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Andy Windle replied to Rolf Inge Sivertsen's discussion AC3.2.1 APM 2.5 Throttle pulsates in Loiter
"Hardly going to be a handful of people Rob, I have 3 APM's doing this with vibration isolation…"
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Randy replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2.1 Beta Testing
"@Rob, AC3.3 is still under development, not quite ready to start beta testing.  The altitude…"
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mark parrski replied to Jake's discussion PixHawk Woes - Max Throttle Not enough power to fly after installing APMCopter 3.2.1, works fine with QGroundControl :(
"Hey Jake go look at the THR_MAX setting after your upgrade the THR_MAX gets set to the default of…"
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Rob Ratcliff replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2.1 Beta Testing
"Here are logs for 3.2.1 and a 3.3 tests. This particular 3.3 test drifted 5 meters."
12 minutes ago


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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

Lending Club Testing Loan Drones for Faster Cash Disbursement

Posted by Mark Harrison on April 1, 2015 at 8:20am 4 Comments

Stealing a march on Amazon, Lending Club is testing cash delivery via drone.

"The Loan Drone would provide two things that borrowers love: speed and cold hard cash. While getting a transfer into your bank account is nice, getting a wad of $100 bills delivered to your doorstep in less than 60 minutes is very…


Percepto App Contest Vote

Posted by Raviv Raz on April 1, 2015 at 6:52am 2 Comments

Thank you all for submitting so many great ideas in our drone app contest. There were so many submission it was really hard to pick just 10.

What we looked for when picking the App ideas:…


TBS Blackbox now interfaced with MAVLINK based FC! (APM, Pixhawk, SmartAP, etc...)

Posted by WhiteKnight on April 1, 2015 at 4:00am 3 Comments

Hi guys,

with the latest upgrade released by TBS for the PNP PRO OSD (V1.10) via Agent, is now possible to use the existent GPS of your FC MAVLINK based instead of need 2 GPS on board.

This option is already available for DJI NAZAs GPS, using the provided cable, here I will explain you how to make the same with your APM/PX4 and other FC.

We will use the same back plug which is placed under the SD slot on the Blackbox, already used for the DJI NAZA…


April Fools and Drones

Posted by Exmaps on April 1, 2015 at 12:00am 2 Comments

Will start with ours first: turn your drone into a Podracer today! 

Heres another: 

Beer Drone Delivery:…


Aerial thermal environmental monitoring with drone

Posted by Drone thermal camera on March 31, 2015 at 10:04am 4 Comments

With all the emphases today on energy conservation and the impact of human activities on the environment, we need efficient tools for monitoring such impacts becomes more important than ever. One of that tools is thermal imaging system. Especially then in cooperation with the drone or UAV.

There are a lot of applications of thermal imaging in the area of…


Erle-Brain v1.1: The most complete Linux autopilot

Posted by Víctor Mayoral on March 31, 2015 at 8:56am 7 Comments

I’m delighted to introduce Erle-Brain v1.1 as the most complete Linux autopilot:


Raspiolt : yet Another Rpi cape flight controller WIP, designed in China

Posted by Jerry Giant on March 31, 2015 at 8:32am 11 Comments

 Hi, dear Diydrones members, today I’m happy to demo yet another raspberry based Ardupilot compatible flight controller expansinon board design.



  • Pixhawk compatible Power/GPS module interface
  • Integrated ublox m8n GNSS module
  • CSI camera ribbon compatible…

Duplex mode digital radio algorithmic search system

Posted by Eduard on March 31, 2015 at 6:00am 8 Comments

Hi folks!

I would like to post some autonomous algorithmic bidirectional radio search system production design approximation stuff here.

Please, you are welcome…


Worlds first Drone Sheepdog

Posted by Dave Giles on March 30, 2015 at 7:06pm 5 Comments

SHEP the Drone - Worlds first Drone Sheepdog…


Syrian Airlift trials use of drones to deliver supplies to conflict zones

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2015 at 6:00pm 6 Comments

Congrats to our friends at the Syria Airlift Project, who conducted an experimental project this weekend in Sacramento to train refugees to use Pixhawk-powered fixed-wing drones to deliver supplies into conflict zones. From the video description:

On March 28-29, 2015, Uplift Aeronautics…



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

Phase One Industrial Announces the iXU 180 — the world’s smallest 80 MP medium format aerial camera

Phase One Industrial Announces the iXU 180 — the world’s smallest 80 MP medium format aerial camera

Small 80 MP cameras for creating the highest resolution oblique systems possible COPENHAGEN, March 26, 2015 — Phase One Industrial, a leading manufacturer and provider of medium format aerial digital photography equipment and software solutions, today announced the Phase One iXU…

SA Post Office launches drone mail delivery service

SA Post Office launches drone mail delivery service

(This drone related April Fools is a little close to home, parcels take a minimum of three months to arrive at sUAS News Towers if at all) The South African Post Office is set to launch a fleet of drones…

Southern Comfort Launches Drone Booze Delivery Program

Southern Comfort Launches Drone Booze Delivery Program

by Khushbu Shah Nothing screams “I live my life on the edge” quite like having a bottle of Southern Comfort delivered to you via drone. According to a press release, the liquor company is launching a beta version of their obviously…

EPIC asks court for FAA drone privacy rules

EPIC asks court for FAA drone privacy rules

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) asked an appeals court on Tuesday to force the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to come up with privacy rules concerning drones. It’s not all positive, however: Security issues and problems with some existing products…

Ofsted to pilot drone programme in effort to scale back costs

Ofsted to pilot drone programme in effort to scale back costs

by: SarahCunnane Ofsted is to pilot a programme sending unmanned aerial vehicles into schools to carry out spot-check inspections, TES has learned. The drone programme is part of the inspectorate’s drive to cut costs while maintaining standards, in the wake of budget cuts…

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