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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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FAA Approves a Fleet of 324 Commerical Drones

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on September 1, 2015 at 2:45pm 0 Comments

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It's a bird. It's a plane. It's…

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3DR launches 3DU, its program for drones in education and research

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 1, 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

3DR, North America’s largest consumer drone manufacturer, has launched its new academic program for drones in education—called “3DU”—to support the numerous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs taking flight at schools…

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The force is strong with this one - SteadiDrone VADER

Posted by Duran - SteadiDrone on September 1, 2015 at 12:38pm 0 Comments

Hello again everyone, it's been a while since my last post, been somewhat busy with our latest offering, the VADER. I'll keep this post short and to the point, for those who've not yet seen the Vader (announced at sUSB Expo earlier this year) and the first batch shipped out already.



The…

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Big Sky UAV Offers Drones to Aid Wildfire Victims

Posted by Pepper Petersen on September 1, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Big Sky UAV Offers Drones to
Aid Wildfire Victims

 Big Sky UAV, a multi-state drone service company, is offering Montana victims of wildfires…

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Quick fold Medium lift Quad.

Posted by Vince Hogg on September 1, 2015 at 5:13am 1 Comment

Hi everyone.

I would like to share my latest 7kg multicopter design with the DIY drones community.

Having designed and operated fixed wing, helicopter and multicopter camera systems for a number of years now I have learned what is important, at least to my operation, namely low vibration, endurance and ease of use.

The first two are…

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Landing of a helicopter UAV on a mobile platform without GPS

Posted by Antidio Viguria on September 1, 2015 at 2:11am 4 Comments

The EC-SAFEMOBIL project, initiative that belongs to the VII Framework Programme for R&D of the European Commission led and coordinated by CATEC and the University of Seville in the field of unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) and robotics, continues advancing its research and has achieved…

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ODROID + Flip32 Mini Quadcopter, Part II: Mounting and Flying the ODROID

Posted by Simon D. Levy on August 31, 2015 at 11:37pm 8 Comments

In my previous post I had built and flown this little 250mm quad with the Flip32 flight controller on board.  I was waiting for the arrival of a tiny …

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Another good-looking APM-based crowdfunded drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2015 at 10:05pm 7 Comments

Just went live on Indiegogo:

Maneuverable and customisable

The ERIDA drone constantly tracks where you are and follows you automatically keeping the camera…

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Automatic Woody crop and forest plantation inventory and statistic data extraction with GIS and drone (UAV) technology

Posted by Jesus A on August 31, 2015 at 10:00pm 3 Comments

Usage of small dimensions RPAS ( drones ) has a real and practical benefit on forest, environment and agriculture management. Drones can obtain Digital Surface Models and pseudo-NDVI orthomosaics that can be manipulated by Geographic Information Systems (hereinafter GIS) allowing professional and rigorous studies along with technically supported decisions.

We provide here an example of woody crop inventory done with our drones and GIS…

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Seeking student and maker short film entries for FRiFF (drone film festival)

Posted by Eddie Codel on August 31, 2015 at 6:04pm 0 Comments

The Flying Robot international Film Festival, an open competitive film festival focused on drone-based cinema, is seeking short film submissions (<5 minutes). Of particular interest to the DIY Drones community, we're looking for more entries in the Student Film, I Made That and Drones for Good categories.



Student Film - If you're a student and have a drone related…

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3D Robotics Launches New Academic Sponsorship Program, “3DU”

3D Robotics Launches New Academic Sponsorship Program, “3DU”

by The end of summer always sees students lined up outside of college bookstores, preparing for the fall semester. But at the top of this year’s class supply list might appear a new item: a Solo drone by 3D Robotics.…

UK-Singapore Collaboration Prepares for Record 300km Hydrogen Fuel Cell UAV Flight

UK-Singapore Collaboration Prepares for Record 300km Hydrogen Fuel Cell UAV Flight

by A new civilian fuel cell UAV designed for search and rescue is gearing up for the world’s first ever 300km UAV flight to cross the North Sea, linking Scotland to Norway Set to take off within days, this historic…

Locata Positioning will Underpin Future Unmanned Aerial System Research at NASA’s Famed Langley Research Center

Locata Positioning will Underpin Future Unmanned Aerial System Research at NASA’s Famed Langley Research Center

by Locata Corporation announced today that NASA plans to install a Locata network (LocataNet) as the core positioning technology for safety-critical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) research at its world-renowned Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. NASA Langley is tasked with performing…

Dickson drone pilots provide picture of future

Dickson drone pilots provide picture of future

by Josh Arntz, The Dickson Herald In the not so distant past, the angles and perspectives with hobby photography often were limited to the tallest structure the photographer could climb in the vicinity, unless he boarded some type of aircraft.…

Who’ll keep track of all those drones in flight?

Who’ll keep track of all those drones in flight?

by By Mark Pomerleau With the increased proliferation of smaller aircraft, or hobby drones, that are capable of flying under traditional radar, more unmanned aerial systems will be crowding the skies — and existing air traffic control systems won’t be…

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