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 and feature Paparazzi UAV powered Lisa/MX autopilots. The multi aircraft support in Paparazzi makes these types of flights possible.
A few days ago ENAC UAV Lab uploaded their Paparazzi UAV video collection from 2004-2010. If you are interested in some Open-Source UAV history you should take a look at them.
It is exciting to see how many things Paparazzi UAV could already do 5 to 10 years ago, as well as how far things have improved and evolved since then.
One of the highlights is a multi UAV flight at IMAV2006. This is 9 years ago. It is great to see how relaxed the safety pilots are.
Another highlight is the Paparazzi UAV Ground Control Station (GCS). It definitely has many of the elements of how the GCS looks today but it definitely changed and improved over the years.
We will be showing off some of our hardware at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention 2015 (OSCON). The event is happening on July 20–24, 2015 in Portland, Oregon USA.
Piotr Esden-Tempski from 1BitSquared together with Rich Burton from Hooperfly will be bringing some of their Paparazzi UAV based creations to show off. If you are attending OSCON find us in the exhibition hall for the hardware showcase and say “Hi”. We would love to meet some fellow Paparazzians.
If you are on Facebook you might be happy to hear that we now have a Paparazzi UAV Facebook page. Join us there and like our page. We hope this is another good way to follow along with the project and the community.
The National Center for Meteorological Research (CNRM-GAME, Toulouse, France) conducted an airborne experiment in Cyprus in March 2015 as part of the BACCHUS project. The main goal of CNRM‘s contribution is to complement the ground-based observations of aerosol and cloud condensation nuclei with airborne measurements to characterize the vertical distribution of aerosol, radiative fluxes, 3D wind vectors and meteorological state parameters. As payloads were limited to 500g (and total weight < 2.5kg), multiple RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft systems) were instrumented for a specific scientific focus. The Paparazzi system was used to navigate the RPAS. During the campaign, airborne measurements were taken over 4 weeks (5 March to 2 April, 2015) with 52 research flights and 38 hours of flight time. Vertical profile were regularly sampled up to 2100 m.asl (limited by authorized flight ceiling) and often observed the layers of dust originating from the Arabian Peninsula and the Sahara Desert. RPAS profiles generally show a well-mixed boundary layer and compare well with ground-based LIDAR observations. Flights below and within clouds were also coordinated with satellite overpasses to perform ‘top-down’ closure of cloud micro-physical properties.
The ENAC team has been flying several aircraft (X6-Skywalker, Easystar, Funjet) at the Atmospheric Research Center of Lannemezan, close to the Pyrenees in the south of France. The goal was to prepare several meteorological planes for research studies held by Meteo France that will be held next month in Cyprus. Weather conditions were pretty harsh some times, with snow and icy fog, but also provided some really nice pictures, and of course interesting flights up to 1400m AGL with meteorological instruments.
See this video of the previous campaign:
Or this other video of the first tests of automatic bungee takeoff for the heavier planes (up to 2.5kg):
If you are already using paparazzi with Git, to enjoy all improvements you can switch to this new version via:
git remote update && git checkout v5.4.
If you are new to Paparazzi and want to join in flying it, you can you can simpy download a tarball or get the source code via:
git clone https://github.com/paparazzi/paparazzi.git -b v5.4.