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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 from the Dronecode Foundation, including:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                   Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

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Pix4DCapture now supports 3DR Solo

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 26, 2016 at 3:53pm 1 Comment

Great news for Solo owners: the impressive Pix4DCapture app for iOS and Android is now available for the 3DR Solo. …

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SmartAP 4 and other products available!

Posted by Kirill on May 26, 2016 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Sky-Drones has recently announced the release of SmartAP 4 - the latest generation autopilot. Now, SmartAP 4 and other products are available for purchase in online store. All SmartAP products are based on custom hardware and software…

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Is our Hobby Doomed?

Posted by AKRCGUY on May 26, 2016 at 5:29am 70 Comments

If you care about our hobby at all, we need to put pressure on the FAA about drone flyers like Casey Neistat.

Quanum V52 Ground Control System - HobbyKing

Posted by Jason Wise on May 26, 2016 at 3:00am 5 Comments

Wow this is amazing! pity Im left handed!

Imagine flying your MR with this!

Ground Station…

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Flying Robot Commander and GSA #1

Posted by earthpatrol on May 25, 2016 at 10:54pm 2 Comments

Global Synchronized Autonomy #1 is rapidly approaching and with it, the need to safely manage the flight of multiple autonomous aircraft. Over the past few months, I've been fine tuning a distributed, browser based, UAV control system that I call the…

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Queen B Robotics introduces the Exo360! 5 integrated 4K cameras for the ultimate VR experience

Posted by Chris on May 25, 2016 at 10:30am 13 Comments

The Exo360 brings together the latest in drone and VR technology for the ultimate immersive experience. With 5 integrated 4K cameras, the Exo360 offers an uninterrupted 360 video for use with your VR headsets. The footage can be viewed in real-time or uploaded to YouTube or Facebook360 upon landing.

The drone can capture video in both…

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Fiilex AL250 Intelligent Aerial Light for Solo

Posted by Greg on May 25, 2016 at 10:27am 0 Comments

Sky light: Dynamic set lighting from virtually any angle. Just pop it up and hover, or use Solo’s smart technology to track with your subject. The light plugs into Solo's accessory bay, so you can even use it at the same time you use your gimbaled GoPro.....…

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DroneVR App for iOS and Android turns phone into FPV Headset to fly Drones with Google Cardboards or the like

Posted by Heiko Straulino on May 24, 2016 at 12:00pm 7 Comments

What originally started as a hobby project can now be downloaded for iOS and Android: Our App DroneVR turns an iOS or Android phone into a virtual reality headset for flying drones in FPV cockpit perspective.

Currently the app works with DJI drones such as the Phantom 2 Vision+, the Phantom 3…

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Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge submission phase ended, here are a few highlights

Posted by NiMA Asghari on May 23, 2016 at 8:00am 12 Comments

Local Motors had one of their most successful co-creation challenges in the past 40 days with the launch of ACDC (Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge). The challenge started with mostly…

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DIY Drones at 78,000 members

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 23, 2016 at 12:00am 2 Comments

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's a 78,000!

Despite the site being on-and-off down for nearly a week this month as you can see on the right side of the traffic graph above…

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Munich Re Selects PrecisionHawk to Improve Post-Catastrophe Assessment Using Drone Technology

Munich Re Selects PrecisionHawk to Improve Post-Catastrophe Assessment Using Drone Technology

Munich Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurers, has partnered with PrecisionHawk, a global, drone data platform, to enhance insurance assessments worldwide by providing faster response times and increased reporting accuracy in the aftermath of a natural disaster. The partnership was recently exercised following the April earthquake in Ecuador, where PrecisionHawk collected drone imagery of the…

The post Munich Re Selects PrecisionHawk to Improve Post-Catastrophe Assessment Using Drone Technology appeared first on sUAS News.

Science Channel To Air DRONED This Summer

Science Channel To Air DRONED This Summer

Science Channel will show the world through a different lens when DRONED premieres this summer. The series, which is shot on location in countries that include Bahamas, Mexico, Barbados, Canada and the U.S., will follow drone build teams and their clients while exploring the impact drones are having as viewers get a front row seat to a technology…

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Precise positioning system for UAVs

Precise positioning system for UAVs

Australian firm Klau Geomatics is now producing PPK (Post Processed Kinematic) GNSS positioning systems for drones and light manned aerial mapping systems. The system provides accurate camera locations for mapping from UAVs, which reduces the need for surveyed ground control to produce accurate DTMs and orthophotos from photogrammetry. PPK is similar to RTK GPS but…

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Be careful who you lift content from, Xiaomi Mi drone promotional found footage.

Be careful who you lift content from, Xiaomi Mi drone promotional found footage.

Nicking footage is not really on for many reasons. Using it to promote a new drone, as if it was taken from that drone. Well that’s just not cricket. (Deliberately confusing term for my American friends) YouTube user Sami Luo who claimed to have the official launch video included a still image from of all…

The post Be careful who you lift content from, Xiaomi Mi drone promotional found footage. appeared first on sUAS News.

NovAtel Anti-Jam Antenna Onboard Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100

NovAtel Anti-Jam Antenna Onboard Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100

NovAtel’s compact GAJT® anti-jam antenna is now on-board Schiebel’s revolutionary CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS).  Schiebel, the Vienna-based manufacturer focused on the development, testing and production of the state-of-the-art CAMCOPTER® S-100UAS, as well as innovative mine detection equipment, is a long-time customer of NovAtel’s high precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning technology. In…

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