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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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Phoenard: World's first all-in-one prototyping gadget as your Drone Controller?

Posted by mykita paskov on November 21, 2014 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Phoenard; The project currently running on Kickstarter.

It has lot of peripherals built in which is more than capable to be your next Drone controller.

10-degrees of freedom sensor, Accelerometer, gyro, magnetometer and barometer are included and powered by ATMEGA2560, identical to the one use on APM. Plenty of PWM GPIO pins are also available. The GPS, GSM and GPRS module are embedded by default as well on board. 

The full color LCD might be handy as…


Wide angle laser beams for anti-collision

Posted by Laser Developer on November 19, 2014 at 1:30pm 17 Comments

Wide angle laser beams can detect and measure the range to people, trees and other safety critical objects from moving aerial or ground based platforms.

We've been experimenting with a new version of our SF10 laser altimeter to see what happens when we change the normally narrow, parallel laser beam into a wider, fan shape and align it horizontally or with a downwards tilt. There is a practical limit to the wide direction (major axis) of…


3DR Announces the Release of New FPV Kit

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on November 19, 2014 at 11:05am 19 Comments

Our First-Person View (FPV) Kit includes everything you need to start live streaming a video feed from the GoPro on your IRIS+ or X8+. Thanks to the 7-inch Bright View™ monitor’s sharp contrasts and LED backlight, you’ll see the live feed clearly on even the brightest days. Additionally, the powerful 5.8 GHz…


CAD Drones News - ASME Student Design Competition 2014 + Bonus Footage

Posted by Joshua Johnson on November 19, 2014 at 8:09am 4 Comments

(Montreal, Canada) November 17, 2014

Eighteen teams of young engineers-in-training competed for the right to call themselves world champion drone builders at the 22nd annual ASME Student Design Competition (SDC) finals today at the International Mechanical Engineering…


Turbine-powered quad first flight

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2014 at 4:16pm 15 Comments

OMG. Turbine-powered quadcopter test flight -- next to a road. Love the car that pulls up to gawk at the end

3d Printed Mini HexaCopter

Posted by Todd Urban on November 18, 2014 at 3:00pm 16 Comments

I Have been working on this 3d printed hexacopter for some time now let me know what you think of the design ive been entertaining selling them and or the STL's so you can print them yourself here are some pics and some gimbal video feedback good or bad is much appreciated also if you would buy it what would you pay for it…


Modifying a Powershot S95 for vegetation monitoring

Posted by Mark Williams on November 18, 2014 at 1:03pm 2 Comments

As part of an ongoing project to monitor natural habitats with a UAV I've modified a Powershot S95 to allow near infrared photography to capture some NDVI data. I've created a short how to video for anyone embarking on a similar task.

The filters are supplied by as part of their infragram kit. The first test photos I have… Continue

Defiance Airframe development

Posted by Dragan on November 18, 2014 at 10:30am 13 Comments

Hi guyz, its been a while since i reported back about my enthusiastic project, 'In search of design functionallity'.

Time has come to show you what i've been working on for long time, i'm very excited, the jurny was long and dreadful but every second of it was worth it.

Main design goal;

- compact and functional design

- protection of all…


FAA Can Make All Drone Flights Illegal, Federal Court Rules.

Posted by Todd Harper on November 18, 2014 at 9:00am 42 Comments


Drone Flights Illegal.

Excerpt from above article:

Some very bad news for drone pilots this morning: An appeals board has ruled that the Federal…


Gobot -- Drones programmed in the Go language

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2014 at 10:45pm 2 Comments

GoBot is a new robot-control applications interface using the Go programming language, including support for 3DR copters and others using MAVLink.

Platform Support

Gobot has a extensible…



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UAV news from sUAS News

TGI Fridays Launch #Togethermas Mistletoe Drones

TGI Fridays Launch #Togethermas Mistletoe Drones

To help inspire more guests come together underneath the mistletoe and experience #Togethermas this Christmas, TGI Fridays has launched a trial of ‘mistletoe drones’ – a UK first. The drones even feature a ‘kiss cam’ to give a drone’s eye…

Dartmoor team will make TV lottery appeal to buy rescue drone

Dartmoor team will make TV lottery appeal to buy rescue drone

Bob Smith, A rescue team will make a television appeal to help it buy an innovative piece of equipment to help searches. Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team Plymouth will appear on ITV’s People’s Millions lottery aiming to win £50,000 to…

Drone strikes man near Bryant-Denny Stadium, police identify operator

Drone strikes man near Bryant-Denny Stadium, police identify operator

By Melissa Brown TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Tuscaloosa police have identified the operator of a drone that struck a man walking near Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday. Tuscaloosa police said they recovered a “white Phantom drone” around 2:30 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot on…

Facebook is kicking its drone business into high gear

Facebook is kicking its drone business into high gear

By Jose Pagliery The company has posted more than a dozen jobs for aeronautical engineers, technicians and other specialists for its drone business. It’s all part of Facebook’s plan to connect the whole world to the Internet using drones, lasers and satellites. Facebook (FB, Tech30) wants to…

Santa helps drone non profit raise funds.

Santa helps drone non profit raise funds.

Drone Research Inc. a new fiscally sponsored non-profit has launched a fundraiser to help kids and adults with disabilities. Santa4Charity is an idea that was created by a board member. Ashley Krutko, CEO of Drone Research, Inc. says “As a…

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