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Broken Compass Calibration feature in MP when using APM3.2.1 + Hexacopter

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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 birthplace of ArduPilot, the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:

  • PX4, a pro-quality copter, plane, rover and VTOL software stack from the Dronecode Foundation
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  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Blog Posts

Search and Rescue Smart Drone Project

Posted by Isabella Domi on February 18, 2017 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

I am currently working on a search and rescue drone for National Parks that uses machine learning to detect missing people from a 3DR Solo.  If you are interested, please check out our website, I would love to hear feedback from fellow drone enthusiasts!  ARI is an unmanned aerial…


Miniature "stealth" phone GCS, maybe the smallest usable ever...

Posted by Azjeg on February 18, 2017 at 8:43am 4 Comments

I promised a while ago that we're going to show you some simpler gear than our high-end client builds or series production stations. Well, this is one of them.…


Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 17, 2017 at 1:03pm 6 Comments

This seems very doable -- indeed, I think an off-the-shelf product from PrecisionHawk or Agribotix can already do all of this. Am I missing something?

Challenge Overview

Land O’Lakes, Inc.…


Zero-baseline test of GNSS receivers

Posted by Tersus GNSS on February 15, 2017 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

A zero-baseline test of 4 GNSS receivers (Precis-BX305 incl.) was conducted by Daniel Tampubolon from Institute Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia. …


Montana joins states with drone hysteria by promoting bad drone law

Posted by Pepper Petersen on February 15, 2017 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

The Montana Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony on a bill that would apply a civil fine against anyone flying a drone less than 500 ft over private property.
It's a dangerous step towards outlawing drones altogether, and could hobble our growing UAS industry in Montana.
Here's the text of the bill…

Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 15, 2017 at 1:30pm 11 Comments

Very cool! From the project repo:

AirSim is a simulator for drones (and soon other vehicles) built on Unreal Engine. It is open-source, cross platform and supports hardware-in-loop with popular flight controllers such as Pixhawk for physically and visually…


Full PX4 Support for E-flite Convergence

Posted by Andreas Antener on February 13, 2017 at 12:36am 12 Comments

After our Christmas experiment of getting the E-flite Convergence flying autonomous missions with PX4 we’ve now gone one step further and implemented a rate controlled acrobatics mode in fixed-wing. This allows you to fly the Convergence in the same 2 modes which the original flight controller…


Videos: Cargo Drones Deliver in the Amazon Rainforest

Posted by Patrick Meier on February 13, 2017 at 12:16am 6 Comments

The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated communities rarely have reliable access to essential medicines and public health services. Local doctors in the region of…


3D Precision Plane Acrobatics with Ardupilot

Posted by Olivier on February 12, 2017 at 10:00am 6 Comments

The AddictionX is a popular model plane allowing for spectacular high precision acrobatics. In addition to more common barrel rolls and vertical loops, its extremely light  wing loading and…



Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Senator Greg Baca New Mexico, Ban Drones Flying Near Critical Facilities

Senator Greg Baca Santa Fe– To protect facilities that are critical to the public’s welfare,  it would be unlawful to fly an unmanned aircraft- commonly referred to as drones- within 500 feet of these installations. Drones would be banned from around facilities such as power plants, chemical storage facilities, and petroleum refineries under SB 348. The bill also […]

Intel Slam Dunk Drone, hidden communications.

slam dunk Intel may have used a Yuneec based platform, a company they have bought into, to drop a basketball for the Verizon Slam Dunk challenge. Yuneec seems to be the ugly step child of the Intel Drone group. We have not really heard much of the company recently. They were heralded as a DJI beater, that […]

Scorpion-3 hoverbike from Hoversurf ATaaS – AIR TRANSPORT as a SERVICE

scorpion Enough people must have saved enough money to buy big motors and batteries. Man carrying multirotors are popping up (see what I did there) everywhere. The Scorpion 3 has just been launched by Russian company Hoversurf. It looks um interesting in flight. Not sure I would want such a large prop near my legs. Sensibly the Hoversurf […]

Utah Water Research Lab Unveils Latest in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – BluJay

BluJay Researchers at Utah State University last week unveiled their newest platform of unmanned aerial vehicles. The new ‘BluJay’ line of all-electric aircraft is used for research in agriculture and water resources engineering. “This aircraft represents the latest improvements in UAV technology,” said Dr. Mac McKee, director of the Utah Water Research Lab. “It can stay […]

Renewables – Profiting in the era of drones PrecisionXYZ

PrecisionXYZ In the modern age of solar 4.5 MW is not a big power plant, generally occupying less than 50 acres of land. But from the perspective of a field technician, size is all relative. A Needle in a Haystack “A plant that size has about 18,000 panels,” says Rick Lavezzo, the owner of ArrayCon, one […]

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