drone control app update

Posted by Bryan Galusha on July 2, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Latest update of iDroneCtrl ground station fixes a small bug affecting some of our users, where iDroneCtrl would repeatedly request the mission. Using the Fighting Walrus Apple MFi approved …


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UAV news from sUAS News

Man busted for flying drone over Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Man busted for flying drone over Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

by BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA , BEN KOCHMAN  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS He wanted a better view of hot-dog history – but ended up with a summons. A 40-year-old man was busted Saturday for flying a drone over the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating…

Farmers eager for drones, but most can’t legally fly them

Farmers eager for drones, but most can’t legally fly them

by BY MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press CORDOVA, MD. Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm — a…

Drone pilot accidentally knocks himself out with his own quadcopter

Drone pilot accidentally knocks himself out with his own quadcopter

by By Mary-Ann Russon A man has captured the moment he managed to accidentally knock himself out with his own quadcopter drone. YouTube user doctorsnaketown uploaded hilarious footage of himself flying a ZMR250 mini racing quadcopter drone around his garden on a…

Drones tested to prevent ocean drownings

Drones tested to prevent ocean drownings

by By Wayne K. RoustanSun Sentinel Drone or drown? Seems like an obvious choice and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue has been conducting a feasibility study to see if these daring young flying machines can shave precious seconds off rescue response times.…

Firefighting planes grounded again due to drone

Firefighting planes grounded again due to drone

by AP REDDING – Authorities briefly grounded a U.S. Forest Service reconnaissance plane flying over a series of small wildfires in Northern California after a drone flew too close to the scene. The Forest Service said the plane fighting the…

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