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3DRobotics X8+ payloads - help needed

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3D printed T4 and T6

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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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Photogrammetry by Habitat-Serea thanks to APM 2.6 and Pikhawk

Posted by Habitat Estudios Ambientales s.l on January 29, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Results photogrammetric flight fixed wing UAV and multicopter with APM2.6 And PIKHAWK Agisoft processed and later work with GIS.

Habitat team fixed wing, rotary wing, ground station, traker pach antenna for video and Moxon antenna for telemetry.…


Sony shows smartwatch drone control

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2015 at 11:53am 0 Comments

From Postcapes:

The combination of sensors and inputs in many smart wearable devices leads to some interesting possibilities for intuitive and immersive gesture-based user interfaces. A trio…

New T-motor air gear 350 & Naza light upgrade trick

Posted by OG on January 29, 2015 at 10:23am 0 Comments

Hello all,
I like to introduce propulsion system from T-motor
air gear 350  T-Motor Air Gear 350 Power Combo with 2213 920KV Motor & T9545 Propeller responsible pricing from T-Motor …

Global UAV Market (2014-2020)

Posted by Steve Stark on January 29, 2015 at 5:21am 1 Comment

The global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market is valued at $6,762 million in 2014 and is expected to show a robust growth to reach $10,573 million in 2020, registering a CAGR of 7.73%, till 2020. The market is being driven by the rise in demand for non defense applications and the increased UAV functionality to perform complex operations which…


FPV + Oculus Rift Kickstarter

Posted by Fly Like a Bird Team on January 28, 2015 at 10:46pm 14 Comments

Hey all, keen on Full HD, head tracking FPV with a wide FOV?

We are currently working on a project for a Raspberry Pi + Oculus Rift based FPV solution. Here are some of the advantages:

  • Full HD video feed
  • Head tracking built in from day one
  • Wide…

IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 28, 2015 at 10:00pm 11 Comments

A very good piece in IEEE Spectrum reports on the research on the risks small/med bird strikes in aviation. Short conclusion: it rarely…


Is it a hobby or not?

Posted by Jake Wells on January 28, 2015 at 7:27pm 14 Comments

I have been posting here for a couple years. Back when it consisted of a lot less drone and a lot more DIY. So please refrain from making silly comments like,"Do you know the name of the site you just posted on?"

Now that that's taken care of. You may have noticed the Commander in Chief told the FAA yesterday to do their job. That made me  think. Not that I don't have this thought at least once a week. What happens if we lose our hobby what will I do?



Can Your Frame Do This

Posted by Todd Urban on January 28, 2015 at 2:30pm 25 Comments

There has been some question on the strength of a 3d printed quadcopter I had some wonders myself as to just how…


DJI to release mandatory firmware update

Posted by Gary Mortimer on January 28, 2015 at 7:30am 22 Comments

DJI will release a mandatory firmware update for the Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, and Phantom 2 Vision+ to help users comply with the FAA’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) 0/8326, which restricts unmanned flight around the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

The updated firmware (V3.10) will be released in coming days and adds a No-Fly Zone centered…


Vulture 2 spaceplane HIL simulation

Posted by Lester Haines on January 28, 2015 at 6:28am 2 Comments

We've been quietly beavering away at hardware-in-the-loop simulations for our Vulture 2 spaceplane, and Pixhawk wrangler Linus Penzlien has finally got the aircraft to land itself at a virtual Spaceport America.

The HIL work involves ArduPilot controlling an…



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

Search and Rescue by drone, featuring Gene Robinson of Texas Equusearch

Search and Rescue by drone, featuring Gene Robinson of Texas Equusearch

UAVDirect is proud to host Gene Robinson, author of “First to Deploy” and pioneer in search and rescue via drones, as our featured speaker on Saturday February 7th at 10AM. You’ve probably heard about Gene Robinson in the national media…

First Robotic Skies Drone Repair & Return-To-Service Completed

First Robotic Skies Drone Repair & Return-To-Service Completed

Robotic Skies has completed its first repair of a commercial drone and returned it to operational service. The maintenance work was performed at Kings Avionics, in Henderson, Nevada. Kings Avionics is one of nearly 60 Robotic Skies service centers located around the world.…

Hong Kong’s best ever drone video? How stunning 10km chocolate delivery stunt took months to plan

Hong Kong’s best ever drone video? How stunning 10km chocolate delivery stunt took months to plan

Kristine Servando An eye-catching stunt to pilot a drone over 10 kilometres of stunning Hong Kong countryside in order to deliver a chocolate bar to a friend took months of careful planning, one of the project’s pilots has revealed. Tens…

Sky’s the limit for Emirati student and his 3D-printing drone

Sky’s the limit for Emirati student and his 3D-printing drone

Ben Flanagan Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No … it’s a 3D-printing aerial drone. Just ask Talib Alhinai, an Emirati PhD student at Imperial College London, whose mission is to help develop flying robots that improve people’s…

Launch of the “Race for Water Odyssey” expedition, a race against time to protect oceans from plastic pollution

Launch of the “Race for Water Odyssey” expedition, a race against time to protect oceans from plastic pollution

Initiated by the Race for Water Foundation based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the “Race for Water Odyssey” (R4WO) will begin in Bordeaux (France) on March 15, 2015. The objective of this unique expedition is to conduct the first global assessment of…

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