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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 autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, 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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Latest Dronecode stats. This thing is getting big!

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 7, 2016 at 7:40pm 0 Comments

And membership is up to 50 companies now.  Just a year and a half…

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Using Aerial Robotics and Virtual Reality to Inspect Earthquake Damage in Taiwan

Posted by Patrick Meier on February 7, 2016 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan shortly before 4 in the morning on Saturday, February 6th. Later in the day, aerial robots were used to capture areal images of the disaster damage, like the one below.…

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Drotek releases first L1 RTK GNSS compatible with PixHawk (ArduPilot/PX4)

Posted by DROTEK on February 6, 2016 at 1:40am 43 Comments

Dear Community,

Drotek, French tech start-up is proud to release its L1 RTK GNSS ! RTK technology allows to enhance GNSS positioning and to go down to centimeter level precision.

We have seen a lot of RTK boards coming up. However we have witnessed…

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The most powerful RC + Telemetry system on the market "Ultimate LRS 2000mW, 433MHz"

Posted by Rana on February 5, 2016 at 8:00pm 13 Comments

I have a great news for the RC community that you can DIY the most powerful RC + Telemetry system on the market "ULRS 2000mW" using OrangeRX 433MHz 1W module and my 2W power mode. You need to have a magnifying lens and a small tip knife to do this mod. My greatest gratitude to FlipFlap…

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World's first hydrogen pellet drone flight

Posted by Duffy on February 5, 2016 at 10:00am 6 Comments

A demanding project for the platform in delivering maximum efficiency, and after some lamination schedule and power setup optimizations the Raptor E1 by RaptorUAS delivered the first ever hydrogen pellet powered drone flight.…

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Drone's related UI benchmark study

Posted by Beatriz Palmeiro on February 5, 2016 at 9:30am 12 Comments

We'd like to share with you a study around the current state of UI related to drone flights to find positive aspects and improvements areas on them.

14 tools were analysed through video…

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The History of the Modern Consumer Drone

Posted by AKRCGUY on February 4, 2016 at 5:35pm 15 Comments

A comical view of the short history of the modern consumer drone.

Drone Racing Might Just Be The Next Big Thing

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on February 4, 2016 at 11:47am 7 Comments

From Hackaday

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Arguably, drones are one of the next big things that will revolutionize many industries. We’ve already seen them portrayed in many movies and TV shows in not-so-distant futures, and what with Amazon planning drone deliveries, we can’t imagine it’ll be long before they are a common…

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Swarming robot boats demonstrate self-learning

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on February 4, 2016 at 11:30am 12 Comments

The sea-going robots are made using digital manufacturing techniques

The sea-going robots are made using digital manufacturing techniques

(Credit: Biomachines Lab)

From Giz Magazine

   FEBRUARY 2, 2016

Robots…

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Looncopter wins US $1 million in Dubai

Looncopter wins US $1 million in Dubai

Well done the team from Oakland, some not so small change for the win. Loon Copter is a novel multi-rotor platform capable of traditional aerial flight, on-water surface operation, and sub aquatic diving. The Loon Copter is a proof-of concept  vehicle that demonstrated  successful  operation in early 2015.  The 3rd prototype of our Loon Copter is now one…

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Carilion Life-Guard launches ‘Land The Drone’ campaign for safety

Carilion Life-Guard launches ‘Land The Drone’ campaign for safety

Noell Saunders, WBDJ7 ROANOKE Va. – On Friday, Carilion Clinic Life-Guard pilots and drone operators met at the hangar on McClanahan Street in Roanoke to talk about safe ways to share the airspace. Hospital staff say drone encounters have caused delays while they were flying patients to the hospital. “Sometimes people want to video what…

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UAV Operators Harness The Power Of 3D Visualization and Measurement With 4DMapper

UAV Operators Harness The Power Of 3D Visualization and Measurement With 4DMapper

4DMapper is a DIY platform where users can manage, share, deliver, visualise, measure, digitise, animate and collaborate with their data. High resolution 3D data users want to “see” results, and this software allow them to visualize spatial information readily. Typical user group are UAV operators surveying assets such as mines and quarries, but survey departments, environmental…

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Duke University researcher: People aren’t ready for delivery drones

Duke University researcher: People aren’t ready for delivery drones

BY TODD FRANKEL Washington Post When Missy Cummings thinks about self-flying delivery drones – the kind that tech companies have been touting as being just around the corner – she likes to imagine the reaction of her 8-year-old son to a drone landing in her backyard. “He’d like to throw rocks at it – because…

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Super Skywalker 2+ hours endurance

Super Skywalker 2+ hours endurance

Spanish company Airelectronics have done the obvious. Extended the wings of one of the most popular foam flyers out there the Skywalker. They claim the 40% increase in wingspan brings the useful flight time out to 2.5 hours. With modern graphene based batteries and a slightly more streamlined payload they might reach out to 3…

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