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The Paparazzi Project

Paparazzi is a free and open-source hardware and software project intended to create an exceptionally powerful and versatile autopilot system for fixedwing aircrafts as well as multicopters by allowing and encouraging input from the community. The project includes not only the airborne hardware and software, from voltage regulators and GPS receivers to Kalman filtering code, but also a powerful and ever-expanding array of ground hardware and software including modems, antennas, and a highly evolved user-friendly ground control software interface.
All hardware and software is open-source and freely available to anyone under the GNU licencing agreement. Several vendors are currently producing and selling Paparazzi autopilots and popular accessories, making the system easy and affordable to all.
The key feature of the paparazzi autopilot is its unique combination of infrared thermopiles and inertial measurement for attitude sensing, providing a robust and accurate attitude estimate that requires no ground calibration and can recover from any launch attitude.

The Paparazzi project at ENAC

The Paparazzi UAS project is now being used and developed at ENAC University.


October 5th, 2011

Umarim v1.0

ENAC Team Umarim V1.0 autopilot is now released: LPC based, on-board IMU & barometer, narrow fuselage form factor (56x25mm) and lightweight (9gr) are its main features. Add your favorite GPS receiver and it will fit in your stupidly thin light UAV prototype. But it will also do the job for a big fat one. More info here...

September 18th, 2011

IMAV 2011 Outdoor Competition

This year IMAV 2011 went really well for all of the participants, we have seen lots of successful flights. ENAC Paparazzi Team took the 2nd place in general "Outdoor Challenge" and Fire Storm demonstrated 105+ minutes of flight and took the "Best Outdoor Endurance Award". He was waiting this day for 2 years since the cancelation of IMAV09. As an additional information, Fire Storm flew its endurance mission with the new Umarim V1.0 autopilot board which will be released soon.

August 31st, 2011

The Quadshot

Paparazzi is used in the Quadshot: A blend between a quadrocopter and a flying wing. The Quadshot and Paparazzi are also featured in an episode of Hak5. You can also skip directly to the interview with Piotr talking about how Paparazzi is used in the Quadshot, and briefly explains the XML airframe file and the GCS.

February 15th, 2011

Paparazzi in Antarctica

Paparazzi has flown on the southernmost continent: Antarctica. Scientists from the Finnish Meteorological Institute took three modified Funjets to the Finnish Aboa station and brought them back safely after more than 25 flights. They measured temperature, humidity, pressure, wind direction and speed in altitudes up to 1000m.

February 10th, 2011

Paparazzi on OS X

Paparazzi now on OS X. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Eric and Bernard we can all run Paparazzi on OS X. Stay tuned Windows fans. Paparazzi on Windows is coming soon.

November 26th, 2010

There is a video available that shows how Paparazzis adaptive control loops keep a Twinstar in the air that drops 30% of its right wing with 50% of the aileron and then also switches the right engine off. Another video shows a Paparazzi quadcopter using adaptive control to stay level after dropping 50% of its total weight.

November 19th, 2010


The paparazzi software repository now has a new happy life on github:

We believe the switch from Subversion to the fast git version control system will make development easier, faster and more fun. It also makes it easier for YOU to contribute. You can easily fork paparazzi on github, commit your bugfixes and new features and send us a pull request.

More info on how to get the paparazzi code from github can be found here.

We also want to encourage you to submit bugs or feature requests on the simple github issue tracker.

August, 2010

After many years of development, so many new autopilot boards and aircraft types have been added that a sourcecode reorganization was needed. This undertaking is started and will simplify the continuous evolution of the project.

To benefit from these important changes, it only requires you to update your airframe configuration document once. After you have updated, you should not notice the significant reorganization that is going on behind the scenes. This change will benefit your aircrafts flying successfully for the years to come. The required changes are described on Update Your Airframe Configuration.

At this point several developments are blocked because of this. Therefor we kindly request you to upgrade your airframe configuration documents as soon as possible and thank you in advance for doing so.

May 22th, 2010

Pascal Brisset, also known as Hecto, and the father of the Paparazzi project died in an accident while climbing in the Pyrénées mountains in the south of France. He had dedicated the last seven years of his life to the success of the project. He was taking care by himself of a huge part of the project. To name only a few : development and maintenance of the entire ground segment, navigation and flight plan algorithms, code generation and build system, distribution packaging, server infrastructure...

To express your grief, you may want to leave a note on his wiki page

In respect for his commitment, the Paparazzi project must go on and volunteers wanting to take over tasks are hereby asked to do so.

February 19th, 2010

The Institute of space systems of University of Stuttgart is using the paparazzi system for large remote sensing aircrafts.
The missions include basic research and environmental monitoring. Payloads of up to 7kg are carried.

More information can be found on the Wiki page.

September 30th, 2009

Paparazzi was a big success at the 2009 UAV Outback Challenge held at Kingaroy Airport, Queensland, Australia, Sep. 28-30. Team "Look mAh, no hands!" representing Brisbane Grammar School, won the 'Robot Airborne Delivery Challenge' placing 1st, after performing an autonomous mission phase including autonomous payload release. The team consisted of four members in their senior years of high-school, and was led by team captain Ben Paratz. Many thanks to the paparazzi community, not only for the autopilot itself but for the assistance that was enthusiastically given whenever needed. Link to competition

September 24th, 2009

EMAV09 has already passed, now it is time to reveal our (ENAC-ISAE) new designs:

  • Fire-Storm a 50cm wingspan MAV.
  • Solar-Storm a 50cm wingspan MAV with hybrid power supply (solar and batteries).

