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Pixhawk issues & no GPS after update

This summer around July I decided to update my Pixhawk.  Like usual I plug in a USB and let mission…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 

Blog Posts

Screen shot of our new iPad app

Posted by Ted Morgan on August 27, 2015 at 11:59am 4 Comments

We flew our remote hexacopter on Cape Cod from over 60 miles away over a cellular connection using only this iPad interface. Beautiful day for a flight. Actual screen shot from the flight.…


Erle Robotics in the top 30 robotic startups worldwide

Posted by Iñigo Muguruza on August 27, 2015 at 8:02am 0 Comments

Hello everyone,

Erle Robotics is happy to announce that has been selected by RoboHub as one of the 30 most…


Fotokite Phi Tethered Quadrotor on IndieGoGo

Posted by healthyfatboy on August 27, 2015 at 5:37am 1 Comment

Looks really interesting! I like the fact that it gives accountability as to who is using it, seems relatively safe given the prop guards and the flexible props, and at least there won't be any flyaways! This was done by some guys that worked in ETH Zurich's lab.

Here's the IndieGoGo link.…


Theoretical analysis of obstacle detection using LIDAR

Posted by Laser Developer on August 27, 2015 at 4:42am 2 Comments

Small LIDAR (scanning laser) systems can be used for obstacle detection and SLAM from a moving drone. Whilst more work is still needed on the integration of the data from these sensors into the flight software, the theoretical performance can be evaluated based on the specifications of the…


First in the line.

Posted by Aaron Chadd on August 27, 2015 at 3:42am 3 Comments

Over the past few years my company has been experimenting with various types of UAV hardware. We have developed six versions of drones using off the shelf air frames and have tested several types of flight controllers.

 Each has had its pro's and cons and a lot of data has been collected in the past 24 months. We have built UAV's for customers providing custom built aircraft for everything from professional…


Raptor UAS setting records to support Search & Rescue

Posted by NOCO Search and Rescue on August 27, 2015 at 1:00am 2 Comments

Raptor UAS has partnered with Horizon Energy Systems and Northern Colorado Search & Rescue to attempt to set loiter endurance and a distance record using commercially available fuel cell and a small UAV to fly over the North Sea powered by hydrogen gas. Raptor UAS has started a Kick Starter campaign to help fund this Project. We will be using a Raptor E1 and a Horizon Energy Systems fuel cell to fly from Scotland to Norway. A portion of the funds raised will be…


Brushless Motor Dynamometer from RCbenchmark

Posted by Charles Blouin on August 26, 2015 at 1:21pm 9 Comments

RCbenchmark dynamometer website

Please comment and send feedback below. A few months ago, I posted here asking if you would be interested in a dynamometer. I received quite a lot of comments. My colleague and I had the idea of a dynamometer for brushless motor after working over one month…


Open Ocean test run

Posted by PacificBots on August 26, 2015 at 12:30pm 7 Comments

Just a quick update on the research platform. I launched it on its final shakedown cruise into the ocean off the Central California Coast. Once out in the ocean, it completed a 30 mile circuit (15 miles straight out to sea, 15 miles back).

One reason for the final test is the addition of AIS for…


New EKF viewer in Mission Planner/APM:Copter 3.3

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2015 at 8:44pm 12 Comments

Many here may not follow the behind the scenes work of the dev team, but here's one glimpse of a cool new feature for data geeks in APM:Copter 3.3. As you may know, the APM flight code uses an Extended Kalman Filter (EKF), which is a sophisticated way (based on Baysian statistics) to…


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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 Pylon Race, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Airgon LLC granted FAA section 333 UAS exemption

Airgon LLC granted FAA section 333 UAS exemption

by Huntsville, AL – AirGon LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of GeoCue Group Inc., has been granted a section 333 exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its AV-900 Metric Mapping system. Under the exemption, AirGon will be permitted…

Fotokite Phi: Tethered UAV for Aerial Filming

Fotokite Phi: Tethered UAV for Aerial Filming

by The Fotokite Phi is designed to get your birds-eye perspectives as painlessly as possible. Lightweight at 12oz (350g) and folding to the size of a thermos, you can throw the Phi into your backpack and bring it anywhere. Take…

Cold Spot – Using a drone to count grey seals in Canada

Cold Spot – Using a drone to count grey seals in Canada

by When Duke University researchers wanted to try counting seals with a drone, they headed to Canada with two senseFly eBees and several types of camera. The project’s results confirmed how UAV technology can help save time and money, highlighting…

u-blox introduces TOBY-L201, a 150 Mbps 4G LTE and WCDMA module with multi-carrier support

u-blox introduces TOBY-L201, a 150 Mbps 4G LTE and WCDMA module with multi-carrier support

by Thalwil, Switzerland – August 27, 2015 - u-blox, a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, announces TOBY-L201, the world’s first 4G LTE Cat 4 module with 3G WCDMA fall-back, which works on AT&T and Verizon networks. TOBY-L201…

NZ:- Hastings-based drone company Altus UAS gets foothold in the US

NZ:- Hastings-based drone company Altus UAS gets foothold in the US

by MARTY SHARPE A tale of Kiwi ingenuity taking on the world has come true for five blokes headquartered in a shed just outside Hastings. Altus Unmanned Aerial Solutions is designing and assembling drones that combine ruggedness with cutting-edge technology,…

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