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Randy replied to George Piper's discussion Uploading Problem w/ Programming APM2.5 using Arduino IDE
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Henry Estes replied to Ronny Grimm's discussion Pixhawk+APM power module+Attopilot Wiring ??
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gio replied to Phil Ellerbroek's discussion New Exclusive 70" 2.0 Density Foam Flying Wing by RoboFlight in the group Agricultural UAVs
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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

Reno Air Races - Drone Zone

Posted by Rob Dunbar on September 15, 2014 at 3:21pm 1 Comment

This past week I was luckily involved with the first ever Drone Zone/UAV Challenge that was part of the annual National Championship Air Races in Reno Nevada. The contestants where flying quads and hexacopters raging from micro to around 700mm in size. There were three events. Weight lifting, obstacle…


Payloader max has its first public demo

Posted by Euan Ramsay on September 15, 2014 at 10:30am 12 Comments

Good news!

Got the "Payloader Max" out for a public demo at the weekend, and it worked well! This is it dropping a 2.5kg load in a Swisspost box. Unfortunately, the full ramp up to a 5kg load run was halted when...

Bad news!



Our sincere thannks to UgCS Beta testers

Posted by Janis Kuze on September 15, 2014 at 5:41am 0 Comments

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all who have registered and downloaded our software for Beta testing!

This month we have more than 550 guys who have downloaded our Beta version of software.

Majority of you are from DIYDrones community!

Thank you and keep…


The astounding athletic power of quadcopters on TED

Posted by Johann van de Venter on September 15, 2014 at 4:08am 5 Comments

I saw this on TED way back when and found it astonishing. Amazing what you can do with the right code. The 3 quads working together catching a ball and returning it to the narrator is quite stunning.  



LA Times: Drones set to transform agriculture

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 14, 2014 at 8:28pm 1 Comment

Congrats to Ryan Kunde of DRNK Wines, whose agricultural research with drones made the LA Times this weekend. He's using 3DR Y6s and Aeros:…


Review of John Cale concert with drones: Cale more interesting than the drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 14, 2014 at 11:25am 1 Comment

From the Guardian:

Striped tin cans buzz through the air like android wasps. A cube draped in tube lights – part jellyfish, part…


PX34-A refit (update 2)

Posted by CliffN on September 14, 2014 at 7:30am 0 Comments

OK Got the New Armin style wing on.

Compare to the Original EPS wing core thats 80g the Armin style wing is 130g , its 50g heavier for a wing of equivalent

but the results is better stiffer than the EPS wing core resulting in more Responsive Flying and stability . even on moderate winds.

First flight with the new wing.

Note: done 1 day before the Storm and the winds are picking up. .…


The First Low Orbit Atmospheric Satellite ever Built in the World

Posted by Miguel Angelo on September 14, 2014 at 1:24am 10 Comments

In a tiny country, with very limited resources at Quarkson we have just built the first SkyOrbiter (Extreme Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) capable of flying around the world and who knows in the near future spread internet access to two thirds of the world's population that currently are not…


Drones Get Waiver to Search for Missing Texas Woman Christina Morris

Posted by Gary Mortimer on September 13, 2014 at 11:00pm 3 Comments

Well done to Gene Robinson one of the first DIYD members. He has been pushing for this for years and it looks like the sun is rising on SAR RPAS in the USA.

Missing woman’s family hopeful as drones take to the sky

Brittany Feagans



Oculus Rift DK2 with MavLink head tracking and HUD, first steps (OVRPilot part 1)

Posted by Nils Högberg on September 13, 2014 at 3:56pm 8 Comments

This is the first post in what I hope to be a series of posts on exploring the possibilities in using the Oculus Rift alongside a UAV. The plan in the long run is to create a GCS for the Oculus Rift or other HMDs that gives you a feeling of actually sitting up in the air being able to look…



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

Le Sueur County first to get FAA approval for drone operations

Le Sueur County first to get FAA approval for drone operations

By JOSIE OLIVER What once took months to process could now be available to Le Sueur County in just days. On top of that, the county is the first in Minnesota to have this type of technology advances available. Le…

More drones, more jobs for Northern Nevada

More drones, more jobs for Northern Nevada

Yvonne Beasley, RGJ Brush up on your video-game skills. Drone jobs are coming to Reno. “Our society has built a ready-made workforce with video games,” said Don Cunningham, business operations manager for the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems. “It’s the same types…

3D Pocketcopter – the flying camera

3D Pocketcopter – the flying camera

We want to present you our new little Fun Gadget for smartphones. This is a small helicopter in pen form which allows pictures or videos to be taken from a height of up to 10 metres in HD format from…

Drone owner located after device lands in family’s backyard

Drone owner located after device lands in family’s backyard

Jonathan Carlson (WXYZ) Allen Park, Mich. - Update: Allen Park Police say the owner of the Drone came forward Friday morning, after seeing this report. The device has been returned to him. Officers say the owner is from Lincoln Park,…

CSAIL’s Nick Roy helms Google’s delivery-drone project

CSAIL’s Nick Roy helms Google’s delivery-drone project

Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL Friends and colleagues were aware, at some level, that Nick Roy, a researcher in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), had been using his sabbatical to take on some sort of robotics-related role at Google.…

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