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Bill Isaacs commented on Bill Isaacs's blog post First Peek
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pixhawk hexacopter no lift on full throttle

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Next Purchase.

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Mavlink error, Device not found

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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
  • APM:Plane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • APM:Rover, 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 

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FPV + Oculus Rift Kickstarter

Posted by Fly Like a Bird Team on January 28, 2015 at 10:46pm 0 Comments

Hey all, keen on Full HD, head tracking FPV with a wide FOV?

We are currently working on a project for a Raspberry Pi + Oculus Rift based FPV solution. Here are some of the advantages:

  • Full HD video feed
  • Head tracking built in from day one
  • Wide…

IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 28, 2015 at 10:17pm 1 Comment

A very good piece in IEEE Spectrumreports on the research on the risks small/med bird strikes in aviation. Short conclusion: it rarely…


Is it a hobby or not?

Posted by Jake Wells on January 28, 2015 at 7:27pm 5 Comments

I have been posting here for a couple years. Back when it consisted of a lot less drone and a lot more DIY. So please refrain from making silly comments like,"Do you know the name of the site you just posted on?"

Now that that's taken care of. You may have noticed the Commander in Chief told the FAA yesterday to do their job. That made me  think. Not that I don't have this thought at least once a week. What happens if we lose our hobby what will I do?



First Peek

Posted by Bill Isaacs on January 28, 2015 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

Faucon Alpha V1.0 first plugs-in test for GPS satellite aquisition. Covers and GPS mount not installed, one temporary wire harness visible (in white). This is a fully autonomous drone entirely designed and 3D printed in-house.…


Can Your Frame Do This

Posted by Todd Urban on January 28, 2015 at 2:30pm 16 Comments

There has been some question on the strength of a 3d printed quadcopter I had some wonders myself as to just how…


DJI to release mandatory firmware update

Posted by Gary Mortimer on January 28, 2015 at 7:30am 15 Comments

DJI will release a mandatory firmware update for the Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, and Phantom 2 Vision+ to help users comply with the FAA’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) 0/8326, which restricts unmanned flight around the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

The updated firmware (V3.10) will be released in coming days and adds a No-Fly Zone centered…


Vulture 2 spaceplane HIL simulation

Posted by Lester Haines on January 28, 2015 at 6:28am 2 Comments

We've been quietly beavering away at hardware-in-the-loop simulations for our Vulture 2 spaceplane, and Pixhawk wrangler Linus Penzlien has finally got the aircraft to land itself at a virtual Spaceport America.

The HIL work involves ArduPilot controlling an…


Thanks for a great first week!

Posted by Blucraft on January 28, 2015 at 4:30am 2 Comments

It's been just over a week since we launched, and we've had an INCREDIBLE response to Mach-Up - the free, web-based design tool.

We've had over 2,000 visitors and now have over 600 registered users. Amazing. Thank you all for your enthusiastic support!

(If you missed it, you can check it out at …


The A to Z of UAVs

Posted by UAV Vision on January 27, 2015 at 11:46pm 1 Comment

For the Full list visit: A to Z of…


ardurover Latency and Tracking problem using joystick mode in mission planner

Posted by 404Warehouse on January 27, 2015 at 11:00pm 5 Comments

We are tring to build a FPV Rover combining a logitech racing wheel with an RC Car for an FPV platform.

However we are having some problems with the latency and tracking of the steering wheel input. 

- I have checked the RC inputs using MAVlink and checked that the rc override was working fine

(The racing wheels seem to be in sync with the rc…



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

Unmanned Aircraft and NFL Football Don’t Mix

Unmanned Aircraft and NFL Football Don’t Mix

Many familiar sounds are associated with the Super Bowl: Cheering fans. Referee whistles. The spectacular halftime show. Booming fireworks. But one sound you shouldn’t hear is the whirring of an unmanned aircraft overhead. The Super Bowl is strictly a “No Drone Zone.”…

Podcast:- Super Drones by R2D2 creator

Podcast:- Super Drones by R2D2 creator

Episode 86- This episode’s guest is Professor Tony Dyson, robot tech and creator of the world’s most famous robot, R2D2. We get some technical insights about working on the Star Wars franchise as well as hear about his new projects…

Costa Concordia Parbuckling Project calls on Cyberhawk expertise

Costa Concordia Parbuckling Project calls on Cyberhawk expertise

In the month of the third anniversary of the Costa Concordia cruise ship tragically running aground off the coast of Italy’s Giglio island (13th January 2012), Cyberhawk’s Founder, Malcolm Connolly, reflects on the company’s involvement in salvaging the wreckage of…

Unmanned Safety Institute Providing COA and 333-waiver Support

Unmanned Safety Institute Providing COA and 333-waiver Support

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), a Florida-based LLC that provides commercial UAS training and safety certification, is now offering its expertise to businesses and individuals applying for waivers and exemptions from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate Unmanned Aircraft…

DJI Announces Mandatory Firmware Update

DJI Announces Mandatory Firmware Update

- Restrictions are in accordance with FAA guidelines - Additional limits will prohibit flight across borders DJI will release a mandatory firmware update for the Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, and Phantom 2 Vision+ to help users comply with the…

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