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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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Blog Posts

Biomechanical simulation of dung beetles

Posted by Yutaca Sawai on November 27, 2015 at 1:30am 2 Comments

I design it to carry Relief goods to disaster city while hurtling the desert for long periods.

« explanation »

 - Fore legs decide traveling direction.

 - Mid legs which is most close to the centroid take most traction and load.

 - Hind legs are auxiliary legs for moving the left and right legs…


Professional carbon fiber frame - 2

Posted by Yang Wang on November 26, 2015 at 8:30pm 8 Comments

Hi all~

This is the second episode. The first episode is here:

We decided to make it ... more…


Elle0 and Paparazzi UAV

Posted by earthpatrol on November 26, 2015 at 1:00pm 13 Comments

Today marks the release of the Elle0 autopilot. The folks over atbv1bitsquared have been working long and hard on this new Paparazzi autopilot. It was their goal to make it as affordable as possible without compromising on the power and…

Composite Bearingless Hub Part 1

Posted by Randy Sonnicksen on November 26, 2015 at 10:34am 3 Comments

Picture above is first prototype of fiberglass bearingless hub design.  The idea of this design is to allow flapping and twisting (pitching) of the rotor, but have limited flex in lead/lag. 

This rotor hub is 24" long and 4" wide in the center.  Was made with Qty 10 - 24" x 2" strips of…


Erle Robotics "blanco" for Erle-Brain 2.0

Posted by Víctor Mayoral on November 26, 2015 at 2:30am 0 Comments

Following our previous iteration, and after receiving feedback from the community our team is glad to present "blanco" Debian Jessie image from Erle Robotics. This image valid for Erle-Brain 2 chances include:

  • Matplotlib…

Raspberry Pi Zero launched, towards < 60$ Linux autopilots?

Posted by Víctor Mayoral on November 26, 2015 at 2:00am 43 Comments

Announced a new Raspberry:

Today, I’m pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability of Raspberry Pi Zero, made in Wales and priced at just $5. Zero is a full-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family, featuring:

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
    • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi…

RTK GPS with ArduCopter 3.4

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2015 at 5:08pm 26 Comments

A teaser from Michael Oborne, showing impressive precision. Using a Septentrio asterx-m and a HX-CH4601A. Full details coming soon to the APM wiki

Introducing the E386 Mapping Drone

Posted by Jeff Taylor on November 25, 2015 at 1:26pm 17 Comments

Our goal at Event 38 is to build products that make aerial data collection for mapping as easy as possible. For a while now, our team has been focused on creating a better autonomous landing solution. At the moment,…


Professional carbon fiber frame

Posted by Yang Wang on November 25, 2015 at 7:00am 6 Comments

Hi all~

My friend and I are working on an (hopefully) industrial grade carbon fiber quad frame (X4 and X8). We would like to share the progress with the community, and we would really appreciate your feedback:)

The designed frame size is 1050mm with 28 inch blades, but since the…


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Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Pylon Race, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

PINC Air Cleared for Take Off by the FAA

PINC Air Cleared for Take Off by the FAA

By granting PINC Solutions’ PINC Air a Section 333 exemption, the FAA clears the product to initiate commercial operations in US Airspace. PINC Air is an aerial sensor platform that operates outdoors and indoors to efficiently inventory hard-to-reach assets using an array of sensors that include GPS, RFID, OCR and Barcode readers. “This is a…

The post PINC Air Cleared for Take Off by the FAA appeared first on sUAS News.

South Africa :- Caught in the act

South Africa :- Caught in the act

Stefan de Villiers Flying of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for game viewing, filming, photography or any other purposes during their visit to the park this festive season or any other time is illegal. SATARA – Yet another tourist has been caught in the act of flying a drone in the Kruger National Park (KNP). This…

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Ascending Technologies Becomes Shareholder of e-volo

Ascending Technologies Becomes Shareholder of e-volo

UAS experts pushing forward the “green” helicopter Volocopter VC200. Ascending Technologies has been part of the development network and key technology partner from e-volo since 2013, when they significantly contributed to the maiden flight of the Volocopter VC200. Now Ascending Technologies officially becomes shareholder of e-volo to sustainably lead the development of the world’s first purely electric,…

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PIX4D Mapper Mesh

PIX4D Mapper Mesh

Want to create a 3D model of your property and publish it online?  Map your adventure and create a 3D video animation? Need to inspect roofs, house extensions or solar installations? Produce a 3D model of architectural or landscaping project to share with clients? Create digital art and 3D content for gaming? Pix4Dmapper Mesh automatically…

The post PIX4D Mapper Mesh appeared first on sUAS News.

Someday A Helicopter Drone May Fly Over Mars And Help A Rover

Someday A Helicopter Drone May Fly Over Mars And Help A Rover

Is there ever a time when cool trumps science? It’s a question that becomes relevant when you consider NASA’s plans to put a helicopter drone on an upcoming rover mission to Mars. Think about it. If you tell a friend that NASA’s Mars 2020 mission will have an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer on board for determining…

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