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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:

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The Snotbot, another drone for good!

Posted by DavidJames on July 30, 2015 at 11:14pm 2 Comments

Just when you thought it couldn't get any more interesting.      Along comes the Snotbot.    A whale research drone that is being developed by  Ocean Alliance and…

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3DR Aero used to test delivery of blood samples

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2015 at 8:34pm 0 Comments

From Gizmag:

We’ve already heard about drones being used to deliver pharmaceuticals to patients in remote locations, but scientists from…

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Facebook releases photos of internet-access drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2015 at 1:05pm 7 Comments

From the Verge:

Facebook's shallow V-shaped plane has the wingspan of a Boeing 737. But even fully loaded down with…

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WiFi Telemetry with Cheap 3$ ESP8266

Posted by Omer on July 29, 2015 at 7:30am 11 Comments

Hello all,

It's not a new achievement using wifi as Telemetry but this UART to WiFi module has really long range (up to 400 meters), and unbeatable price. Very small form factor (about 2cm x 1.5cm) and light (3 gr). Great for the small sized UAVs. And your Smart Phone or Tablet will become a GCS with no additional hardware. And with module's available GPIOs…

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Drones: A force for good when flying in the face of disaster (UK Guardian)

Posted by Patrick Meier on July 29, 2015 at 4:33am 0 Comments

Unmanned aircraft can be put to effective use in humanitarian situations, but a code of conduct is needed to make sure they are used safely and efficiently

UK Guardian, July 28,…

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Exploring the secrets of flying wing design with CFD.

Posted by Andrew Rabbitt on July 28, 2015 at 9:36pm 38 Comments

The flying wing design I have been working on for some time now has been slowly evolving as I have learned more about aerodynamics and expanded my skill set with modelling tools of various forms.  I have recently completely re-surfaced my design with new aerofoil sections and better, more consistent surface…

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Warehouses logistics and something else

Posted by DroneBox Team on July 28, 2015 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

Tricopters, quadcopters, hexacopters, octocopters, etc.

The drone-world is evolving quite fast and nowadays one can see very curious vehicles and configurations that surprisingly (or not) are able to fly properly.

This is due to the possibility that some open source autopilots like Pixhawk…

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Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2015 at 7:10am 26 Comments

Congrats to the ETH Autonomous Systems Lab for this milestone with a Pixhawk-powered fixed wing drone. Next stop: crossing the Atlantic! From the team:

Two weeks after having demonstrated …

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Fun with collision-resistant drones

Posted by AdrienB on July 28, 2015 at 3:41am 5 Comments

We wanted to share a fun video we made recently. Our drones can interact with obstacles and humans, which is opening amazing new applications, be it for accessing hard-to-reach places or for having fun with them. 

We achieve that through a passively rotating protective cage an control algorithms that keep the drone stable at all times. More than just a…

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