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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 birthplace of ArduPilot, the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:

  • PX4, a pro-quality copter, plane, rover and VTOL software stack from the Dronecode Foundation
  • 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

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 

Blog Posts

Human vs AI drone racing

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 12:41am 0 Comments


The race, held on Oct. 12, capped off two years of research into drone autonomy funded by Google. The company was interested in JPL's work with vision-based…


RTK GPS accuracy demo

Posted by TopXGun on November 23, 2017 at 12:00am 0 Comments

Gens ace & Tattu Black Friday Event Detail, Free drone ? Battery deal ?

Posted by Flora Lai on November 22, 2017 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

This year’s black Friday, you can find many amazing deals on Many are the best deals of the year.

Firstly we are sending out a Xiao mi 4K drone as the prize of the lucky draw, which is worth $589, this is the biggest giveaway on of the year. Whoever come share our event page on their social media account can enter, no purchases required, it’s completely free.

Secondly you can get the best deals on batteries.  We have selected 17…


First pass at a Drone family tree diagram

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 22, 2017 at 5:46pm 0 Comments

For a presentation I'm doing I tried to explain how the modern drone industry grew out of the intersection of two communities, RC and robotics, and although they didn't merge, they did both evolve. 

Here's where this community comes in, bridging those two…


Real time Drone Navigation and Telemetry Dashboard over 4G/LTE | Setup your drone with FlytBase Cloud

Posted by Achal Negi on November 22, 2017 at 4:30am 2 Comments

This video demonstrates, how to setup your drone with FlytBase Cloud. You can send real-time navigation commands, get telemetry and payload data using FlytConsole LIVE dashboard. FlytBase Cloud helps you connect your drones to the cloud. Set UAV missions, get telemetry and payload data remotely over 4G/LTE.



Tattu 1800mah 4S 75C Battery review: long flight time for FPV drones

Posted by sarah lee on November 21, 2017 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

Today we’re going to find out how long it takes to charge the Tattu 4s 1800mah 75c and what the real world flight time is, in comparison to 1300 mAh batteries which are more common for racing drones.

When it comes to racing quadcopters, flight time is not as important as it is in the case of cruising drones. More important is the take-off weight and you need to keep it as low…


Pixhawk Mini now just $139

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 21, 2017 at 5:30pm 1 Comment


Last year, we introduced the Pixhawk Mini, a small, efficient autopilot designed in collaboration with HobbyKing specifically for the Dronecode PX4 1.6 stack. It’s been put to work on a variety of projects, and many of you use it to build DIY quads, planes,…


Preview of upcoming Dronecode/PX4 multi-camera VIO feature

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2017 at 5:47pm 7 Comments

Visual Inertial Odometry (VIO) is a way to do position estimation and navigation without GPS, which is both useful for drones inside and for self-driving cars. Coming to the next release of the Dronecode/PX4 stack. 

Skywalker Titan 2160mm FPV Aircraft Model

Posted by Ellen Zhu on November 20, 2017 at 1:06am 5 Comments

    Skywalker Titan is first V-tail aircraft with twin-motor from skywalker. Skywalker Naja is the first V-tail of Skywalker that is equipped with good and steady flying function.




Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Drone Race: Human Versus Artificial Intelligence

Drone racing is a high-speed sport demanding instinctive reflexes — but humans won’t be the only competitors for long. Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, put their work to the test recently. Timing laps through a twisting obstacle course, they raced drones controlled by artificial intelligence (A.I.) against a professional human pilot. […]

Martek Establish Dedicated Maritime Unmanned Aviation Division

To mark growing demand for maritime RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) services and the rapid expansion of business, Martek Marine has established a dedicated Martek Aviation division. The new Martek Aviation division is strategically focussed on pioneering unmanned maritime aviation services, after a successful track record of 25 years improving commercial maritime safety. Maritime RPAS applications […]

UMS SKELDAR launches new R-350 VTOL platform as part of ‘dynamic duo’ line up with flagship SKELDAR V-200

R350 World-class provider of rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions UMS SKELDAR is using the Dubai Airshow, one of the largest aerospace events in the world, as the launchpad for its new enhanced R-350 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) platform. This ITAR-free light tactical high-performance UAV is unique in its class, not only including an ability to carry payloads of […]

DJI Introduces Racing Edition Goggles to Enable the Thrill of Drone Racing and FPV Experience

External Video Transmission and Camera Module Allows for Expanded Creative Uses Beyond DJI Drones DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today launched an enhanced version of the DJI Goggles targeted at drone racers, aerial enthusiasts and RC hobbyists. The new DJI Goggles RE (Racing Edition) take on a completely new […]

The first solar logistics transport drone to cross the Atlantic in 2018

The various tsunamis, hurricanes and recent earthquakes that are affecting more and more populations have all deeply affected us by their violence and their steady regularity. How can we intervene quickly and provide first aid to populations in need where traditional vehicles are no longer efficient? Our own response: the Inti Solace – The first […]

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