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Pixhawk successor

Hi all,I am new to this system and now I want to get Pixhawk but I saw that each year new model is…See More
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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)

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

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FireFLY6 Holiday Sale Now Live - Don't Miss These Deals!

Posted by BirdsEyeView Aerobotics on November 28, 2014 at 5:58am 0 Comments

Now is the Time to Go VTOL!

Save 20% on FireFLY6s and 10% on Propulsion Systems

Now through Cyber Monday (or while supplies last), Save 20% on a FireFLY6 and Save 10% on our …

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Learning the ArduPilot codebase

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on November 27, 2014 at 8:04pm 8 Comments

I've put together a wiki page on learning the ArduPilot code base. Perhaps you are a ArduPilot user who is looking for something to occupy them while recovering from too much turkey this weekend? Try some of the exercises on this wiki page as a sure fire cure for the effects of…
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Installing APM Planner 2.0 on Ubuntu 14.04LTS

Posted by Ronald Pandolfi on November 27, 2014 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

As instructional materials designer for the DaVinci Challenge, I need to provide clear and concise guidance on all aspects of building and operating drones including preparing ground control systems. With Microsoft as a sponsor of the DaVinci Challenge, I usually start by encouraging installing Mission Planner or APM Planner 2.0 on Windows, despite the difficult of installing unsigned drivers on Windows 8. For those participants with a MAC, guidance is to install APM Planner 2.0. Inevitably,…

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New Transport Canada UAV Regulations Arrive!

Posted by Rob_Lefebvre on November 27, 2014 at 7:46pm 11 Comments

Well, the moment we have all been waiting for in Canada is finally here.  Transport Canada has published the new UAV regulations.  It is important to understand that these regulations effectively come in 2 parts.  Basically, you have one set of regulations for UAV's less…

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Zubax GNSS Black Friday Special

Posted by Andreas Jochum on November 27, 2014 at 7:00pm 4 Comments

NicaDrone offers obligatory Black Friday discounts on Zubax GNSS and accessories. For those unaware what we're talking about, please read…
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Initial results: Using Public Lab Mobius Infragram Point and Shoot with Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 and using PTLens to correct fisheye effect

Posted by Patrick Coyle on November 27, 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

The lightweight form factor of PL Mobius Infragram Point and Shoot allows use of it with low-lift UAVs. Together with ability to correct fisheye effect, makes for another (albeit limited niche) aerial mapping tool in the toolbox.…

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Virtualrobotix E-Shop offer a great discount coupon for your Black Friday. VR Brain 5.2 in pre order. Update

Posted by Roberto Navoni on November 27, 2014 at 5:00pm 2 Comments

These are the board developed by VR Lab available in the store : VR micro Gimbal , VR Multi Constellation GPS 8  ,VR Micro Brain 5 and plug and play VR micro telemetry board  . The VR Brain 5.2 is in pre order.…

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How to Write (Set) a Pixhawk parameter using the Mavlink protocol standard

Posted by Hugues on November 27, 2014 at 4:03pm 3 Comments

Hi,

I'm sharing with this community about my project's experiments which has for an objective to write (i.e. set = modify) a parameter (i.e. parameters we can see in the full parameters list in mission planner) using Mavlink.

You're now thinking : what a stupid objective, just use a GCS like mission…

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A new controller project

Posted by Alican Kurutepe on November 27, 2014 at 3:47pm 2 Comments

A new project with STM32F429I-Disco



I have decided to build a quad and work on some control algorithms using FreeRtos to understand well both quad dynamics and what can a real time operating system do in practice. I will try to explain every step…

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Comparing traditional CSI procedures with UAV Mapping

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on November 27, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Experimental project organized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Pix4D, using UAV models from Draganfly and Aeryon Labs. The goal is comparing traditional CSI procedures with UAV mapping.

More information here Pix4D (It can take a bit for…

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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

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s—AAAACK!

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s—AAAACK!

By Seth Stevenson I’m dreaming of a drone Christmas. Tiny drones tucked into stockings. Bigger drones beneath the tree. A drone for Dad, another for Junior, a third for your cool tween niece. Anecdotal reports suggest that drones are topping Christmas lists all over.…

Transport Canada makes it easier to fly small UAVs for work and research

Transport Canada makes it easier to fly small UAVs for work and research

Transport Canada today introduced two new exemptions that make it easier for businesses to fly small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) safely and legally. Under the new exemptions, a Special Flight Operations Certificate will no longer be required for certain operations…

Flying robots to start serving in restaurants by end-2015

Flying robots to start serving in restaurants by end-2015

By Robin Choo SINGAPORE: Restaurant-goers in Singapore can expect to be served by autonomous flying robots – the world’s first commercial attempt – by the end of next year. Infinium-Serve, the autonomous flying robotic waiters, will be first launched at one…

HEXO+ BlackFriday Deal

HEXO+ BlackFriday Deal

Guys, all the contests we did on our channels have showed how much of an incredible community you are, helping us spread the word to achieve this aerial filming revolution together. We love this spirit. And would like to keep…

You have control

You have control

Short and sweet, to the point nothing more needed really well done the UK. In the month that our USA readers started noticing the sky falling down. http://www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx?catid=1995

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