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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
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New ROS release paving the road to full drone support

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 24, 2015 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

As you can see from the logo from today's release of the Robot Operating System "Jade Turtle" version, drones are a big part of ROS's future.  Although ROS started with robot arms and research robots,…

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Controling a copter by image recognition

Posted by Kai Yan on May 24, 2015 at 7:30pm 2 Comments

Hi all, here we would like to share a recent progress on our image recognition based copter controller.

The system uses a tablet and a transmitter. The tablet detects the copter's position by recognizing the red circle marker painted on the copter, and try to maintain the copter's position within the center of the tablet's display (Green circled area on…

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Anatomy of a DJI Flyaway

Posted by Olivier on May 24, 2015 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

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A very interesting post over at the Phantom Pilot forum.

From ianwood:

I had my first ever bonafide flyaway about 6 weeks ago. I had my theories, bought $1,000 in replacement parts, rebuilt and moved on. Then it happened again.



This time, however, I had a data logger attached to the Phantom, a custom made miniature "black box"…

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Pixhawk packaging?

Posted by Teejay on May 23, 2015 at 12:50am 10 Comments

I'm used to getting Pixhawks from the 3DR store and resellers - and it comes in the nice grey box. And it's the first time I've seen it packaged in the 3DR branded "white" Pixhawk box. The white Pixhawk was purchased somewhere in China. Is this an older (or newer) batch? Or is it a…

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MQ9 camera housing

Posted by Clint K. Campbell on May 22, 2015 at 11:30pm 13 Comments

I've read a lot about the NitroPlanes/ProJet MQ-9 Reaper, and mostly about how to outfit it with a camera.  Before I received my plane from some ignoramus who packaged it like a 2-year-old might do, I thought that I could cram a GoPro camera into the "ball".  And yes, a GoPro will fit inside the "ball"... but not the way one might like.

The 3D rendering above shows how badly the GoPro fits into the stock MQ-9 camera housing.  The lens is far left and high...…

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Transport Canada to investigate ''Roman Candle Attack''

Posted by Charles Blouin on May 22, 2015 at 8:46pm 19 Comments

Transport Canada will investigate the use of a Quadcopter for shooting fireworks. It is again people giving unmanned vehicles a bad reputation. Shooting fireworks on someone is plain stupid, I think we can agree. However, should Transport Canada be handling this case? What if they were shooting from a radio-contolled boat or car? The danger is from…

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SPARK, the italian drone recognized by ENAC (Italian FAA ) for professional aerial work.

Posted by Roberto Navoni on May 22, 2015 at 1:00pm 7 Comments

Drones and aerial work in Italy. Despite some difficulties of a regulatory and bureaucratic, dictated by the regulation on unmanned…
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Man sized *copter

Posted by Ioan Ghip on May 22, 2015 at 12:42pm 13 Comments

A new OSD for FPV - PlayuavOSD

Posted by rentt on May 22, 2015 at 10:30am 8 Comments

Hi,I want to share a new OSD - the PlayuavOSD. It is new but not totally unfamiliar. It is created by integrating a variety of excellent open-source projects. Many thanks to the developers for their efforts and dedication.

This project is licensed under CC 3.0 BY-SA and GUN v3. You can find all information about this OSD at…

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Lynx M: 3 Hour Mapping Endurance

Posted by Matthew - Swift Radioplanes on May 21, 2015 at 7:30pm 19 Comments

Greetings all. About a year ago, we introduced you to the Lynx. http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/introducing-the-lynx. Lynx was our first system developed as an affordable, fixed-wing UAV for mapping. The Lynx design was…

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UAV news from sUAS News

Local UAV company lifts off

Local UAV company lifts off

by By Amanda Bohman  FAIRBANKS — When a wildfire broke out in Michael Cook’s neighborhood off the Richardson Highway a couple of weeks ago, he decided to help. Cook flies unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, for a living.…

DOJ Issues Guidelines for Unmanned Aircraft

DOJ Issues Guidelines for Unmanned Aircraft

by BY PAUL PELUSO The Department of Justice on Friday released its first written guidelines for the domestic use of unmanned aircraft. The policy highlights the growing importance of Unmanned Aerial System — referred to at times as “drones” by the…

Transport Canada investigates viral Ottawa ‘drone attack’ video

Transport Canada investigates viral Ottawa ‘drone attack’ video

by Adam Fiebal The three men from Constance Bay whose YouTube video of a drone attacking them with fireworks have now caught heat from Transport Canada. Andy Stewart, his brother Jason and their buddy Matt Trueman are the daredevils whose…

Unmanned Aircraft Test Site Says New Policy Will Speed Research

Unmanned Aircraft Test Site Says New Policy Will Speed Research

by Officials with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech on Friday welcomed the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement that it will soon be simpler for the six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites to conduct research. The FAA will provide “blanket” authorizations…

AirDroids cease trading

AirDroids cease trading

by Dear Drone Lovers, We are writing to let you know that AirDroids, Inc. is ceasing operations. As of this week, we have sent out units for all the orders that we received addresses for. Our company ran out of…

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