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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

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Rapide Lite, Affordable High Resolution 3D Printer

Posted by Andreas Lindner on October 1, 2014 at 9:30am 6 Comments

I just want to point to this new Indiegogo campaign: It's more DIY than drones related, however a very interesting project:

Rapid Lite on Indiegogo

Company Web…

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The A B C of laser altimeters

Posted by Laser Developer on September 30, 2014 at 11:00pm 10 Comments

The SF10 family of laser altimeters was designed by people on this forum. Requests for new features and numerous emails about performance and applications has lead to the development of a compact, light weight, rugged design that can be used in many UAV applications.

We've produce three…

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Rover - Ground based Inspiration

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on September 30, 2014 at 1:00pm 4 Comments

Having a new project starting and knowing it was going to be ground based I have had to try and sike my self up a bit. Personally seeing the multirotor platform as the phenom when considering what you can do with remote piloted craft, especially with Arducopter. I started searching for the proper inspiration. One time I had a remote controlled gas powered kyoshyo…

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Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2014 at 10:42pm 11 Comments

From Robohub:

When Canadians attempt to characterize aspects of Canadian culture, it’s not uncommon to draw comparisons with the US. I recently…

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FPV on the cheap; 1990's VR equipment

Posted by Liam Honecker on September 29, 2014 at 2:07pm 6 Comments

I want to share my FPV setup I built on a small budget which uses some Virtual I/O iGlasses made in 1995.  I bought these in 2001 for about ~$75 and they are 600x800 in resolution and 120htz (60htz per eye).  They are capable of displaying 3D video too.  The 3D effect requires a video…

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Part 2: How to build a High-Definition FPV UAV using a Rasperry PI with HD camera, using a high speed WiFi link

Posted by Patrick Duffy on September 29, 2014 at 12:00pm 50 Comments

Part Two: Here is the original picture of the finished product:

This is the second part of a 2-part series on 'How to build a High-Definition FPV UAV using a Raspberry PI with HD camera, using a high speed WiFi link.

In my first post on the subject (located …

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GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!

Posted by Gary McCray on September 29, 2014 at 10:30am 36 Comments

GoPro is finally announcing the new 4 Silver and Black:

It , of course has the new 30fps 4K and - not surprisingly costs $100.00 more than the last one so now $499.00.

Probably using the new Ambarella 9 chip, but no mention made of built in electronic image stabilization…

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How to build a High-Definition FPV UAV using a Rasperry PI with HD camera, using a high speed WiFi link

Posted by Patrick Duffy on September 28, 2014 at 9:00pm 38 Comments

After 3 months of research, picking a platform, and building my own HD FPV rig, I decided to write this blog to share my experience. I have been flying FPV for about a year now, and this was the most fun project yet! 

Here is a picture of the finished product:

The platform I picked was the…

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Frsky Tarais spoken flight mode guide

Posted by Greg O on September 28, 2014 at 8:30pm 13 Comments

I've been away from the diydrones scene for a while, but I'm still around. Here is something that I can contribute to the community.…

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"Spaxels" light painting with swarming drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 28, 2014 at 4:20pm 6 Comments

This came out late last year, but I missed it at the time. "Spaxels" are space+pixels, with coordinated multicopters. You can read more about them from Ars Electronica here.

 
 
 

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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

New NC laws on drones, coal ash and sales taxes take effect Oct. 1

New NC laws on drones, coal ash and sales taxes take effect Oct. 1

By Benjamin Brown RALEIGH There’s a difference between drones and the remote-controlled airplanes hobbyists enjoy. So notes a new law effective Wednesday that firms up the definition of “unmanned aircraft,” colloquially known as drones, for statewide regulation. The law, which…

Aeryon Scout for Pendleton Unmanned Aircraft Systems Range (PUR)

Aeryon Scout for Pendleton Unmanned Aircraft Systems Range (PUR)

Pendleton, OR – The Pendleton Unmanned Aircraft Systems Range (PUR) achieved Initial Operating Capability on September 30 2014, successfully operating an Aeryon Scout system in accordance with a Federal Aviation Administration Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), within the University…

SimActive Introduces Game-Changing Technology for Mosaic Creation

SimActive Introduces Game-Changing Technology for Mosaic Creation

Montreal, Canada, October 1st, 2014 – SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, is pleased to announce Correlator3D™ version 5.4, with significantly faster mosaic creation and a further increase in quality.The process has been entirely revamped to profit from…

What’s keeping America’s private drone industry grounded?

What’s keeping America’s private drone industry grounded?

Ed Pilkington in Grand Forks, North Dakota Colonel Robert Becklund knows the exhilaration of flying some of the world’s most powerful, fast and nimble aircraft. For 17 years he was a pilot with the 119th fighter wing of the North Dakota…

Grand Forks sheriff’s deputies nab suspects using unmanned aircraft in first-ever night flight

Grand Forks sheriff’s deputies nab suspects using unmanned aircraft in first-ever night flight

By Brandi Jewett / Grand Forks Herald The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department apprehended its first set of suspects using an unmanned aircraft at night after a traffic stop and foot chase Sunday. The flight marks the first nighttime mission…

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