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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 birthplace of ArduPilot, 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, including:

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1Bitsy & Black Magic Probe - open-source JTAG/SWD debugger with built in GDB server and STM32 eval board

Posted by Piotr Esden-Tempski on December 6, 2016 at 5:31pm 1 Comment

Some of you might be familiar with the Black Magic Probe, but some might not. As you know most UAV autopilots these days use one of the many STM32 microcontrollers. They are based on the ARM Cortex-M core family. Most of the boards also have either a JTAG or at least…


3D printed planes finally get practical

Posted by Chris Anderson on December 6, 2016 at 3:53pm 5 Comments

If Gary is convinced, so am I:

A while ago I thought that small 3D printed drones…


Parrot/Pix4D announce 2017 Climate Innovation Grant

Posted by John C. on December 6, 2016 at 10:37am 1 Comment

It is amazing to see how fast our industry is advancing. Reliable, repeatable data collection is no longer the challenge it once was. Through the efforts of many of you on this…


Hover Bike/Bicopter - New multirotor configuration

Posted by Joe Renteria on December 6, 2016 at 10:10am 4 Comments

Hello everyone.  I have been working on a "hoverbike" configuration, and got a small but decent prototype up and running recently.  Thought I would share.

It is 3d printed, about 6 inches long.  It is modified from the initial print, which didn't give the dual tail rotors enough leverage to…


Autonomous 60KM flight of the DeltaQuad VTOL

Posted by sander on December 5, 2016 at 1:00pm 5 Comments

We are currently on the 5th prototype of the DeltaQuad VTOL and today we have put it through its paces with a 60KM autonomous flight. Over at DronesLab we have been working on this machine for more than a year and are in the final stages before releasing it to market. Above is a sneak preview.

The 60KM flight was planned after settling on…


MIT simulation system allows you design any configuration of drone (and know it will work)

Posted by Chris Anderson on December 5, 2016 at 12:13pm 2 Comments

From MIT:

A new system from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is the first to allow users to design, simulate, and build their own custom drone. Users…


Nimbus racing drone – full body carbon fiber monocoque on INDIEGOGO

Posted by Alex on December 5, 2016 at 3:56am 6 Comments

Hi all!

We are glad to announce the start of crowdfunding campaign for Nimbus – racing drone with full carbon fiber monocoque body.

Please support us at: …


Skywalker X5-PRO Professional Mapping Survey FPV Plane

Posted by Ellen Zhu on December 4, 2016 at 11:30pm 17 Comments

Hello! I am sales from Skywalker Technology Co., Ltd. 

Recently, we launch new professional mapping survey aircraft, Skywalker X5-PRO. Now, let me take eye feast about this aircraft.…


Sony FDR X3000 4K Action Cam

Posted by Gary McCray on December 4, 2016 at 8:52pm 5 Comments

Hi All, Sony has actually given us something to think about.

The Sony FDR X3000 Action Cam has 4K resolution, but for our use, the BOSS…


Syma X5C hacked with Quanum Pico FC

Posted by Simon D. Levy on December 4, 2016 at 3:30pm 7 Comments

This video shows me flying a Syma X5C quadcopter, with the factory closed-source flight controller replaced by a Quanum Pico 32-bit brushed FC.  I followed the directions in the "Visible Drone" chapter of this excellent new …


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A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Defiant Labs Launch Next Gen Drone DX-3

Defiant Labs Launches Next Gen Drone: DX-3 Canada’s drone leaders, The Sky Guys Ltd, announced today their new technology division, Defiant Labs with the unveiling of their drone, the DX-3. Set to disrupt all previous industry standards, the DX-3 has vertical take-off and landing and fixed wing flight capability. “The DX-3 will fundamentally change the drone industry,” said Adam Sax, CEO and […]

UMS SKELDAR AG now live with AMOS

SKELDAR Swiss-AS and UMS SKELDAR are pleased to announce the successful go-live of AMOS. At UMS SKELDAR the Swiss headquarters and the Swedish subsidiary are both now relying on the MRO software. This enables close cooperation in the daily business with shared data and full transparency. Besides the back office at UMS SKELDAR, the production staff […]

Eagle-Eye Drone Service reaches International milestone.

Eagle Eye Drone Service has achieved what very few sUAS (Drone) companies have done on an international scale. They surpassed their 500th flight hour and logged 3648 landings within a 19 month period since they received their FAA approval. Eagle Eye Drone Service has achieved what very few sUAS (Drone) companies have done on an […]

Commercial Drone Fund Invests in Raptor Maps, a Drone-Enabled Platform for Agriculture Yield Management

Today the Commercial Drone Fund, a venture capital fund launched by Airware focused on investing in promising commercial drone businesses around the world, announced it has invested in Raptor Maps, a Cambridge-based company developing a drone-enabled technology platform for the agriculture sector. With the use of drones, tractor-mounted sensors and software, Raptor Maps has created […]

Professional UAV Manufacturer MMC is Looking for Distributors Worldwide

MMC, a China based company, well known for developing and manufacturing a series of professional drones/UAVs, is looking for distributors worldwide. MMC prides themselves on their efficiency, safety and innovative designs. The company has research and development centers in China and North America. In 2015 MMC opened the first ever certified Aviation Academy in China, which offers pilot […]

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