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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

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                   Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

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Clemson through the Eyes of a Red Epic and Scalett

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on October 24, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Clemson University / www.OspreyHD.com from Lee Dashiell | Osprey Production on Vimeo.

Not to long ago my father who is not what I would describe as technology savvy forwarded me a email that he had received from Clemson University we we both had attended…

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An Autopilot in the clouds - part 4

Posted by Jesper Andersen on October 24, 2014 at 1:58am 0 Comments

This article is part four in a series, describing some of the inner workings of an autopilot system - even though the description is specific for this particular system, a lot of principles are generic and can be used to describe a…

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Food Fight: In Syria, Drones with a New Mission

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on October 23, 2014 at 6:39pm 21 Comments

Cross-posted from the 3DR blog.

This past March, Mark Jacobsen (pictured above holding an Ed Ansley Peace Drone prototype), a PhD candidate in Political Science at…

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WARNING :FTDI Drivers Are Killing Fake Chips(windows update)

Posted by Dez Socks on October 23, 2014 at 5:00pm 19 Comments

I was reading back through the posts on Hackaday.com today and discovered this article.

From the page:

The FTDI FT232 chip is found in thousands of electronic baubles, from Arduinos to test equipment, and more than a few bits of…

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Tecscorp announces two online courses on Drones

Posted by Ronald Messino on October 23, 2014 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

On Oct 10th,   Tecscorp™ and FIA Foundation announced that they have teamed up to offer the firsts two Online course on design, development and deploy of Drones, that students can earn exclusively through the  Online Course delivery format and and completely in Spanish.

 “The…

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New VR Gimbal 4 is coming New Hardware design and a lot of new feature: STM32F4, Nuttx , SD Card , Mavlink support , imu and potentiometer managment.

Posted by Roberto Navoni on October 23, 2014 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

Dear Friend ,

after a lot of month to work and 1 year of experience on VR Gimbal firmware now we are at release 1.20 I'm very happy to present a new revision of product. 

VR micro Gimbal 4.0

In the video you can see the early preview of new product . VR micro Gimbal 4 derived from Brain 5 platform , it's based on Nuttx 7 O.S. support SD card for real…

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Professional dual frequency RC TX

Posted by Luca Mariotti on October 23, 2014 at 9:00am 1 Comment

CAM Costruzioni Aero Meccaniche, an Italian firm devoted to the development of innovative products for the next generation of RPAS is proud to introduce a professional radio control system for high end multirotors. CAM is a member of Zefiro Innovazione Srl, an industrial cluster based on Tassignano airport near the…

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A policy initiative on opening the market for remotely piloted aircraft systems Questionnaire

Posted by Rui Costa on October 23, 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments

European Union is doing a questionnaire about the use of "drones".

More information here: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/consultations/2014-civil-drones_en.htm

Consultation period: 14/08/2014 – 24/10/2014 - END…

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The drone revolution by the numbers (infographic)

Posted by edupin on October 23, 2014 at 5:39am 0 Comments

Who is the drone hobbyist today? Where on earth do they fly the most? Which devices are the most popular? At what price? What about "dronies"? How drones could make you save money, get a job or even save lives?



The answers are gathered in this brand new…

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UAVs with artificial muscles

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 22, 2014 at 11:20pm 4 Comments

From IEEE Spectrum:

Until recently, a defining characteristic of robots has been their rigid mechanical nature. Most of them are made up of hard structural…

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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

HyUAV, a new step up in the Aerial Environmental Monitoring

HyUAV, a new step up in the Aerial Environmental Monitoring

Environmental monitoring has been revolutionized by a drone of 7kg capable of flying at 5 km/h speed and “observing”. Observing what? All that is necessary for a solid environmental monitoring: forests, lakes, glaciers, and other often inaccessible places up to…

Menlo Park Fire district gets green light to buy a drone

Menlo Park Fire district gets green light to buy a drone

by Dave Boyce / Almanac A hand-held aerial drone, probably one with four helicopter blades, will likely take up residence soon in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to help survey the scene of a fire from above. With no comment…

Drone deployed in Brunswick battle over rail facility: Watch its video

Drone deployed in Brunswick battle over rail facility: Watch its video

BY TOM BELL STAFF WRITER Supporters of Amtrak’s plan to build a $12.7 million layover facility in Brunswick have enlisted a drone to counter neighbors’ opposition to the project, but residents who live nearby say the aerial video footage shot from the drone is…

CyPhy Works’ New Drone Fits in Your Pocket, Flies for Two Hours

CyPhy Works’ New Drone Fits in Your Pocket, Flies for Two Hours

By Evan Ackerman Anybody who’s ever flown a rotary wing drone will look at the stats of CyPhy Works’ new Pocket Flyer drone and be amazed. It fits in your pocket and weights a mere 80 grams. It’ll fly continuously…

iRobot founder Helen Greiner on drones, the FAA, and how to succeed in business without really flying

iRobot founder Helen Greiner on drones, the FAA, and how to succeed in business without really flying

Nidhi Subbaraman  Helen Greiner didn’t just put the ‘robot’ in iRobot. Starting as an 11-year-old who wanted to build R2-D2, she achieved her a dream twice: after co-founding iRobot and ushering it to an IPO in 2005, Greiner left to createa second company, CyPhy Works, that builds flying…

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