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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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Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

Blog Posts

Worlds first Drone Sheepdog

Posted by Dave Giles on March 30, 2015 at 7:06pm 4 Comments

SHEP the Drone - Worlds first Drone Sheepdog…


Syrian Airlift trials use of drones to deliver supplies to conflict zones

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2015 at 6:00pm 3 Comments

Congrats to our friends at the Syria Airlift Project, who conducted an experimental project this weekend in Sacramento to train refugees to use Pixhawk-powered fixed-wing drones to deliver supplies into conflict zones. From the video description:

On March 28-29, 2015, Uplift Aeronautics…


Xiaomi Yi: Mobius Killer?

Posted by benbojangles on March 30, 2015 at 2:57pm 1 Comment

This week we see the release of a new low-cost action cam. Some think it is the next progression of the trusty Mobius camera. I am in the process of performing a written account of the camera and it's features, abilities and performance; also showing how to update the app & firmware to allow…


11 Drones t-shirts

Posted by drnes on March 30, 2015 at 1:55pm 0 Comments

We had a fun time creating 11 new drones t-shirts and wanted to share them with you all. You can see the new designs here:

(here are two examples:…


Quadrotor automatically recovers from failure or aggressive launch, without GPS

Posted by IKE on March 30, 2015 at 11:48am 4 Comments

Researchers from the Robotics and Perception Group from the University of Zurich, developed a new technology that allows a quadrotor to automatically recover and stabilize from any initial condition without relying…


Precision Landing w/ Pixhawk Quads: Update and Preview

Posted by Thomas Stone on March 30, 2015 at 11:13am 13 Comments

IR-LOCK has been testing the latest version of our sensor/beacon hardware for precision landing, and the results are great! With an IRIS+, we achieve reliable landings at around 5-30cm from the target beacon.

Our development focus is on the reliability and accuracy of the sensor/beacon hardware, and optimal integration with control systems. One feature of the new beacon design…


Amazon's secret drone test field in Canada, 2,000 ft from the US boarder

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2015 at 7:28am 3 Comments

From The Guardian

Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following …


Be careful with LiPos

Posted by moglos on March 30, 2015 at 3:24am 15 Comments

This fire in my home town is suspected to have been started by a LiPo. (Though that hasn't yet been confirmed by the fire investigation authorities.)

"A neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, says Les is a member of the Nelson Model Aero Club."

Thankfully the occupants are both…


Pictures: Humanitarian UAV Mission to Vanuatu in Response to Cyclone Pam

Posted by Patrick Meier on March 29, 2015 at 7:33pm 6 Comments


Above: Aéroport de Port Vila - Bauerfield International Airport. As we land, thousands of uprooted trees could be seen in almost every direction. Below:Massive roots were not enough to save these trees from Cyclone Pam. The devastation reminds us how powerful nature is.




After getting clearance from the Australian Defense Force (ADF), we pack up our UAVs and head over to…


Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 28, 2015 at 5:30pm 10 Comments

Congrats to Marco Robustini and his team/colleagues for a fantastic first Ferrara Drone Show, in the lovely northern Italian town of Ferrara (between Bologna and Venice). Most of the drones on display were using Pixhawk or another APM…



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

Drones can save lives in search and rescue mission after avalanche

Drones can save lives in search and rescue mission after avalanche

Rescue agencies gathered in Bykle Setesdal in freezing winter snow as a drone was used for the first time in an extensive search and rescue avalanche exercise in Norway. With cold winds pounding at 20 metres per second, producing a…

IIT-Kanpur scholars develop 3 hi-tech drones

IIT-Kanpur scholars develop 3 hi-tech drones

Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times, New Delhi Researchers at IIT-Kanpur showcased three different types of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could be used for anything from patrolling the borders to traffic management, crowd monitoring to surveillance and disaster management. The flapping wing…

DJI Phantom Forum Launches New Design with Phantom 2 Giveaway

DJI Phantom Forum Launches New Design with Phantom 2 Giveaway has launched a new design, set of features and content organization to improve support of the growing community of DJI Phantom multi-rotor enthusiasts.  The new site navigation will allow the nearly 20,000 members easier access to a community…

Diver Looking For Owner Of Crashed Drone Found Near Rainbow Bridge

Diver Looking For Owner Of Crashed Drone Found Near Rainbow Bridge

FOLSOM (CBS13) — A broken quadcopter was found under the Rainbow Bridge by a diver, and he’s sharing the video to help find the rightful owner. It was a bird’s-eye view of one of the region’s most beautiful bridges. Then…

Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustration

Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustration

Ed Pilkington in British Columbia Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated warnings by the e-commerce giant that it would go outside the US to bypass what it sees as the US federal government’s lethargic…

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