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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

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 1 Comment

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 6 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):…


Disney patents copter-controlled puppets

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:43pm 3 Comments

From IEEE Spectrum:

Disney has a research lab in Zurich, right next door to ETH Zurich. In the past, we've seen a lot of collaborations between…


Robo-birds to scare away real ones

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:41pm 2 Comments

From Wired:

Birds are nice enough, unless you work at places like airports, farms, and landfills, in which case they’re the sworn enemy. Today, there are a variety of tools and technologies for spooking unwanted birds—we’ve…



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

Italian Army is evaluating a tethered UAV for convoy protection

Italian Army is evaluating a tethered UAV for convoy protection

Tiziano Fiorenzani The Italian Army has been evaluating an unlimited aerial surveillance system for real-time convoy protection. The system named COBRA, developed by ERMES Technologies and delivered by Eurolink Systems, was finally accepted on April 2014 and is actually under…

FLIR releases new OEM thermal imaging core Muon™

FLIR releases new OEM thermal imaging core Muon™

Portland, OR – September 1st, 2014 – FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announces its latest thermal imaging core, Muon™, which isdesigned specifically for volume OEMs capable of integrating uncooled FPAs into their own camera solutions. FLIR has greatly simplified the OEM process by…

Yellowstone Levels Criminal Charges at Drone Users Who are Violating the Park’s Ban

Yellowstone Levels Criminal Charges at Drone Users Who are Violating the Park’s Ban

by DL Cade Yellowstone is no longer taking a slap-on-the-wrist, “we’ll let you off with a warning” approach to people who violate the park’s ban on camera drones. Egged on by several incidents since the ban went into effect, the park is…

Poland:- Unmanned Aircraft Partnership Reaches Major Milestone

Poland:- Unmanned Aircraft Partnership Reaches Major Milestone

WARSAW, Poland,  A team of research students and staff from Warsaw University of Technology have successfully demonstrated the first phase of flight test and integration of unmanned aircraft platforms with an autonomous mission control system. The demonstration marks a significant…

CyPhy Works is hiring

CyPhy Works is hiring

Several vacancies on the CyPhy works site. CyPhy Works is a dynamic and exciting environment. We brainstorm, we invent, we build, we test, and then we do it all again. We work with and create cutting edge technology. We use…

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