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Jonathan Hesselbarth commented on Jonathan Hesselbarth's blog post ArduVTOL - Wingcopter - Flight Report Nr. 2
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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

Global UAV Market (2014-2020)

Posted by Steve Stark on January 29, 2015 at 5:21am 0 Comments

The global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market is valued at $6,762 million in 2014 and is expected to show a robust growth to reach $10,573 million in 2020, registering a CAGR of 7.73%, till 2020. The market is being driven by the rise in demand for non defense applications and the increased UAV functionality to perform complex operations which…


FPV + Oculus Rift Kickstarter

Posted by Fly Like a Bird Team on January 28, 2015 at 10:46pm 10 Comments

Hey all, keen on Full HD, head tracking FPV with a wide FOV?

We are currently working on a project for a Raspberry Pi + Oculus Rift based FPV solution. Here are some of the advantages:

  • Full HD video feed
  • Head tracking built in from day one
  • Wide…

IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 28, 2015 at 10:00pm 5 Comments

A very good piece in IEEE Spectrum reports on the research on the risks small/med bird strikes in aviation. Short conclusion: it rarely…


Is it a hobby or not?

Posted by Jake Wells on January 28, 2015 at 7:27pm 13 Comments

I have been posting here for a couple years. Back when it consisted of a lot less drone and a lot more DIY. So please refrain from making silly comments like,"Do you know the name of the site you just posted on?"

Now that that's taken care of. You may have noticed the Commander in Chief told the FAA yesterday to do their job. That made me  think. Not that I don't have this thought at least once a week. What happens if we lose our hobby what will I do?



Can Your Frame Do This

Posted by Todd Urban on January 28, 2015 at 2:30pm 21 Comments

There has been some question on the strength of a 3d printed quadcopter I had some wonders myself as to just how…


DJI to release mandatory firmware update

Posted by Gary Mortimer on January 28, 2015 at 7:30am 19 Comments

DJI will release a mandatory firmware update for the Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, and Phantom 2 Vision+ to help users comply with the FAA’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) 0/8326, which restricts unmanned flight around the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

The updated firmware (V3.10) will be released in coming days and adds a No-Fly Zone centered…


Vulture 2 spaceplane HIL simulation

Posted by Lester Haines on January 28, 2015 at 6:28am 2 Comments

We've been quietly beavering away at hardware-in-the-loop simulations for our Vulture 2 spaceplane, and Pixhawk wrangler Linus Penzlien has finally got the aircraft to land itself at a virtual Spaceport America.

The HIL work involves ArduPilot controlling an…


Thanks for a great first week!

Posted by Blucraft on January 28, 2015 at 4:30am 2 Comments

It's been just over a week since we launched, and we've had an INCREDIBLE response to Mach-Up - the free, web-based design tool.

We've had over 2,000 visitors and now have over 600 registered users. Amazing. Thank you all for your enthusiastic support!

(If you missed it, you can check it out at …


The A to Z of UAVs

Posted by UAV Vision on January 27, 2015 at 11:46pm 3 Comments

For the Full list visit: A to Z of…


ardurover Latency and Tracking problem using joystick mode in mission planner

Posted by 404Warehouse on January 27, 2015 at 11:00pm 5 Comments

We are tring to build a FPV Rover combining a logitech racing wheel with an RC Car for an FPV platform.

However we are having some problems with the latency and tracking of the steering wheel input. 

- I have checked the RC inputs using MAVlink and checked that the rc override was working fine

(The racing wheels seem to be in sync with the rc…



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

Hong Kong’s best ever drone video? How stunning 10km chocolate delivery stunt took months to plan

Hong Kong’s best ever drone video? How stunning 10km chocolate delivery stunt took months to plan

Kristine Servando An eye-catching stunt to pilot a drone over 10 kilometres of stunning Hong Kong countryside in order to deliver a chocolate bar to a friend took months of careful planning, one of the project’s pilots has revealed. Tens…

Sky’s the limit for Emirati student and his 3D-printing drone

Sky’s the limit for Emirati student and his 3D-printing drone

Ben Flanagan Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No … it’s a 3D-printing aerial drone. Just ask Talib Alhinai, an Emirati PhD student at Imperial College London, whose mission is to help develop flying robots that improve people’s…

Launch of the “Race for Water Odyssey” expedition, a race against time to protect oceans from plastic pollution

Launch of the “Race for Water Odyssey” expedition, a race against time to protect oceans from plastic pollution

Initiated by the Race for Water Foundation based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the “Race for Water Odyssey” (R4WO) will begin in Bordeaux (France) on March 15, 2015. The objective of this unique expedition is to conduct the first global assessment of…

Edmonton’s first-ever sanctioned drone flight takes off

Edmonton’s first-ever sanctioned drone flight takes off

BY TREVOR ROBB, EDMONTON SUN Edmonton’s first-ever sanctioned commercial drone operation took flight Wednesday. Using a DJI S1000 drone, Connor Burns from the Calgary-based company, Skymatics, along with two other crew members, were capturing video footage of two large city construction projects…

Drones may change search process for gas field hazards

Drones may change search process for gas field hazards

By Laura Legere / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A helicopter equipped with magnetic sensors flew over three plots of Pennsylvania state lands hunting for signs of forgotten oil and gas wells last summer at a cost of about $2,000 an hour. Meanwhile,…

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