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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, 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:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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The "T" copter family of 3D printed drones is growing!

Posted by Brendan22 on August 22, 2014 at 8:21pm 2 Comments

The are now four models in the "T" copter series: three quads and a coaxial six - all FREE for download from

I've also just done a short video series following the build of the…


Interest Groups Simultaneously File Three Lawsuits Challenging FAA's UAV Interpretation

Posted by Dan Murray on August 22, 2014 at 1:34pm 6 Comments

AP: Three lawsuits have been filed today challenging the FAA interpretation that effectively blocks commercial UAV operators as well as FPV flyers of any kind.

The lawsuits were filed by the …


algorithm to help drones monitor their own health in real time and alternative path find while on mission

Posted by Austin H on August 22, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Boeing sponsored research at  MIT where Agha-mohammadi and pals have developed a new algorithm based on Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes (POMDP) that allows self monitoring of the vehicles health status in real time and alternative pathfinding, accessing recharging stations and landing zones if needed during mission execution.  The paper will be presented the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and…


LOHAN spaceplane mission relocates to Spaceport America

Posted by Lester Haines on August 22, 2014 at 8:09am 8 Comments

The forces of bureaucratic darkness have obliged us to relocate the planned launch of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission to Spaceport America in New Mexico.

You can…


New NGB Filters and Higher Resolution Camera at Event 38

Posted by Jeff Taylor on August 21, 2014 at 12:09pm 13 Comments

We've been hard at work improving our popular NGB filter glass over the summer and the latest design is finally in! This design cuts off higher wavelength NIR light around 770nm. That reduces the amount of light crossing over to the Green and Blue channels which are also sensitive to NIR light,…


NASA's electric plane achieves vertical takeoff

Posted by Aym Altorra on August 20, 2014 at 8:00pm 7 Comments

Engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., are studying the concept with models such as the unmanned aerial system GL-10 Greased Lightning. The GL-10, which has a 10-foot wingspan, recently flew successfully while tethered. Free-flight tests are planned in the fall of…


NMSU, FAA pursue sought-after drone research

Posted by Joseph on August 20, 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

I am the Sr. External Pilot on the Aerostar UAS. Here is a link the the article that the local news paper wrote about our program...

Here is the sUAS link.…


UAS Directory Growth

Posted by Eric Kubicka on August 20, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

We are up to 250+ firms on our directory. We are planning to do a check on hiring soon to see where the industry stands. If you have any comments send a note to we look forward to hearing from you.

It would be great to get…



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

UAS Airspace Integration Test concludes at Grand Forks AFB

UAS Airspace Integration Test concludes at Grand Forks AFB

by Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez 319th Air Base Wing Public Affairs GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. – Multiple federal agencies concluded the first ever Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Integration Test in the country today here. The test was designed to successfully…

Colorado-based Scion UAS Demonstrates Autonomous Takeoff and Landing from a Moving Platform

Colorado-based Scion UAS Demonstrates Autonomous Takeoff and Landing from a Moving Platform

Scion UAS raised the bar on unmanned aerial system (UAS) capabilities by demonstrating autonomous takeoff and landing from a moving platform. Scion UAS is one of the first companies in the world to demonstrate autonomous landing of a manned-capable vertical…

Lawsuits filed challenging stricter FAA rules for model aircraft, commercial drone operations

Lawsuits filed challenging stricter FAA rules for model aircraft, commercial drone operations

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the…

RCAPA Receives Formal Invitation to Participate in New FAA BVLOS Committee

RCAPA Receives Formal Invitation to Participate in New FAA BVLOS Committee

The FAA has formed a new committee with industry participation for end-users that want to fly Beyond-Visual-line-Of-Sight (BVLOS). RCAPA was included in the list of thirty-one different industry groups to give input to the current FAA UAS ARC about “immediate,…

RCAPA (Proposed) Special Rule For Micro Unmanned Aircraft

RCAPA (Proposed) Special Rule For Micro Unmanned Aircraft

This project was born out of the RCAPA’s participation on the sUAS ARC. It was a collaborator effort with input from ALPA, AOPA and other people close to the U.S. airspace integration effort. While it doesn’t capture all of the…

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