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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

Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone With Hybrid Design

Posted by Greg Dronsky on November 29, 2015 at 1:21pm 10 Comments

Amazon delivered a lovely update on its ‘Prime Air’ project today — almost exactly two years after it showed the first iteration of its drone. You know, the …


Launch Party!

Posted by Coby on November 29, 2015 at 11:09am 0 Comments

For those of you in the Fort Collins area, we will be having a Launch party on Dec 2nd at the Shop.  We go live with our Kickstarter the morning of Dec 1st so figured we would have a small party to celebrate.

More info and RSVP here please.…


New Modular Cameras - Olympus AIR (A01) and Vivitar IU680

Posted by Jethro Hazelhurst on November 29, 2015 at 4:00am 6 Comments

image of Olympus AIR A01

The latest trend in camera products - modular cameras - is good news for us as drone users.

With Sony releasing products such as the QX100 and QX1 it seemed like high quality alternatives to the gopro we're becoming available.

Now with Olympus and soon Vivitar being the latest companies to add their own modular camera to the list, it looks like 2016 will be an interesting year for modular camera technology.

Here is a…


DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 are now supported in UgCS!

Posted by Kristaps Brass on November 28, 2015 at 1:24am 5 Comments

We are glad to announce that DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 are now supported in UgCS desktop mission planning software. This works through our Android app UgCS for DJI available now on Google Play. The app connects to DJI Phantom 3 or Inspire 1 remote the same way DJI native app does. What is…


OpenLRSng: Brotronics Broversity RX, the Missing Manual

Posted by Marc MERLIN on November 27, 2015 at 11:00pm 10 Comments

If you're doing long range, and you're using ardupilot, you probably are using or want to be using the open source OpenLRSng.

The most interesting OpenLRSng receiver I found was the "Brotronics Broversity RX", but its documentation was minimal, so I wrote some and made a demo video:…


Biomechanical simulation of dung beetles

Posted by Yutaca Sawai on November 27, 2015 at 1:30am 7 Comments

I design it to carry Relief goods to disaster city while hurtling the desert for long periods.

« explanation »

 - Fore legs decide traveling direction.

 - Mid legs which is most close to the centroid take most traction and load.

 - Hind legs are auxiliary legs for moving the left and right legs…


Professional carbon fiber frame - 2

Posted by Yang Wang on November 26, 2015 at 8:30pm 10 Comments

Hi all~

This is the second episode. The first episode is here:

We decided to make it ... more…


Elle0 and Paparazzi UAV

Posted by earthpatrol on November 26, 2015 at 1:00pm 19 Comments

Today marks the release of the Elle0 autopilot. The folks over atbv1bitsquared have been working long and hard on this new Paparazzi autopilot. It was their goal to make it as affordable as possible without compromising on the power and…

Composite Bearingless Hub Part 1

Posted by Randy Sonnicksen on November 26, 2015 at 10:34am 4 Comments

Picture above is first prototype of fiberglass bearingless hub design.  The idea of this design is to allow flapping and twisting (pitching) of the rotor, but have limited flex in lead/lag. 

This rotor hub is 24" long and 4" wide in the center.  Was made with Qty 10 - 24" x 2" strips of…


Erle Robotics "blanco" for Erle-Brain 2.0

Posted by Víctor Mayoral on November 26, 2015 at 2:30am 2 Comments

Following our previous iteration, and after receiving feedback from the community our team is glad to present "blanco" Debian Jessie image from Erle Robotics. This image valid for Erle-Brain 2 chances include:

  • Matplotlib…

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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

Canada:- Regional RPAS Safety Advisor

Canada:- Regional RPAS Safety Advisor

COMPLIANCE AND AUTHORITY • Compliant to all SGS QOH&S and HR policies and procedure • Overall responsibility for safety and health for all people in the business line on behalf of SGS upper management, and for informing appropriate parties on OH&S issues raised • Ensure safety and health support, materials and resources are provided based…

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PINC Air Cleared for Take Off by the FAA

PINC Air Cleared for Take Off by the FAA

By granting PINC Solutions’ PINC Air a Section 333 exemption, the FAA clears the product to initiate commercial operations in US Airspace. PINC Air is an aerial sensor platform that operates outdoors and indoors to efficiently inventory hard-to-reach assets using an array of sensors that include GPS, RFID, OCR and Barcode readers. “This is a…

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South Africa :- Caught in the act

South Africa :- Caught in the act

Stefan de Villiers Flying of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for game viewing, filming, photography or any other purposes during their visit to the park this festive season or any other time is illegal. SATARA – Yet another tourist has been caught in the act of flying a drone in the Kruger National Park (KNP). This…

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Ascending Technologies Becomes Shareholder of e-volo

Ascending Technologies Becomes Shareholder of e-volo

UAS experts pushing forward the “green” helicopter Volocopter VC200. Ascending Technologies has been part of the development network and key technology partner from e-volo since 2013, when they significantly contributed to the maiden flight of the Volocopter VC200. Now Ascending Technologies officially becomes shareholder of e-volo to sustainably lead the development of the world’s first purely electric,…

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PIX4D Mapper Mesh

PIX4D Mapper Mesh

Want to create a 3D model of your property and publish it online?  Map your adventure and create a 3D video animation? Need to inspect roofs, house extensions or solar installations? Produce a 3D model of architectural or landscaping project to share with clients? Create digital art and 3D content for gaming? Pix4Dmapper Mesh automatically…

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