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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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Small Electric Helicopter 108km/h Auto Flight

Posted by Rob_Lefebvre on September 22, 2014 at 4:13pm 14 Comments

Another recent accomplishment with the Helicopter version of Arducopter was this full auto speed run which achieved a top speed of 30 m/s or 108 km/h.  This was done using 3.2 which features improvements to the helicopter flight dynamics code, as well as Spline Waypoints which is a general…

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"Sparked" short film: The dance between human and machine never looked quite like this

Posted by IKE on September 22, 2014 at 9:00am 4 Comments



This 5-minute short film featuring quadrotors was produced in collaboration between the entertainment company Cirque du Soleil, researchers at ETH Zurich’s Flying Machine Arena, and their spin-off company Verity Studios. Everything you see is real — no CGI, wires, or speed-ups/slow-downs were used in the production of the film.

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Small UAV Market by Application expected to worth $1.9 Billion by 2020

Posted by Steve Stark on September 22, 2014 at 3:44am 2 Comments

According to market research "Small UAV Market by Application (Military, Commercial & Civil, Homeland Security), by Payloads (EO, LiDAR, Laser Designator, Meteorological sensors, Cameras, Telemetry, Autopilot, and NBC detection), by Propulsion System (Hybrid, Hydrogen cell, Solar, Lithium-ion battery), by Geography - Market Forecast and Analysis to 2014…

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Carpe Noctem and Fly the Calm Skies

Posted by earthpatrol on September 21, 2014 at 8:50pm 2 Comments

With the arrival of the autumnal equinox here in the Pacific Northwest, it triggers, once again, thoughts about how to keep those flying skills on point. As the amount of daylight decreases and the weather shifts to a cooler/wetter pattern, the window of opportunity for outdoor flight is…

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Techwing update and maiden

Posted by wayne garris on September 21, 2014 at 3:25pm 5 Comments

Hey everyone,

 The newly updated techwing design has achieved its maiden flight.…

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Our latest GCS build, The Beast

Posted by Azjeg on September 21, 2014 at 12:30pm 8 Comments

GCS build highlights

  • Intel Core i3-i7 PC hardware for Win7-8 or Linux operating systems, 2-328Gb RAM, 60-256GB SSD, Gigabit LAN, 4 external USB 2.0, optional 3.0, WLAN, etc..
  • Dual 10” 1920x1200 600nit IPS panels with low reflectance gloss or matte surfaces
  • 300-460Whs of fully managed LiFePO4 battery, balanced cells, protected against overcharge, overdischarge and short circuit,
  • external charge and power supply from…
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Arducopter Flies Gas Powered Helicopter

Posted by Rob_Lefebvre on September 20, 2014 at 11:20am 51 Comments

Now we're cooking with gas!

I have just completed a project to build a helicopter with a gasoline engine, controlled by Arducopter (of course!)  This helicopter serves as a test bed for future gas heli development work for a client of mine.  The goal was to prove out that it could be…

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Build configuration of my FX-61 Phantom Flying Wing (part 2)

Posted by Hamish on September 20, 2014 at 8:47am 7 Comments

Continuation of my FX-61 Phantom build configuration. (this part has the BoM at the end)

The other wing is just stock. Look at that horrible stock servo, it’s transparency only serves to taunt me by showing the horrible plastic gears that are dying to eat each other to bits. I would like to…

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Build configuration of my FX-61 Phantom Flying Wing (part 1)

Posted by Hamish on September 20, 2014 at 8:27am 1 Comment

This is a description of the configuration of my FX-61 Phantom FPV Flying Wing EPO Airplane 1550mm (PNF) V2

The whole reason…

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Massive shark photographed swimming near surfers at Killacare on the Central Coast

Massive shark photographed swimming near surfers at Killacare on the Central Coast

By The Newcastle Herald and Fairfax Staff IT’S enough to make a surfer cringe – a massive shark swimming nearby and you’re completely unaware. This  picture was taken on the Central Coast on September 17 at Killcare by drone pilot Tom Caska.…

Ohio college becoming leader in drone technology

Ohio college becoming leader in drone technology

The Associated Press DAYTON, OHIO — Officials with an Ohio community college say it has taken another step toward positioning itself as a national leader in drone technology research. Sinclair Community College officials on Aug. 26 announced plans for the renovation…

Clayfield’s Aviation High enters UAV Outback Challenge in Kingaroy

Clayfield’s Aviation High enters UAV Outback Challenge in Kingaroy

ALICIA NALLY CITY NORTH NEWS NEW designs and experimental theories will be put to the test in windy conditions this week as 22 students from Clayfield’s Aviation High take part in the 2014 UAV Outback Challenge in Kingaroy from September…

Pigskin Delivery Drone at Michigan Grounded After FAA Rule

Pigskin Delivery Drone at Michigan Grounded After FAA Rule

By Alan Levin When does a drone get grounded? When it becomes a political football. The University of Michigan Wolverines canceled plans to use an unmanned aircraft to deliver the game ball tomorrow before kickoff against the University of Utah…

Blue Bear furthers UAV automation research

Blue Bear furthers UAV automation research

By: BETH STEVENSON Flightglobal.com Blue Bear Systems and the University of Bristol have introduced a new concept that automates unmanned air vehicle (UAV) flight for use in challenging conditions. Dubbed Smart Boomerang, the system comprises two cameras and a mobile phone-derived computer that enables UAVs…

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