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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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Blog Posts

Presenting the Vertex Hybrid VTOL Kickstarter Campaign

Posted by ComQuestVentures on April 24, 2015 at 8:21pm 1 Comment

In a nutshell, the Vertex is a tilt-rotor UAV that combines the flight time, range and speed of an airplane with the hovering, vertical takeoff and landing capabilities of a multicopter. The Vertex is designed to be a versatile platform that can be adapted to various performance levels by using interchangeable wing sections and flying with one or two batteries…


Drones delivering aid in Syria [BBC]

Posted by Jay Bryon on April 24, 2015 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

Children watching on the airfield

Interesting idea, small deliveries adding up where large ones would be shot down.  These are Pixhawk-powered fixed-wing UAVs.

From the BBC:

How do you deliver food and medicine to people in an area where a cargo plane would be shot down? It was a question that kept US Air Force pilot Mark Jacobsen awake at night after he met Syrian…



Posted by Zubax Robotics on April 24, 2015 at 6:05pm 0 Comments

Since UAVCAN is now supported in the most recent versions of APM, it is now possible to use Zubax GNSS with ArduCopter and ArduPlane. We prepared a…


Tilt Rotor Aircraft - The Flying Battenberg

Posted by Aldo Vargas on April 24, 2015 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

I would like to share this design made by a group of undergraduate students in the course called "Aerospace Systems Design Project". 

Tilt rotor aircraft - The Flying Battenberg 


The iMechE set out a competition…


And they say smoking is bad - part 2

Posted by Jesper Andersen on April 24, 2015 at 5:30am 2 Comments

And they say smoking is bad - Part 2

Last time I looked at a set of 18650 batteries that had some nice specs, but in the end proved to give me less flying time than my half capacity LI-PO.

I got a lot of…


TwoDee EVO NG brushless dslr gimbal

Posted by Ozan Özkök on April 23, 2015 at 10:48am 9 Comments

We did not build that, but you can!

 I would like to introduce TwoDee Evo Ng.It is a dslr sized ( it can be discussed if you notice the photo ) brushless diy gimbal.You can define the size of your gimbal with 4 pieces carbon…


"How it is made" 3DR Pixhawk and Sagetech ADS-B integration

Posted by Janis Kuze on April 23, 2015 at 4:26am 6 Comments

In January we published news that we completed test integration of 3DR copter with Sagetech XPS-TR transponder.…


DIY Ghetto Mapping Project

Posted by benbojangles on April 23, 2015 at 3:30am 13 Comments

(my image: 2015)

Yesterday, I finally felt happy enough with my first mapping experiments to share my ideas, experiences and results with you. I was a little bit apprehensive at first; the prospect of adding gps location information to a non-gps camera seemed too daunting a task for…


Test Flight - Autonomous Landing Attempt #1

Posted by CUAIR on April 22, 2015 at 12:43pm 9 Comments

Hey everyone,

Just to introduce ourselves, we're CUAir, Cornell's Autonomous Aerial Vehicle team. We've been working with the ArduPilot for the year, switching over from a commericial autopilot. Most of our work is going into designing a new web based ground station (which will be available at the end of this year). I'll be mostly talking about our work so far with the ArduPilot, what we've learned, and what it's like to try to perform a full autonomous mission with…



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

Sky-high refuelling for UAVs

Sky-high refuelling for UAVs

by A University of Sydney researcher has designed and successfully tested a method for autonomously docking drones for refuelling or recharging, in mid-air. Daniel Wilson, whose PhD research addressed the limited endurance levels of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) says: “At…

Textron markets Aerosonde UAV internationally

Textron markets Aerosonde UAV internationally

by Marina Malenic, Washington, DC - IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly Textron has begun marketing its Aerosonde 4.7 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) internationally while it continues to fulfill contracts with US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the US Navy (USN), said David…

AF Research Laboratory redesigns mock UAV

AF Research Laboratory redesigns mock UAV

by By Jeanne Dailey, Air Force Research Laboratory KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) – The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Surrogate Predator Program has given the warfighter a way to train in the U.S. before deploying overseas. AFRL’s Directed Energy Directorate…

Flightglobal: Hero-30 UAV gets special forces order

Flightglobal: Hero-30 UAV gets special forces order

by Special forces of an unnamed country have ordered the Hero-30 unmanned air system developed by Israeli UAV manufacturer Uvision. The smallest version of a family of such systems, the Hero-30 is a loitering munition which carries a 3kg (6.6lb) expendable payload…

Dozens view first legal UAV ag flight in Southern Idaho

Dozens view first legal UAV ag flight in Southern Idaho

by Sean Ellis CALDWELL, Idaho — Dozens of eyes gazed skyward April 22 as an unmanned aerial vehicle flew slowly over Bitner Vineyards, taking images of the operation’s 15 acres of wine grapes. The event marked the first legal commercial…

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