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Description This is a community-driven open source project building a modern autonomously flying multicopter.
Members Amir, Christi, Cpresser, DarkRiver, Esther, Fxkr, Kathrin, Mattes, Rhea, Taarek, Trh, Wiiilmaa
Projects DarkChannel, UAVP-NG
Self-organized Sessions The DarkChannel Protocol
Related to village Village:FOC, Village:PaparazziUAV
Tags uavp-ng, multicopter, quadcopter, flyingthings, soldering, embeddedsystems, diy, fly'n'fun, darkchannel, privacy, crypto
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Location for self-organized sessions Yes
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Location 132.63081, 157.86924
Orga contact
Citizens 30
Needs network 2) normal wired Villages describe network needs
Needs power 3) Village with up to 60 citizens (32A CEE 400V)
Power comment We have our own cables. MarcusBec will organize them.
Village plans ... build up a big tent, ... bring some special machines, ... install a fridge or a freezer
Village constraints We do not make party but will make some noise., We like to be placed on a central location where many people are crossing, We like to show the stuff we do
Village comments plans We will be setting up a 6x6 or 6x9 tent. We will bring lots of EE/IT equipment with us. We will build, maintain, design, develop and discuss flying multicopters and flight controls. We will fly our own builds and show interested peoples how to build their own.
Likes to rent a tent Yes
Descibing tents to rent 6x6m, with floor
Likes to rent chairs 20
Likes to rent tables 4
Provides transport for
Has plans with tracks
Size needed 100 200
Has order interest No
Planning notes We build flying objects. It would be nice to have a possibility near the village to fly the stuff.


UAVP-NG is a quadrocopter project. We develop our own flight controller (FC) PCBs and a operating system (NGOS) supporting multiple architectures that runs on them.

UAVP-NG night action


  • How high does it fly? How far does it go? The limiting factor is that you need to maintain visual contact (both for practical and legal reasons). Copters *could* fly much farther and much higher. For example, the radio systems typically have a range of ~1km, give or take (longer range versions are available).
  • How long does it fly? Depends on the copter and flying style, but typically 10-15 minutes.
  • How much does it cost? Depends, but if you start from scratch you'd probably need at the very least ~600€. Realistically, most people will spend much more than that.
  • How do you fly? Depends, but generally one stick does throttle and yaw ("spin the copter") while the other one does nick/roll ("tilt the copter"). When you let go of the nick/roll stick, the copter either evens itself out ("accelerometer mode") or maintains it's current orientation ("heading hold mode").
  • What sensors does it have? The only thing you need is a gyroscope. Our FCs also have an accelerometer, a barometer, a compass and GPS. Some of them even sport a secondary CPU. Extension ports for additional sensors are available. For example, we've experimented with infrared and ultra-sound distance sensors. (Feature list of our flight controllers:
  • What CPUs does it use? We support multiple different hardware architectures with NGOS, our own specialized multicopter Operating System. Our current hardware family supports LPC2148 and STM32F4 CPUs.
  • Can I try flying yours? Probably not. Quadcopters are expensive, building them takes a lot of time, and first time pilots are nearly guaranteed to crash them, so please understand if we're hesistant to let you have ours. We may however have smaller, cheaper, near-indestructible "toy" quadrocopters that we may or may not be willig to let you fly.

Current state

  • HW-0.24-mini is an LPC2148-based flight controller. It's been airborne since 29c3. This can be considered our "stable" version.
  • HW-0.30 is a major new version based on two (!) STM32F407 microcontrollers (one for the actual flight control, one for user applications) and a dualport RAM used for fast memory based communication between the two. The first prototype was tested during 30C3 and is airborne since January 2014. A second final version was produced in late 2014 and is available to our users now.
  • HW-0.30-mini is a downsized (to our smaller format of 55x55mm) version of the new HW-0.30, containing just one STM32F407 and no dualport RAM but otherwise having all of the same features. First prototypes were assembled and performed well. It's airborne since beginning of December 2014. A final version was produced in early 2015 and is available to our users now.

Who's coming?

The following developers will show up for sure:

Name Status Presence Comments Phone Extension
Amir Developer 05.08.-19.08. will bring HW0.23-mini, HW0.24-mini, NGblc-4mini, HW0.30-r0+r1 2647 ("[a][m][i][r]")
Taarek Developer 05.08.-19.08. HW0.24-mini, NGblc-4mini, HW0.30-r1 -
Esther Pilot 05.08.-19.08. - -
Kathrin Pilot 05.08.-19.08. - 5284 ("[k][a][t][h]")
Rhea Pilot 05.08.-19.08. will bring a lot of games -
Axel Developer 12.08.-19.08. - -
Christi Developer 12.08.-19.08. will bring the "Reichsflugscheibe" -
Dracos-Carazza Developer 12.08.-19.08. will bring HW0.24-mini, HW0.30-mini, NGblc-4mini -
fxkr Developer 08.08.-19.08. 0.24-mini 3957 ("[f][x][k][r]")
mattes Developer 12.08.-17.08. 0.24-mini 0.30-mini 8405
trh Developer 12.08.-17.08. - -
Toxios Developer ? HW0.30-r1 -
Jeroen Developer 08.08.-19.08. HW0.24-min 8833
DarkRiver Developer 12.08.-19.08. HW0.22, HW0.23-mini, HW0.30-mini, NGblc-4mini -
Maxim Visitor 14.08.-16.08. - -

Hardware presentation

Since most of us will bring one or more of their Copters with them, we will have quite some hardware of different hardware revisions to show.

Coordination Timeline

  • Mi 05.08 (Day -8)
    Amir, Taarek, Kathrin, Esther and MarkusBec will arrive
  • Do 06.08 (Day -7)
    Find out how everything gets organized, search tent place
  • Fr 07.08 (Day -6)
  • So 09.08 (Day -4)
    Toxios will arrive
  • Mo 10.08 (Day -3)
    Help out CCC
  • Tu 11.08 (Day -2)
    Help out CCC
  • We 12.08 (Day -1)
    Help out CCC
  • Th 13-17.08 (Day 0-4)
    See Projects, Workshops and Events