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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 autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, including:

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New DroneThermal - Smallest Thermal Camera for Drones

Posted by Melih Karakelle on February 11, 2016 at 6:11am 1 Comment

Hi Everyone,



After 5 months of design and test process, new DroneThermal v022016 thermal camera boards are ready to announce. 

This is probably the smallest analog (PAL/NTSC) thermal camera in the world. 



Dimensions : 20mm x 20mm x 15mm (included Lepton 25 degrees…

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Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 10, 2016 at 10:00pm 5 Comments

From Fast Company, an interesting application of APM:Copter powered drones:

Distributed energy systems are a good idea for…

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Redundancy for your autopilot

Posted by Robert Hoermann on February 9, 2016 at 9:41pm 22 Comments

Hello flight-buddys,



it has been quiet for a while from GIZMOtec and the AP-Manager.



But meanwhile the project is finished and we are happy to present the AP-Manager with even more features and flexibility as a redundancy-board between two parallel running (different)…

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Watch Easy Drone defy gravity on Discovery Channel

Posted by Ivan Stamatovski on February 9, 2016 at 7:03pm 3 Comments

Hello Drone Lovers!

Ivan here from Easy Aerial Inc.



I am super-excited to invite you to watch my appearance on a Science Channel show called …

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Autopilot assisted thermalling exploitation

Posted by Riccardo Kuebler on February 9, 2016 at 3:30pm 7 Comments

Hello ensemble,

this is a flight done with the Proxima II, using a UAVDevBoard v4 for autopilot assisted thermal exploitation.

Telemetry on screen is done with DashWare. I had to create a profile for UDB to use the telemetry file with that program and had to adapt a few gauges also. The profile is attached, in the case someone needs…

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ADS-B on DJI M100

Posted by clearskiesph on February 9, 2016 at 12:16pm 3 Comments

After typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban and areas around it, a lot of UAV's have been utilized to do damage assessments. And some pilots complained that they saw UAV's flying in the area during the relief operations. 

As a POC, we have fitted an ADS-B receiver on the DJI M100. The ADS-B…

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New Research on Drone Buying Experience

Posted by Colin Snow on February 9, 2016 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

We just launched a new research survey exploring your drone-buying experiences, where you bought, what seller services matter, and where you intend to buy drones and/or small unmanned aerial systems. As a short 13-question survey, it’s designed for those who have bought or will buy a drone for either…

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Sand Casting Rotor Tip Weights

Posted by Randy Sonnicksen on February 9, 2016 at 8:00am 1 Comment

This is an "exploded" view of my rotor design.  Leading and trailing edge foam cores moved out of position to show internal details.

This design features a cylindrical bearingless rotor root, with droop stop.  Airfoil shaped pieces on inboard and outboard ends of rotor airfoil…

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UgCS 2.8 Is Now Live!

Posted by Kristaps Brass on February 9, 2016 at 6:11am 4 Comments

We're very excited to announce the release of UgCS 2.8.



Visually the first thing you will notice is that the new version features an improved user interface – you are now able to change the visual theme yourself. By default it now comes with a new…

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Converting a video to georeferenced 3D model tutorial (Agisoft PhotoScan, Sputnik GIS)

Posted by Petr Pletnyakov on February 9, 2016 at 5:30am 2 Comments

Nowadays, amateur drones have an amazing range of applications. You may wonder: “Can I use my drone for photogrammetry?” and the answer is “Yes”.



Source video (4k / 2160p):



3D Model created using Agisoft…

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sUSB Expo 2016, speaker list.

sUSB Expo 2016, speaker list.

Its that time of year again, The Silicon Valley Drone Show, sUSB Expo is almost upon us. The speaker list is filling up. This year it takes place on April 27,28 and 29 as in previous years its at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio, SFC. This is the forth year that we have run the…

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Drones Learn To Search Forest Trails for Lost People

Drones Learn To Search Forest Trails for Lost People

Researchers at the University of Zurich, the Università della Svizzera italiana, and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland have developed software enabling drones to autonomously detect and follow forest paths. With the new drones, missing persons can be found and rescued quickly in forests and mountain areas. Every year, thousands of…

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Jobs:- KoptR Image inc Technician or engineer – Drone – Design, maintenance and test

Jobs:- KoptR Image inc Technician or engineer – Drone – Design, maintenance and test

Technician or engineer – Drone – Design, maintenance and test This is an excellent opportunity to convert a passion into a profession and be part of a renowned team. We are a young and ambitious team offering leading edge drone technology products and services. We are looking for a technician or engineer having experience; either…

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Agribotix Partnership With The Nature Conservancy Provides Drone-Enabled Aerial Survey, Imaging And Analytics

Agribotix Partnership With The Nature Conservancy Provides Drone-Enabled Aerial Survey, Imaging And Analytics

Agribotix LLC is providing The Nature Conservancy with drones, image processing, data analytics and consulting to assist with aerial surveys for the organization’s conservation work. Agribotix provides complete drone-enabled agricultural intelligence solutions to farmers and agricultural service providers. While their core market is agriculture, their hardware and data processing technology is well suited for land…

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Arvista off to a flying start in 2016

Arvista off to a flying start in 2016

  Following on from a busy 2015, Arvista has had a positive start to 2016 with the demand for our UAV aerial surveying services expected to further increase as operations in the resources sector continue to seek improvements in operational efficiencies. Arvista has now been providing aerial surveying services with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s /…

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