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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

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

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms


Blog Posts

Screamy: A durable lost UAV alarm

Posted by Kelly Miller on September 17, 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Hello pilots!

I'd like to introduce you all to Screamy, our lost aircraft alarm. We launched a kickstarter campaign today to get this special product into your hands:

Put this on your valued multirotor or model aircraft and make sure you never lose it!



What a simple orthomosaic and DEM can do

Posted by keeyen pang on September 17, 2014 at 2:00am 6 Comments

Using Orthomosaic and Digital Elevation Model to create 3 D model is nothing new. But normally it will require lots of computing power and knowledge. Skyline's TerraBuilder and TerraExplorer make it easy for the average people to make 3D video from an orthomosaic…


ArduCopter RSSI voltage modification

Posted by Babis HatziIoannou on September 17, 2014 at 12:30am 7 Comments

i am flying a long range quadcopter with APM 2.6 external compass question is how can i modify RSSI voltage reading of the APM since my RX at maximum signal is 1.5volts..? and in full parameters list it seems to have only 3.3V and 5.0V ..

It ll needs to have buffer…


ABDIAS testing video

Posted by Henri Bernard on September 17, 2014 at 12:13am 0 Comments

We tested ABDIAS before and while a concert. 

The goal was to test altitude autopilot (with a lot of people below and draft air) and autonomy, but also wireless control (using xbee modules) from my laptop.

  • Autopilot worked well,…

How drones and UAVs are already affecting construction jobstites

Posted by Scott Penrose on September 16, 2014 at 4:18pm 0 Comments

While liberating them from school, summer vacation also presents children with a challenge: finding something to do all day. For Richard Evans, that was never the case.

On most of those balmy summer days growing up on Merrit Island, Florida, Evans and his older brother found their way to the private airport a half-mile…


ABDIAS : Autonomous Blimp Drone for Indoor Air Services

Posted by Henri Bernard on September 16, 2014 at 5:32am 4 Comments

I present you ABDIAS, an indoor blimp drone project.

ABDIAS came from the need to create an indoor drone, able to move autonomously,…


Automated touchdown navigation without GPS

Posted by Juraj Kolesar on September 16, 2014 at 5:00am 11 Comments

We are developing a technology for automated landing navigation without GPS or better to say with higher accuracy than standard GPS signal. I think, there can be a lot of various utilisations of such technology in dyidrones world. After a year of development, when we tried many different…



Posted by Georgie xu on September 16, 2014 at 4:30am 9 Comments

So today me and some other students were sitting in the workshop with nothing to do- bad weather canceled our routine flight. Seeing all the Lego mindstorm pieces sitting around, we decided to do something fun:…


AirbotServices fixed wing - wing extensions testing

Posted by Hugues on September 16, 2014 at 12:30am 17 Comments

AirbotServices fixed wing is based on the well known XUAV Talon EPO frame. This plane has a standard wingspan of 1720mm . Although its wings are quite wide (total wing surface is 60 dm2 -…


Disaster aid drone project wins $10,000 award

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 15, 2014 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

Congrats to APM:Plane user Charles Devaney, who just shared the Drone Social Innovation Award! From Robohub:

The first winners of 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

UAV news from sUAS News

CyPhy Works to test new pocket-sized drones for U.S. Air Force

CyPhy Works to test new pocket-sized drones for U.S. Air Force

Search and Rescue teams to be equipped with first drone to fit in uniform’s cargo pocket DANVERS, MA – CyPhy Works has been awarded a contract by the U. S. Air Force to help improve search and rescue operations. Funded under…

NASA HS3 Instrument Views 2 Dimensions of Clouds

NASA HS3 Instrument Views 2 Dimensions of Clouds

NASA Looking out the window of a commercial plane during takeoff is like taking the nickel tour of the profile of the atmosphere. As the plane ascends, what may start as a gloomy day on the ground, can turn into…

Unmanned Live #1 Conservation RPAS 2014

Unmanned Live #1 Conservation RPAS 2014

To kick off a new way of doing conferences we had our first show under the Unmanned Live brand last Friday evening and Saturday morning for some flying. These shows will be less formal than sUSB Expo and be less…

7th Unmanned Systems Canada Student UAS Competition in 2014-2015.

7th Unmanned Systems Canada Student UAS Competition in 2014-2015.

The format of the competition is designed to be an equal challenge for both fixed wing and rotary wing aircrafts. Scenario: The scenario for this competition combines real life problems encountered by the agriculture, oil and gas and mining industries.…

Surf Lifesaving UAV wins innovation award

Surf Lifesaving UAV wins innovation award

by Simon Chester Two students from University of Wollongong have won an innovation award for using a quadcopter UAV to quickly deliver a floatation device to a distressed swimmer. The UAV, designed by Nicolas Roach and Leo Stevens, uses magnets to carry a…

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