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PixHawk Woes - Max Throttle Not enough power to fly after installing APMCopter 3.2.1, works fine with QGroundControl :(

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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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Amazon's secret drone test field in Canada, 2,000 ft from the US boarder

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2015 at 7:28am 2 Comments

From The Guardian

Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following …

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Be careful with LiPos

Posted by moglos on March 30, 2015 at 3:24am 10 Comments

This fire in my home town is suspected to have been started by a LiPo. (Though that hasn't yet been confirmed by the fire investigation authorities.)

"A neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, says Les is a member of the Nelson Model Aero Club."

Thankfully the occupants are both…

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Pictures: Humanitarian UAV Mission to Vanuatu in Response to Cyclone Pam

Posted by Patrick Meier on March 29, 2015 at 7:33pm 3 Comments

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Above: Aéroport de Port Vila - Bauerfield International Airport. As we land, thousands of uprooted trees could be seen in almost every direction. Below:Massive roots were not enough to save these trees from Cyclone Pam. The devastation reminds us how powerful nature is.

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After getting clearance from the Australian Defense Force (ADF), we pack up our UAVs and head over to…

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Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 28, 2015 at 5:30pm 10 Comments

Congrats to Marco Robustini and his team/colleagues for a fantastic first Ferrara Drone Show, in the lovely northern Italian town of Ferrara (between Bologna and Venice). Most of the drones on display were using Pixhawk or another APM…

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ESC with FOC and sensor - why not

Posted by Jure M on March 28, 2015 at 1:10pm 6 Comments

So for a while I was thinking of creating a big ass tilt rotor tricopter with a X8 as a base frame. All good, but which ESC to use? After deciding that I don't really like anything on HobbyKing, I started working on my own. It had to have good quality components, rated for automotive applications (don't want my ESC to fail when flying...), FOC…

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Iris+ Mapping Tutorial and Data Set

Posted by MultiSpek on March 28, 2015 at 12:37pm 5 Comments

MultiSpek Data Processing Overview from MultiSpek on Vimeo.

UAV mapping is getting easier by the day.  From agriculture to mining and construction, companies are looking for real time mapping to increase…

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Europe agrees on regulatory drone framework to move industry forward

Posted by IKE on March 28, 2015 at 7:32am 0 Comments

During a two-day conference in Riga, the European aviation community found broad…

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First flight of Linux APM on Raspberry Pi 2 with Navio+

Posted by Emlid on March 28, 2015 at 7:16am 17 Comments

Hey guys!

Today we’ve made the first flight of Linux APM on Raspberry Pi 2 with Navio+.

Navio+ is an autopilot HAT…

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Latest Festo robo-butterflies now capable of swarming, autonomous flight

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 27, 2015 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

Every time Festo puts out a new video, my jaw ends up on the floor. Their robo-butterflies can now navigate with "indoor GPS", which I think means motion capture cameras. Also: check out that ant! (20x+ as big as a real ant, but still!)

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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

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Drones can save lives in search and rescue mission after avalanche

Drones can save lives in search and rescue mission after avalanche

Rescue agencies gathered in Bykle Setesdal in freezing winter snow as a drone was used for the first time in an extensive search and rescue avalanche exercise in Norway. With cold winds pounding at 20 metres per second, producing a…

IIT-Kanpur scholars develop 3 hi-tech drones

IIT-Kanpur scholars develop 3 hi-tech drones

Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times, New Delhi Researchers at IIT-Kanpur showcased three different types of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could be used for anything from patrolling the borders to traffic management, crowd monitoring to surveillance and disaster management. The flapping wing…

DJI Phantom Forum Launches New Design with Phantom 2 Giveaway

DJI Phantom Forum Launches New Design with Phantom 2 Giveaway

PhantomPilots.com has launched a new design, set of features and content organization to improve support of the growing community of DJI Phantom multi-rotor enthusiasts.  The new site navigation will allow the nearly 20,000 PhantomPilots.com members easier access to a community…

Diver Looking For Owner Of Crashed Drone Found Near Rainbow Bridge

Diver Looking For Owner Of Crashed Drone Found Near Rainbow Bridge

FOLSOM (CBS13) — A broken quadcopter was found under the Rainbow Bridge by a diver, and he’s sharing the video to help find the rightful owner. It was a bird’s-eye view of one of the region’s most beautiful bridges. Then…

Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustration

Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustration

Ed Pilkington in British Columbia Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated warnings by the e-commerce giant that it would go outside the US to bypass what it sees as the US federal government’s lethargic…

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