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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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Dedicating a page to the Pixhawk

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on October 22, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

-3dr Pixhawk- Page Link

Each time I integrate the pixhawk into a platform I am impressed with the ease and prowess to which it performs. Working with it often I had put together a single page for…

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Vibration Mitigation Blocks- VMB1

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on October 22, 2014 at 9:25am 5 Comments

Vibration is the bane of multirotors, and needed something that I could produce very inexpensively in small quantities for quadcopter builds and other robotic applications. This is what I came up with that I could cut on demand on the waterjet.

I have used zip ties, nylon screws and traditional bolts with nylock nuts to secure them in a frame, and were very impressed with the operation, if…

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DIY Ghetto 5.8g wireless monitor project

Posted by benbojangles on October 22, 2014 at 5:29am 3 Comments

Hello, I decided to make a guide for people who wish to make a neat budget wireless fpv monitor. I figure that it costs less than half the amount to make your own than to buy an off the shelf monitor. And besides, it is fun to hack and be creative. You also learn some valuable skills.

Here we…

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Finally got to fly in restricted airspace!

Posted by Phillip Jones on October 21, 2014 at 3:30pm 14 Comments

We finally got to take our helicopter into restricted airspace a couple weeks ago, where our pilot got out of the cockpit for the first time! (We always fly with a pilot onboard when operating in normal airspace) This video shows formation flight, sideways flight, and landing and takeoff on a moving platform. Later flights we did a 5…

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DroneDeploy launches real-time mapping

Posted by Jono on October 21, 2014 at 12:30pm 10 Comments

DroneDeploy is launching the first drone software capable of creating orthorectified maps in real-time. Farmers, surveyors and search and rescue teams typically had to wait for 4-6 hours for maps to be created out of drone imagery, but now can start making decisions with data as it’s collected…

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Redesigning multirotor ESC's

Posted by Gerard Toonstra on October 21, 2014 at 6:18am 46 Comments

It's been quiet on my front, but that was because I was redesigning ESC's (for multirotors and AP's).



Most of the ESC's for multirotor use the SimonK firmware on a relatively simple Atmel microcontroller. There's a single control wire running from the autopilot to the ESC, which is a signal…

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PrecisionHawk Joins 3DR And Other Industry Leaders As Members of Small UAV Coalition

Posted by Lia Reich on October 20, 2014 at 12:13pm 2 Comments

PrecisionHawk, an information delivery company that uses a small, lightweight UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] and cloud-based software to collect, process and analyze aerial data, announced…

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Meet the T1000, 1+hr flight times w/ 1kg payload

Posted by Sean Skirvin on October 19, 2014 at 11:33pm 21 Comments

I would like to introduce the DIYD community to my project, the T1000.  This is a tandem rotor helicopter based on T-Rex 450 parts, with custom 425mm asymmetrical blades.  The initial goal for the project (in 2011) was to have a fpv platform that could fly for over 1/2 hour.  I now think we can now achieve a 1+hr flight…

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Applied Aeronautics - Albatross Design Contest

Posted by Applied Aeronautics on October 19, 2014 at 10:30pm 35 Comments

As we are rapidly approaching the official release of the Albatross line of aircraft, we thought there would be no better way of saying thank you than by giving away a free airframe to someone in the community. As such we have decided a design contest is in order for the best paint scheme, with the winning…

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Foam-printing ArduCopter on display at the Science Museum in London

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 19, 2014 at 9:36pm 0 Comments

From the Guardian: "Currently on display at the Science Museum, London, is a 3D-printing drone created by Dr Mirko Kovac from Imperial College London…

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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

Unmanned Experts next small UAS Multi-rotor aerial photography course – 1 Dec – 9 Dec 2014

Unmanned Experts next small UAS Multi-rotor aerial photography course – 1 Dec – 9 Dec 2014

Unmanned Experts® is running the next in their sell-out Small UAS Multi-rotor Aerial Photography Courses over 1- 9 December 2014 in Cedar City, Utah, USA. This will a combination of both our SUAS Safe Flight ground school and fight operations…

Aerialtronics sets new benchmark with Altura Nucleo+

Aerialtronics sets new benchmark with Altura Nucleo+

Aerialtronics announces the Nucleo+. A new, fully digital version of Aerialtronics previous Dupla Vista sensor box that features real-time, massive on-board processing power. The Nucleo+ offers both a 1080p HD daylight camera with up to 16x zoom and 30 fps…

Sinclair unveils UAS test range

Sinclair unveils UAS test range

Tristan Navera Staff Reporter- Dayton Business Journal Sinclair Community College has unveiled a new indoor test range for unmanned aerial systems. The community college says it is opening up its 35,000-square-foot fieldhouse, which is located in the basement of Building 8 on its…

Concerns raised over use of drones

Concerns raised over use of drones

Drones use in British skies will expand rapidly over the next 20 years, posing a serious security risk and significant privacy concerns, intelligence experts have warned. Shopping centres, sporting events and public rallies face being exposed to chemical or biological…

Local farm service brings drone use to area

Local farm service brings drone use to area

Eric Lagatta BAKERSVILLE – Crop consultants at TMK Bakersville know farmers can try to use planes over their fields or walk through them to find problems, but they think the most efficient method is remotely controlled. Technology that was once associated…

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