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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 

Blog Posts

Navio+, Awsome flight controller from Emlid. Tested with 4G Cellular communucation

Posted by Bernt Christian Egeland on April 19, 2015 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Hi Everyone.

I would like to share my experience using navio+ as flight controller.

At first when discovered navio i was a little skeptic if this board could really be as good as it looks. I read all the…


Make a IR camera from your FLIR TAU

Posted by Drone thermal camera on April 18, 2015 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

FLIR TAU cores are often used in our "drone" community as a very simple thermal imagers. But what about to make from FLIR TAU full value thermal camera with USB3 or GigE (Gigabite Ethernet) output?

USB3 and GigE modules are designed and manufactured by Workswell for easy and…


Autonomous Airborne Docking for Refueling or Recharging

Posted by Dan Wilson on April 18, 2015 at 12:03am 29 Comments

This video shows some recent flight test results from my PhD research on autonomous UAV docking, that was conducted with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at The University of Sydney. To the best of our knowledge, these experiments are the first time two UAVs have docked in mid-air.

Some of my other videos provide more specifics on the…


Another APM Powered Quad from Aerosky

Posted by UAS_Pilot on April 17, 2015 at 10:30am 10 Comments

I recently came across a very interesting Quad Copter from Aerosky call the X350. The don't mention the APM but in the manual it states that it is compatible with DroidPlanner and Mission Planner. The price is great if it flies as the advertise

For the RTF price of 399.00 I am considering getting one to test. It does not state anywhere that an APM/or compatible is in it. I thought that under the Open Source rules they had to mention the Group of Developers…


Quadcopter platform for Cansat Droptest / Deployment

Posted by 404Warehouse on April 16, 2015 at 9:30pm 2 Comments

Cansats are a can size satellite used for educating students to teach how to design and implement systems. Cansats are launched in small rockets which drop the cansat in around 100m ~ 3km altitude. From deployment and operation of the satellite is done in the same procedure as of the real satellites. However, in a dense country or in city regions, launching rockets…


NDVI Wheat Crop Surveys - Behind the Scenes Video & Panoramic

Posted by Mike Governale on April 16, 2015 at 2:31pm 7 Comments

The video above attempts to provide a "Behind the Scenes" view of how we are capturing the NDVI composite images while working with a local farmer and a section of his wheat crop.

The on board video, captured images, along with…


Scientists Using Drones To Map Ocean Trash

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on April 16, 2015 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

ocean plastic pollution

by Natalia Lima

A group of scientists is taking…


Launch of Airware

Posted by Greg Crutsinger on April 16, 2015 at 10:30am 8 Comments

Looks like this is the week of big UAV announcements with the launch of the Airware platform for commercial drone use.…


New era for cheap HD fpv ?

Posted by Paul Meier on April 16, 2015 at 7:30am 8 Comments

light, 5gHz wifi, 5 volts

if only the range is acceptable, or maybe a mod to fit some cloverleaf....…



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

Event 38 Wins Best of Tech Award

Event 38 Wins Best of Tech Award

by Company honored as Most Promising Start-up as Part of 9th Annual NEO Tech Week Cleveland, OH, Event 38, Unmanned Aerial Systems was selected the “Most Promising Start-up” from more than 60 northern Ohio tech companies during the awards ceremony last…

Europe’s combat UAV takes to the skies over Italy

Europe’s combat UAV takes to the skies over Italy

by by Andrew Tarantola After nearly a decade of design and development, the first full-size nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator is ready for operational tests. Six European nations have coordinated on the UCAV’s development. Defense contractor Dassault is responsible for its…

Canada:- City of Richmond bans drones and remote-controlled planes

Canada:- City of Richmond bans drones and remote-controlled planes

by The City of Richmond, B.C., banned the use of all remote-controlled aircraft, including drones and power kites, in city parks and school grounds. “We recognize obviously there’s been a great explosion in types of powered small crafts that are out there…

Remote Control Aerial Platform Association NPRM Response

Remote Control Aerial Platform Association NPRM Response

by As an association with a long history of participation in the Global UAS airspace integration effort, which includes membership on the sUAS ARC (order 1110.150), and standards groups ASTM, RTCA and Eurocae (through the ICI), and the Beyond Visual…

GGC proud to launch RORS ‘RPAS Occurrence Reporting System’ in collaboration with Cranfield University

GGC proud to launch RORS ‘RPAS Occurrence Reporting System’ in collaboration with Cranfield University

by Gilmartin Global Consultancy (GGC) based in the UK has provided Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Subject Matter Expertise (SME) and occurrence investigation services since 2011 to military and civil customers worldwide. In collaboration with the Cranfield Safety and Accident…

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