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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:

  • APM:Copter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
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APM Planner 2.0.18 for Raspberry Pi 2

Posted by Bill Bonney on August 2, 2015 at 10:34am 1 Comment

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Hi, Just a quick note to people wanting to run APM Planner 2.0 on the Raspberry Pi 2 and don't want to build it form source community member Carpy has created a build to download.

It will run on any ARMv7 debian based platform, i.e. Ubuntu or Jessie, it's experimental so please report…

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Drones & Privacy "The Real Truth"

Posted by AKRCGUY on August 1, 2015 at 3:51pm 3 Comments

In light of the recent "Drone Slayer" in the news, we wanted to make a video to show what the common hobbyist drone can actually see from 200' up.  

The drone slayer being William Meredith of Kentucky who shot down a drone he said was hovering as low as 10' over his yard.  It turned out that after the drone pilot released his DJI Phantom 3 flight record, the…

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More gimbal news

Posted by Jeevan Kalanithi on August 1, 2015 at 2:34pm 11 Comments

For this post, we want to let you inside 3DR by providing a look into the overall…

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Flying Robot International Film Festival

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2015 at 4:04pm 1 Comment

From the great Eddie Codel, one of the first and best drone videographers, comes this!

The Flying Robot international Film Festival or FRiFF, is an open competitive film festival focused on aerial cinema created…

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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 3 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 9 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 14 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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Franklin startup at heart of drone industry’s cutting edge

Franklin startup at heart of drone industry’s cutting edge

by Jordan Buie The collective buzz of the octocopter’s tiny rotors was about as loud as a lawn mower. The camera mounted beneath the small, unmanned aerial vehicle focused on Spencer Valdez, and the copter turned casually and flew above…

Factoryville native gets permission to fly drone for money

Factoryville native gets permission to fly drone for money

by BRENDAN GIBBONS A Factoryville native is among the first Pennsylvanians to receive official permission to make money by flying drones. Matt Sandherr, 33, operating under his fledgling business Diversified Drone, received a notice July 24 confirming he was exempt…

Two airliners fly within 100 feet of drone above New York

Two airliners fly within 100 feet of drone above New York

by NEW YORK: Two airplanes flying near one of America’s busiest airports each came within 100 feet of a drone on Friday, according to audio from each flight’s radio calls. The first, JetBlue Flight 1843, reported spotting a drone at…

Hobbyking Beer Lift 2015

Hobbyking Beer Lift 2015

by It’s that time of the year again… it’s time to lift some beer! You’ve all seen this one before and it’s time to get your entries in. For those who haven’t experienced the HobbyKing Beer Lift it’s simple, the…

Topcon announces partnership with Ascending Technologies for UAS distribution

Topcon announces partnership with Ascending Technologies for UAS distribution

by Krailling, Munich, Germany – Topcon Positioning Group announces a worldwide distribution partnership with Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) provider Ascending Technologies. The agreement gives Topcon exclusivity for the global distribution of the AscTec®Falcon 8 rotary-wing model, the GeoEXPERT and the…

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