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Richard Kennedy replied to Randy's discussion PixRacer with Ardupilot
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Philip commented on Jerry Giant's blog post P9X autopilot, a revised pixhawk
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Phillip Kocmoud replied to Randy's discussion PixRacer with Ardupilot
"Richard, The limitation is mainly the 6 PWM outputs, the PH1 has 8 PWM Outputs and 6 AUX Outputs.…"
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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 autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, including:

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Watch Easy Drone defy gravity on Discovery Channel

Posted by Ivan Stamatovski on February 9, 2016 at 7:03pm 0 Comments

Hello Drone Lovers!

Ivan here from Easy Aerial Inc.



I am super-excited to invite you to watch my appearance on a Science Channel show called …

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Autopilot assisted thermalling exploitation

Posted by Riccardo Kuebler on February 9, 2016 at 3:30pm 3 Comments

Hello ensemble,

this is a flight done with the Proxima II, using a UAVDevBoard v4 for autopilot assisted thermal exploitation.

Telemetry on screen is done with DashWare. I had to create a profile for UDB to use the telemetry file with that program and had to adapt a few gauges also. The profile is attached, in the case someone needs…

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ADS-B on DJI M100

Posted by clearskiesph on February 9, 2016 at 12:16pm 3 Comments

After typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban and areas around it, a lot of UAV's have been utilized to do damage assessments. And some pilots complained that they saw UAV's flying in the area during the relief operations. 

As a POC, we have fitted an ADS-B receiver on the DJI M100. The ADS-B…

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New Research on Drone Buying Experience

Posted by Colin Snow on February 9, 2016 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

We just launched a new research survey exploring your drone-buying experiences, where you bought, what seller services matter, and where you intend to buy drones and/or small unmanned aerial systems. As a short 13-question survey, it’s designed for those who have bought or will buy a drone for either…

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Sand Casting Rotor Tip Weights

Posted by Randy Sonnicksen on February 9, 2016 at 8:00am 1 Comment

This is an "exploded" view of my rotor design.  Leading and trailing edge foam cores moved out of position to show internal details.

This design features a cylindrical bearingless rotor root, with droop stop.  Airfoil shaped pieces on inboard and outboard ends of rotor airfoil…

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UgCS 2.8 Is Now Live!

Posted by Kristaps Brass on February 9, 2016 at 6:11am 2 Comments

We're very excited to announce the release of UgCS 2.8.



Visually the first thing you will notice is that the new version features an improved user interface – you are now able to change the visual theme yourself. By default it now comes with a new…

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Converting a video to georeferenced 3D model tutorial (Agisoft PhotoScan, Sputnik GIS)

Posted by Petr Pletnyakov on February 9, 2016 at 5:28am 0 Comments

Nowadays, amateur drones have an amazing range of applications. You may wonder: “Can I use my drone for photogrammetry?” and the answer is “Yes”.



Source video (4k / 2160p):



3D Model created using Agisoft…

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P9X autopilot, a revised pixhawk

Posted by Jerry Giant on February 9, 2016 at 3:00am 22 Comments

Pixhawk is a great autopilot, we love its robustness and rich sets of features. Now day it is a de-facto to low cost autonomous vehicle application.

There’re always some changes you want to make in an open source design, this rule also applies to Pixhawk. First, I want to make it smaller, to fit it into a f5B glider fuselage, with built-in dampers and a plastic shell could survive a hard crash. Then I want to make the sensors to be replaceable, so I can test new MEMs…

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Its Tridge!!!

Posted by Gary Mortimer on February 9, 2016 at 2:52am 1 Comment

I can't embed this video because its disabled on the original. But Andrew reveals a little bit about the OBC and LOHAN. Well worth a watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kifraO9yMrk

Its only…

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Efficient Powerpath Balancing for Fuel Cell Battery Hybrid Powertrains

Posted by Simon Howroyd on February 8, 2016 at 6:13am 8 Comments

For those following my work, thank you and sorry for the long wait for an update!  I am currently writing up my doctorate so as you can imagine I have been a social hermit recently!



Nevertheless, I have now had a journal paper published which…

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UAV news from sUAS News

Xiaomi rumored to unveil its own drone priced at just 699 RMB at Mi 5 launch event later this month

Xiaomi rumored to unveil its own drone priced at just 699 RMB at Mi 5 launch event later this month

By Alex Linder If we are to believe all the whispering going on in the China tech world right now, Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is ready to launch its very own and very reasonably-priced drone. On February 24th, the company will hold its launch event for the Xiaomi Mi 5. Speculation is that it may also…

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H.R. 4489 – FAA Leadership In Groundbreaking High-Tech Research and Development Act

H.R. 4489 – FAA Leadership In Groundbreaking High-Tech Research and Development Act

This “Groundbreaking High Tech Research & Development Act” slated to be marked up this Thursday will impact the research and development of drones for many years. To quickly highlight the areas that will impact the industry, future uses and rules we find 5 major titles in areas of research to include, general provisions, FAA R&D,…

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Drone Magic with Rhizomatiks Research

Drone Magic with Rhizomatiks Research

Our latest project is one of our most ambitious. We have created a performance piece, utilizing 24 autonomous drones, quadcopters, flying close to and around the performers body like a flock of trained birds. They fly, swoop and hover in a series of amazing aerobatic displays as if under the performers command. It’s a timely…

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TBS Ventetta

TBS Ventetta

A new one from Trappy, with of course a thrill packed video to match. I think this FPV racing lark might catch on. Full carbon fiber monocoque, quick swap arms, solder-free repairs, ready to fly as 240 size fpv racer, for 5″ props. But it doesn’t stop there! Sporting the brand new TBS Triumph Antenna in…

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Drone Mapping On the Cheap

Drone Mapping On the Cheap

Noon – 1:00 p.m., Thursday 2/25, Room S030, CGIS South Building (1730 Cambridge St.) Abstract:  This talk will be about the current state of low-cost, civilian drone mapping, drawing from Faine Greenwood’s experiences as a hobby drone pilot. Greenwood will describe how drones can be used to create ortho-rectified, high-quality maps and 3D models quickly…

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