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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

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Blog Posts

Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top

Posted by Jacob Cereteli on January 21, 2017 at 3:48pm 1 Comment

Hello everyone! 

For the past few months we were looking for a more convenient way to launch our PD-1 fixed-wing UAV (MTOW is 40 kg). Since runway takeoff and landing requires pretty serious and long training for the operator and any pneumatic launchers that will work with our UAV are expensive (from $30000 USD (actually we couldn't…


Cable-free flight simulator with Spektrum DSM satellite + Arduino

Posted by Simon D. Levy on January 19, 2017 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

This video shows me flying our homebrew "Hackflight Sim" quadcopter flight simulator using a Spektrum DX8 receiver without a cable. The DX8 is talking to a…


Call for members!

Posted by Matt Wallhead on January 19, 2017 at 1:16pm 0 Comments

The Great Lakes UAS user group is seeking members! The purpose of the Great Lakes UAS user group is to facilitate communication among individuals and businesses in the…


Mapping solution with low cost fixed wing airframe

Posted by Eric on January 19, 2017 at 11:44am 11 Comments


I offer for sale a low cost solution to do mapping with different camera that can be easily placed in the airframe thanks to the battery front cover. The other advantages are easy connections between the airframe and the wings or the elevator for quick and safe assembly / disassembly.

I hope…


Hack/Race DIY Robocars this weekend in Oakland

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 19, 2017 at 11:37am 1 Comment

Join us for our first hack/race day at the new Oakland warehouse location for DIY Robocar events.

There are three tracks:

1) A RGB lane track, modeled after the FormulaPi track:…


Droiko checkpoint smart mesh

Posted by Cactus Robotics on January 19, 2017 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Link to our Droiko on Kickstarter: …


Multi-UAV flights for simultaneous meteorological measurements

Posted by Gautier Hattenberger on January 19, 2017 at 3:30am 6 Comments

At the end of 2015, our UAV research lab at the French Civil Aviation University took part to an atmospheric research project with Meteo-France (CNRS-GAME and ENM) teams at the Atmospheric Research Center of Lannemezan…


Flight Envelope Protection System with Pixhawk and Odroid

Posted by Ofer Eldad on January 18, 2017 at 1:00pm 9 Comments

Our research group (Ofer Eldad, Andrew Alexander, and Christian Claudel) at the University of Texas at Austin  has implemented a supervisory control algorithm we developed to protect the flight envelope with either human control or autopilot. 

Our test platform is the Bormatec Maja shown below:…


Autonomously fly to a location and deliver a package (Ardupilot Copter 3.5)

Posted by Olivier on January 18, 2017 at 11:18am 3 Comments

Great feature coming up soon in Ardupilot's Copter 3.5. And congrats to the contribution of the month winner!


Congratulations to Peter Barker for winning the "Best Contribution of the Month" for Dec 2016 for his…


Evolution of our prototypes. PART 3

Posted by Cactus Robotics on January 18, 2017 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Link of our Droiko on Kickstarter: Kickstarter Droiko 

Checkpoints latest…



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

Find my drone, there is a website for that

find Christmas day 2017 saw peak drone loss spread across the world as presents were unwrapped, charged and lost. It was interesting to watch it unfold on Google Trends. A friend told me today that there was a pre-existing website on which lost and found drones were posted! I must admit I had never heard of it. […]

Virginia Tech launching business engagement center

Virginia Tech is creating a business engagement centre as part of a major push to expand and integrate its partnerships with leading companies. A national search is underway for an executive director to head the centre. The executive director will build a team of business development directors who can serve as primary points of contact […]

Pine Knob release drone policy

Pine Knob Southeast Michigan Ski resort Pine Knob has put down on paper what it expects of drone users this winter. Not the first ski mountain to lay down the law. Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Pine Knob Ski Resort, Inc. prohibits the operation or […]

The International Drone Racing Association launches insurance to for Drone Pilots

International Drone Racing Association The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) will launch the first primary UAV Aircraft Liability Insurance policy to cover drone pilots worldwide. Included with the rollout of IDRA’s membership service, each IDRA member will be insured, with a US$1,000,000 UAV Liability coverage limit including operations for Recreational Use, UAS training for competitions, and Racing/Competitions around the […]

Eyes in The Sky, ECAMSECURE, offering a Fleet of Drone Services

ECAMSECURE ECAMSECURE, a leading security and remote management technology solutions company, is proud to announce the addition of drones to an already extensive menu of integrated video surveillance and monitoring options. Ecamsecure has been a leader in security and remote management technology for over 17 years, compliments of the company’s history and commitment to safety, integrity, […]

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