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Apr 12, 2005, 10:00 AM
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UAV Links

This is a place for UAV links, especially for hobby builders. Suggested categories are:
- Radio Modules
- Your Private Projects
- Theory and Papers
- Plans for appropriate bodies
- Autopilots
- Software
- Microcontrollers
- Stores

Please use this area for links, and keep questions to a minimum.
Below is a list of links submitted thusfar, categorized and cleaned up (several links have gone dead)

Hobbyist UAVs
- Autopilot: Do it yourself UAV ( - Open source project
- Paparazzi project ( - University research project with a platform and all the source files
- YB2Normal ( - hobbyist UAV, with several tutorials on the same website
- "Hanford Site" ( - 4 rotor UAV project, little activity though
- Albatross ( - "The Kiwi UAV"
- Tom Pycke's blog ( - UAV Blog with good background, also information about build process

- 2007 Student UAS Competition (
- AUVSI International Aerial Robotics Competition (

- NCSU Aerial Robotics (
- "The Texas Buzzard" (
- Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory (
- Aerial Robotics Club (
- Georgia Tech Aerial Robotics (
- RHIT Robotics Team (
- SPSU Aerial Robotics Team (
- Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group (


Autopilots & IMUs
- Procerus ( - UAV systems
- Micropilot ( - Various UAV components such as IMUs and base station software
- Romomotion ( - Autopilots and IMU systems, intended for helicopters *
- UNAV ( - "Intelligent Control for Unmanned Systems", various autpilot systems
- EZI-Nav Autopilot (
- UAV Flight Systems: AP50 Autopilot (
- IMU 400(

- Maxstream ( - Various radio modules in various price ranges and options

Computer Modules
- Gumstix ( - Tiny ARM-based computer platform, running Linux and used in many UAV projects
- Bluewater Systems - Snapper System Modules ( - More small computer platforms

Complete UAVs
- Microdrones ( - Quad-rotor UAVs

Open Source
- RCAP ( - Open source autopilot controlling rudder only
- "RC Electronics" ( - Several plans for homemade autopilots and other RC projects
- OpenSourceQuadroCopter (
- UAVDev ( - Open source platform - very fragmented information

Link Collections
- Thirty Thousand Feet: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (

- Remote Control Aerial Photography Association ( - Association working with FAA on UAV leigislation

- NY Times Article on UAVs (
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Apr 12, 2005, 10:04 AM
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Ok, here are some of my own:
This is a project for helicopters, but should easily be applicable for planes too. Build your own electronics, though.
This is initially a university research project, but has some good ideas, good software and lots of pictures
Apr 12, 2005, 12:08 PM
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RC Auto Pilot
This autopilot design reads waypoints pre-programmed into your GPS and controls only the rudder on your aircraft. Not a full-fledged system but interesting and fairly inexpensive. Part of a larger RC Pilot project that aims to develop several other components of a UAV system, they seem to have made good progress on a ground-station software package.

EZI-Nav Autopilot system by AUAV (Dave Jones).
Fairly full featured UAV solution, three axis control, comes with ground station software. Prices are listed on the website.

The company that developed out of the Autopilot Project mentioned by Joel, they sell Inertial Measurement Units as well as complete autopilot systems. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but my impression is that this stuff is only for use with helis.

I may mention more later, as there are quite a few others, but these are the ones that come to mind when I'm thinking about what most mortals might be able to afford. If cash isn't a problem for you, check out Cloud Cap Technology, Micropilot, or UNav. Others can feel free to elaborate on what these companies offer if they wish...
Apr 13, 2005, 01:54 AM

4 rotor project

hi all,

I already mentioned this in the BLDC thread because of the motor controllers, but it seems like it would be ok to post it again here.

This is a 4 rotor UAV project that I'm working on. I will be adding a 32-bit Arm-based controller running linux to it by this weekend. The controller will have a 802.11 wireless usb adaptor for an ad-hoc telemetry link. I have been working on new code. The next flight should be very stable. I expect to be flying by GPS within a couple of weeks to a month.

Once I get everything working right and get the source all cleaned up, I will be sharing the designs for everything.

Mar 10, 2006, 11:32 PM
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CUAV - Open source UAV control system - (soon to be released).
It uses 3 magnetic field sensors and 3 accellerometers to calculate the current attitude.
On the site you can find project pictures and decriptions, thesis writeup, movie of attitude control, a recent developments section, other links to interesting and related sites. There is also an events calendar for you to add your UAV event to, forums, live chat with others on the site. The website is updated weekly as new toys arise.
Last edited by MattChave; Dec 27, 2006 at 03:36 PM.
Mar 17, 2006, 12:59 PM
Scale Robotics Inc.
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R/C Auto Pilot
Infra Red horizon and attitude sensing
Mar 17, 2006, 10:54 PM
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Hi All,

There's alot of good reading in the links here. How do we turn this into a sticky so that it doesn't get burried?
Mar 18, 2006, 12:07 AM
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We need a moderator to do it. Somewhere it says who the moderator is for each forum but I can't seem to find it. However, I remember that when the forum was first created Steve volunteered to be the moderator, and he probably still is. His screen name is eBird. If he's reading this maybe he'll do it, otherwise I guess we'd need to send him a PM request.

Mar 19, 2006, 01:51 AM
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Speak and it shall occur!!
Mar 24, 2006, 10:56 PM
Great info! I've been wanting do a UAV R/C rocket boost glider, didn't know for sure where to start other than "MicroPilot" and that system was not a complete match for my requirements and is quite pricy. Lots to absorb here for a novice UAV'r.
Mar 30, 2006, 05:07 PM
Yet another hobby UAV system:
Apr 07, 2006, 07:05 AM
flight computers
inertial navigation units
servo controlers
and uav paragliders

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