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Thomas J Coyle III replied to Thomas J Coyle III's discussion Your own Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Project in the group ArduBoat User Group
"Hi All, Today was fairly productive for me as I fabricated the WTC vacuum pump adapter…"
18 minutes ago
John Dennings commented on Azhar T. Pangesti's blog post Olympus AIR
"John, good points, but practice says otherwise when it comes to 100 vs 60mbps quality, e.g.…"
20 minutes ago
Craig P. commented on Brad Roekle's group 3DR SOLO
"@Dennis, I think its safe to say that if there is one thing 3DR is good at its being untruthful…"
29 minutes ago
Pavel replied to Pavel's discussion Is it possible to cover APM with aluminum foil to minimize UHF noise interference? in the group ArduPlane User Group
"Thanks, will do. And trying to do it originally. I rather prefer constructive answers, questions…"
35 minutes ago


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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 autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, 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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Blog Posts

MinimOSD support SIDE BY SIDE 3D mode

Posted by Egor_FPV3DCam on October 5, 2015 at 11:05am 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

In the market for several years,…


Tower v3.2.0 Release

Posted by Fredia Huya-Kouadio on October 5, 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments

After a couple months of testing by the community, Tower v3.2.0 has been released on the Google Play store for use by the general public!

This release requires the latest…


Great report on Syria Airlift project, using APM-powered planes for humanitarian aid

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 4, 2015 at 11:21am 8 Comments

From the latest issue of Make Magazine, a great profile of the Syria Airlift project, which is using inexpensive APM:Plane powered aircraft to train refugees to deliver food and medical aid in Syria and other war-torn…


Amazing Stanford work on adding cinematic camera control to APM-powered drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 3, 2015 at 6:48pm 5 Comments

An interactive tool for designing quadcopter camera shots

SIGGRAPH Asia 2015


Olympus AIR

Posted by Azhar T. Pangesti on October 2, 2015 at 10:30pm 11 Comments

Olympus AIR A01 Review -- Product image

I stumble upon this thing today.

Could be a good (great?) camera platform for UAV.

What do you guys think?


More: Google: Olympus Air


Olympus AIR A01 Review -- Product image



Matrixpilot Glider add-on: brakes and auto land demo

Posted by GliderUAV on October 2, 2015 at 10:28am 0 Comments


MatrixPilot got upgraded with the helical turn method. I changed my code to follow this development.

To add the auto land function, i needed better brake control. After that i created the auto landing script.

The codebase has moved to Git. My code is here:…


3DR's Iris+ selected as top drone of 2015 by GeekSnack

Posted by Daniel Iglesias on October 2, 2015 at 9:53am 3 Comments

Hi DIY drones community,

I just wanted to share this list of top five drones of 2015 made by the website

At the top of the list is 3DR's own and…


3DR SOLO approved by DGAC "french FAA"!

Posted by Nicolas on October 2, 2015 at 1:16am 4 Comments

A quick recap of what is allowed in france :

We have been working for a few months to demonstrate to the DGAC that the SOLO was safe enough to be used for commercial operations. We had previously gotten the first type certificates for …


Army researchers testing swarms of APM-powered drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 1, 2015 at 6:41pm 13 Comments

From Defense Systems:

The Army is experimenting with using swarms of small, inexpensive drones in battlefield missions—as much as anything because of the potential threat they could pose to U.S. forces.

Members of the Targets Management Office with Program Executive Office for Simulation Training and…


First 3DR Podcast: A conversation with Chris Anderson

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on October 1, 2015 at 2:45pm 0 Comments

This is the first episode of our new Life After Gravity podcast series. Every other week we’ll deliver conversations with leading thinkers and personalities from the drone world and beyond. We’ll start close to home: This week I speak with 3DR CEO Chris…


DIY Drones Monthly


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

Skysense Charging Pad Gives Drones Infinite Flight Time

Skysense Charging Pad Gives Drones Infinite Flight Time
by Drones can fly autonomously but you still need trained (expensive) operators to bring them into the field, swap and charge batteries, perform pre-flight checks and download the captured data. Skysense, San Diego based and Qualcomm backed company, has built…

Commercial Drone Operators Deliver 2D mosaics and 3D models to your customers faster

Commercial Drone Operators Deliver 2D mosaics and 3D models to your customers faster
by Commercial Drone Operators Deliver 2D mosaics and 3D models to your customers faster The DroneData rendering cloud allows you to earn faster without the need for high-powered GPU desktop computers or expensive virtual instances with annual commitments. Our cloud solution carries…

AERIGON UAV Delivers Stunning Aerial Footage for New Taylor Swift Video, “Wildest Dreams”

AERIGON UAV Delivers Stunning Aerial Footage for New Taylor Swift Video, “Wildest Dreams”
by The AERIGON™ aerial remote camera platform, outfitted with a RED Dragon camera, was used by the Natural History Film Unit (NHFU) to capture some of the sweeping overhead images for the latest Taylor Swift video, “Wildest Dreams”. Staged as…

sUAS Risk Mitigation

sUAS Risk Mitigation
by Almost every day of our lives, we calculate risk from walking in a dark kids room avoiding a BFLE (barefoot LEGO event) to picking the line at target least likely to need a price check. if you are a…

AG-Wing has covered 41,250 Acres in Easter Island

AG-Wing has covered 41,250 Acres in Easter Island
by AG-Wing small unmanned aerial system has covered the whole Easter Island in about a week, 41,250 acres in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. The operation was conducted to obtain high resolution orthomosaics and digital surface models of the island to…

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