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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 autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, 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

T3 the vertical horizontal one

Posted by Gary Mortimer on December 1, 2015 at 5:30am 0 Comments

This one should be easy if you have any of the current crop of Kickstarter VTOL airframes, of course I will award less points so you might not win.

The task is simple.... (not)

Auto take off

Autonomous hover for at least 1 minute after take…


OneDrone.ONE - Modular Drone System

Posted by on November 30, 2015 at 1:29pm 6 Comments

I'm happy to present a project which occupied quite a lot of our time in the last year. We didn't plan to go public yet, but after I saw couple of days ago that colleagues from BoxBotix are working on pretty similar concept, we decided to present some initial info to diydrones community.…


ROSimple: Programming APMrover through blocks

Posted by Iñigo Muguruza on November 30, 2015 at 2:37am 4 Comments

Continuing our work in simplifying the use of drones and robots for any public, we are delighted to announce that we have started adding support for APM based vehicles in…


Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone With Hybrid Design

Posted by Greg Dronsky on November 29, 2015 at 1:21pm 53 Comments

Amazon delivered a lovely update on its ‘Prime Air’ project today — almost exactly two years after it showed the first iteration of its drone. You know, the …


Launch Party!

Posted by Coby on November 29, 2015 at 11:00am 3 Comments

For those of you in the Fort Collins area, we will be having a Launch party on Dec 2nd at the Shop.  We go live with our Kickstarter the morning of Dec 1st so figured we would have a small party to celebrate.

More info and RSVP here please.…


New Modular Cameras - Olympus AIR (A01) and Vivitar IU680

Posted by Jethro Hazelhurst on November 29, 2015 at 4:00am 10 Comments

image of Olympus AIR A01

The latest trend in camera products - modular cameras - is good news for us as drone users.

With Sony releasing products such as the QX100 and QX1 it seemed like high quality alternatives to the gopro we're becoming available.

Now with Olympus and soon Vivitar being the latest companies to add their own modular camera to the list, it looks like 2016 will be an interesting year for modular camera technology.

Here is a…


DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 are now supported in UgCS!

Posted by Kristaps Brass on November 28, 2015 at 1:24am 8 Comments

We are glad to announce that DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 are now supported in UgCS desktop mission planning software. This works through our Android app UgCS for DJI available now on Google Play. The app connects to DJI Phantom 3 or Inspire 1 remote the same way DJI native app does. What is…


OpenLRSng: Brotronics Broversity RX, the Missing Manual

Posted by Marc MERLIN on November 27, 2015 at 11:00pm 14 Comments

If you're doing long range, and you're using ardupilot, you probably are using or want to be using the open source OpenLRSng.

The most interesting OpenLRSng receiver I found was the "Brotronics Broversity RX", but its documentation was minimal, so I wrote some and made a demo video:…


Biomechanical simulation of dung beetles

Posted by Yutaca Sawai on November 27, 2015 at 1:30am 7 Comments

I design it to carry Relief goods to disaster city while hurtling the desert for long periods.

« explanation »

 - Fore legs decide traveling direction.

 - Mid legs which is most close to the centroid take most traction and load.

 - Hind legs are auxiliary legs for moving the left and right legs…


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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



MAVinci SIRIUS pro is a fully integrated orthofoto UAS, which delivers orthofotos and three-dimensional elevation models with a high absolute accuracy of 5 cm (depending on the GSD down to 2 cm) without using ground control points. The GSD of the single images ranges from 1.5 to 20 cm. Combining MAVinci‘s precision timing technology with…

The post SIRIUS PRO Surveying UAS appeared first on sUAS News.

Team UAV Saving The Mining Industry Thousands in GBP

Team UAV Saving The Mining Industry Thousands in GBP

Team UAV  have completed a series of trials working hand in hand with Hanson Heidelberg and Midland Quarry Products developing a safe system of work to accurately quantify stockpiles using dedicated drones. We’re not talking about small stockpiles either – were talking about stockpiles in the 100,000 cubic metre range. The video at the bottom of this blog…

The post Team UAV Saving The Mining Industry Thousands in GBP appeared first on sUAS News.

SmartC2 Releases CIO Guide for Building Drone Operations

SmartC2 Releases CIO Guide for Building Drone Operations

Washington, DC – SmartC2 has released this first of its kind whitepaper to support corporations that are adding drone capabilities into their existing business. Intended to frame the issues and multiple decision points involved, this guide, entitled “7 Key Considerations Before Taking your Drone Operation to the Sky,” helps executives define the questions that their…

The post SmartC2 Releases CIO Guide for Building Drone Operations appeared first on sUAS News.

You are under arrest! Chicago’s drone ordinance – A letter to the editor

You are under arrest! Chicago’s drone ordinance – A letter to the editor

Today I submitted the following Letter to the Editor of the Chicago Tribune regarding the newly passed Chicago Drone Ordinance: Dear Editor: I have a number of concerns regarding the Chicago Drone Ordinance recently passed by the Chicago City Council. By way of background, I have flown RC (“radio-controlled”) aircraft for a number of years…

The post You are under arrest! Chicago’s drone ordinance – A letter to the editor appeared first on sUAS News.

CAPTURA and IRIS Group sign agreement for utilising robotics in the UK Energy market

CAPTURA and IRIS Group sign agreement for utilising robotics in the UK Energy market

Captura, an energy infrastructure inspection company has signed an exciting agreement to work with IRIS Group, a robotics Managed Services company to deliver advanced and innovative Intelligent inspection solutions to the UK energy market. The two companies will combine traditional inspection and roping techniques with state of the art sensors such as LIDAR and hyperspectral…

The post CAPTURA and IRIS Group sign agreement for utilising robotics in the UK Energy market appeared first on sUAS News.

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