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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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Optical Drone Swarming - Dobby with Snapdragon Flight & AprilTags

Posted by Bill Piedra on July 25, 2017 at 10:30am 0 Comments

This is an example of a swarm that only uses OpenCV and AprilTags for Navigation.  It was very cleverly executed by Zerotech, the makers of the Dobby drone, which uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight Controller.   This swarm uses AprilTags on a mat on the ground and moves around by locating tags on the included mat.

No GPS -…


Inline multirotor/hoverbike prototype

Posted by Joe Renteria on July 23, 2017 at 4:26pm 0 Comments

Hey, this post is a follow up to a previous post found here:


I have a new updated version which is much more maneuverable and power efficient.  This new…


Dronecode updates for July: new QGroundControl, FPGA autopilot, PX4 1.6

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2017 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Lots of news and updates from the Dronecode team this month: 

1) The Aerotenna OcPoC autopilot (video above) now supports the Dronecode/PX4 software stack!

● FPGA and dual-core ARM processors in…


Tattu 30A BLHeli_S ESC Review

Posted by sarah lee on July 19, 2017 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Gens Ace and the Tattu brand has a strong reputation in high-performance batteries. Recently, they expanded into speed controllers with the Tattu 30A BLHeli_S ESC, and sent us a set to review.

What's Included

An ESC is a basic component, and often sold in nothing more than a static bag. These Tattu ESCs aim for a higher standard and are supplied in a sleek black box. Inside are the ESCs, of course, as…


Y4 Copter modification

Posted by Jonas LISIMA on July 19, 2017 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

Hello everyone !!!

I started three months ago in the realization of a Y4Copter completely modify homemade. 

I realized the chassis of my wooden quadcopter of 18mm by 18mm that one finds in the stores of do-it-yourself for the sum of 3 euros, I used aluminum chair seats for assembly and 4mm plywood .

I chose to change the location of the rear engines on my Y4, instead of…


Hanley Innovations Upgrades Stallion 3D to Version 5.0

Posted by Patrick Hanley on July 19, 2017 at 7:50am 6 Comments

Stallion 3D is a 3D aerodynamics analysis software package developed by Dr. Patrick Hanley of Hanley Innovations (a Florida business that develops aerodynamics software for education and small businesses). Starting with only the STL file, Stallion 3D is an all-in-one Windows software tool that rapidly…


Best support Canadians

Posted by Gary Mortimer on July 19, 2017 at 6:30am 1 Comment

Some pretty awful proposed regulations have reared their ugly head. Should there be a comment period folks from around the world ought to chip in!

Accessing UgCS Video Stream

Posted by Kristaps Brass on July 19, 2017 at 2:10am 0 Comments

When doing custom integration projects with UgCS, sometimes it might not be enough to only have the video stream window displayed in UgCS client. In this article we will explain in a few steps the simple process of accessing the stream.

The Video streamer component is located in UgCS…


Cyclone Hybrid Vehicle (Tailsitter)

Posted by Ewoud Smeur on July 19, 2017 at 2:00am 2 Comments

Together, the Dronelab at ENAC in Toulouse and the MAVLab at TU Delft have developed the Cyclone. It is a hybrid drone of the tailsitter type, with just 4 actuators. In the video, we show autonomous flight, ranging…


New frame for my cargo drone and upcoming 4KG PAYLOAD test

Posted by Nicolai Valenti on July 17, 2017 at 12:30pm 2 Comments

In these days, while waiting for the waypoint navigation hardware, I'm working on the new frame for my cargo drone, and on the new box, I'm also planning for 4KG PAYLOAD test, after the first of 2kg, I've now got 580kv motors so I have better a thrust, if you want to stay informed on this project please subscribe to the newsletter:  or take a look at my site: …



Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
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UAV news from sUAS News

Fruity Chutes Pins Down 10 Years of Success, Literally!

fruity To celebrate their 10 year anniversary Fruity Chutes has decided to pin down where their 3000 customers have come from. This October marks Fruity Chutes 10th year as the leading UAS parachute recovery manufacturer. When CEO, Gene Engelgau and his wife, Paula, crafted the first parachutes in 2007 their intention was to provide high quality recovery […]

AeroVironment Participates in Contract Signing Ceremony for Australian Defence Force Wasp AE Package

AeroVironment, Inc.  (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, today participated in a signing ceremony here for the formal execution of contracts (first announced June 1, 2017) to deliver Wasp® AE unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) over a three-year period commencing July 1, 2018. […]

Promising results from drone-based powerline inspections in Norway

scoptio In many regions of Norway, access to power lines is difficult, so helicopters are often deployed to inspect the grid. But power utilities are increasingly becoming aware of the potential of drone-based inspections as a cost-effective and powerful method of obtaining data about the condition of the grid – especially when the software to store, […]

UK’s Leading Telecoms Inspector UK Air Comms Chooses CQNet to Ensure Safe UAS Operations

uk aircomms UK Air Comms was formed by drone and rigging specialists, who deliver drone survey projects for various blue-chip organisations.  With projects delivered for EE, MBNL and Arqiva, health and safety and risk management are a high priority when carrying out close proximity inspections and low altitude site surveys. With over 700 surveys carried out in […]

Cleveron opens world’s fastest public drone delivery service

Cleveron Cleveron has made commercial drone delivery a new reality by offering the customers an opportunity to order cold drinks delivered by drones at a public beach in Viljandi. Never before has drone delivery been that fast as Cleveron promises to fulfil orders in less than five minutes. This drone delivery service demonstrates the future of […]

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