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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
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"Superman" flight mode - intuitive interface design - (Thalmic Update - Ali's Video)

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on August 29, 2014 at 2:10pm 0 Comments

So the hunt continues, seems that the Universe heard my need for a demonstration video. It does the trick. 

As I get deeper into how to accomplish all the parts needed for this new flight mode idea I have focused on the controls,…

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APM Planner 2.0.15-rc1 (Beta Release)

Posted by Bill Bonney on August 29, 2014 at 1:30pm 2 Comments

APM Planner 2.0.15-rc1 release is available.

When we released 2.0.14, we added a feature to subscribe to beta releases (we've called them 'release candidates' i.e. rc releases)

If you would like to help us test these new releases before we declare them stable (which would be awesome!) You…

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Lidar landing with APM:Plane

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on August 29, 2014 at 2:04am 13 Comments

Over the last couple of days I have been testing the Lidar based auto-landing code that will be in the upcoming 3.1.1 release of APM:Plane. I'm delighted to say that it has gone very well!

Testing has been done on two planes - one is a Meridian…

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Brookfield East HS Technology and Engineering Club: WE MADE IT!

Posted by Tim V on August 28, 2014 at 9:00pm 3 Comments

In a startling turn of events, The BEHS Technology and Engineering Club Kickstarter (NOT the IndeGoGo) was funded!. In less then 15 Minutes, we went from 286$ to 1036$! YAY! SUCESS!

WOOHOO! (I'm excited)

DIY Drones was our single largest affiliate supporter site! Good for you!…

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Project Wing: Google Reveals It Has Been Working on Drones for Two Years

Posted by Dan Murray on August 28, 2014 at 5:17pm 24 Comments

Google today revealed it has been working on a top-secret drone delivery program for the last two years. Nick Roy, an MIT roboticist on sabbatical for two years, has been leading the project based in Australia.

Google has developed a tail sitter aircraft, capable of VTOL transitioning to forward flight.…

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Hobbyking seems "Serious" now

Posted by Tipu on August 28, 2014 at 12:00pm 14 Comments

Hobbyking just came with new large multirotor brushless motors.

 9235-100kv , that spins 30" props on 12S and capable of lifing 11kg each.

And for sure , these are cheap again, 1/3 of Tiger motor 10kg level, U11 motors.…

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Sony to begin developing drones with sony commercial sony sensor

Posted by tazdevil on August 28, 2014 at 7:04am 12 Comments

Sony to begin developing drones from Biz / Tech Aug. 27, 2014 - Updated 23:26 UTC-4







http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140828_20.html







Officials of Sony say they have…

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Payloader max prototype complete

Posted by Euan Ramsay on August 27, 2014 at 2:22pm 16 Comments

So, the first payloader max is built - time for testing!

Just got the APM to put back onto the lifter, and away we go.

Payloader max: 5kg capacity via parrallel EPM's, no moving parts to fail, full autonomous integration with arducopter…

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A new cheap obstacle detector for robotics

Posted by Harry Olar on August 27, 2014 at 12:00pm 22 Comments

There are a few obstacle detectors and rangefinders on the market, but are usually either very expensive or don't work

great outside (I am looking  at you Kinect). We decided to try to make a product that it is cheap and rugged enough to be used outdoors.

Here are some parameters:

  • detectable range: 200 mm to 1500 mm (7 to 60 inches )

    7.5 degrees angular resolution

    2 scans per second

    180 degrees view

    easy readable output data in…
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Ground/Air Drone Delivery

Posted by healthyfatboy on August 26, 2014 at 6:17pm 6 Comments

With all this talk about Amazon and other less serious drone delivery concepts out there, there has been a large amount of discussion regarding the feasibility of delivering a package via drone for same day delivery or general delivery. While I don't think this is really all that feasible from a logistical or safety point of view, the…

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A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

CyPhy Works is hiring

CyPhy Works is hiring

Several vacancies on the CyPhy works site. CyPhy Works is a dynamic and exciting environment. We brainstorm, we invent, we build, we test, and then we do it all again. We work with and create cutting edge technology. We use…

Zephyr 7 UAS chalks up new achievement

Zephyr 7 UAS chalks up new achievement

By Richard Tomkins A solar-powered unmanned aerial system from Airbus Defense and Space has been flown for more than 11 days non-stop. The test of the Zephyr 7 High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite, or HAPS, was conducted for Britain’s Ministry of Defense in…

Library drone plan hits turbulence

Library drone plan hits turbulence

By Roberto Roldan, MANAGING EDITOR Library officials had expected USF to be eligible for a Certificate of Waiver or Authorizations (COA) to do research using their Phantom I and Phantom II drones, but last month General Counsel for the FAA…

Google drones tested in Queensland

Google drones tested in Queensland

Cameron Atfield A Queensland farm on the Darling Downs has become the unlikely testing ground of one of the most technologically advanced Google projects that could see autonomous drones deliver anything from chocolate to life-saving medicines. Google X, a division…

Inside Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program

Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program

ALEXIS C. MADRIGAL A zipping comes across the sky. A man named Neil Parfitt is standing in a field on a cattle ranch outside Warwick, Australia. A white vehicle appears above the trees, a tiny plane a bit bigger than a…

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