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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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New Paparazzi autopilot Chimera released
The ENAC UAV lab is proud to release its latest autopilot board.  Named Chimera, it is based on the latest STM32F7 micro-controller and offers a large connectivity. The design have been made with the ease of use and integration for end-users, especially researchers. With the usual features like IMU and barometer, the Chimera also carries … Continue reading New Paparazzi autopilot Chimera released
Gautier Hattenberger 2017-03-20 00:11:06

First flights of the hybrid vehicle Cyfoam with Chimera board
The Cyfoam is a hybrid vehicle developed at ENAC Drone Lab. The aircraft is a foam, with a 3D printed fuselage, version of the composite-made Cyclone. The vehicle is powered by the new autopilot board Chimera! which executes the control algorithms developed by Ewoud from Delft MAV Lab. We are currently aiming at a total autonomous … Continue reading First flights of the hybrid vehicle Cyfoam with Chimera board
Hector Garcia de Marina 2017-03-12 13:09:11

Flying Parrot’s Disco aircraft with Paparazzi
The Disco from Parrot is a fixed-wing aircraft designed for FPV with all the feature already available on their Bebop2, plus some extra things, like airspeed sensor, SBUS input and PWM outputs. The autopilot itself is all integrated in a box called C.H.U.C.K. and it allows nice and easy flights with the SkyController2 and the … Continue reading Flying Parrot’s Disco aircraft with Paparazzi
Gautier Hattenberger 2017-02-24 21:40:45

Circle formations of fixed-wing aircraft
We have recently developed and tested a formation control algorithm for fixed-wing aircraft 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 … Continue reading Circle formations of fixed-wing aircraft
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

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