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


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.