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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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Lynx M: 3 Hour Mapping Endurance

Posted by Matthew - Swift Radioplanes on May 21, 2015 at 7:30pm 10 Comments

Greetings all. About a year ago, we introduced you to the Lynx. http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/introducing-the-lynx. Lynx was our first system developed as an affordable, fixed-wing UAV for mapping. The Lynx design was…

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Rover goes full size followme - actually its XL!

Posted by Grant Morphett on May 21, 2015 at 5:00pm 10 Comments

You're all having a lovely time with your little copters and planes.  Over on Rover - were going full size!!!!  Check out this tractor performing FollowMe!

NEW Drone Recovery Parachute System Looking For 20 Beta Testers!

Posted by Joshua Johnson on May 21, 2015 at 2:39pm 3 Comments

Hello Diy Drones Universe,

Here at CAD Drones LLC we are currently looking for 20 Beta Testers of the Drone Parachute System we are now currently selling. To get this affordable product to the Drone Industry we have to have video from people sharing their success with our product! Currently…

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AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm 19 Comments

Sorry to see this notice from AirDroids, who had launched the PocketCopter on Kickstarter, but glad to see their list of "lessons learned". Manufacturing is really, really hard, and they were not the first or last Kickstarter project to get in over…

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Cularis 7 Channel Glider With Crow Flaps and Washout Taranis Config EEPE

Posted by Marc MERLIN on May 21, 2015 at 12:07pm 0 Comments

Here is my pixhawk run Cularis Motor Glider with a very custom Taranis Setup.

Complex Taranis configuration can be time consuming, so I'm sharing my config so that others can re-use it.



Mine allows you to setup your flaps asymmetrically where they go down more than up, or only down. You decide how you want…

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Multiplex Cularis FPV build with ardupilot

Posted by Marc MERLIN on May 21, 2015 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

After spending quite a while building a pixhawk based Multiplex Cularis with FPV, and lots of foam cutting to fit everything (including 3 cameras), here is the result:

http://marc.merlins.org/perso/rc/post_2015-04-23_FPV-with-Multiplex-Cularis_-v2.html

Fitting all the APM and FPV gear in there is kind of tight, but it's…

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2D LIDAR (Laser Range Finder) prototype working

Posted by FAKHRE ALAM on May 21, 2015 at 10:30am 1 Comment

2D LIDAR (Laser Range Finder) prototype working, measuring distance upto 50 meters with angle 0 to 359 degrees. Can be used in CAR to avoid rear and front ended bump, can be interface with UAV or Robot. It's done uisng UNO. Its not done yet.…

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Belated pictorial AUVSI recap

Posted by Daniel McKinnon on May 20, 2015 at 5:00pm 5 Comments

Note: The image formatting is a little difficult and the number of images per post appears to be limited on DIYdrones, so I mirrored this whole post to my website where it looks a little nicer and the rest…

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3DR Pixhawk- powered DJI S1000

Posted by matt.koestner on May 20, 2015 at 9:27am 8 Comments



For the past several months we have been working closely with an infrastructure inspection firm to develop a multirotor system for them.  There were…

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UAV news from sUAS News

Swift Radioplanes Lynx M

Swift Radioplanes Lynx M

by  The Lynx M UAS is an affordable imagery collection device with the performance and features that match or out perform considerably more expensive systems. The Lynx design emphasizes simplicity, ruggedness, and performance. Lynx is designed for aerial photomapping and is currently used…

Spy in the sky: Whose drone is it anyway?

Spy in the sky: Whose drone is it anyway?

by MARIE HUCHZERMEYER During the recent anti-xenophobia march through Hilbrow and central Johannesburg something struck me as more deeply unnerving than the armed police presence, impatient taxi drivers and a glass bottle hurled at the crowd from a window. They…

Singapore: URA explores creating 3D digital models of city area using drones

Singapore: URA explores creating 3D digital models of city area using drones

by SINGAPORE: Digital models of the Republic’s heritage sites and city areas created using aerial images by drones could be here to stay, if trials conducted by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) are successful. The URA said the technique is…

Drone adjuster: Pa. insurer’s air force

Drone adjuster: Pa. insurer’s air force

by Joseph N. DiStefano One of Pennsylvania’s largest insurers says it has received the Federal Aviation Administration’s blessing to launch its first DJI Phantom 2 quadrocopter drones, which will putter across the skies to spy out your damaged home or…

Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works Is Cooking Up A Revolution In Drone Technology

Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works Is Cooking Up A Revolution In Drone Technology

by Loren Thompson In the years since the 9-11 attacks, unmanned aircraft — “drones” — have become the signature combat system of America’s global war against terrorists.  According to the Air Force, its fleet of Predator and Reaper unmanned aircraft…

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