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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

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Blog Posts

Kickstarter project for quadcopter-based hoverbike

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 10:46pm 1 Comment

Gizmag reports on the launch of a new Kickstarter project that uses quadcopter design to lift humans. (me, I think if men were meant to fly they'd have wings. That's what robots are for!)

Having revealed its …


Drone Pilots Association launches for small commercial fliers

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 10:42pm 1 Comment

Forbes reports on the launch of this new organization. 

If you are involved…


Yet another Flight Control Board

Posted by Alex Zarenin on July 22, 2014 at 9:30pm 2 Comments

Encouraged by the success of my previous custom board (Version 2), which happily carries my quad in the air (maiden flight) with some advanced features like self-stabilization, course lock, control loop operating at 400 Hz, etc., I decided to jump on a more ambitious project - the board with more sensors, more ports, etc.

In summary, the new board (Version 3) has the following…


The issues with current multirotors and how we want to fix them

Posted by UASys on July 22, 2014 at 7:30pm 5 Comments

Hi everyone! My name is Jonathan Parrott, and I’m with Stephen Dade and James Pattison. We are all members of the CanberraUAV non for profit organisation from Australia and between us have been involved with “drones” for over 13 years between us.

We love multirotors, and have bought and/or built A LOT of them between us, only to be let down by one thing or another. Lazy and unsafe design compromises, poor build quality,…


The big 3 without editing

Posted by Jack Crossfire on July 22, 2014 at 6:38pm 1 Comment

With so many unemployed programmers, it was only a matter of time before someone would try to free the bits & upload some videos. We'll see how long this lasts until the indy movie studios crush the rebellion. These videos covered what currently are the 3 mane copters, in a rare appearance without any editing.

Collinn was a lot more down to Earth than…


RPAS Logger Lite for Android – Another logbook for your UAV’s

Posted by Howard Addison on July 22, 2014 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

In the interests of sharing .... RPAS Logger Lite for Android – Another logbook for your UAV’s

RPAS Logger Lite is built to support all companies and pilots flying a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) as a hobby or for commercial activities to establish a safety culture and also record the…


New Hampshire Rapid Assessment Technologies Summer Mapping Challenge UPDATE

Posted by Matt Wallhead on July 22, 2014 at 1:15pm 0 Comments

We would like to invite anyone interested in participating in NH-RATs Summer Mapping Challenge to attend our first meetup scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday August 1st, 2014 at Kingman Farm located in Madbury, NH.

A tentative agenda is included below:…


Drones at the Robot Film Festival: IRIS Wins a Botsker!

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on July 22, 2014 at 1:02pm 1 Comment

This weekend, 3DR and the filmmakers behind the movie Sugar Mountain screened a short film at the Robot Film Festival in San Francisco, and took home the…


Common Misconceptions About Humanitarian UAVs

Posted by Patrick Meier on July 22, 2014 at 11:03am 0 Comments


Superficial conversations on the challenges and opportunities of using UAVs in humanitarian settings reveal just how many misconceptions remain on the topic. This is admittedly due to the fact that humanitarian UAVs are a relatively recent innovation. There are of course legitimate and serious concerns around the use of UAVs…


ObliX: multirotor-blimp-drone

Posted by Daniel Wibbing on July 22, 2014 at 8:18am 12 Comments

I am very excited to present ObliX to you! ObliX is my multirotor-blimp-drone idea, which will hopefully combine the flight time endurance of a blimp with the agile dynamics of a quadcopter.

The largest dimension of this hybrid-blimp would measure about 3 m and the lifting force of the helium volume would be close to 3 kg.

Starting to build ObliX, I decided to make a development blog about it. To be able to present and discuss…



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

SBG Systems inertial sensor selected by Headwall for a full-featured UAV-based remote sensing solution.

SBG Systems inertial sensor selected by Headwall for a full-featured UAV-based remote sensing solution.

Headwall is known as the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of high performance hyperspectral imaging sensors for harsh environments. As a pioneer for remote sensing applications, Headwall is the first mover to put to the market a fully integrated remote…

AbelCine is hosting an Aerial Cinematography Conference in Burbank

AbelCine is hosting an Aerial Cinematography Conference in Burbank

AbelCine is proud to host this quarter’s Aerial Cinematography Production Conference! This event is for everyone from the enthusiast just starting out up to the established aerial cinematographer committed to evolve their knowledge, skills and set themselves apart from the…

Introducing the DJI DropSafe

Introducing the DJI DropSafe

Watch the new DJI DropSafe in action, as it deploys in less than 0.5 seconds to help your S800 or S1000 aerial system descend at a reduced speed in the event of an emergency. Learn more about the DropSafe at…

UAV Enthusiasts: Drone Photography Is Not A Crime

UAV Enthusiasts: Drone Photography Is Not A Crime

By Katie Rucke David Beesmer was arrested by a New York state trooper on Tuesday and charged with a felony — unlawful surveillance in the second degree — for recording aerial video footage of the Mid Hudson Medical Group building in Ulster, New…

A Congressman’s Drone Disobedience

A Congressman's Drone Disobedience

June 21 was a lovely day for the wedding of Sean Maloney, a Democratic member of Congress from upstate New York. The ceremony was held at the historic Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands, with the Hudson River in the background. The day…

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