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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 4 Comments

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 6 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 20 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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