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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 (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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Redundancy for your autopilot

Posted by Robert Hoermann on February 9, 2016 at 9:41pm 9 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 0 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 6 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 2 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 0 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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P9X autopilot, a revised pixhawk

Posted by Jerry Giant on February 9, 2016 at 3:00am 43 Comments

Pixhawk is a great autopilot, we love its robustness and rich sets of features. Nowadays it is a de-facto to low cost autonomous vehicle application.

There’re always some changes you want to make in an open source design, this rule also applies to Pixhawk. First, I want to make it smaller, to fit it into a f5B glider fuselage, with built-in dampers and a plastic shell could survive a hard crash. Then I want to make the sensors to be replaceable, so I can test new…

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Its Tridge!!!

Posted by Gary Mortimer on February 9, 2016 at 2:52am 5 Comments

I can't embed this video because its disabled on the original. But Andrew reveals a little bit about the OBC and LOHAN. Well worth a watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kifraO9yMrk

Its only…

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UAV news from sUAS News

PowerEgg – The Flying Robot by PowerVision

PowerEgg – The Flying Robot by PowerVision

Just in time for Easter. I must admit I quite like the look of this one. I expect pundits will have much to say about its flight performance. It looks to me very complicated which is another word for heavy. I like that the motors push the arms up into place in flight. It seems…

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cyberQuad Deployed for TransAsia Accident Investigation

cyberQuad Deployed for TransAsia Accident Investigation

The Taiwan Aviation Safety Council (ASC) successfully deployed a cyberQuad UAV as part of its investigation into the crash of a TransAsia Airways ATR-72-500 on the island of Hoko, west of Taiwan. Drones for investigations is a growing trend among crash investigators worldwide, due to their ability to access remote locations or to quickly perform a…

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Micasense and QuestUAV team up for the dawn of a new era in multispectral imaging.

Micasense and QuestUAV team up for the dawn of a new era in multispectral imaging.

QuestUAV Ltd are proud to announce their new industrial grade compact mapper will be available with the Micasense Sequoia combined multi-band and RGB sensor. Announced February 9th at the World Ag Expo and launching next month, the new sensor covers four bands at 1.2 megapixels plus a 16 megapixel RGB sensor for the ultimate in…

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‘Z axis’ becomes the only start-up from Gujarat selected for ‘Make In India Week’

‘Z axis’ becomes the only start-up from Gujarat selected for ‘Make In India Week’

– DeshGujarat Z axis Unmanned Machines Pvt. Ltd., a Gujarat based manufacturer and service provider of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) has earned the rare distinction of being selected to showcase their UAVs at the prestigious Make in India Week in Mumbai from 13th to 18th February. This makes ‘Z axis’ the only start-up and one…

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Rwanda:- Agreement signed with Zipline to use drones for delivery of essential medical products

Rwanda:- Agreement signed with Zipline to use drones for delivery of essential medical products

Today, the Government of Rwanda signed an agreement framework with Zipline Inc. to implement a first autonomous system for the delivery of blood products across the country. The system uses unmanned aircraft to make deliveries to rural health facilities for less than it would cost to make the same delivery using a motorbike. The system…

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