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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

The uNode

Posted by Matthew Coleman on May 3, 2015 at 4:35pm 3 Comments

A distributed and scalable autopilot architecture is attractive to me due to space and sensor positioning demands on my airframes.  The existing range of autopilots simply doesn't fit.  The uNode (microNode) is the result of my desperate attempts to fix this.  uNode is a very cutdown…


Cheerson CX 10 - Surprising build quality!

Posted by NIck Dragolea on May 3, 2015 at 9:30am 5 Comments

I finally got around to writing a review for this little drone I've had for a few months now. I bought it for about $17 and it still seems to be flying even after it got slightly chewed by my dog (pictures taken before that happened!). It's a pretty cool drone.. and pretty safe to fly too. I can't envision much going wrong unless if you lack common sense and fly it into a group of people/ animals. It's great for learning the ropes for any new flyers - …


Part 2 My Parts List for Giant DIY Octocopter

Posted by Ron Joly on May 3, 2015 at 8:38am 6 Comments

Part2 Parts List for Giant DIY Octocopter


I still need to buy batteries 4 6S 25C 16000mah batteries and 16 18x6.5 CF propellers, I don't want to be in the middle of nowhere without spares. I will run 2 6S 16000mah batteries or more.The batteries $370 each propellers $100 per pair from…


DIY Giant Octocopter Build designed for Magnetometer work in the Mineral Exploration Industry

Posted by Ron Joly on May 3, 2015 at 8:00am 2 Comments

  Part 1 .. DIY Giant Octocopter Build designed for Magnetometer Surveying


Here is my first attempt at building an octocopter. I will post images as I build it.

I built a budget 960mm hexacopter in my spare time last year while working for uranium, copper and…


33 Percent of Online Shoppers Would Welcome Drone Deliveries

Posted by on May 2, 2015 at 4:21pm 2 Comments

Drone Deliveries

Consumer research specialists eDigitalResearch asked 2,040 UK online shoppers in January 2015 for their views on drone deliveries.

They discovered that 33 percent of online shoppers would…


Chinese APM/Pixhawk dev community taking off

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2015 at 1:49pm 3 Comments

RenTT writes to let us know that the Chinese APM/Pixhawk developer community is taking off, and there is a new site focused on this called…


Hybrid hex uses gas/electric combo to get 2.5 hours flight time

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2015 at 12:08pm 4 Comments

If you can ignore the over-the-top music on this video from Top Flight, the MIT spin-off company has some very interesting power technology that can get 100 mile range of one gallon of gas.  More details in…


Affordable new RTK GPS, designed for Pixhawk/APM

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2015 at 12:00pm 5 Comments

This new Indiegogo project looks very good, and at $225 Reach is about a quarter of the price of other RTK GPSs. Backed!

What is Reach and what is it for?

Reach is for applications when your standard GPS with…


OLH-360 - 3DPrinted - APM - Mini Octocopter

Posted by Wipo on May 2, 2015 at 5:53am 0 Comments

This week I tested my (almost) finished mini octocopter wich is build on a 3D printed frame. 

Motor to motor is 360mm. Max 5 inch prop can be mounted on 18xx or 22xx motors.

Flightcontroller: APM 2.5

FPV: 700TVL sony cam / 5.8GHZ 25mw / MinimOSD

Telemetry: Lantronix B/G WIFI module

RC: 40mhz…


NASA UAV VTOL successfull forward flight

Posted by Paul Meier on May 2, 2015 at 3:30am 6 Comments

Hopefully (as against expectations) they will produce and sell the airframe for us the hobbyist ;)

NASA GL-10 takeoff

A team at NASA's Langley Research Center is developing a concept of a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft. The prototype, called Greased Lightning or GL-10, is currently in the design and…



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

UAV Factory release the Epsilon 135 Gimbal

UAV Factory release the Epsilon 135 Gimbal

by UAV Factory, announces the release of the newest Gimbals to hit the industry, the Epsilon 135 Day and the Epsilon 135 Night. The design and development of the Epsilon 135 is in direct release with the Penguin C, making…

Flight Global: Small unmanned aircraft launched to shake-up civil market

Flight Global: Small unmanned aircraft launched to shake-up civil market

by Hanging from a basement ceiling in a farmhouse workshop, prior to a weight and balance check, is a small unmanned aircraft its creators hope will shake-up the market and make civilian unmanned aviation affordable enough to compete with manned…

UAV Turbines program to lend engines for evaluation

UAV Turbines program to lend engines for evaluation

by UAV Turbines Inc. (UAVT) has recently demonstrated a new generation of gas turbine engines designed for Group 3 and Group 4 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, in a range from 30hp to 150hp. “To speed the application of this new technology,” says Peter Bale,…

The Age of Drone Vandalism Begins With an Epic NYC Tag

The Age of Drone Vandalism Begins With an Epic NYC Tag

by ARTHUR HOLLAND MICHEL IN THE EARLY hours of Wednesday morning, the age of robotic graffiti was born. KATSU, a well-known graffiti artist and vandal, used a hacked Phantom drone to paint a giant red scribble across Kendall Jenner’s face on…

AirMap Launches to Enable Safe, Legal and Hassle-Free Drone Flying

AirMap Launches to Enable Safe, Legal and Hassle-Free Drone Flying

by Launching today, AirMap is a free, comprehensive digital map that allows unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators to visualize the airspace around them, including areas where they may not be permitted to fly. Airspace rules are complex. AirMap removes barriers to compliance…

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