[flying autonomous airplanes using the Paparazzi autopilot]

[08-MAR-14] We were back on Svalbard for two weeks, flying our planes with UNIS. (blog).

[27-JAN-14] John Cassano from the University of Colorado flew our SUMO UAVs for meteorological research over the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica during the last two weeks (blog).

[13-AUG-13] The SUMO UAVs were used from on-board the RV Polarstern by the Finnish Meteorological Institute for scientific research in the Weddell Sea/Antarctica. Short report by the Alfred Wegener Institut.

[17-MAR-13] We have created pages describing how to build your own Paparazzi-based meteorological research aircraft SUMO in the Wiki.

[16-SEP-12] The SUMO UAV was again used for meteorological research at the US McMurdo station in Antarctica by the University of Colorado (video, video).

[07-MAR-12] Two teams used our planes to collect meteorological data in Antarctica. The University of Bergen flew at the Norwegian Troll station (video) and the University of Colorado near the US McMurdo station (blog, blog).

[25-DEC-11] Tim Pritlove did a podcast about Paparazzi CRE187 (in German).

[15-AUG-11] Back from the CCCamp11. The Motodrone people generously let us Paparazzi guys work in their tent. We flew an autonomous Flip (originally an indoor pylon racer). SPIEGEL Online did a video special and Spiegel TV shot a film mentioning Paparazzi (in German).

[08-JUL-11] With the Geophysical Institute of the University of Bergen, Norway we took part in the BLLAST meteorological measurement campaign near Lannemezan, France and did 300 flights in 22 days at altitudes up to 1600m (in a restricted airspace).

[15-FEB-11] We designed planes that were flown at the Finnish Aboa station in Antarctica by the Finnish Meteorological Institute to collect atmospheric data.

[26-NOV-10] Tested adaptive control loops that were developed at ENAC and filmed it. One third of the right wing of a Twinstar gets dropped and the right engine is turned off. And the plane keeps flying.

[16-SEP-10] Together with the Laboratory for Energy Conversion of the ETH Zürich we have adapted their air flow probe to Paparazzi and integrated it into our meteo Funjets. It is used to measure wind vectors/turbulences around wind turbines for a more efficient planning of wind parks. The goal is to reduce the impact that a turbine causes to the ones downstream. Swiss television has an article (in German).

[23-JUN-10] Summer fun: Video of a fully autonomous flight with a 100g/50cm robbe mini wing aircraft.

[28-SEP-09] Our Funjets were part of a measurement campaign in the North Sea near the Norwegian coast on board the KV Harstad. See the video of a deck landing.

[15-SEP-09] This are our slides about the Meteorological Research presented at the EMAV 2009 conference/competition in Delft.

[31-MAY-09] An autonomous LED equipped Funjet was presented during the Nightfly show at the Luftzirkus in Harsewinkel.

[07-APR-09] We flew in the Arctic on Svalbard with the Geophysical Institute of the University of Bergen/Norway again. We recorded an on-board video of a vertical climb to 1500m during sunset in Adventalen/Spitzbergen. See the path of that flight in Google Earth. We did 91 flights in two weeks and did simultaneous flights with two aircrafts over land and sea.

[20-SEP-08] We presented the Paparazzi project at the motodrone meeting. BerlinVR has a nice video showing highlights of the event.

[16-MAR-08] The scientists from the Geophysical Institute Bergen/Norway flew our Funjets to collect environment data in the Barents Sea around Spitzbergen, 1300km away from the North Pole. They took off and landed on the helicopter deck of the icebreaking coast guard vessel KV Svalbard. They got some Paparazzi training before the expedition and operated the UAV on their own, only by the help of a RC safety pilot. They flew in altitudes up to 1500m with ground air temperature of about -20°C and windspeed up to 15m/s. There is a video of a heli deck landing.

[15-MAR-08] Back from the MAV08 competition in Agra, India. What an adventure. The Best Mission Performance award was split between the MIT (using the Ascending Technologies Hornet hex-copter), ENAC, the University of Arizona and our little fleet of 28cm wingspan GlassOnes (the latter three teams using Paparazzi). For more info see our paper and Aeromavs documentation.

[27-DEC-07] We were able to control two autonomous aircrafts located near Toulouse, France and Hildesheim, Germany remotely from a lecture given at the 24C3 conference in Berlin showing telemetry data and on board video in front of the audience. It was possible to change the trajectory in flight. See (German) SPIEGEL Online article for details.

[21-SEP-07] The MAV 07 workshop and competition in Toulouse was another great event for Paparazzi. Four Paparazzi aircrafts were under the first five places in the outdoor competition. The MAC07-RedOne achieved fourth place and our team received the Special Award from the jury.

[20-AUG-07] We are back from the Icelandic Highlands. It is a harsh environment for both humans and airplanes. The IR sensors performed pretty well and we collected a lot of meteo data in the area around the Hofsjökull glacier. With the help of the Icelandic ATC we set a new Paparazzi altitude record by flying at around 12,000 feet.

[21-APR-07] We spent a week with researchers from the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen, Norway. The Multiplex FunJet (the meteo world calls it SUMO) performed quite good and it hopefully will do flights to measure meteorological data this summer.

[03-NOV-06] About half the competitors at the MAV 06 in Sandestin, Florida used Paparazzi. The M.A.C.'06 achieved third place. See this PDF for the presentation. As the OrangeOne was not ready to fly a slightly modified BlackOne had to go :-(

[28-JUL-06] Competition is over, what to do? We made an autopilot-equipped Twinstar II carry an autonomous Dragon Slayer from Miraterre into the sky.

[25-JUL-06] And again! The first four places at the EMAV 2006 competition were run by Paparazzi hard&software. One of them is the BlackOne.

[23-SEP-05] Paparazzi software successful again: Our Glotzer wins runner-up overall and best autonomous MAV at the MAV'05 demonstration in Garmisch. See PDF for some info.

[10-SEP-05] Teamed up with Christian to prepare a small 50cm aircraft for taking part in the EMAV2004 competition. The aircraft films through a 2-axis stabilized camera which points at a predefined position taking attitude, position and direction into account. It can look at the entire hemisphere under the aircraft. See the Twinstar test video where it is programmed to look at the center of the triangle airfield.

[19-JUN-05] Another smooth flight at the airfield Haidbreite. Watch the motorcycles pass by and the camera follow them.

[14-JUN-05] Took the Twinstar to the Wasserkuppe in the Rhön for an autonomous flight. Thanks to the model 'flight controller' for letting me fly. Maximum height was about 1000m above sea level. Pretty long (shaky) manual flight phase at the beginning. Weird water-like distortions in the vertical video sync caused by vibrations.

[11-APR-05] They were very helpful to get me started with autonomous flying in spring 2005. Amazingly it almost worked out of the box.

[14-JUL-04] It all started with a visit to the micro air vehicle contest in Braunschweig EMAV 2004. There was a Twinstar and Microjet that flew perfectly even though the weather was not nice at all. They had funny looking sensors that I had never seen on an airplane. It was great to find out that all the used hard and software was open source - Paparazzi. I got in contact with Antoine and Pascal.