One of the most commonly-used features in pro UAVs is point-and-click mission control in real time. Rather than just pre-planned missions or manually flying the UAV, operators can just click on a map and say "go here now".
Good news: we've now implemented this in APM. If you update to the latest Mission Planner and APM code, you can right-click on the map in…Continue
This week, some of the 3D Robotics engineers and I visited Scaled Composites in Mojave, about an hour and half east of Los Angeles, to demo ArduCopter, get a tour of the facilities and talk about the DIY Drones community-driven innovation model with the Scaled engineers. Scaled is famous for being founded by the legendary…Continue
If you have an ArduCopter or are using APM for a fixed wing aircraft, please join the relevant user group, which you can find in the column on the right of this page. Anyone can join these groups. (There is also a group for the site…Continue
Here's a new board for people who want longer range than Xbee can provide. You just treat it as a regular serial port, just like an Xbee, and with the right code it can communicate with anything from a website to a phone. There's no APM code for it yet, but sample code is provided so you can find your own uses. Note that mobile wireless coverage can vary a lot from…Continue
Sparkfun's new product showcase today has some cool gear that's useful for UAVs, In the video above, they demonstrate how to use the AttoPilot current sensors to measure voltage and current consumption in a quadcopter. APM supports this current sensor board, too, and now Sparkfun has several different versions for different…
From IEEE Spectrum: "It's a well known fact that animals from the Arctic to Africa have absolutely no idea what to think about robots. Taking full advantage of this phenomenon, Microdrones let one of their MD4-1000 quadrotors loose on safari in Kenya, and it set about capturing video like you've probably never seen…