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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, 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:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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NASA's electric plane achieves vertical takeoff

Posted by Aym Altorra on August 20, 2014 at 8:00pm 5 Comments

Engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., are studying the concept with models such as the unmanned aerial system GL-10 Greased Lightning. The GL-10, which has a 10-foot wingspan, recently flew successfully while tethered. Free-flight tests are planned in the fall of…

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NMSU, FAA pursue sought-after drone research

Posted by Joseph on August 20, 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

I am the Sr. External Pilot on the Aerostar UAS. Here is a link the the article that the local news paper wrote about our program...

Here is the sUAS link.…

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UAS Directory Growth

Posted by Eric Kubicka on August 20, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

We are up to 250+ firms on our directory. We are planning to do a check on hiring soon to see where the industry stands. If you have any comments send a note to eric@uascareercentral.com we look forward to hearing from you.

It would be great to get…

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Refurbish a damaged 4S battery - Do not try this!

Posted by Jorge Brites on August 20, 2014 at 7:30am 33 Comments

I purchased a 5000mA Turnigy Nano-Teck 4S 35C, at Hobbyking for my quad-copter in build.

After a small error, i fried out one the "ground side" cell of my battery with 5 or 6 recharge cycles.

So i decided that i dont need right now a 3S battery, so i purchased a 1S Turnigy Battery bundle to repair my damaged one.

So first thing first, remove the…

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Complete Spanish Latin American translated documentation for APMCopter and APMPlane

Posted by enzo vinko criado on August 20, 2014 at 5:30am 14 Comments

AERODRONE OCTAQUAD TAROT TIGER U7 420 KV PIXHAWK 40 MINUTE FLIGHT TIME

 

Dear Comunity, I am working in a complete!, Yes, a complete…

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Man Creates Flying Hexacopter Drone With 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen

Posted by Bob on August 19, 2014 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

The body of DeRosa's first hexacopter (source: Plasticity Productions)

The body of DeRosa’s first hexacopter (source: Plasticity Productions)

When 3D printing pens burst onto the scene…

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First flight of ArduPilot on Linux

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on August 19, 2014 at 8:59pm 34 Comments

I'm delighted to announce that the effort to port ArduPilot to Linux reached an important milestone yesterday with the first flight of a fixed wing aircraft on a Linux based autopilot running ArduPilot.

As I mentioned in a…

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Vulture 2 spaceplane hits 100km/h - strapped to a van roof

Posted by Lester Haines on August 19, 2014 at 7:18am 10 Comments

We're obliged to Linus Penzlien (seen above in boffin pipe mode) and Andrew Tridgell for all their hard work last week working on the custom APM:Plane parameters/commands for our Vulture 2…

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Aerial Survey in Uganda

Posted by Luke Wijnberg on August 19, 2014 at 6:27am 16 Comments

Mark Wijnberg Land Surveyors recently completed an aerial survey of a river valley in a remote section of Western Uganda. The area is found on the Eastern slopes of the Rwenzori…

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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

Testing Electric Propulsion

Testing Electric Propulsion

On Aug. 19, National Aviation Day, a lot of people are reflecting on how far aviation has come in the last century. Could this be the future – a plane with many electric motors that can hover like a helicopter…

Delivery by drone

Delivery by drone

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of…

Promise of UAV as Crop Scouting Tool Highlighted at Ohlde Seed Farms Field Day

Promise of UAV as Crop Scouting Tool Highlighted at Ohlde Seed Farms Field Day

Bill Spiegel Shane Ohlde, manager of Ohlde Seed Farms in Palmer, Kansas, had a company called RoboFlight fly-over wheat fields to determine the effectiveness of fungicide on winter wheat for the 2014 crop. He sees promise in using UAVs as…

Northrop Grumman sees European interest in Global Hawk surveillance drone

Northrop Grumman sees European interest in Global Hawk surveillance drone

BY SARAH YOUNG (Reuters) – U.S. defense company Northrop Grumman Corp is in talks about selling its high-altitude surveillance drones in Europe, with Britain, Germany and Norway seen as the likeliest customers, a top executive said on Wednesday. Northrop developed the original Global Hawk unmanned aircraft for…

Shadow unmanned aircraft team gets new leader

Shadow unmanned aircraft team gets new leader

By KARI HAWKINS Assistant editor The Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System, long one of the most popular in the Army’s fleet, is beginning to reap the benefits of a “reset” decision that will make it a go-to system for every combat…

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