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Drone Obstacle Avoidance

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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, 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:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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New Hampshire Rapid Assessment Technologies Summer Mapping Challenge UPDATE

Posted by Matt Wallhead on July 22, 2014 at 1:15pm 0 Comments

We would like to invite anyone interested in participating in NH-RATs Summer Mapping Challenge to attend our first meetup scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday August 1st, 2014 at Kingman Farm located in Madbury, NH.

A tentative agenda is included below:…


Drones at the Robot Film Festival: IRIS Wins a Botsker!

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on July 22, 2014 at 1:02pm 0 Comments

This weekend, 3DR and the filmmakers behind the movie Sugar Mountain screened a short film at the Robot Film Festival in San Francisco, and took home the…


Common Misconceptions About Humanitarian UAVs

Posted by Patrick Meier on July 22, 2014 at 11:03am 0 Comments


Superficial conversations on the challenges and opportunities of using UAVs in humanitarian settings reveal just how many misconceptions remain on the topic. This is admittedly due to the fact that humanitarian UAVs are a relatively recent innovation. There are of course legitimate and serious concerns around the use of UAVs…


ObliX: multirotor-blimp-drone

Posted by Daniel Wibbing on July 22, 2014 at 8:18am 0 Comments

I am very excited to present ObliX to you! ObliX is my multirotor-blimp-drone idea, which will hopefully combine the flight time endurance of a blimp with the agile dynamics of a quadcopter.

The largest dimension of this hybrid-blimp would measure about 3 m and the lifting force of the helium volume would be close to 3 kg.

Starting to build ObliX, I decided to make a development blog about it. To be able to present and discuss…


DroneLogbook on iPad

Posted by Yves Jusot on July 22, 2014 at 6:31am 4 Comments

iPad version of DroneLogbook is available today.

You can now manage all your data : flights, drones, equipments and…


Conservation Drones in the New York Times

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 9:21pm 3 Comments

Congrats to star DIY Drones member Lian Pin Koh for this…


Phantom of the Operator: Discussing the Future of Drones with DJI’s Eric Cheng

Posted by Alan Phillips on July 21, 2014 at 1:37pm 0 Comments

Chances are, you have seen a DJI Phantom.

bilton-drone-videoSixteenByNine600 Whenever a local news station picks up a story about a local police chief or real estate agent using a drone, it’s almost always a…


CreativeLive Aerial Video course on-air now (free for a limited time)

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 11:38am 1 Comment

This CreativeLive online video course, featuring top experts, is live and open to all today from 9:00am to 4:00pm PST.  It will cost money after that, so if you want a free taste now check it out …


Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 11:00am 21 Comments

Time Magazine makes a good point about why the new generation of drone pilots are getting in trouble in a way the previous RC hobbyists didn't:

Learning to build and fly R/C aircraft was once a time-consuming, arduous process, factors that kept the hobby from spreading. Now, new technology like user-friendly quadcopter designs, equipped with smaller, high-powered…


Nice Hexo+ press

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 9:00am 1 Comment

Nice press for the Hexo+ team from Canadian TV after their $1.3 million Kickstarter campaign. They used Iris to prototype their platform.

MONTREAL -- Like a…



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

Introducing the DJI DropSafe

Introducing the DJI DropSafe

Watch the new DJI DropSafe in action, as it deploys in less than 0.5 seconds to help your S800 or S1000 aerial system descend at a reduced speed in the event of an emergency. Learn more about the DropSafe at…

UAV Enthusiasts: Drone Photography Is Not A Crime

UAV Enthusiasts: Drone Photography Is Not A Crime

By Katie Rucke David Beesmer was arrested by a New York state trooper on Tuesday and charged with a felony — unlawful surveillance in the second degree — for recording aerial video footage of the Mid Hudson Medical Group building in Ulster, New…

A Congressman’s Drone Disobedience

A Congressman's Drone Disobedience

June 21 was a lovely day for the wedding of Sean Maloney, a Democratic member of Congress from upstate New York. The ceremony was held at the historic Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands, with the Hudson River in the background. The day…

Terry Heinricks is taking photography to new heights

Terry Heinricks is taking photography to new heights

by  Caitlin Clow – Terrace Standard Loud buzzing sounds have been heard over Terrace lately, but it’s nothing to worry about—it’s just Terry Heinricks’ drone. Heinricks recently purchased a Phantom Drone to get a new perspective on the city and take…

The Flying Donkey Challenge is on hold!

The Flying Donkey Challenge is on hold!

The Flying Donkey Challenge idea started almost two years ago and for the past year we have been planning the first edition in Kenya. We have had tremendous support from Kenyan partners including: IBM Research, University of Nairobi – FabLab,…

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