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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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FLIR just added a new imager in the line up, ten times less expensive than traditional thermal cameras.

Posted by Edgar Scott on May 26, 2015 at 12:00pm 9 Comments

FLIR just added a new imager in the line up ten times less expensive than traditional thermal cameras.

Resolution is  80 × 60 active pixels so I guess its to low res for a pilot camera at night.  At least prices are coming down

FLIR Lepton® is a revolutionary longwave infrared…


Final LOHAN spaceplane test mission codenamed PRATCHETT

Posted by Lester Haines on May 26, 2015 at 1:39am 2 Comments

We're gearing up for the final avionics test flight of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project, and have dubbed the mission PRATCHETT ("Planes Reactive Airborne Tests Checking Heuristically for Extreme Technological Tantrums") in…


FAA Grants Company to fly 3DR Aero

Posted by Michael Cook on May 25, 2015 at 5:04pm 9 Comments

It is my pleasure to inform you that the faa has authorized the 3dr aero a 333 examption for flight in the United States for My company M2 Flight Solutions which has been apart of diy drones for a very long time and now has a 333 exampation from the faa to fly it. I have seen some great ideas come to life…


Lake and sea bottom scanning with ArduBoat

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2015 at 3:30pm 6 Comments

From Hackaday. Reminds me of work Harold Molle was doing five years ago here!

[Geir] has created a pretty neat device, it’s actually his second version of an autonomous boat…


A 3D printed ducted fan UAV prototype

Posted by Armin Strobel on May 25, 2015 at 1:00pm 10 Comments

Though Ducted Fans UAVs as of now are not very common, my personal opinion is that this will change in the future, since they have certain advantages over other concepts. Just one single engine is necessary which makes the use of internal combustion engine more viable than for multi-rotors. Also a transition into a very efficient horizontal flight is possible (with modifications).…


ObliX argo - airship-drone

Posted by Daniel Wibbing on May 25, 2015 at 11:46am 7 Comments

Hey DIY enthusiasts!

Today I am proudly presenting to you ObliX argo, the new concept for our airship-drone. 

ObliX argo can be operated in two flight modes:

1. Airplane mode:…


Overhead power line detection at 60km/h using the SF30 laser

Posted by Laser Developer on May 25, 2015 at 8:00am 5 Comments

The SF30 laser range finder module has been designed to detect all kinds of different obstacles from a moving UAV. The most difficult obstacle to detect is an overhead power line because of its small diameter and dark color giving it a very small "laser cross-section". Add into this mix the issue of…


New ROS release paving the road to full drone support

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 24, 2015 at 10:00pm 4 Comments

As you can see from the logo from today's release of the Robot Operating System "Jade Turtle" version, drones are a big part of ROS's future.  Although ROS started with robot arms and research robots,…


Controling a copter by image recognition

Posted by Kai Yan on May 24, 2015 at 7:30pm 9 Comments

Hi all, here we would like to share a recent progress on our image recognition based copter controller.

The system uses a tablet and a transmitter. The tablet detects the copter's position by recognizing the red circle marker painted on the copter, and try to maintain the copter's position within the center of the tablet's display (Green circled area on…



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

Unmanned aircraft are the future for air cargo – ‘but we need time to get it right’

Unmanned aircraft are the future for air cargo – ‘but we need time to get it right’

by By Alex Lennane More than 30 mostly European organisations are pressing for the development of unmanned cargo aircraft (UCA). Forwarders, shippers, universities and aircraft manufacturers, grouped under the name Platform for UCA (PUCA), are researching technological and regulatory issues…



by Sampling of atmospheric phenomena is an important component for research and modeling in the climate and atmospheric sciences, and as such, methods for obtaining high resolution atmospheric data have become an increasingly important and relevant engineering challenge. This data…

Isle of Man TT 2015: Drone owners warned by police

Isle of Man TT 2015: Drone owners warned by police

by Racing fans have been warned about the dangers of operating drones during the Isle of Man’s upcoming TT festival. Police said it was illegal to fly one within 50m of the Mountain course, and that anyone caught doing so…

Some Local Pilots Have Turbulent Response to New Drone Rules

Some Local Pilots Have Turbulent Response to New Drone Rules

by By Joe Hernandez | In just the last few years, drones have become more popular than ever. The small-scale flying machines are cheaper, more compact, and easier to fly – which means a lot more of them zipping around the sky.…

Russia formulates UAV development programme

Russia formulates UAV development programme

by Karl Soper, Washington, DC - IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly Russia’s armed forces and ‘power’ ministries may procure hundreds of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by 2025 under a draft interdepartmental programme. Most will be short-range UAVs needed in tactical units, according…

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