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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 and APM 2.6 autopilots run a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:

  • APM:Copter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
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Harvard Robobees

Posted by Damian McKay Earl ll on June 30, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Led by Robert Wood, Harvard University is trying to make Robobees

INSPIRED by the biology of a bee and the insect’s hive behavior ...

we aim to push advances in miniature robotics and the design of compact high-energy power sources; spur innovations in…


Intro to BoxBotix and BBots

Posted by Coby on June 30, 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Just letting folks know what we have been up to over the last year or so.  Finally getting close to something we can release.  Essentially an all open source hardware modular robotics platform.  The short version is it's a BrainBox that can accept several different modules so it can be configured as a plane/copter/rover/whatever.

  Figured it was about time the community had a modular frame system to match the different flavors of autopilot code.  Still lots to do…


Woman knocked out by drone at Seattle Pride parade

Posted by John on June 30, 2015 at 5:30am 6 Comments

Something like this was bound to happen with the mass market of drones to people not having safety in mind.

By Stephanie…


Drones in Environmental Research conference at Liverpool JMU

Posted by Mark Williams on June 30, 2015 at 2:00am 2 Comments

Liverpool John Moores University are holding their second conference on the use of drones in environmental research on July the 7th and 8th. There are some great pieces of research being presented and it should be a very interesting couple of days.



Hexacopter vs shotgun (court rules in favor of copter!)

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2015 at 2:10pm 8 Comments

A Pixhawk-powered hexacopter had an encounter with an overzealous and somewhat paranoid neighbor. Ars Technica tells the story:

That day, Eric Joe…


Parrot, Team Blacksheep, Walkera and others join DroneCode!

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2015 at 9:38am 1 Comment

Exciting news from the DroneCode Project, which today announced six new members, bringing the total to…


UgCS 2.4 Is Live!

Posted by Kristaps Brass on June 29, 2015 at 12:57am 0 Comments

For those who have missed it - the newest version of UgCS - 2.4 is live and available on Windows, Mac and Linux!

UgCS 2.4 makes drones smarter and more agile than before. The most important new features are that it allows import of custom terrain elevation models, 3D building models which make the drone more…


GooMPy: Interactive Google Maps for Python

Posted by Simon D. Levy on June 28, 2015 at 3:00pm 6 Comments

My students and I like to write MAV applications in Python, and we were disappointed in that Google does not provide an interactive map-visualization API in that language. So we wrote one ourselves, which we call GooMPy.

GooMPy provides a Python…


Footage of 80 kg payload test multicopter

Posted by Winfried Rijssenbeek on June 28, 2015 at 1:30pm 9 Comments

We succeeded 2015/06/25 with a test flight (craft strapped with 4 ropes) with a 80 kg payload. It only used 8 of the 12 rotors! Next,we want to give you a glimpse on how it will look in future (part with canopy) Hope you enjoy. And for all the critics: you helped us to pursue our targets! And indeed a lot of challenges ahead, range extender, silent props, etc.  Any…


Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller

Posted by Gary McCray on June 26, 2015 at 4:00pm 20 Comments

Just had to tell all of you about this $59.95 three axis gimbal deal on EBay:

This seemed like a great deal and looks to be identical to DYS Gimbal on Hobbyking which is $200.00.

I got one and quality appears excellent though I haven't tried to use it yet (I will probably get…


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UAV news from sUAS News

Open Source Dronecode Project Attracts New Investment and Members

Open Source Dronecode Project Attracts New Investment and Members

by Dronecode, the nonprofit organization developing a common, shared open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), today announced six new commercial members and several nonprofit and academic drone projects that are supporting the effort. New silver members announced today…

Helicopter Film Services Relied on the AERIGON for Aerial Cinematography on Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

Helicopter Film Services Relied on the AERIGON for Aerial Cinematography on Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

by The AERIGON™, an aerial remote camera head (ARCH™) from Intuitive Aerial, was operated by Helicopter Film Services to shoot aerial footage used throughout Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The remarkable stability of the AERIGON platform meant that footage captured could be fed directly…

Good call as T-Mobile take delivery of first drone from Aerialtronics

Good call as T-Mobile take delivery of first drone from Aerialtronics

by Jeffrey Leentjes, network specialist, explains why safety comes first when inspecting 5,000 antenna masts in The Netherlands Telecoms ​companies can save time and significant operation costs when inspecting mobile communication towers with drones, according to Jeffrey Leentjes, network specialist…

Illinois drone task force is made up mostly of cops

Illinois drone task force is made up mostly of cops

by By Kelsey D. Atherton When it comes to drone law, some opinions are more equal than others. A bill sitting on the Illinois Governor’s desk would create an “Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task Force”, with 22 set-aside seats for representatives…

Woman Knocked Out by Drone at Seattle Pride Parade, City Says

Woman Knocked Out by Drone at Seattle Pride Parade, City Says

by By TOM LIDDY A woman was knocked out when a drone struck her in the head during the pride parade in Seattle last Sunday, officials said. The 25-year-old woman was standing in the parade route when she was hit by the…

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