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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
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  • APM:Rover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Latest Festo robo-butterflies now capable of swarming, autonomous flight

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 27, 2015 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Every time Festo puts out a new video, my jaw ends up on the floor. Their robo-butterflies can now navigate with "indoor GPS", which I think means motion capture cameras. Also: check out that ant! (20x+ as big as a real ant, but still!)

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GeoUAV Workshop, 1-2 October 2015, La Grande Motte, France

Posted by Thorsten on March 27, 2015 at 1:46pm 0 Comments

GeoUAV is a specialized Workshop in the frame of the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2015. Dedicated to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), it will bring the…

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Steel out of feather: the new version of Raptor e1

Posted by RaptorUAS MD on March 27, 2015 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Just got the new version of the raptor off the scales. It came better than we expected and it now weighs a mere 2,700gr without motor and battery. This means we can fly 3kg of useful payload with 16000mah for 1hour 20 minutes. or 1kg pf payload for 3hours plus. 

Excited also to see…

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300-sized 3D printed quadrocopter for FPV

Posted by Adrián Nagy Hinst on March 27, 2015 at 7:01am 0 Comments

Hi, let me introduce my latest plan, a 300-sized FPV quadrocopter. My goal was to design a small 3D printed quadrocopter that can be printed on any cheaper DIY 3D printer. Additionally I wanted to simplify wiring and maintenance. So I decided to make a modular design. The hard-cased…

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Win a Percepto - App Idea Competition

Posted by Raviv Raz on March 27, 2015 at 5:31am 1 Comment

We would like to thank all our backers and to everyone who shared, posted and tweeted about our campaign! Because of your strong support, we've reached our goal!…

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Wing lift distribution presentation

Posted by Andrew Rabbitt on March 27, 2015 at 12:50am 8 Comments

A very interesting and thought provoking explanation of why the conventional wisdom of elliptical lift distribution needs rethinking.  Interesting for lovers of fixed-wing but also might be applicable for propellers and rotors...?

PixHawk Fire cape crowdfunding campaign

Posted by Víctor Mayoral on March 26, 2015 at 10:44am 37 Comments

Here it is! Finally, the PixHawk Fire Cape (PXF) is ready for a wider audience and we've launched a crowdfunding campaign so that everyone can get theirs. We've been iterating through…

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3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 9:00am 12 Comments

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We’re thrilled to announce the release of DroneKit, an open platform for drone app development. DroneKit packages years of 3DR’s flight control R&D into a single robust and extensible platform which developers can use to create…
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Create waypoint path/missions with Maya, KML, Autodesk, more

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 7:36am 1 Comment

Ospheric has just released a beta of its new cloud-based flight planning service, which allows you to import paths from Maya, Collada, Autodesk and Google Earth and export them as APM waypoint files. As Ospheric's Jon Farat…

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First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 5:30am 11 Comments

Interesting coaxial design coming from Ascent Aerosystems. In general coaxial designs have limited speed and maneuverability, but for the "aerial selfie" application this is designed for, that may be fine.  I don't see a stabilizing gimbal, so I imagine this is mostly for still photos. Very portable and…

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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

Event 38 and Dronecenter Tecnologia Bring Drones to Brazil

Event 38 and Dronecenter Tecnologia Bring Drones to Brazil

Akron, Ohio – Event 38, a leading manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles for business announced a key partnership with Dronecenter Tecnologia, a supplier of unmanned aerial systems in Brazil.  Under this agreement, Dronecenter will offer Event 38’s flagship E384 drone and…

India turns to ‘satellite god’ for crop mapping

India turns to ‘satellite god’ for crop mapping

(Reuters) – Sher Singh, a farmer from India’s desert state of Rajasthan, prays to Varuna, the Hindu god of water, for a bountiful harvest. Now, he is also looking to the heavens for satellite imaging to boost his crop. Prime…

Birds’ Foldable Wings Could Inspire Nimble Drones

Birds’ Foldable Wings Could Inspire Nimble Drones

By Edd Gent, Live Science Contributor A drone that mimics the way birds fold and flap their wings could improve the design of future unmanned autonomous vehicles, and could even help the machines withstand midair collisions. Most winged animals have…

Big Island rancher says helicopter hijacked his drone

Big Island rancher says helicopter hijacked his drone

MOUNTAIN VIEW, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Daryl Soares lives on a five-acre ranch in Mountain View on the Big Island. He tends to a 30-acre spread next door. His Phantom 2 drone was his security camera and eye in the sky.…

Police investigate complaints of drone following Eagle River children

Police investigate complaints of drone following Eagle River children

Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer ANCHORAGE - Parents in Eagle River have complained to police about a small drone aircraft that they say has been spotted this week following school children and hovering near homes. The reports highlight growing concern…

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