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Paparazzi UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is an open-source drone hardware and software project encompassing autopilot systems and ground station software for multicopters/multirotors, fixed-wing, helicopters and hybrid aircraft that was founded in 2003. Paparazzi UAV was designed with autonomous flight as the primary focus and manual flying as the secondary. From the beginning it was designed with portability in mind and the ability to control multiple aircraft within the same system. Paparazzi features a dynamic flight plan system that is defined by mission states and using way points as “variables”. This makes it easy to create very complex fully automated missions without the operators intervention. For more project information, see here.

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The Paparazzi software source and hardware design is distributed without any guarantee. Before flying, please refer to your country's national aviation regulation for Unmanned Aerial Systems, or the one of the country you intend to overfly.

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Latest Stable Release: v5.10_stable

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Circle formations of fixed-wings
We have recently developed and tested a formation control algorithm for fixed-wings in Paparazzi at ENAC. The position of an arbitrary number of vehicles can be controlled in a circular path. In fact, we are not restricting ourselves to circles but to any closed orbit, such as ellipses, thanks to the guidance vector field that … Continue reading Circle formations of fixed-wings
Hector Garcia de Marina 2017-02-21 10:18:59

Multi-UAV Scientific Flights Video
Last year we had post here about meteorological flights using multiple UAVs. Now, the video of those experiments is finally on-line. In total 3 planes are used for the scientific measurements and an extra one for aerial footage of the other planes. They are all using Apogee boards with an extra sensor board developed in-house … Continue reading Multi-UAV Scientific Flights Video
Gautier Hattenberger 2017-01-18 10:07:46

1Bitsy & Black Magic Probe Kickstarter
As many of you know a programmer and debugger is a tremendously useful tool for many Paparazzi UAV based autopilots like the Lisa/MX and Lisa/S. Our friends at 1BitSquared are running a Kickstarter to make a new revision of their Black Magic Probe JTAG SWD debugger and programmer with the addition of the 1Bitsy. 1Bitsy … Continue reading 1Bitsy & Black Magic Probe Kickstarter
Danika Esden-Tempski 2016-11-29 23:55:28

The International Micro-Air Vehicle Conference and Competition was held last week in Beijing, China, organized by the Beijing Institute of Technology and the National University of Singapore. As usual, the level of the teams involved in the competition is higher year after year and we had a great show. The team from the MAVLAB of … Continue reading IMAV2016
Gautier Hattenberger 2016-10-24 21:43:49

DELFTACOPTER – Hybrid Drone on a Mission
TUDelft MAVLab -DELFTACOPTERDELFTACOPTER, an electric, long range, transitioning autonomous delta-wing helicopter, is on a mission. What mission? In this case, it’s the 2016 Outback Medical Express challenge and the MAVLab Team at TUDelft has high hopes for their hybrid aircraft. This year’s Outback Medical Express mission requires a UAV to pick up and bring back a blood … Continue reading DELFTACOPTER – Hybrid Drone on a Mission
Rich Burton 2016-09-20 19:26:38

Paparazzi UAV at DefCon 24
We will be at DefCon 24. A yearly hacker conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you are there make sure to say hi. To get in touch just send a mention or private message to @paparazziuav on twitter or a contact us in our Gitter Discuss channel. 1BitSquared will be there selling their hardware. If you are … Continue reading Paparazzi UAV at DefCon 24
Piotr Esden-Tempski 2016-08-03 22:39:16

Drones vs. Retro-gaming: fly with a Game Boy Classic
Some time ago, I found my old Game Boy at my parents’ house. So the first thing that came to my mind was: can I fly a drone with this ? (and also where is my Mario Bros cartridge). So I spend some time searching the web to see if I could find some idea … Continue reading Drones vs. Retro-gaming: fly with a Game Boy Classic
Gautier Hattenberger 2016-08-01 22:23:44

Flights at the ISARRA2016 conference
Last May, the ISARRA conference (International Society for Atmospheric Research using Remotely Piloted Aircraft) was held in Toulouse, France ( The week before the conference, a few teams of researchers gathered to share experiences and fly their drones at the Atmospheric Research Center of Lannemezan near the Pyrenees. Among them was some of the oldest … Continue reading Flights at the ISARRA2016 conference
Gautier Hattenberger 2016-07-24 21:58:21

Flying Robot Commander + PPRZLINK = Improved MultiMAV Management
Flying Robot Commander and PPRZLINKFor those of us that use Paparazzi to fly multiple MAVs, the current GCS does a great job of managing and presenting just the right amount of information for safe flight. That being said, there’s always room for new tools. It’s my pleasure to introduce the Flying Robot Commander, a PPRZLINK enabled web application for … Continue reading Flying Robot Commander + PPRZLINK = Improved MultiMAV Management
Rich Burton 2016-04-11 06:21:31

Introduction to the G0 GPS
Dear Paparazzians, I made a new video describing the details of the G0 Paparazzi UAV GPS receiver module. In the video I go through and describe the several design decisions we made to ensure high Signal to Noise Ratio, good multi path GPS signal rejection and overall reliability of the GPS for use in airborne robotics applications. I … Continue reading Introduction to the G0 GPS
Piotr Esden-Tempski 2016-03-21 22:30:05

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