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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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5 Things Apple and DJI Have in Common

Posted by on August 3, 2015 at 2:00pm 3 Comments

Apple and DJI are pioneering companies that manage to consistently stand head and shoulders above their competitors.

Few people would argue with that statement.

But, what common denominators do…


Do you know the drone laws in the United States?

Posted by Peter Gulin on August 3, 2015 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Here's a little infographic to help you grasp the drone laws that may be prohibiting you to fly freely whenever and wherever you want. Stay informed to stay safe!  

To see the full infographic click …



Posted by Walter Volkmann on August 3, 2015 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Last week, in Naples, Fl., at the AGM of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS) our sister company drone2GIS Inc. showcased a cross section of it's leading edge drone derived geo-spatial products . Have a look at the video here: …


Mobius non-fish eye lens conversion

Posted by Patrick Coyle on August 2, 2015 at 2:57pm 5 Comments


This Public Lab note explores alternative non-fish eye lens options for use with Public Lab Mobius Infragram plant cam or standard visible imagery Mobius. The "flat" images are…


APM Planner 2.0.18 for Raspberry Pi 2

Posted by Bill Bonney on August 2, 2015 at 10:30am 3 Comments


Hi, Just a quick note to people wanting to run APM Planner 2.0 on the Raspberry Pi 2 and don't want to build it from the source code. Community member Carpy has created a build to download.

It will run on any ARMv7 debian based platform, i.e. Ubuntu or Jessie, it's experimental so please…


Drones & Privacy "The Real Truth"

Posted by AKRCGUY on August 1, 2015 at 3:51pm 6 Comments

In light of the recent "Drone Slayer" in the news, we wanted to make a video to show what the common hobbyist drone can actually see from 200' up.  

The drone slayer being William Meredith of Kentucky who shot down a drone he said was hovering as low as 10' over his yard.  It turned out that after the drone pilot released his DJI Phantom 3 flight record, the…


More gimbal news

Posted by Jeevan Kalanithi on August 1, 2015 at 2:30pm 33 Comments

For this post, we want to let you inside 3DR by providing a look into the overall…


Flying Robot International Film Festival

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2015 at 4:04pm 1 Comment

From the great Eddie Codel, one of the first and best drone videographers, comes this!

The Flying Robot international Film Festival or FRiFF, is an open competitive film festival focused on aerial cinema created…


The Snotbot, another drone for good!

Posted by DavidJames on July 30, 2015 at 11:14pm 2 Comments

Just when you thought it couldn't get any more interesting.      Along comes the Snotbot.    A whale research drone that is being developed by  Ocean Alliance 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 Pylon Race, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

China tightens controls on drone and powerful computer exports

China tightens controls on drone and powerful computer exports

by By Asha Barbaschow China is tightening controls on exports of some drones and powerful computers, and will require firms to register to ensure they do not “compromise national security” according to state media. From August 15, manufacturers of certain powerful…

Drone safety record good — so far

Drone safety record good — so far

by By Doug Thompson No aircraft has hit a drone in Arkansas or anywhere else in the United States, Federal Aviation Administration records show. Airport managers, regulators, pilots, aircraft passengers and private drone operators want to keep that record. “Hitting a…

Chicago Law Firm Secures Federal Approvals for Commercial Drone Use Under Firm’s Section 333 Filing Service

Chicago Law Firm Secures Federal Approvals for Commercial Drone Use Under Firm’s Section 333 Filing Service

by Growing number of commercial players in the emerging drone industry seek Antonelli Law’s drone law services to help secure clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct drone flights The attorneys of Antonelli Law, a leading Chicago-based drone law…

Drone body Unmanned Aerial Vehicle New Zealand takes off

Drone body Unmanned Aerial Vehicle New Zealand takes off

by Improving safety will be one of the main goals of a new body joined by Raglan drone manufacturer Aeronavics. Aeronavics co-director Linda Bulk was recently elected to the newly established Unmanned Aerial Vehicle New Zealand (UAVNZ) executive committee, having worked…

The man who plans to be ringmaster- of a drone circus

The man who plans to be ringmaster- of a drone circus

by By Rose Eveleth There’s a busy annual programme of events at the Amsterdam Arena, including international football fixtures and music festivals. Soon it will add another event to its calendar: later this year, the stadium will host the first-ever…

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