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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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UgCS 2.1 is out!

Posted by Janis Kuze on December 17, 2014 at 4:02am 4 Comments


I am pleased to inform that UgCS 2.1 is out now. All versions including UgCS One are available.

There is of course UgCS Open which is free and will suit needs of most of hobby users who fly drones for fun.

With UgCS version 2.0 one has ability to search for locations via text search and…


Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter

Posted by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2014 at 11:59pm 14 Comments

This one looks pretty…

PX4 - Call for VTOL test pilots

Posted by PX4 on December 16, 2014 at 3:00pm 8 Comments

Call for VTOL test pilots! The PX4 standard firmware (master branch, downloadable via QGroundControl) supports first VTOL vehicle (duo-rotor, tail sitter). This video demonstrates the transition from hover - fixed wing - hover. Contact: …


Google Earth API depricated

Posted by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2014 at 1:15pm 0 Comments

From the Google Earth blog. This doesn't have an effect on the mobile GCSs, such as Droidplanner, but could affect some desktop GCSs that use the Google Earth (rather than Google Maps)…


BreezeUAV new flight : a crash but also some features tested

Posted by Adrien HADJ-SALAH on December 16, 2014 at 9:03am 0 Comments

Hi everyone,

Today I made a new flight using the BreezeUAV autopilot that I develop in open-source ( :

It ended up with a crash due to motor vibrations leading to wrong roll evaluation. Actually I was aware of those vibrations, I thought the Kalman and Low-Pass filter will be enough to have good value. Without propeller I had 0.3G of…


Custom designed quadcopter-APM 2.5

Posted by Michael Nauta on December 16, 2014 at 8:30am 4 Comments

For a project my group is currently undertaking with media lab Asia, we had to fabricate a UAV that could be used as a data mule in case of disaster(Delay tolerant networks).

Decided to go for an H frame and designed the following frame on Autocad. motor to motor distance is 525 vertical (as in image) and 575…


"Autonomous Christmas Lab": a robotic "Merry Christmas!"

Posted by kostalexis on December 16, 2014 at 7:00am 3 Comments

Dear members of the drones community,

For one more year... the time has come! 

The Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich just released the "Autonomous Christmas Lab 2014" video! Watch and share! Robots are indeed excellent Christmas…


LA Drone Expo - Is it really all about the Drone?

Posted by Iain Butler on December 15, 2014 at 10:42pm 3 Comments

The LA Drone Expo was held on Saturday 13th Dec at the LA Sports Arena, here is a blog covering the LA Drone Expo - Is it really all about the…


QAV250 Carbon Fiber Edition - Building TimeLapse Log

Posted by Alexandre Mainardi on December 15, 2014 at 6:10pm 4 Comments

Hello DIY Friend's,

This is my latest video, QAV250 Carbon Fiber Edition, Building TimeLapse Log, i hope you enjoy! 

Here is my Setup

Lumenier QAV250 Carbon Fiber Edition

OpenPilot CC3D Atom

Tiger Motor 12A 600hz simonK ESCs 

Lumenier (Tiger motor Rebranded) FX2006-13 2000kv motors

Gemfan 5x3 props

Lumenier CS-600 super…


Rotor DR1 series as sign as new drone image in the public mind?

Posted by technicus acityone on December 15, 2014 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

Drones become as cultural phenomena.

An increasing number of people are beginning to realize that we have

in the world where the…



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

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Trimble:- eCognition Essentials Free Trial

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Powerfull Out-of-the-Box Land Cover Mapping Solution eCognition® Essentials is a new software solution for geospatial and remote sensing professionals performing land cover mapping tasks using imagery. eCognition Essentials offers an intuitive image analysis solution that allows users of all levels to quickly…

Universities: Confusing Drone Rules Stifle Our Research

Universities: Confusing Drone Rules Stifle Our Research

BY KAVEH WADDELL Academics who use drones for their research are pushing back on what they call overly restrictive federal regulations. Two associations that together represent more than 200 American universities are complaining that the Federal Aviation Administration’s confusing policies on…

Trimble UX5 UAV used in innovative near shore bathymetric survey

Trimble UX5 UAV used in innovative near shore bathymetric survey

Aspect Land and Hydrographic surveys of Irvine, Scotland, have for a considerable time now been integrating the use of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) drones and multibeam sonar in the coastal and bathymetric sectors resulting in rapid and cost effective surveying…

The Danish Ministry of Defence signs drone agreement with HCA Airport

The Danish Ministry of Defence signs drone agreement with HCA Airport

Hans Christian Andersen Airport has been working for three years to create a national test center for UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) – popularly referred to as drones. Since 2012 it has been written in the defense agreement that the Danish Ministry of Defence…

Charges dropped against Springfield drone pilot

Charges dropped against Springfield drone pilot

By Brian Bondus Staff Writer SPRINGFIELD — Charges have been dropped against a Springfield man arrested for flying his drone over a traffic accident this spring, putting a spotlight on the lack of laws and education available for residents and law…

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