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Tomáš Frank replied to ariel seidman's discussion What is the furthest you've flown your IRIS+? in the group IRIS
"Be carefull while trying and check your settings for rc transmitter connection loss, I suggest RTL."
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Scott Fuller commented on Joseph Aletky's blog post Out of the Black: SLT VTOL UAV
"Glad you have it flying. We'll have to work on that other 'black ops' project…"
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ariel seidman replied to ariel seidman's discussion What is the furthest you've flown your IRIS+? in the group IRIS
"Thanks Tomas!  "
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Wolfgang Feichtner posted a discussion

Walkera Devo F12E

Gents,did not find anything about the Walkera F12E transmitter here in the forum.May question…See More
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Welcome to DIY Drones!


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
  • APM:Plane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • APM:Rover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Thankyou to the test Pilots, One who gave his life the other injured on Virgin Galactic failed Test Flight.

Posted by Alex Wong on October 31, 2014 at 3:29pm 0 Comments

I just thought I would put a very small and short Thank You and send my Sympathies to the crew, family and friends of the Virgin Galactic test flight that crashed earlier today, killing the co-pilot and injuring the pilot. I know I can not do much but say thanks to you publicly.

  I know that this site is not directly related to space flight (commercial or otherwise) but I do feel that anyone who is part of pushing the boundaries of flight and willing to put their lives on the line…

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Kickstarter for tornado-measuring drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 31, 2014 at 1:52pm 0 Comments

They're raising $10,000. From the Kickstarter project listing:

We will be using specially designed and equipped UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in order to probe the tornado…

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Out of the Black: SLT VTOL UAV

Posted by Joseph Aletky on October 31, 2014 at 12:30pm 6 Comments

I have been working on and off towards a VTOL aircraft for a few years now. All of this work has been kept off of the record, but I had the very first successful VTOL Flight and transition with this aircraft yesterday and am very excited to share these results. This method of VTOL is not a new…

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Looking For A More Commercial Focus To Your UAS Advocacy Effort?

Posted by Patrick Egan on October 31, 2014 at 8:00am 3 Comments

Your support is needed!

There is a lot at stake, much is riding on the regulation that is forthcoming. We have limited time left on the clock to shape our economic future and the unmanned technologies operating environment.

 

We have given the existing advocacy program six years, and…

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Using ArduCopter 3.2 Missions for Aerial Panoramas

Posted by Phill Simpson on October 29, 2014 at 7:33pm 16 Comments

The latest version of ArduCopter (3.2 -rc11 and above) has several new and improved mission commands  and features that make the automated capture of spherical panoramas fairly straightforward. These include a “Command-Yaw” relative command, the Do-Jump command, and an increase in the maximum number of Mission commands (waypoints) for Pixhawk users to 718. It is now…

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How a quadcopter is born?

Posted by Aldo Vargas on October 29, 2014 at 9:49am 0 Comments

How a quadcopter is born? from Aldo Vargas on Vimeo.

This educative video shows how a quadcopter is born, and of course its maiden flight. 

I had to built a quad with some parts we order from hobbyking, so, I took my camera, put it in a tripod, read some…

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Why GIS Might Be the 2nd Largest Commercial Drone Market

Posted by Colin Snow on October 29, 2014 at 9:47am 0 Comments

GIS: The Biggest Little Drone Market in the World

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a two-day symposium on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) hosted by the Northern California American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).  …

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CBS This Morning piece about NYPD working on ways to disable drones

Posted by Tim on October 29, 2014 at 7:57am 15 Comments

CBS This Morning reports that NYPD is planning ways to disable drones. While this reports focuses on weaponized drones I think NYPDs actions effect anyone flying in NYC.

Final LOHAN test flight hits 27,700m

Posted by Lester Haines on October 29, 2014 at 1:36am 3 Comments

It's a big thanks very much to our US allies at Edge Research Lab for carrying out the final test flight for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project.…

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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

Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia Investigating Sydney city centre multirotor flight.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia Investigating Sydney city centre multirotor flight.

sUAS News has been made aware of the alleged identity of the operators currently being sought by CASA in Australia for the city centre flight undertaken for Chivas Regal. The flight caused quite a stir with passers by recording footage posting…

Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) Parachute Recovery Tutorial

Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) Parachute Recovery Tutorial

The emerging UAS industry (aka drones) is experiencing an era of rapid growth as of 2014. The Teal Group published a forecast this year that the industry will grow in excess of $91B over the next 10 years. That may below!…

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 helped to save more than 2800 refugees in the Mediterranean Sea

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 helped to save more than 2800 refugees in the Mediterranean Sea

As part of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) operation Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) helped to save the lives of over 2800 refugees in the Mediterranean Sea during several missions. Between August and October 2014 the expedition vessel Phoenix, carrying…

The demand for secure and reliant long range FPV solutions for UAV’s are rising rapidly

The demand for secure and reliant long range FPV solutions for UAV’s are rising rapidly

Since 2008 when Thomas Scherrer, a Danish technical engineer, developed the first version of his Scherrer Long Range System (www.tslrs.com) have the demand and implementations grown rapidly. The growth have been proportional to the increasing demand for unmanned aerial solutions…

Chief Operations Officer (COO) for Oregon UAS test ranges, Pan-Pacific Test Site

Chief Operations Officer (COO) for Oregon UAS test ranges, Pan-Pacific Test Site

The Chief Operations Officer (COO) for Oregon for the Pan-Pacific Test Site has the strategic responsibility for ensuring that Oregon’s UAS test ranges become and remain nationally competitive. This will involve mapping the development of range service offerings to customer…

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