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  • Autopilots
    Hardware support for current, previous and future versions
  • Sensors
    IMU, GPS, Current, Airspeed, etc.
  • Modems
    Digi, Laird, Radiotronix, Cellular, etc.
  • Other Hardware Platforms
    Some hardware used for flying, for embedded computer or ground station
    • OMAP Integration
      Integration of TI OMAP-based single board computers, like the Gumstix Overo and the Beagleboard
    • AR.Drone 2
      The popular quadrotor from Parrot
    • Bebop
      The successor of the AR.Drone 2
  • Other Hardware
    Debug Probes, USB-UART, Video, Wiring and Connectors, Antenna Tracker, ESC etc.
  • Wish List
    Suggested hardware improvements
  • Get Hardware
    How to get Paparazzi hardware

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The Paparazzi Project

Paparazzi UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is an open-source drone hardware and software project encompassing autopilot systems for multicopters/multirotors, fixedwing, helicopters and hybrid aircraft. Paparazzi, being open, enables users to add more features and improve the system. Using and improving Paparazzi is encouraged by the community.

The project includes source-code for the avionics and the ground station computers as well as the hardware designs for many parts of the avionics system. Paparazzi’s avionics software is designed with portability in mind. Allowing for the use of the Paparazzi UAV system on many varied hardware platforms. The ground station computer software is written in statically typed functional language assuring reliability and stability of the system.

Unlike other systems, Paparazzi UAV was designed with autonomous flight as the primary focus and manual flying as the secondary. From the beginning it was designed to be able 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.

Since its founding in 2003, Universities and civilian teams have employed Paparazzi to win top marks in high profile airborne robotics competitions around the world; thereby, proving the flexibility, durability and advanced features embedded in the Paparazzi framework. Many of these top marks and achievements have been documented on our blog.

Several core developers to the project are affiliated with universities and research institutions. These include, ENAC University of Toulouse, France, MAVlab of TU-Delft in the Netherlands and AggieAir of Utah State University in the United States.

Several vendors are currently producing and selling Paparazzi autopilots and popular accessories, making the system easy and affordable for everyone. Some of the companies were founded by core developers of the Paparazzi UAV project as a way to provided well tested and integrated hardware to the Paparazzi community. For example, 1BitSquared is developing avionics hardware and providing consulting services for system integration, software development as well as custom nano UAV hardware development.

Paparazzi can be used for many applications from the emerging personal UAV market to advanced hobbyists, as well as University and civilian research programs and competitions. It is also being used in the field in daily operations, for example, SUMO is being used by meteorological researchers as reusable weather balloons for collecting data in the Antarctic. The multitude of applications for Paparazzi are endless, so join the community and contribute to the project with your innovative ideas.

Legal disclaimer

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

Latest stable release


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Blog News

Paparazzi UAV at 32C3
This year we will be having another meetup at the 32nd Chaos Communication Congress (32C3) in Hamburg, Germany. The event is happening from December 27th to 30th, 2015. Make sure to secure your tickets! When you are in the area, find us and say hi! We will have our Assembly there and will have lot’s of cool hardware … Continue reading Paparazzi UAV at 32C3
Piotr Esden-Tempski 2015-12-01 03:34:38
Elle0 Autopilot
1BitSquared has released Elle0, a new Paparazzi UAV autopilot. Elle0 is the lowest cost autopilot developed specifically for use with the Paparazzi UAV framework. It was inspired by the Lisa/MX and Apogee autopilots and has been stripped down to the most essential features while preserving the flexibility that Paparazzi autopilots are famous for. Here are some … Continue reading Elle0 Autopilot
Piotr Esden-Tempski 2015-12-01 02:05:12
Parrot Bebop 2 Support
Parrot has released their new Bebop 2 camera quadcopter. Paparazzi UAV already has support for that new platform. Thanks to the great work of the TU-Delft MavLab team and especially Freek van Tienen it is possible to replace the stock functionality of the Parrot Bebop 2 with Paparazzi UAV. This change gives the platform a lot of autonomous flight … Continue reading Parrot Bebop 2 Support
Piotr Esden-Tempski 2015-11-19 00:16:47
BACCHUS Meteorological Project
Researchers from the GMEI/MNPCA have recently returned from a one month field measurement campaign at the weatherstation of Mace Head in Ireland. Their report was very positive with more than forty scientific flights, up to 3350m above sea level, some of them synchronized with ameteorological satellite overpass, for the study of interactions between clouds and aerosols. … Continue reading BACCHUS Meteorological Project
paparazzi 2015-10-19 11:38:31
Multi MAV Autonomous Flight
Rich Burton of Hooperfly made a video showcasing the flexibility and accuracy of the PaparazziUAV system running on the 1BitSquared Lisa/MX autopilot. Using Paparazzi’s flight plan software to dictate a pattern of waypoints for three of his TeensyFly MAV’s to take off autonomously, hover, fly a rectangular pattern, hover and land. All the flight plan … Continue reading Multi MAV Autonomous Flight
Danika Esden-Tempski 2015-09-27 11:42:09
IMAV 2015 Competition
This year‘s International Micro Air Vehicles Conference and Flight Competition (IMAV 2015) is organized by the Institute of Flight System Dynamics of the RWTH Aachen University and the German Institute of Navigation. It takes place in Aachen, Germany from September 15 – 18, 2015. If you are in the area, you should check out the … Continue reading IMAV 2015 Competition
paparazzi 2015-09-05 08:50:55
Paparazzi V5.6 release
The Paparazzi Development Team is pleased to announce the release of a brand new version of Paparazzi; v5.6, providing you with lots of new features and improvements! If you’re curious to know the specifics on what has been added and improved you can, go here for an overview. If you are already using paparazzi with Git, … Continue reading Paparazzi V5.6 release
Felix Ruess 2015-09-01 22:16:12
Paparazzi UAV controlled with arcade
Here is a fun demo by the ENAC UAV Lab. They are showing off the flexibility of the Paparazzi UAV system by connecting an arcade gamepad to the ground station.
Piotr Esden-Tempski 2015-09-01 21:59:54
Lisa/S Nano Quadcopter Getting Started
The awesome guys from the TU-Delft MavLab have created another of their great tutorials. This time they explain how to get started with a Lisa/S based Nano Quadcopter.
Piotr Esden-Tempski 2015-09-01 21:54:35
PaparazziUAV Flying Robots on Slashdot
The kind folks over at were nice enough to stop by the PaparazziUAV booth at OSCON 2015 to talk about flying robots. Thanks Tim for the opportunity to talk about HooperFly, the Lisa/MX autopilot from 1bitsquared and the coolest open-source UAV software on the planet, PaparazziUAV. Here’s a link to the video: Flying Robots … Continue reading PaparazziUAV Flying Robots on Slashdot
Rich Burton 2015-08-21 02:37:19