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Keith Fraley replied to Keith Fraley's discussion RTL not working as advertised... in the group IRIS
"This was my upgraded IRIS to the IRIS+ kit"
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Mark Prince replied to Keith Fraley's discussion RTL not working as advertised... in the group IRIS
"I still do that too Michael. I'm still running 3.1.4 but supposedly 3.2 curse the corrupted…"
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Mark Prince replied to Michael Broker's discussion Iris+ Parameters Out of Range in the group IRIS
"Like I said I don't like using the latest firmware if what I am running is solid unless the…"
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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

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                   Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

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Update on UAV rules in the Philippines

Posted by clearskiesph on November 23, 2014 at 7:57pm 0 Comments

From UASA's website: http://bit.ly/uavrulesupdatemc35. Clearskies, Inc. is a member of UASA. 



Unmanned Aerial Systems Association of the Philippines, Inc. (…

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Exmaps: Online Flight Logbook for Ardupilot Update #3

Posted by Weiliang on November 23, 2014 at 4:04pm 4 Comments

More updates!…

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Aerial 360° of Tacloban to Ormoc one year after Yolanda

Posted by clearskiesph on November 23, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments



From our blog: http://bit.ly/leyte360-1yrafterhaiyan

Leyte (Nov 8, 2014) - Exactly one year after Yolanda (Haiayan), the people of Leyte had started re-building their houses, their lives, and slowly starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. The aerial 360° panoramic…

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Doing science with UAVs in the Arctic polar night

Posted by Martin Mueller on November 23, 2014 at 9:02am 1 Comment

We spent a week on Svalbard and operated autonomous aircraft to collect atmospheric data. They were accompanied by a tethered weather balloon and an autonomous under water glider.

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Multicopter with Thermal Camera

Posted by Ferhat Kurt on November 23, 2014 at 2:44am 4 Comments

Testing Flir Tau2 thermal camera with Y6 Multicopter (DJI WooKong-M). Below you can watch 4 flights.

What bearings for my multi-rotor copter motor?

Posted by thomas Butler on November 21, 2014 at 1:41pm 6 Comments

What bearings in copter motors?  The type of bearing is a “deep groove” ball bearing.  

 

The axial load (applied force is parallel to motor shaft) placed on the motor is no different than…

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Aeromapper 300 mapping drone –1.5 hr endurance with multisensor capabilities

Posted by Mauricio on November 21, 2014 at 9:58am 28 Comments

The Aeromapper 300 is the latest UAV offer from Aeromao Inc. Canada.

The Aeromapper 300 is one of the most complete UAV for general mappping applications, at the most competitve price on the market. Powerful yet very easy & friendly to use, with 1.5 hour endurance, currently more than two dozen different sensors or combination of sensors supported…

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Phoenard: World's first all-in-one prototyping gadget as your Drone Controller?

Posted by mykita paskov on November 21, 2014 at 7:00am 10 Comments

Phoenard; The project currently running on Kickstarter.

It has lot of peripherals built in which is more than capable to be your next Drone controller.

10-degrees of freedom sensor, Accelerometer, gyro, magnetometer and barometer are included and powered by ATMEGA2560, identical to the one use on APM. Plenty of PWM GPIO pins are also available. The GPS, GSM and GPRS module are embedded by default as well on board. 

The full color LCD might be handy as…

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Wide angle laser beams for anti-collision

Posted by Laser Developer on November 19, 2014 at 1:30pm 20 Comments

Wide angle laser beams can detect and measure the range to people, trees and other safety critical objects from moving aerial or ground based platforms.

We've been experimenting with a new version of our SF10 laser altimeter to see what happens when we change the normally narrow, parallel laser beam into a wider, fan shape and align it horizontally or with a downwards tilt. There is a practical limit to the wide direction (major axis) of…

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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 Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Announcing the Aeromapper 300 mapping drone

Announcing the Aeromapper 300 mapping drone

The Aeromapper 300 is one of the most complete UAV for general mappping applications, at the most competitve price on the market. Powerful yet very easy & friendly to use, with 1.5 hour endurance, currently more than two dozen different sensors…

Drone flight to catch Asian condor leads to ag application at home

Drone flight to catch Asian condor leads to ag application at home

By Mark Jaffe The Denver Post Boulder-based drone maker Agribotix can tell a farmer when his corn is as high as an elephant’s eye — or not growing at all. The startup is combining drone surveys of fields, hundreds of acres…

Close Call: Drone Nearly Collides With Medical Helicopter

Close Call: Drone Nearly Collides With Medical Helicopter

Kelly Choate Foster Township, Schuylkill County – A Life Flight helicopter pilot avoided a catastrophe, when a drone nearly collided with the chopper as it flew above the Schuylkill County Joe Zerbey Airport. A spokesperson for Geisinger Health System said no…

Corpus Christi-made drone may get into tight spaces

Corpus Christi-made drone may get into tight spaces

Chris Ramirez Han Solo made it look easy on the big screen. But the concept of flying on multiple axes takes quite a bit of brain power. Researchers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi believe they are months away from launching…

UAS experts look to capitalize on growing industry

UAS experts look to capitalize on growing industry

By: Brandi Jewett , Forum News Service GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The developer of an unmanned aerial systems business park near Grand Forks said he wants to see aircraft in the sky as early as next year. Tom Swoyer, principal of Grand…

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