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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
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  • APM:Rover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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OpenMV Cam on KS

Posted by Bot Thoughts on January 26, 2015 at 12:30pm 4 Comments

Hey all, remember OpenMV Cam? It's the machine vision module that runs Python.

Well, we finally launched it on Kickstarter It does color tracking, object tracking, records movies and photos, too. All scriptable with Python. And…


Hover - #1 iOS App for Drone Enthusiasts Launches on Android!

Posted by Dan Held on January 26, 2015 at 11:06am 1 Comment

We've just launched on Android!  If you have an iPhone, we launched a few weeks ago on…


Percepto - computer vision for drones

Posted by Raviv Raz on January 26, 2015 at 8:22am 1 Comment



My name is Raviv Raz and I am a co-founder of a really cool startup called Percepto. I really hope you will like it since it pretty much grew out of reading and following this…



Posted by Rui Costa on January 26, 2015 at 8:00am 2 Comments

Sometimes gear fails you! This was Cinecopter experience in Peru filming for animal planet!

Ground station survey

Posted by Gerard Toonstra on January 26, 2015 at 7:12am 0 Comments

Ground stations are the means you have available in the field to interact with your autonomous vehicle, so they're a very important part of the toolset to conduct your work or hobby. The ground station as we know it now is not just there to support your activities to plan or execute the flight, they also contain functions for initial setups,…


Two aircrafts in 3D

Posted by Little Smart Things on January 26, 2015 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Now have a closer look at our two aircrafts Cumulus One and Nimbo One, online!

Do feel free to take the time and enjoy every angle of our aircrafts…


Siemens contest winner uses IRIS for smart parking lot assistant demo

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

From Fast Company:

The next time you spend 20 minutes circling a…


Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 6:30pm 12 Comments

Back in June 2013, I shared some pictures from the then-new 3D Robotics Tijuana factory.  Here's another batch, showing the growth and progress there. It's buzzing and…


Agrolytic: Cloud processing service for UAV agriculture data

Posted by Kyle Forbes on January 24, 2015 at 6:20pm 3 Comments

Our team at Agrolytic spent the 2014 growing season in the fields, working with growers, and flying UAVs with different sensors. Our single goal was to create a practical, online service that empowers growers to benefit from the latest in sensor and big data processing technologies, but…


Thermal imaging system for drones

Posted by Jan Sova on January 24, 2015 at 1:00pm 18 Comments

I would like to introduce a thermal imaging system for drones and UAV systems made by european company Workswell s.r.o.

Basic parameters

Workswell Thermal Vision Pro is high-end and unique wireless thermal imaging solution with two cameras and storage for unmanned aerial vehicles, quadrocopters or drones. This…



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

White House Security Breach Shifts Debate on Civilian Drones

White House Security Breach Shifts Debate on Civilian Drones

By Alan Levin and Angela Greiling Keane The discovery of a radio-controlled copter on the White House lawn injects a new complication into the debate over the growing popularity of drones used by civilians. The security breach Monday at the…

NJIT to Conduct Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flights in National Airspace over the Atlantic Ocean

NJIT to Conduct Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flights in National Airspace over the Atlantic Ocean

NJIT is conducting UAS flights over the Atlantic Ocean to test the feasibility of safely integrating drones into the public airspace and to assess the research and operational capabilities of several data-collecting sensors aboard the craft that can be used…

Drones flying high in Canada’s friendly skies

Drones flying high in Canada’s friendly skies

François Shalom, Montreal Gazette The vast and relatively quiet airspace above Canada has become fertile ground for the burgeoning drone industry. Drones can be a barrier-breaking tool for businesses, and have become hugely popular among consumers, who can buy one for as little…

French theme park will use 50 drones for a nighttime spectacle

French theme park will use 50 drones for a nighttime spectacle

BY JESSICA PLAUTZ France’s second-biggest theme park, Puy du Fou, is enlisting 50 drones to keep guests entertained by incorporating them into its Cinéscénie nighttime show. The show is already an over-the-top spectacle, involving 1,200 actors and dancers on a…

Blucraft releases Mach-Up: A Web-Based Aerodynamic Conceptual Design Tool

Blucraft releases Mach-Up: A Web-Based Aerodynamic Conceptual Design Tool

Mach-Up, a free, web-based design tool was recently released to assist developers and engineers in the conceptual design phases of airframe design. Check it out here: It’s interface was designed to allow developers the ability to quickly create mock-ups for…

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