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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, 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:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, 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

Vulture 2 spaceplane flies into X-Plane, tops £18k on Kickstarter

Posted by Lester Haines on September 1, 2014 at 3:41am 4 Comments

It's a big round of applause today for Billy Bargaliotti, who's wrapped our Vulture 2 spaceplane X-Plane models just as we've topped £18,000 on our Kickstarter…


Quarry wall 3D Photomesh

Posted by WallyJas on August 31, 2014 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Hi guys, Here is my latest experiment using my QR X350 Pro, SJ4000 and Autodesk ReCap to create a 3D photomesh of a nearby quarry wall. For more info on the mission visit my blog

MIT algorithim allows delivery drones to monitor their health in real time

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2014 at 8:17pm 0 Comments

From Gizmag:

The prospect of delivery drones brings with it a few notable issues. Beyond…


Parrot Bebop drone with head-tracking Oculus Rift

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2014 at 7:57pm 2 Comments

From the Parrot blog:

oculus-bebop Few weeks ago, we were talking about this german developer who created a software to …


PyQuadSim: A Multi-platform, open-source quadrotor simulator in Python

Posted by Simon D. Levy on August 31, 2014 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

PyQuadSim is a Python program that allows you to fly a simulated quadrotor miniature aerial vehicle (MAV) from a variety of controllers (joystick, R/C transmitter, PS3 controller).

You can modify the source code to add new sensors and other features, as well as…


Please Don’t Be the One to Get Drones Banned

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on August 31, 2014 at 1:00pm 8 Comments

Published on August 27, 2014 by Adam Griffith

Photography drones are facing a perilous atmosphere of distrust and legal chaos. In these circumstances, even small mistakes can have big consequences. A…


New quadcopter frame - custom design

Posted by koen.hufkens on August 30, 2014 at 8:33pm 0 Comments

I finalized a new layout of my drone design. It now includes a top and bottom plate, a canopy to protect the autopilot and a platform for a GPS (if needed). It also includes legs to be attached to the current 3DR arms.

In detail, the bottom plate includes 3M hole pinouts for the old and new arducopter power…


Trent@MyGeekShow is alive!

Posted by Quadzimodo on August 30, 2014 at 2:47pm 5 Comments

Trent has just posted an update video explaining his recent absence from the online scene, identifying the fact that his shop is now back online and hinting at things come from MyGeekShow over the coming weeks.

Clearly he has been through the ringer these last few months, but appears to have returned fully charged (pun intended), and raring to get back into…


New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:55pm 11 Comments

This new Kickstarter project looks awesome. I've backed it, and will experiment with it for autonomous blimps (as well as copters):…



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

How flying robots can increase your yields?

How flying robots can increase your yields?

Tomasz Maik, CEO of Trigger Composites, manufacturer of Pteryx UAV Recent years brought a dynamic development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, commonly called drones. Everyday press races in descriptions of newly appearing, not only military, applications of these appliances. This year…

What to do with those millions of triangles defining the geometry of an Urban Environment?

What to do with those millions of triangles defining the geometry of an Urban Environment?

An all too often underestimated step in the workflow of a UAV mapping operation is the extraction of features of interest in vector format. Structure from Motion and Lidar give us unprecedented density in point clouds to better represent the…

What’s it like to explore the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone with a drone?

What's it like to explore the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone with a drone?

One of the most attractive features of drones and other remote technologies is being able to access dangerous, even inhabitable, locations. Some projects take drones into more dangerous places than others. For the past three years, The Weather Channel’s Philip…

UT Police investigating drone use over DKR

UT Police investigating drone use over DKR

By Angie Beavin AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas Police are investigating the use of a drone over Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium Saturday night during the Longhorns’ home opener. KXAN’s cameras spotted the drone flying above the…

Amazon and Google should develop drones overseas

Amazon and Google should develop drones overseas

More delivery drones, more hype. Amazon currently rules the drone delivery hype space and Google wants to show us they are in the game. Its all too easy to trot out the line that the FAA is restricting unmanned aircraft…

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