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Richard Kennedy replied to Gary McCray's discussion Vibration Isolation and Dampening of APM / PX4 for version 2.9
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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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Blog Posts

GimBALL - 3D printed DIY Gimbal with closed hull - PART1 (design)

Posted by Adrián Nagy Hinst on November 24, 2014 at 11:09am 11 Comments

Hi guys, 

let me introduce my latest project, a 3D printed gimbal for MobiusHD camera. I call it GimBALL regarding of it's shape...

My goal was to make a closed, aerodynamic shaped gimbal, which can be used in the front of a plane (ie. X-UAV Talon), up to 100 km/h airspeed. So I tried to make thisthing  as…


Maiden drive of APM:Rover2 on Raspberry Pi with Navio

Posted by Emlid on November 24, 2014 at 8:30am 1 Comment

Hello guys!

We were fascinated by the idea of controlling a drone directly from Linux from the very beginning. Navio was created exactly with that purpose in mind. Your support let us finalize the hardware and get to…


Outdoor Flight Demo at Maker Faire Tokyo 2014

Posted by Masafumi Miwa on November 24, 2014 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Maker Faire Tokyo was was held on November 23 and the 24th.

My labo and my friends exhibited our multi copters.

This time, we did flight demonstration of semi-scalled Thunder Bird…


Update on UAV rules in the Philippines

Posted by clearskiesph on November 23, 2014 at 7:57pm 0 Comments

From UASA's website: Clearskies, Inc. is a member of UASA. 

Unmanned Aerial Systems Association of the Philippines, Inc. (…


Exmaps: Online Flight Logbook for Ardupilot Update #3

Posted by Weiliang on November 23, 2014 at 4:04pm 4 Comments

More updates!…


Aerial 360° of Tacloban to Ormoc one year after Yolanda

Posted by clearskiesph on November 23, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

From our blog:

Leyte (Nov 8, 2014) - Exactly one year after Yolanda (Haiayan), the people of Leyte had started re-building their houses, their lives, and slowly starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. The aerial 360° panoramic…


Apprentice Drone kit conversion

Posted by Luiz Miranda on November 23, 2014 at 10:30am 10 Comments

Because E-Flight Apprentice RC is very popular airplane and the fact that you can buy any replacement part for it I decided to design a 3D printed kit that would turn it into a Drone. The kit blends perfectly with the wing, it gives you easy access to the electronics from the top…


Doing science with UAVs in the Arctic polar night

Posted by Martin Mueller on November 23, 2014 at 9:02am 1 Comment

We spent a week on Svalbard and operated autonomous aircraft to collect atmospheric data. They were accompanied by a tethered weather balloon and an autonomous under water glider.

Multicopter with Thermal Camera

Posted by Ferhat Kurt on November 23, 2014 at 2:44am 4 Comments

Testing Flir Tau2 thermal camera with Y6 Multicopter (DJI WooKong-M). Below you can watch 4 flights.



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

3D Robotics’ new drone follows and carries a mirror-less camera

3D Robotics’ new drone follows and carries a mirror-less camera

by Steve Dent 3D Robotics is not about to let DJI hog all the press with its wild Inspire 1 Drone, so it just revealed its own semi-pro model: the X8+. The 8-prop UAV is designed to carry GoPro or lightweight…

FAA can ban drones flown recklessly: NTSB

FAA can ban drones flown recklessly: NTSB

Aimee Turner The United States National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration can enforce safety rules for drones. In a case from 2011, the NTSB said the FAA can apply rules against “careless or reckless” flights…

For commercial drones, the biggest questions remain unanswered

For commercial drones, the biggest questions remain unanswered

Clay Dillow A legal victory by the FAA and new rumors about pending drone rules bring some clarity to the commercial drone industry, much of it unwelcome. If the rumors are true, advocates for America’s nascent commercial drone industry will…

Parrot Invests $2M in MicaSense to Deliver Drone-Based Sensing Solutions for Precision Agriculture

Parrot Invests $2M in MicaSense to Deliver Drone-Based Sensing Solutions for Precision Agriculture

MicaSense, a sensor and information company, today announced it has raised $2M in Series A funding from Parrot, a worldwide leader in technology innovation. MicaSense delivers a fully integrated hardware solution for agricultural remote sensing from any unmanned aerial platform,…

New Documentary Series Highlights Innovative Uses of Aerial Imaging Tools

New Documentary Series Highlights Innovative Uses of Aerial Imaging Tools

Branford, November 24, 2014 – DJI, the world leader in commercial aerial imaging systems and creative robotics, has released the first in a series of documentary shorts highlighting the innovative use of aerial tools. The “DJI Stories” series will provide real…

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