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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 birthplace of ArduPilot, 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, including:

  • PX4, a pro-quality copter, plane, rover and VTOL software stack from the Dronecode Foundation
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XAG Drone Fleets Take Off for Large-scale Cotton Defoliation Operation in Xinjiang

Posted by viya on October 16, 2019 at 12:06am 0 Comments

As a global leading agriculture technology company, XAG has initiated its Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) spraying operation  “Take Off for Harvest Time” for the third consecutive year in …

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improved inference speed on rpi3 using Intel's NCS1

Posted by andre van calster on October 13, 2019 at 4:52am 4 Comments

By using Intels OpenVINO and neural computing stick (NCS1) the inference speed of my neural network is increased from 5 frames per second (fps) to 20 using a RPI3. This enabled a far better obstacle avoidance performance of my drone. More info at https://github.com/avncalst/drone_cnn.

Your In-Flight Wireless Charging Solution for Drones

Posted by Dmitry Skotnikov on October 10, 2019 at 8:15am 2 Comments

The future is coming! Now drones can be charged in-flight in 6 minutes!

See the post on Global Energy Transmission site:…

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Evolution of solar-powered drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 9, 2019 at 11:58am 0 Comments

From Hackaday:

Many of us have projects that end up spanning multiple years and multiple iterations, and gets revisited every time inspiration strikes and you’ve forgotten just how much work and frustration the previous…

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XAG joins Bayer on drone-based horticultural crop solution demo

Posted by viya on October 8, 2019 at 11:44pm 0 Comments

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Bayer and XAG has recently collaborated in Hangzhou, China to host a crop dusting drone demonstration on citrus trees.

Justin Gong, Co-founder and…

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JetQuad Test Flight 2 Success

Posted by FusionFlight on October 6, 2019 at 1:24pm 0 Comments

Thinking about designing multirotors to optimizing flight time

Posted by Echo G on October 2, 2019 at 6:30am 3 Comments

Designing electric multicopters for a specific flight time is a complex multidisciplinary optimization problem. This short blog post is some of my thoughts on how to think about this problem. Obviously, there so many different ways of doing this and welcome suggestions and other constructive…

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mRo Control Zero Autopilot for Unmanned Vehicles

Posted by Pedro Matabuena on September 30, 2019 at 10:00am 12 Comments

mRo Control Zero Autopilot -- made in USA



The smallest and most powerful autopilot in the world of its kind created for unmanned vehicle builders made in USA!



A high-performance autopilot, specially…

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A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

DJI Welcomes FAA And Industry Reports On Improving Drone Safety

Key Recommendations From Drone Experts Mirror DJI’s Safety And Security Initiatives  DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, welcomes today’s release of three U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) committee reports recommending how authorities can monitor airborne drones, protect against inadvertent or perceived misuse of drones in sensitive areas, and allow increasingly […]

Skydio 2 Dock: Enabling persistent autonomous drone operations

Today we’re announcing the Skydio 2 Dock — a self-contained, weatherproof, charging base station for Skydio 2 that enables truly persistent operations for enterprise applications. The concept of a “drone in a box” has long offered the promise of fully automated data collection for myriad enterprise applications from a repeated mapping of construction sites, to […]

Asteria Aerospace’s A200 drone issued the first UIN in India by the DGCA

Asteria Aerospace’s A200 micro drone was issued the very first Unique Identification Number (UIN) in India, U0000001, by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The UIN was issued after a digital registration of the drone on India’s Digital Sky platform. This brings certified and compliant drone operations in the country one step closer to […]

Free Embry-Riddle Training for First Responders

Embry-Riddle Worldwide offers MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) to anyone with an Internet connection and a desire to learn about aviation. And they are free! Future MOOCs will be announced as scheduled. Public Safety Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Nov. 18 – Dec. 1, 2019 This two-week MOOC covers key concepts related to small unmanned aircraft […]

Simultaneous Multi-Drone Flight Functionality Added to eMotion 3.8.0 Release

senseFly, the global leader in fixed-wing drones, is excited to announce the release of the latest version of its popular flight-planning software, eMotion 3.8.0. With eMotion 3.8.0., senseFly drone operators can enjoy a host of improvements and added functionality, including the ability to fly up to four drones simultaneously from a single computer. “Our customers are […]

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