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Welcome to the largest community for amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles! 

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
  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

Fully Autonomous Drones Lead to Continuous Improvement of Inventory Operations in Very Narrow Aisles

 

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“Innovation, thought leadership and resourcefulness. Status quo is never good enough. We must always do better than yesterday — more with less, faster, more efficient.”

Core Value @ Romark Logistics, USA

With ‘Continuous Improvement’ as one of its seven core values, Romark Logistics (Romark) has become a pioneer in the supply chain and logistics sector since 1954. As a top third-party logistics and cold-chain provider in North America, Romark services leading food, beverage, pharmaceutical,…

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SokilLink Software Suite is a complete solution for unmanned vehicle operation. It runs on both ground and on-board PCs and delivers most required features for modern drones. The software allows users to control their drones in manual mode, observe real time digital video from on-board cameras with telemetry displayed on top, control the cameras using exposed APIs.

The solution is extremely flexible thus it allows to customize each feature and easily add new ones. For example, a vehicle can carry more that one camera, making it more suitable for professional operations, when an operator should be able to see UAV flight direction and observable object at the same time.

It also comes with powerful logging and monitoring features which are very helpful for hardware development, performance monitoring and troubleshooting

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FlytBase, Inc. announces the launch of a Preferred Partner Program designed exclusively for drone system integrators, solution providers and drone hardware OEMs. With the mission of helping enterprises automate and scale their drone operations, FlytNow has successfully matured into a commercial-grade solution for managing remote, autonomous drone flights in real-time.

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As a cloud-connected and hardware-agnostic SaaS offering, FlytNow enables quick, easy, remote deployment of drone fleets over a 4G/LTE/5G/WiFi network. Via a single, customized and intuitive web-based dashboard, users can view ultra-low-latency, HD video streams, and telemetry information at a command and control center located far away.

The partnership program is intended to create business value by serving customers in targeted geographies and sectors. By improving operational efficiency and…

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Welcome to the new DIY Drones design!

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You may have noticed that DIY Drones looks a little different today. That's because we finally switched over to the Ning 3.0 hosting framework, which offers a bunch of advantages along with continuity with the exiting content, membership and basic flow. Although Ning 3.0 was introduced back in 2013, Ning has changed hands since then and the development was not really complete until last year. So we waited until everything was stable to make the change.

Here are some of the new features that you may notice:

  • Works great on mobile! Finally, a responsive design that works on any size screen, taking advantage of the full width and height on any device.
  • Social sharing is built in (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Wider layout takes advantage of larger screens, more open design
  • A lot of behind-the-scenes tools to make…
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Open Source Drone Remote ID

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With the arrival of the new European regulations, certain equipments will become mandatory. This results in France by the need to equip drones with a Wifi module which sends the position of the drone through the air (like a transponder)

In order to allow as many people as possible to have access to this device, Pierre Kancir (ardupilot developper), supported by Airbot Systems , have produced software, enabling this device to be DIY manufactured at low cost.

All files are open source, under the GPL license. They contain the sources, the software part allowing to make the drone wifi beacon, a software allowing to make a drone detection system based on wifi frames, an example of code ready to be installed on a basic module sold on common commercial platforms for approx 35 Euros,…

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We’ve given this professional training to dozens of international and national disaster management organizations during the past half-decade. We’ve also run this training for both new and highly experienced drone pilots in dozens of countries around the world. The purpose of this training is to make you an effective and responsible team leader when deploying drones in disaster response. This training is also a great fit if you’re simply curious to learn more about the latest on the use of drones in humanitarian efforts. Participants who successfully complete this self-paced training will receive an official certificate signed by WeRobotics, Direct Relief, MIT and UPenn. 

In short, we've…

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Dear Friends,I apologise for being quite off topic but as you probably already know, the ordinary propeller guards for the “ordinary” Parrot ANAFI drone are not compatibile with the ANAFI FPV (or ANAFI Thermal) as the relevant legs are different.Cou…
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"THanks Ian, I was looking for a bigger propellers and different motors but after looking some graphics or tables likes this:
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"13 minutes is not that bad! Is that hovering around or boring holes in the sky? What cutoff voltage are you using? The best way to get more flight time is to use a bigger battery if you are OK with flight behavior. Your quad's weight is so low t…"
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ANAFI FPV (or ANAFI Thermal) propeller guards ?

Dear Friends,I apologise for being quite off topic but as you probably already know, the ordinary propeller guards for the “ordinary” Parrot ANAFI drone are not compatibile with the ANAFI FPV (or ANAFI Thermal) as the relevant legs are different.Could anybody pls provide me link or email address for good and reliable ANAFI FPV (or ANAFI Thermal) propeller guards ?[Unfortunately RMUS Parrot Anafi Thermal Propeller Guards are ONLY sold within USA :-((( ]Many Thanks and best regards 🙂 Giorgio

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Looking for interview participants for research on drone use in tropical forests

Hello all,My name is Ben and I am PhD researcher from the UK. To outline my work very briefly, I am conducting research into the use of drones in tropical forest conservation and ecology, with a focus on the potential socio-cultural impacts that such technologies may have on different forest stakeholders. As part of this I am interviewing various drone practitioners to gain insights into how they conduct missions/research and their perspectives on how drones are perceived by such communities.…

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DIY 350mm quadcopter

Hello and thank you for allow me to share my experiences with you. I am selecting my components and it's my first quadcopter. After some research I have the following components:Frame 330mm: (160g)Propellers 8045Motor 2212 1400kv (192g)ESC 30Amp Readytosky (100g)Flight Controller Naze 32 (10g)Power distribution board Blusky with XT60 (10g)Battery 11.1v 3s 30c(191g)Flysky FSi6S with iA6B After complete the same calculus in this tutorial...the flight time is 13 minutes and I think that is very…

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3 Replies · Reply by Fabian David 8 hours ago

Arduheli on 3DR Solo cube?

Can someone please confirm that Arduheli can be installed on 3DR Solo Cube without issues? Since they can be bought for cheap and are small and compact I'm looking at getting one for hobby project.Before you ask, yes, I'm aware of all the hardware issues with the cube. Used to work professionally with the stuff.

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Low Profile Camera Car; Concept & Advice Request

Hello all. I've been operating quadcopters (and a hexacopter!) for a couple of years now for my company, and lately I've encountered a new challenge that such vehicles are not capable of performing.I have arrays of photovoltaics that have serial numbers on the underside that I need to locate. The process of doing so manually would involve physically detaching and lifting each module, a process that would likely take many hours, if not days, depending on the site.I am conceptualizing a wheeled…

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Insta 360 one R ( 1" )

Hi,I am thinking on getting an insta 360 one R with the 1" mod to do some aerial photography and as bonus with the 360 mod also can create 360 footage.Does any one know if it is possible to trigger the camera with a cable remotely ? (sending some signal or short a pin to ground).i can't much info for this camera at the moment.Thanks.

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Automation of routine to get from the gound into hover.

I have read that some commercial multirotors have programmed routines to get off the ground and through ground effect up high enough to hover or fly.Is this real or just marketing hype? If this is really a feature, how many pilots find it useful? How different would it be that straight manual control of the throttle? Has anyone seen data regarding the difference in thrust requirements between being on the ground and successfully reaching the height that ground effect no longer affects flight?

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Stryker RC plane with Pixhawk Autopilot Setup

Hello,It's been awhile since I've played around with traditional helicopter and multi-copters with pixhawk. I recently got a wild hair to put the pixhawk onto a Stryker RC plane.Question:1. Does anyone have this setup or something similar? 2. Can you send me the PID values and maybe some additional input?Thank you,Sean

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