The Paparazzi UAV team's amazing conference demo

A mindblowing report from Hackaday:

"The 24th annual Chaos Communications Congress in Berlin is already off to a great start. The first talk we attended was [Antoine Drouin] and [Martin Müller] presenting Paparazzi - The Free Autopilot. Paparazzi is an open source hardware and software project for building autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles. The main hardware board has an ARM processor and GPS. It uses inertial and infrared sensors to determine orientation and altitude. The four infrared thermopiles measure the air temperature. The ground is warmer than the sky and if you compare the temperature in the direction of each wing tip your can tell what angle the airplane is at. It's really that simple.

They did a pretty amazing live demo. Using the network connection they controlled a UAV flying in France and another in Germany. Both planes were streaming live video from belly mounted cameras. One relaying through a home DSL connection and the other through a UMTS cellphone. They were able to change way-points on the fly and issue flight pattern commands. There is a ground crew at each location with a security pilot that will switch the controls to manual if things get out of hand."

The slides, which are a must read, are here. The video of the presentation is here.

I'm giving a DIY Drones talk/demo at Etech in March with blimp UAVs. But it will be hard to top this.

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Comment by John Wiseman on March 28, 2008 at 12:18pm
The link to the video no longer works. Anyone know where to find a copy?
Comment by John Wiseman on March 28, 2008 at 12:22pm
Looks like it's at or there are torrents for both mp4 and mkv versions at
Comment by Alain A on April 26, 2013 at 6:35am

Such a pity that can't watch the video. Anybody please would guide me on this?. Thanks

Comment by John Wiseman on April 26, 2013 at 1:03pm

The torrent link above works, or you can google [24c3 paparazzi youtube], which gives you the video as the first four results:

Comment by Alain A on April 26, 2013 at 5:27pm
Thanks a lot John Wiseman!...


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