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m8n problem with gps and lea-6am with my pixhawk

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Welcome to DIY Drones!


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 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
  • APM:Plane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • APM:Rover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                   Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

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Finally got to fly in restricted airspace!

Posted by Phillip Jones on October 21, 2014 at 3:30pm 12 Comments

We finally got to take our helicopter into restricted airspace a couple weeks ago, where our pilot got out of the cockpit for the first time! (We always fly with a pilot onboard when operating in normal airspace) This video shows formation flight, sideways flight, and landing and takeoff on a moving platform. Later flights we did a 5…

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DroneDeploy launches real-time mapping

Posted by Jono on October 21, 2014 at 12:30pm 7 Comments

DroneDeploy is launching the first drone software capable of creating orthorectified maps in real-time. Farmers, surveyors and search and rescue teams typically had to wait for 4-6 hours for maps to be created out of drone imagery, but now can start making decisions with data as it’s collected…

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Redesigning multirotor ESC's

Posted by Gerard Toonstra on October 21, 2014 at 6:18am 37 Comments

It's been quiet on my front, but that was because I was redesigning ESC's (for multirotors and AP's).



Most of the ESC's for multirotor use the SimonK firmware on a relatively simple Atmel microcontroller. There's a single control wire running from the autopilot to the ESC, which is a signal…

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PrecisionHawk Joins 3DR And Other Industry Leaders As Members of Small UAV Coalition

Posted by Lia Reich on October 20, 2014 at 12:13pm 2 Comments

PrecisionHawk, an information delivery company that uses a small, lightweight UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] and cloud-based software to collect, process and analyze aerial data, announced…

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Meet the T1000, 1+hr flight times w/ 1kg payload

Posted by Sean Skirvin on October 19, 2014 at 11:33pm 21 Comments

I would like to introduce the DIYD community to my project, the T1000.  This is a tandem rotor helicopter based on T-Rex 450 parts, with custom 425mm asymmetrical blades.  The initial goal for the project (in 2011) was to have a fpv platform that could fly for over 1/2 hour.  I now think we can now achieve a 1+hr flight…

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Applied Aeronautics - Albatross Design Contest

Posted by Applied Aeronautics on October 19, 2014 at 10:30pm 34 Comments

As we are rapidly approaching the official release of the Albatross line of aircraft, we thought there would be no better way of saying thank you than by giving away a free airframe to someone in the community. As such we have decided a design contest is in order for the best paint scheme, with the winning…

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Foam-printing ArduCopter on display at the Science Museum in London

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 19, 2014 at 9:36pm 0 Comments

From the Guardian: "Currently on display at the Science Museum, London, is a 3D-printing drone created by Dr Mirko Kovac from Imperial College London…

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Spaceplane Project Trials

Posted by RocketMan on October 19, 2014 at 8:30am 2 Comments

Chris Courtois has been working the trials on the Condore spaceplane project with Team Prometheus for several years now. After all his wonderful work we are gaining experience needed to proceed ahead.

  In conjunction Jetmanhuss at VskyLabs has been developing the model for X-Plane allowing us to try different configurations and develop the model…

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DVD Delivery By DRONE

Posted by AKRCGUY on October 18, 2014 at 8:42pm 17 Comments

Netflix joked about it, I thought I'd give it a try since my brother in law wanted to borrow one of my DVD's.  Here are the results.

 
 
 

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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

UAV news from sUAS News

New version of the world-record winning long-range system by Thomas Scherrer.

New version of the world-record winning long-range system by Thomas Scherrer.

For the last 6 years Thomas Scherrer Long Range Systems have been the favorite UHF system for serious RC hobbyists and professional UAV integrators. The customers have for a long time wished for a more cost effective version of the…

Lisa Raitt, minister of transport, issues new drone safety guidelines

Lisa Raitt, minister of transport, issues new drone safety guidelines

The Canadian Press Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt has launched a public campaign to help make sure Canadians are flying drones safely. Raitt announced new guidelines for the increasingly popular unmanned aircraft, and trumpeted the Transport Canada website, which gives…

Create your own Google Earth – in real time with DroneDeploy’s mapping engine for drones

Create your own Google Earth – in real time with DroneDeploy’s mapping engine for drones

DroneDeploy is launching the first drone software capable of creating orthorectified maps in real-time. Farmers, surveyors and search and rescue teams typically had to wait for 4-6 hours for maps to be created out of drone imagery, but now can…

Design of Small, Safe and Robust Quadrotor Swarms

Design of Small, Safe and Robust Quadrotor Swarms

This work presents the capabilities and demonstrates the robustness of the “Pico Quadrotor” – the smallest autonomous quadrotor at the time of publication of this video. We also demonstrate the pico quadrotor’s ability to fly in formations and its robustness…

Velodyne’s HDL-32E 3D LiDAR Sensor ‘Spins’ on Multiple Mobile Mapping Systems at InterGEO in Berlin

Velodyne’s HDL-32E 3D LiDAR Sensor ‘Spins’ on Multiple Mobile Mapping Systems at InterGEO in Berlin

At InterGEO – Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management, held in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 7-9, Velodyne’s real-time HDL-32E 3D LiDAR sensors were out in force – a testament to the company’s expanded industry leadership.  On display were deployments from Topcon, with its new…

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