It is extremely easy to build a drone now that can do not just surveillance but can carry rather large payloads. If you want to see how large some of these planes get, check out this video of a model Airbus A380. I don’t have to spell out the implications of this. I want to have my drone before the government makes them illegal. The US has been fighting such low-tech enemies lately that we haven’t thought through the nature of a world in which lots of people have sophisticated drones, not just other countries but private individuals. One somewhat worrying thing is that virtually all of this equipment comes from China or Taiwan.
The next stage in this project is to equip the drone with telemetry. I’ve bought the package that includes a real time video transmitter and receiver, camera, and telemetry system that will send back GPS data on the drone’s location, heading, airspeed, etc. This requires, among other things, a ham radio license. Stay tuned.
This is the home for everything about amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Use the tabs and drop-down menus above to navigate the site.
This community created the Arduino-compatible ArduPilot, the world’s first universal autopilot (planes, copters of all sorts, ground rovers, boats). The ArduPilotMegaautopilot hardware runs a variety of powerful free Arduino-based UAV software systems, including: * ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types. * ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system.
This tiny drone is able to do completely automatic flights, it can perform altitude hold (based on sonar sensor) and obstacle avoiding based on IR distance sensors (you could see the “black stange eyes” on the photo). It´s your personal droid…
ArduCopter is an easy to set up and easy to fly platform for multirotors and helicopters that goes way beyond the basic RC multicopters on the market today. The project is based on the ArduPilot Mega autopilot created by the DIY Drones community.
Original ArduCopter frames and other parts are made by jDrones Asia. 3DR frames and parts are made by 3D Robotics. Read more about purchasing one on the Get it! page.
Unlike RC-only multicopters, ArduCopter is complete UAV solution, offering both remote control and autonomous flight, including waypoints, mission planning and telemetry displayed on a powerful ground station.
Best-of-class RC flight mode, including autolevel and auto altitude control. Includes an awesome “simple flight” mode, which makes ArduCopter one of the easiest multicopter to fly. Don’t worry about keeping an eye on your multicopter’s orientation—let the computer figure it out! You just push the stick the way you want to go, and the autopilot figures out what that means for whatever orientation the copter is in, using its onboard magnetometer. “Front”, “back”…who cares? Just fly!
No programming required! Just use an easy-to-use desktop utility to set up ArduCopter, with quick visual displays, a point-and-click mission planner and a full ground station.
"Loiter" anywhere. Just hit the toggle switch and your copter will hold its position using its GPS and altitude sensors.
Return to launch. Set home to any location and flip a switch to have ArduCopter fly back automatically.
Do all mission planning via a two-way wireless connection. Waypoints, mode changing, even changing the gains of every control parameter can be done from your laptop, even while the copter is in the air!
With supported sonar sensor, do auto takeoffs and landings, or just switch on altitude hold mode and fly as low as inches from the ground, with the copter automatically adjusting its altitude to hug the terrain. Even without a sonar sensor, altitude hold and autotakeoff works great from about ten feet and higher.
Plan missions with hundreds of 3D waypoints, which the copter will automatically fly to, returning home when it’s done.
Fully scriptable camera controls, including the ability to drive a pan-tilt camera gimbal to keep the camera pointed at an object on the ground.
Cross-platform. Supports Windows, Mac and Linux. Use the graphical Mission Planner setup utility in Windows (works under Parallels on a Mac) or use a command-line interface on any other operating system. Once ArduCopter is set up, you can use it with a choice of three ground stations, including QGroundcontrol, which runs natively on Windows, Mac and Linux
Compatibility with industry-leading robotics standards, such as Willow Garages’s Robot Operating System and the MAVLink communications protocol. This ensures that ArduCopter will continue to be on the cutting edge of aerial robotics, from multi-UAV swarming to AI control and Android compatibility.
… desarrollar un sistema que permite hacer predicciones climáticas precisas, combinando redes de sensores inalámbricos y ‘quadrotors’ (helicópteros autónomos de cuatro hélices).
El sistema analiza la evolución de la temperatura y la humedad en cada una de las distintas zonas del viñedo, y estima cuándo y dónde es probable que se produzca una helada. De esta forma, el viticultor puede prevenir el daño antes de que este se produzca, localizándolo en las zonas con más riesgo y minimizando el tiempo de reacción. La misión de los mini helicópteros es la de asegurar la conectividad entre los disitintos sensores, que puede verse afectada por los obstáculos del terreno. Los ‘quadrotors’ recorren los viñedos de forma autónoma, recogiendo la información de cada uno de los nodos sensores y recopilando así información sobre las variables relevantes …
The GeoFencing support in ArduPlane allows you to set a virtual ‘fence’ around the area you want to fly in, specified as an enclosed polygon of GPS positions plus a minimum and maximum altitude.
When fencing is enabled, if your plane goes outside the fenced area then it will switch to GUIDED mode, and will fly back to a pre-defined return point, and loiter there ready for you to take over again. You then use a switch on your transmitter to take back control.
ArduPlane is the Arduino-compatible open source software used by the ArduPilot Mega (APM) autopilot to control fixed-wing aircraft. ArduPlane provides an entire UAV control system with sciptable missions, 3D waypoints, in-flight uploading of commands and powerful ground station software.
Return to Launch with a flick of your RC toggle switch or a mouse click in the graphical Ground Station
Unlimited 3D GPS waypoints
Built-in camera control
One-click software load, and easy point-and-click configuration in the powerful Mission Planner. NO programming required!
Replay recorded missions and analyze all the data with a graphing interface
Supports two-way telemetry with Xbee wireless modules.
Point-and-click waypoint entry or real-time mission commands while the UAV is in the air
Fly with a joystick or gamepad via your PC—no need for RC control!
Built-in failsafe will bring your aircraft home in the case of radio loss