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Welcome to DIY Drones!

Welcome to the largest community for amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles! Use the tabs and drop-down menus above to navigate the site.

This community is the home of ArduPilot (now known as APM), the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk and APM 2.6 autopilots run a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:

  • APM:Copter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • APM:Plane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • APM:Rover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Blog Posts

New Buzzfeed lab will focus on drones, journalism (with 3DR)

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 26, 2015 at 10:30pm 1 Comment

From Buzzfeed, an announcement of an exciting new lab that will focus on technology (including drones) and journalism. I'm one of the advisors. 

Late this summer,…


New to drone photography - A must see Infographic

Posted by Alexander Mora on May 26, 2015 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

A visual reference to all things drone photography

There are many different fields in which drone photography can be used. In one of our last posts we talk about some of those uses, you can check that post out here.…


Using the Intel Edison as a Smart Camera Controller

Posted by Jaime Machuca on May 26, 2015 at 5:00pm 11 Comments

For the past few weeks I have been working on a way to integrate better cameras into our mapping platforms. Our platforms are based around the APM: Copter and APM: Plane software and use 3DRs Pixhawk autopilots to control the vehicles. While the Pixhawk provides for a sime way to…

FLIR just added a new imager in the line up, ten times less expensive than traditional thermal cameras.

Posted by Edgar Scott on May 26, 2015 at 12:00pm 11 Comments

FLIR just added a new imager in the line up ten times less expensive than traditional thermal cameras.

Resolution is  80 × 60 active pixels so I guess its to low res for a pilot camera at night.  At least prices are coming down

FLIR Lepton® is a revolutionary longwave infrared…


Final LOHAN spaceplane test mission codenamed PRATCHETT

Posted by Lester Haines on May 26, 2015 at 1:39am 2 Comments

We're gearing up for the final avionics test flight of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project, and have dubbed the mission PRATCHETT ("Planes Reactive Airborne Tests Checking Heuristically for Extreme Technological Tantrums") in…


FAA Grants Company to fly 3DR Aero

Posted by Michael Cook on May 25, 2015 at 5:04pm 9 Comments

It is my pleasure to inform you that the faa has authorized the 3dr aero a 333 examption for flight in the United States for My company M2 Flight Solutions which has been apart of diy drones for a very long time and now has a 333 exampation from the faa to fly it. I have seen some great ideas come to life…


Lake and sea bottom scanning with ArduBoat

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2015 at 3:30pm 6 Comments

From Hackaday. Reminds me of work Harold Molle was doing five years ago here!

[Geir] has created a pretty neat device, it’s actually his second version of an autonomous boat…


A 3D printed ducted fan UAV prototype

Posted by Armin Strobel on May 25, 2015 at 1:00pm 12 Comments

Though Ducted Fans UAVs as of now are not very common, my personal opinion is that this will change in the future, since they have certain advantages over other concepts. Just one single engine is necessary which makes the use of internal combustion engine more viable than for multi-rotors. Also a transition into a very efficient horizontal flight is possible (with modifications).…


ObliX argo - airship-drone

Posted by Daniel Wibbing on May 25, 2015 at 11:46am 8 Comments

Hey DIY enthusiasts!

Today I am proudly presenting to you ObliX argo, the new concept for our airship-drone. 

ObliX argo can be operated in two flight modes:

1. Airplane mode:…



Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Service-Drone announce multirotor UAS with up to 90 minutes flight time

Service-Drone announce multirotor UAS with up to 90 minutes flight time

by Once again, an industry-first, MULTIROTOR service-drone announces the upcoming availability of its Recon One multirotor Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). Specifically developed for reliable, autonomous long-duration flights of up to 90 minutes, the Recon One is capable of carrying payloads…

My Picnic Was Interrupted by Drones

My Picnic Was Interrupted by Drones

by by Kathleen Richards On a recent, beautifully glorious Sunday in Seattle, my boyfriend and I decided to enjoy the day by having a picnic at Magnuson Park. We weren’t the only ones who had that idea. Soon, we were joined…

Mystery drone drops cash on downtown lunch crowd

Mystery drone drops cash on downtown lunch crowd

by By Todd Chance GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A mystery drone operator dropped cash on people at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, prompting people to scream with excitement while scurrying to grab bills from the ground. MLive creative…

Unmanned aircraft are the future for air cargo – ‘but we need time to get it right’

Unmanned aircraft are the future for air cargo – ‘but we need time to get it right’

by By Alex Lennane More than 30 mostly European organisations are pressing for the development of unmanned cargo aircraft (UCA). Forwarders, shippers, universities and aircraft manufacturers, grouped under the name Platform for UCA (PUCA), are researching technological and regulatory issues…



by Sampling of atmospheric phenomena is an important component for research and modeling in the climate and atmospheric sciences, and as such, methods for obtaining high resolution atmospheric data have become an increasingly important and relevant engineering challenge. This data…

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