June 20th, 2009

The USU-OSAM Paparazzi team won the 1st place in the 7th AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) Student Unmanned Aircraft System Competition (18 teams total). The competition was held at Webster Field, Maryland, Jun. 17-20. The honor also goes to all the Paparazzi community, especially the developers.
Link to competition

June 19th, 2009

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The Paparazzi System has been shown at Paris Le Bourget Airshow by three companies:

May 26th, 2009

ENAC / Paparazzi has won the ONERA-DGA Challenge with a quadrotor. Twelve teams of French Universities out of 19 were chosen by ONERA-DGA to participate to this two years contest. ENAC designed a Paparazzi equipped Asctec quadrotor with an IMU developed in its lab.

April 7th, 2009


Dear Paparazzi's, the registration for EMAV09 is now open at We look forward to meeting many paparazzi teams at this yearly event.

March 24, 2009

Funjet launch on Spitsbergen

We were back in the Arctic flying Paparazzi aircrafts on Svalbard (N78° E15°) doing research with the Geophysical Institute of the University of Bergen/Norway. There are two teams operating near Longyearbyen, one on the apron of Longyearbyen airport (LYR) and the other at the old northern lights research station in Adventdalen. We had permission to fly up to 1500m outside the airport opening times. The Paparazzi aircrafts work perfectly...for humans it is just a little cold. Last night we flew having -32°C (-25°F) on the ground. There is a video showing a 1500m vertical profile flight.

February 16th, 2009

We have a new forum to talk about this project. Please visit and participate . Please, vote in the next link to continue with the forum or not.

February 9th, 2009

3 ENAC students have released a Graphical control application for Paparazzi on Mobile phone using Java technoligies. Check the Ipodrom project page for more details.

January 19, 2009

Paparazzi Developers,
This is to announce a Call for Papers for the 2009 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications (MESA09), part of ASME IDETC09. The conference is to be held August 30 - September 2, 2009 at San Diego Convention Center. This Call for Papers is specific to the Session chaired by myself, Antoine Drouin , and Anton Kochevar. This topic of this session is " Open Source UAV Autopilots: Status and Progression", part of a symposium of MESA09 called "Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technologies and Applications (SUAVTA)". This Technical Session is meant to be a session that will focus on Paparazzi, the topics can include specific features developed for Paparazzi or applications using Paparazzi along with other innovative aspects or uses of Paparazzi. We hope to make this one of the largest and best conferences dealing with Paparazzi. Please help us to promote Paparazzi and bring this amazing project to even more people. Full paper deadline is Feb. 27, 2009 using the online submission system.

Conference Website: (click MESA09, then, UAV Symposium, then this dedicated session) or

If you have any further questions please email me at daniel.morgan @ (remove spaces) Research Associate, Center for Self-Organizing and Intelligent Systems at Utah State University

September 23, 2008

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A paparazzi team took part in the Motodrone event held in Finowfurt near Berlin.
It was fun, the beer was cool and barbecues worked flawlessly. And we flew funjets...

June 23, 2008

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The OSAM Paparazzi team took 2nd place in the Sixth Annual Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition! The event is sponsored by AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) and was held at Webster Field, St. Inigoes, Maryland. It should also be noted that this was Paparazzi's and the OSAM Paparazzi team's first time at the competition.
Link to competition
Highlight Video of Competition

June 13, 2008

Tiny WithOut Gps

The new baby autopilot is born.
His name is TWOG, he weighs 8 grams and is 40.2 x 30.5mm long. He' in good health and looks a lot like his mother Tiny v2, except for the GPS receiver.
The proud parents invite you to visit the pictures and technical information album...

March 26, 2008

Funjet on the helicopter deck

Scientists from the Geophysical Institute of the University of Bergen/Norway flew Paparazzi controlled Funjet aircrafts equipped with meteorological sensors in the Arctic sea around Spitsbergen only with the help of a RC safety pilot and no Paparazzi team member nearby. They took off and landed on the helicopter deck of the Norwegian icebreaking coast guard vessel KV Svalbard for one week and set a new Paparazzi low temperature record by flying at around -20°C and 15m/s wind in altitudes up to 1500m. For another two weeks they also collected data on Spitsbergen near Longyearbyen. See pictures in the gallery and a video.

March 15, 2008

Tiny 2.11

A number of vendors are now offering assembled and unassembled autopilots, sensors and accessories. The software is written, the hardware is built, what are you waiting for? Getting started has never been easier! More details on the Get Hardware page.

February 6, 2008

Paparazzi running on eeePC

Looking for a small, light and cheap ground station ? Paparazzi runs on the ASUS eeePC out of the box (after installing the Debian Paparazzi packages). Tested on the pre-installed Xandros distribution, on a standard Ubuntu and on the preconfigured eeeXubuntu.

January 27, 2008

Paparazzi's Storm on TV in Turkey
Storm on TV, A Paparazzi aircraft is featured on the biggest Television station in Turkey. (Sorry, the audio is only in Turkish...)

News Archives

Browse the archives for a look back at the earlier days of Paparazzi.