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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

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Win a Percepto - App Idea Competition

Posted by Raviv Raz on March 27, 2015 at 5:31am 0 Comments

We would like to thank all our backers and to everyone who shared, posted and tweeted about our campaign! Because of your strong support, we've reached our goal!…

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Wing lift distribution presentation

Posted by Andrew Rabbitt on March 27, 2015 at 12:50am 1 Comment

A very interesting and thought provoking explanation of why the conventional wisdom of elliptical lift distribution needs rethinking.  Interesting for lovers of fixed-wing but also might be applicable for propellers and rotors...?

PixHawk Fire cape crowdfunding campaign

Posted by Víctor Mayoral on March 26, 2015 at 10:44am 27 Comments

Here it is! Finally, the PixHawk Fire Cape (PXF) is ready for a wider audience and we've launched a crowdfunding campaign so that everyone can get theirs. We've been iterating through…

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3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 9:00am 12 Comments

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We’re thrilled to announce the release of DroneKit, an open platform for drone app development. DroneKit packages years of 3DR’s flight control R&D into a single robust and extensible platform which developers can use to create…
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Create waypoint path/missions with Maya, KML, Autodesk, more

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 7:36am 1 Comment

Ospheric has just released a beta of its new cloud-based flight planning service, which allows you to import paths from Maya, Collada, Autodesk and Google Earth and export them as APM waypoint files. As Ospheric's Jon Farat…

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First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 5:30am 6 Comments

Interesting coaxial design coming from Ascent Aerosystems. In general coaxial designs have limited speed and maneuverability, but for the "aerial selfie" application this is designed for, that may be fine.  I don't see a stabilizing gimbal, so I imagine this is mostly for still photos. Very portable and…

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Uploading telemetry from UgCS to Droneshare (UgCS Integration with DroneShare)

Posted by Janis Kuze on March 26, 2015 at 5:21am 2 Comments



We have added new functionality to UgCS. Integration with DroneShare to ease sharing and "bookkeeping" of your flights.

In this article we are going to show you how to fly a mission in UgCS, replay the mission in the telemetry player in UgCS and then upload the telemetry…

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BrushedSparky v0.2

Posted by James Cotton on March 25, 2015 at 4:00pm 3 Comments

This is an update on the BrushedSparky that I posted about a month ago.

I got…

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OpenFC: a new Autoquad software compatible Open-Hardware Flight-Controller

Posted by Olli on March 25, 2015 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

OpenFC is a new Open-Hardware Flight-Controller:

  • Standard-Size: 50x50mm (45x45mm holes) 
  • CPU: STM32F405 @ 168MHZ
  • Gyro/ACC: MPU6000 (SPI)
  • Compass: HMC5983 (SPI)
  • Baro: MS5611 (SPI)
  • Serial-Ports for GPS, Telemetry and SBUS
  • 8 PWM-ESC-Connectors + CAN-Bus
  • PPM and SBUS inputs
  • microSD…
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25° Thermal Camera Cores for Drones

Posted by Melih Karakelle on March 25, 2015 at 12:32pm 9 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Good news for small drones, New FLIR Lepton 25° camera cores just arrived. 



If you have read this post before , I have tested our new camera design with 50° version of Lepton and…

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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

India turns to ‘satellite god’ for crop mapping

India turns to ‘satellite god’ for crop mapping

(Reuters) – Sher Singh, a farmer from India’s desert state of Rajasthan, prays to Varuna, the Hindu god of water, for a bountiful harvest. Now, he is also looking to the heavens for satellite imaging to boost his crop. Prime…

Birds’ Foldable Wings Could Inspire Nimble Drones

Birds’ Foldable Wings Could Inspire Nimble Drones

By Edd Gent, Live Science Contributor A drone that mimics the way birds fold and flap their wings could improve the design of future unmanned autonomous vehicles, and could even help the machines withstand midair collisions. Most winged animals have…

Big Island rancher says helicopter hijacked his drone

Big Island rancher says helicopter hijacked his drone

MOUNTAIN VIEW, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Daryl Soares lives on a five-acre ranch in Mountain View on the Big Island. He tends to a 30-acre spread next door. His Phantom 2 drone was his security camera and eye in the sky.…

Police investigate complaints of drone following Eagle River children

Police investigate complaints of drone following Eagle River children

Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer ANCHORAGE - Parents in Eagle River have complained to police about a small drone aircraft that they say has been spotted this week following school children and hovering near homes. The reports highlight growing concern…

York County working on drone restrictions after Carowinds flyby

York County working on drone restrictions after Carowinds flyby

Dustin Wilson, WCNC YORK CO., S.C. — A frightening run-in at hundreds of feet in the air is exactly why Carowinds is pushing York County lawmakers to create drone restrictions. Recently a drone weaved through a coaster at the theme…

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