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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
  • APM:Rover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Flying Robot International Film Festival

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2015 at 4:04pm 1 Comment

From the great Eddie Codel, one of the first and best drone videographers, comes this!

The Flying Robot international Film Festival or FRiFF, is an open competitive film festival focused on aerial cinema created…

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The Snotbot, another drone for good!

Posted by DavidJames on July 30, 2015 at 11:14pm 2 Comments

Just when you thought it couldn't get any more interesting.      Along comes the Snotbot.    A whale research drone that is being developed by  Ocean Alliance and…

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3DR Aero used to test delivery of blood samples

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2015 at 8:34pm 2 Comments

From Gizmag:

We’ve already heard about drones being used to deliver pharmaceuticals to patients in remote locations, but scientists from…

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Facebook releases photos of internet-access drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2015 at 1:05pm 9 Comments

From the Verge:

Facebook's shallow V-shaped plane has the wingspan of a Boeing 737. But even fully loaded down with…

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WiFi Telemetry with Cheap 3$ ESP8266

Posted by Omer on July 29, 2015 at 7:30am 14 Comments

Hello all,

It's not a new achievement using wifi as Telemetry but this UART to WiFi module has really long range (up to 400 meters), and unbeatable price. Very small form factor (about 2cm x 1.5cm) and light (3 gr). Great for the small sized UAVs. And your Smart Phone or Tablet will become a GCS with no additional hardware. And with module's available GPIOs…

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Drones: A force for good when flying in the face of disaster (UK Guardian)

Posted by Patrick Meier on July 29, 2015 at 4:33am 0 Comments

Unmanned aircraft can be put to effective use in humanitarian situations, but a code of conduct is needed to make sure they are used safely and efficiently

UK Guardian, July 28,…

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Exploring the secrets of flying wing design with CFD.

Posted by Andrew Rabbitt on July 28, 2015 at 9:36pm 39 Comments

The flying wing design I have been working on for some time now has been slowly evolving as I have learned more about aerodynamics and expanded my skill set with modelling tools of various forms.  I have recently completely re-surfaced my design with new aerofoil sections and better, more consistent surface…

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Warehouses logistics and something else

Posted by DroneBox Team on July 28, 2015 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

Tricopters, quadcopters, hexacopters, octocopters, etc.

The drone-world is evolving quite fast and nowadays one can see very curious vehicles and configurations that surprisingly (or not) are able to fly properly.

This is due to the possibility that some open source autopilots like Pixhawk…

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Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2015 at 7:10am 26 Comments

Congrats to the ETH Autonomous Systems Lab for this milestone with a Pixhawk-powered fixed wing drone. Next stop: crossing the Atlantic! From the team:

Two weeks after having demonstrated …

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Hobbyking Beer Lift 2015

Hobbyking Beer Lift 2015

by It’s that time of the year again… it’s time to lift some beer! You’ve all seen this one before and it’s time to get your entries in. For those who haven’t experienced the HobbyKing Beer Lift it’s simple, the…

Topcon announces partnership with Ascending Technologies for UAS distribution

Topcon announces partnership with Ascending Technologies for UAS distribution

by Krailling, Munich, Germany – Topcon Positioning Group announces a worldwide distribution partnership with Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) provider Ascending Technologies. The agreement gives Topcon exclusivity for the global distribution of the AscTec®Falcon 8 rotary-wing model, the GeoEXPERT and the…

Drone flies over MANCI rec yard with inmates outside

Drone flies over MANCI rec yard with inmates outside

by Lou Whitmire MANSFIELD – A drone flew over Mansfield Correctional Institution on Wednesday afternoon while inmates were outside in the recreation yard. A spokeswoman at MANCI said the incident remains under investigation. No further details are being released at…

CADDrones.com Relaunched as Subscription Based Open Source CAD and 3D Printing Drone Community

CADDrones.com Relaunched as Subscription Based Open Source CAD and 3D Printing Drone Community

by The CAD Drones community is for hobby, educational, and commercial use. Companies, institutions, and Designers of all types can share FREE 3D printable versions of drone projects, files, software, etc and even sell paid versions of them on our…

Facebook builds drone for internet access

Facebook builds drone for internet access

by By Dave LeeNorth America technology reporter Facebook has built its own drone that will bring internet connectivity to remote parts of the world, the social network has announced. The drone – which has a wingspan of a Boeing 737…

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