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This community is the birthplace of ArduPilot, 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, including:

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Blog Posts

DIY LiDAR scanner using the LW20 and a digital servo

Posted by Laser Developer on February 20, 2017 at 6:23am 1 Comment

Making a small, low cost laser scanner for sense-and-avoid applications has been a objective of mine for several years. What makes this project challenging is the cost and complexity associated with motors and their drivers to provide the motion, position encoders to provide accurate aiming…


Full rover simulation now added to Dronecode/PX4

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2017 at 4:37pm 0 Comments

The Dronecode/PX4 stack has supported rovers for a long time, but now it's getting a proper simulator for them, too. This addition adds a full rover simulation for SITL and Gazebo. The physical config will follow this week for a Traxxas…


Circle formations of fixed-wings in Paparazzi

Posted by Hector Garcia de Marina on February 19, 2017 at 4:00pm 4 Comments

We have recently developed and tested a formation control algorithm for fixed-wings in Paparazzi. The position of an arbitrary number of vehicles can be controlled in a circular path. In fact, we are not restricting ourselves to circles but to any closed orbit, such as ellipses, thanks to the …


Search and Rescue Smart Drone Project

Posted by Isabella Domi on February 18, 2017 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

I am currently working on a search and rescue drone for National Parks that uses machine learning to detect missing people from a 3DR Solo.  If you are interested, please check out our website, I would love to hear feedback from fellow drone enthusiasts!  ARI is an unmanned aerial…


Miniature "stealth" phone GCS, maybe the smallest usable ever...

Posted by Azjeg on February 18, 2017 at 8:43am 5 Comments

I promised a while ago that we're going to show you some simpler gear than our high-end client builds or series production stations. Well, this is one of them.…


Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 17, 2017 at 1:03pm 6 Comments

This seems very doable -- indeed, I think an off-the-shelf product from PrecisionHawk or Agribotix can already do all of this. Am I missing something?

Challenge Overview

Land O’Lakes, Inc.…


Zero-baseline test of GNSS receivers

Posted by Tersus GNSS on February 15, 2017 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

A zero-baseline test of 4 GNSS receivers (Precis-BX305 incl.) was conducted by Daniel Tampubolon from Institute Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia. …


Montana joins states with drone hysteria by promoting bad drone law

Posted by Pepper Petersen on February 15, 2017 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

The Montana Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony on a bill that would apply a civil fine against anyone flying a drone less than 500 ft over private property.
It's a dangerous step towards outlawing drones altogether, and could hobble our growing UAS industry in Montana.
Here's the text of the bill…

Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 15, 2017 at 1:30pm 11 Comments

Very cool! From the project repo:

AirSim is a simulator for drones (and soon other vehicles) built on Unreal Engine. It is open-source, cross platform and supports hardware-in-loop with popular flight controllers such as Pixhawk for physically and visually…



Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Cyberhawk on the hunt for new talent

cyberhawk Cyberhawk Innovations, leader in aerial inspection and survey using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), is offering to drone enthusiasts a rare opportunity to become part of one of the world’s fastest growing industries. Headquartered in Livingston, and with bases in Houston, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, Cyberhawk carried out the very first UAV inspection in […]

Stemme & S-PLANE offering Optionally Piloted Aircraft

S-PLANE Stemme AG and S-PLANE Automation (Pty) Ltd today announced an agreement to integrate S-PLANE subsystems into the ECARYS ES15 aircraft to create an Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV). A comprehensive solution is offered, including the Ground Control Station, suitable for a variety of mission profiles. The OPV is a highly versatile vehicle, combining the benefits of […]

Dear Jeff, Prime Air drone delivery needs approach charts

Glad that your teams are pumping out those drone delivery patents left right and centre. It will certainly be easier to stomp on any great ideas should anybody come out with anything close to what the dream factory bangs out. I was also very pleased to see that you picked up on my print your […]

Karma Vista Winery Adopts Drone Technology

Karma Vista Winery Karma Vista Winery is utilising Great Lakes Drone Company to provide aerial data management and consultation for the 2017 growing season. Joe Herman, owner of Karma Vista Winery is excited about how this technology can redefine how they manage their fields this year. The data collected by regular drone overflights will provide them with real-time […]

Vigilant Aerospace NASA BVLOS trials

Vigilant Vigilant Aerospace has completed beyond line-of-sight flight testing of its new FlightHorizon collision avoidance system for drones at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in the Mojave desert. FlightHorizon is flight safety software that provides drone pilots with the ability to detect-and-avoid other aircraft. It is based on a NASA patent and prototype exclusively licensed by […]

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