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Why dosn't ArduPlane support LIDAR-Lite Rangefinder when using a ADP2.6 platform?

Does anyone know why ArduPlane 3.x does not support a LIDAR-Lite Rangefinder when using an ADP2.6…See More
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Thorsten replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
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Multirotor drifts and loses altitude in ALThold mode

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Welcome to DIY Drones!

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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New Solo Update: Improvements to GPS, live video and more

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on July 1, 2015 at 3:44pm 9 Comments

This week we’ve rolled out some important updates that will go a long way toward making your Solo experience even more smooth and easy. This includes updates for both Solo and the Solo app—remember, the Solo app will do all of the update work wirelessly, without any need to connect to Solo with cables.…


DroneBoX Team presentation

Posted by DroneBox Team on June 30, 2015 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

Hi all

Do you know how many parcels were delivered last year to persons like you or me? UPS delivered last year 4.6 billion parcels worldwide, imagine the rest of companies.

Do you think the current transport…


Multi-beam Laser for Forward Looking Obstacle Detection along the Flight Path.

Posted by Laser Developer on June 30, 2015 at 2:04pm 9 Comments

Laser range finders can be very effective in detecting even small obstacles at long distances from a moving UAV. To cover large areas the laser beam is usually…


This Week: Drone vs. shotgun; FAA vs. NFL; robobees vs. pollen; Tom Cruise vs. drones; all of us vs. that fake viral video

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on June 30, 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

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Question of the week 

Shotguns. Snoops. Surveillance. So many stories in recent weeks have been calling attention to the…


Multirotors Festival

Posted by Egor_FPV3DCam on June 30, 2015 at 12:24pm 0 Comments

Photos from the Festival multirotor machines, which took place on June 27 in the village of Ulyanovka, Mytishchi district. At the festival ‪‎FPV3DCam‬…


Harvard Robobees

Posted by Damian McKay Earl ll on June 30, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Led by Robert Wood, Harvard University is trying to make Robobees

INSPIRED by the biology of a bee and the insect’s hive behavior ...

we aim to push advances in miniature robotics and the design of compact high-energy power sources; spur innovations in…


Intro to BoxBotix and BBots

Posted by Coby on June 30, 2015 at 9:00am 2 Comments

Just letting folks know what we have been up to over the last year or so.  Finally getting close to something we can release.  Essentially an all open source hardware modular robotics platform.  The short version is it's a BrainBox that can accept several different modules so it can be configured as a plane/copter/rover/whatever.

  Figured it was about time the community had a modular frame system to match the different flavors of autopilot code.  Still lots to do…


Woman knocked out by drone at Seattle Pride parade

Posted by John on June 30, 2015 at 5:30am 16 Comments

Something like this was bound to happen with the mass market of drones to people not having safety in mind.

By Stephanie…


Drones in Environmental Research conference at Liverpool JMU

Posted by Mark Williams on June 30, 2015 at 2:00am 3 Comments

Liverpool John Moores University are holding their second conference on the use of drones in environmental research on July the 7th and 8th. There are some great pieces of research being presented and it should be a very interesting couple of days.



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

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2015 at 2:10pm 8 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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Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Pylon Race, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Researchers Test Avoidance Technology in Unmanned Aircraft

Researchers Test Avoidance Technology in Unmanned Aircraft

by Unmanned aircraft researchers associated with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership of Virginia Tech and Rutgers University recently tested new technology designed to prevent collisions with other aircraft. The flights from Cape May County Airport in New Jersey involved a fixed-wing aircraft that stayed within…

Drones help real estate sales soar

Drones help real estate sales soar

by by Eric Apalategui Jesse Dill recently brought in a crew of amateur actors to play volleyball, toss a Frisbee around and enjoy a barbecue on a $1.2 million property he was selling for a client. While the actors had a…

Unmanned Aircraft System Considerations within USACE Civil Works

Unmanned Aircraft System Considerations within USACE Civil Works

by ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.   Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) offer a plethora of potential for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Civil Works Program.  They have been touted to track hurricanes, create 3D maps, protect wildlife, assist farmers, locate archaeological sites,…

Man comes forward after woman knocked out by drone

Man comes forward after woman knocked out by drone

by By Kevin Rawlinson BBC News A man suspected of piloting a drone that knocked a woman unconscious in the US has come forward, police have said. The woman was hit on the head by the device after it crashed…

Dutch Government successfully uses Aerialtronics drones to control traffic

Dutch Government successfully uses Aerialtronics drones to control traffic

by Altura Zenith used to monitor traffic and provide real-time information at the Concert at Sea in Zeeland for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment used three Altura Zenith ATX 8 drones…

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