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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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Posted by Janis Kuze on April 27, 2015 at 12:47pm 1 Comment

Just wanted to thank you for being active users and let you know what you can meet with us and see UgCS 2.4 preview at AUVSI Expo next week.

Please be welcome at our booth #3144




CamMan, a special camera controller

Posted by Azjeg on April 27, 2015 at 9:00am 1 Comment

Here is the new member of our growing family of modules for our scalable ground control system. Sorry for the low quality photos, but we hardly ever have time to take decent pictures before the gear leaves the workshop. You can see the other modules at



How was your weekend?

Posted by Ascent AeroSystems on April 27, 2015 at 5:00am 6 Comments

We're launching our all-new website later this week!

In the meantime, here's a video of some of our weekend...

Perceptiv Labs image-tracking upgrade for IRIS+ now taking preorders

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 26, 2015 at 11:30am 7 Comments

Perceptive Labs is now taking pre-orders for SHIFT, which uses computer vision to do optical tracking. It supports Pixhawk, the IRIS+ and the DJI Phantom.…


Really moving BBC video on the Syria Airlift project, using APM drones to deliver aid

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 25, 2015 at 10:00am 14 Comments

Regardless of your views on Middle East conflict, everyone in this community should feel very proud after watching this video, showing APM-powered planes used for humanitarian aid. Mark Jacobsen at the Syria Airlift Project is inspiring, and I personally will be backing his work.  

The power to…


3D printed week-end goodie: Adjustable COG battery mount

Posted by Hugues on April 25, 2015 at 9:00am 3 Comments


To make center of gravity (COG) 's tuning easier when attaching your battery on its ship, here is a quick and simple 3D printed…


3DR Aero Intro and Flight Demo

Posted by AKRCGUY on April 25, 2015 at 7:00am 3 Comments

All the craze is with multirotors these days but fixed wing aircraft have capabilities that rotorcraft do not.  There aren't many videos of the 3DR Aero in action so we put this video introduction together.  Hope you enjoy it.

It’s the perfect platform for regularly acquiring highly detailed and actionable data for large-scale operations such as…


Presenting the Vertex Hybrid VTOL Kickstarter Campaign

Posted by ComQuestVentures on April 24, 2015 at 8:21pm 25 Comments

In a nutshell, the Vertex is a tilt-rotor UAV that combines the flight time, range and speed of an airplane with the hovering, vertical takeoff and landing capabilities of a multicopter. The Vertex is designed to be a versatile platform that can be adapted to various performance levels by using interchangeable wing sections and flying with one or two batteries…


Drones delivering aid in Syria [BBC]

Posted by Jay Bryon on April 24, 2015 at 8:00pm 5 Comments

Children watching on the airfield

Interesting idea, small deliveries adding up where large ones would be shot down.  These are Pixhawk-powered fixed-wing UAVs.

From the BBC:

How do you deliver food and medicine to people in an area where a cargo plane would be shot down? It was a question that kept US Air Force pilot Mark Jacobsen awake at night after he met Syrian…



Posted by Zubax Robotics on April 24, 2015 at 6:00pm 2 Comments

Since UAVCAN is now supported in the most recent versions of APM, it is now possible to use Zubax GNSS with ArduCopter and ArduPlane. We prepared a…



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

Flightglobal :- Arcturus pushes revamped Jump 20 UAV for US DoD requirement

Flightglobal :- Arcturus pushes revamped Jump 20 UAV for US DoD requirement

by By: DOMINIC PERRY California-based Arcturus UAV has unveiled a new iterative development of its Jump 20 vertical take-off and landing unmanned air vehicle that it intends to pitch for a major US Department of Defense requirement. The development – Jump 20C…

UAV propeller system makes the grade

UAV propeller system makes the grade

by By Ian Ross A Thunder Bay innovator has landed a deal with a U.S. defence contractor that could take his small aviation firm soaring to new heights. Andrew Kondor, president of Aerovate, has sold two units of his leading edge passive…

South Park drone parody reflects real concerns about UAV registration and regulation

South Park drone parody reflects real concerns about UAV registration and regulation

by By Mary-Ann Russon An episode of anarchic cartoon South Park which deals with the use of drones to take nude images of unsuspecting victims highlights real world issues which the drone industry needs to address. Speaking at the SkyTech 2015…

Drone footage reveals extent of damage in Kathmandu

Drone footage reveals extent of damage in Kathmandu

by More than 48 hours after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal killing more than 3,700 people, the scale of the devastation caused is becoming increasingly apparent. As people in the capital Kathmandu search for lost loved ones and try to find shelter and…

Drone Operator Mulled Dropping Radioactive Sand on US Tokyo Facility

Drone Operator Mulled Dropping Radioactive Sand on US Tokyo Facility

by Stars and Stripes | Apr 27, 2015 | by Seth Robson YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A man who flew a drone carrying radioactive sand onto the roof of the Japanese prime minister’s office considered targeting a U.S.-related facility in downtown Tokyo, according…

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