- System Overview
General overview of the Paparazzi system
- Getting Started
Some hints to start with Paparazzi
Frequently asked questions
Software source code, hardware schematics, etc.
- User List and Gallery
List of users. Photos, Videos, etc.
- Media, Papers and Links
News stories, Scientific publications, reports, User projects, etc.
- Contact Us
Hardware support for current, previous and future versions
IMU, GPS, Current, Airspeed, etc.
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
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
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.
|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.
- 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 Slashdot.org 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
- Chaos Communication Camp 2015
- From 13. – 17. August 2015 we are attending the Chaos Communication Camp in Ziegeleipark Mildenberg, Zehdenick, Germany. If you are attending too make sure to visit our Village and say hi.
- Piotr Esden-Tempski 2015-08-10 19:49:17
- Paparazzi UAV + HooperFly = Flying Robots
- HooperFly made a great video showing off two of their airframes, flying completely autonomously. These robotic aircraft are based on HooperFly’s own rugged airframe design the TeensyFly and feature Paparazzi UAV powered Lisa/MX autopilots. The multi aircraft support in Paparazzi makes these types of flights possible.
- Piotr Esden-Tempski 2015-07-22 05:42:16