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SOLO controller with any pixhawk

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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

Infiltrating 3D Robotics Workshop in San Diego

Posted by Lucidity on July 7, 2015 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Obviously, the notion that we “infiltrated” the 3DR facility in San Diego is nothing but a filmy excuse for me to use all of the video filters that came pre-installed with my copy of…


Commercial use of drones in the US skyrocketing

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2015 at 3:00pm 1 Comment

The easier FAA Section 333 process and an overall sense that the US commercial drone regulatory process is heading in the right direction is leading to a boom in applications and approvals. Excerpt from a…


The Weekly Drone Download: NASA’s new Mars drone; largest-ever humanitarian drone effort; Mexico rising; drone on the Fourth of July

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on July 7, 2015 at 1:37pm 0 Comments

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Question of the week

This week Atlanta, Georgia, banned the use of drones within city limits. They…


Omidyar-sponsored DC conference on drones for good

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2015 at 1:03pm 0 Comments

From the New America foundation, an interesting conference in Washington DC  on…


The 360º camera with GLOBAL SHUTTER (60FPS, 4K)

Posted by Ruwan on July 7, 2015 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Interesting camera with Global Shutter. Can imagine so many VR applications when mounted on a drone! This has 60FPS and 4K video output

Hope the Wifi thingy can be turned on and off to avoid radio interference. Update: Wifi can be turned on and off!! (Jeffrey has added a comment at Kickstarter…


New Commercial Drones Report: Current State of the U.S. Industry

Posted by Colin Snow on July 7, 2015 at 10:07am 0 Comments

I just released a new research report.  It details the state of the commercial drone industry in the U.S. as of the end of June 2015.  It looks at recent innovations, business applications, key ecosystem companies, and market forecasts. It analyzes the business impact and market…


New smartphone-controlled gaming drones (with GPS) on Kickstarter

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2015 at 8:16am 0 Comments

Impressively tiny given the GPS, autopilot and promised LTE connection option. Virtual FPV racing and indoor/outdoor use. On Kickstarter…


Sputnik Web - 3D landscape hosting

Posted by Dmitry Rykovanov on July 7, 2015 at 5:58am 2 Comments

GeoScan team is glad to invite drone owners to our upcoming project Sputnik Web:

This is an online service for publishing and sharing 3D…


The Bebop Drone goes crazy if it passes from shadow to the sun, and vice versa (Video )

Posted by Danilo Scarato on July 7, 2015 at 2:30am 1 Comment


bebop impazzisce al sole4



New solar UAS record.

Posted by Chris Cloutier on July 6, 2015 at 9:00pm 7 Comments

This is some really exciting news. Curious what FC is onboard. From the team:

The AtlantikSolar Unmanned Aerial Vehicle took off on June 30th at 11:14 o’clock to attempt the “holy grail” of solar-powered…


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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

Southampton University survive last minute scare to take UAS gong

Southampton University survive last minute scare to take UAS gong

by Five final year masters of engineering students from the University of Southampton have beaten 13 other undergraduate teams to be crowned overall winners of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Challenge. The annual event encourages teams…

Sky-Futures Approve First Batch of American Remote Pilots and Inspection Engineers at UK Training Centre

Sky-Futures Approve First Batch of American Remote Pilots and Inspection Engineers at UK Training Centre

by Sky-Futures, the global leader in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Oil and Gas inspections has this week approved three new Remote Pilots, including the first two Sky-Futures USA Remote Pilots. Qualifications have also been awarded to three Inspection Engineers who…

China’s Civilian Drone Export Rises, Reaches 750M Yuan

China’s Civilian Drone Export Rises, Reaches 750M Yuan

by EL Borromeo For the first five months of this year, China has already exported 160,000 units of civilian drones worth 750 million yuan. The statistic is 69 and 55 times higher than the January and May 2014 figures, respectively.…

Serial shoplifter snatched drone aircraft and ran into waiting car

Serial shoplifter snatched drone aircraft and ran into waiting car

by A SERIAL shoplifter who was caught after stealing a £300 drone aircraft from an electrical store has been sentenced to 54 weeks in a young offenders institution. Joshua Cutter, 20, was spotted running into a waiting car after snatching…

General Atomics plans to set up drone academy in Grand Forks

General Atomics plans to set up drone academy in Grand Forks

by GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s unmanned aircraft business and technology park has landed a second major defense contractor. Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer say that General Atomics has reached a tentative agreement to establish an unmanned aerial systems training academy…

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