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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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Obstacle detection LRF takes 36000 readings per second and costs only US$350

Posted by Laser Developer on March 5, 2015 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

Today LightWare Optoelectronics released the SF30/B obstacle detection LRF that updates at an astonishing 36633 readings per second and has a range of 50m in all lighting conditions. The introductory price of the SF30/B is just US$350.

The SF30/B is the latest light weight…

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Help requested! Comments and input needed for new coaxial UAS

Posted by Ascent AeroSystems on March 5, 2015 at 5:50pm 13 Comments

Greetings friends! It’s been a few months since we introduced “Backcountry Drones” and the concept of the coaxial “Scout” backpack drone to you here on DIYdrones, and although it may have seemed we’d gone quiet…we’ve been busy. Very busy.



We’ve gotten some amazing input from many of you, feedback that we’ve taken to heart as we’ve worked…

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FLIR Tau2 640 + GoPro and 3D printed case

Posted by Crispin on March 5, 2015 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

I've been doing a bunch of filming with my Tau2 (more to come on that) and recently I have needed to film with both the Tau2 and a GoPro with the aim of blending the video.

I set about designing a camera case which will house both the GoPro as well as the Tau2 at the same time. My goals were that it needed to be light, rigid and securely hold…

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remote shutter for sony nex 5n cam

Posted by alain on March 5, 2015 at 6:00am 5 Comments

After many problems with my the infrared trigger to fix sony nex decided not to have problems with my orthophotos.

I modified the trigger of the camera soldering two wires as this website says. http://photoshipone.com/10/sony-nex5n-trigger-modification/

(I'm not having pictures of my installation sorry)

then later connect the two wires to solder on my trigger and connect the…

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Rover Release 2.49 is OUT!

Posted by Grant Morphett on March 4, 2015 at 2:30pm 3 Comments

Rover Release 2.49 is OUT!

We know you love Rovers the most.  They don't randomly fly off, they don't fall out of the sky and they don't have nasty spinning props to cut fingers.  You can RELY ON A ROVER.  Follow the link to…

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Low Cost Crazyflie Clone Nano Quadcopter Kit for Android

Posted by Vincent Wilson on March 4, 2015 at 11:00am 4 Comments

Found this Crazyflie clone while doing a Google image search on nano quadcopter controller boards. Has anyone played with this particular unit?

NEJE Gravity Sensor Operated Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter Kit for Android Cellphone - Black $58.25…

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Ten more drones have been spotted flying over Paris

Posted by Katrina Rosen on March 4, 2015 at 9:00am 8 Comments

Ten more drones have been spotted flying over Paris and reports say police are searching for four men after a chase in the east of the city. The latest drones were seen hovering near the Eiffel Tower and several other areas further away from the center.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31725302…

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Vulcan UAV Frames from CreativeFlyers

Posted by David Barclay on March 3, 2015 at 11:30pm 23 Comments

We have just started to use these fantastic frames at Creative Flyers, and are looking for some feed back on them. The Z Arm design is fascinating, it really gives the camera a clear field of…

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This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 3, 2015 at 11:07pm 13 Comments

I showed a tour group of 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with the Tower app today. After they flew a mission, I checked the logs on…

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New DIY drone build

Posted by Daniel Lukonis on March 3, 2015 at 7:58pm 5 Comments

Hi All! I've been busy building this new experimental screened-in drone.

It's built out of many DIY style components. 3D printed motor mounts, rain gutter screen "finger protector rings", some spare foam, rubber damping balls, random bits of carbon fiber cut up, epoxy, hot glue and a…

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Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
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UAV news from sUAS News

Newquay Airport: Government ‘to oppose drone testing’

Newquay Airport: Government ‘to oppose drone testing’

By Neil Gallacher Plans to test drones at Newquay Airport are being opposed by the government, according to a leaked briefing note. The note from the Cornish airport warns that Department for Transport (DfT) officials feel Newquay would be unable…

MWC: It’s only a matter of time before a drone kills someone, warns IEEE

MWC: It’s only a matter of time before a drone kills someone, warns IEEE

By Lee Bell BARCELONA: It’s only a matter time before a drone such as the one that crashed outside the White House will fall out of the sky and kill someone. This is the stark warning issued by theInstitute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE)…

Obstacle detection LRF takes 36000 readings per second and costs only US$350

Obstacle detection LRF takes 36000 readings per second and costs only US$350

Today LightWare Optoelectronics released the SF30/B obstacle detection LRF that updates at an astonishing 36633 readings per second and has a range of 50m in all lighting conditions. The introductory price of the SF30/B is just US$350. The SF30/B is…

Drone made by 3D printer built by SFU’s Avian Robotics team

Drone made by 3D printer built by SFU’s Avian Robotics team

By The Early Edition, CBC News A group of students at Simon Fraser University has built a drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), with parts made by a 3D printer. “Drones in general will be the next up and coming industry, and…

New drone to be deployed to Guam

New drone to be deployed to Guam

Written by  Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno  Pacific Daily News A new drone that can stay in the air for 24 hours will be deployed to Andersen Air Force Base in 2017. The Guam deployment of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft was…

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