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Testing the effects of wind with SITL

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Telemetry and HD video over 4G

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About Ground Control Station User Experience

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Feiyu Tech Mini3D Pro shacking motor!

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100pounds of thrust?

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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 birthplace of ArduPilot, 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, including:

  • PX4, a pro-quality copter, plane, rover and VTOL software stack from the Dronecode Foundation
  • 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

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                   Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

Blog Posts

Teaching drones to fly in cities by emulating cars and bikes

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 5:46pm 0 Comments

From Davide Scaramuzza:

I am happy to share the paper, dataset, code and video "Dronet: Learning to Fly by Driving", where we use Deep Neural Networks to teach drones to navigate autonomously in the streets of a city by imitating…


Professional DYI radio communication equipment has changed from analog to digital

Posted by OG on January 23, 2018 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Professional DIY radio communication equipment has changed over the years but this is a very big change moving from analog to digital ; the major brands are CUAV , XBEE & SLNTOR! The change has radios operating on 2.4ghz with range of over 20 kilometers caring control , telemetry signals as well as hiy definition video. It supports 2.4GHz (2. 402~2. 478 GHz) and suitable for long…


Solving city management problems with UAV data and Sputnik software.

Posted by Shevelev Ilya on January 22, 2018 at 12:35am 0 Comments

Solving urban problems requires timely information about every aspect of the city functioning. Today using UAV's is a great way for local governments to get precise data as 3D models, orthophotos and digital elevation models. However, collecting data is just a first step of decision making process, what is important is to have a set of special tools to work with this data and take all it advantages for urban design, land use and emergency management.

In "Geoscan" we work in close…


ZTW Spider Series electronic speed control(ESC) For Racing Drones,Built in BLheli FirmWare

Posted by ZTW Brushless ESC on January 21, 2018 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

ZTW Spider Series For Raceing Drones ,Built in BLheli FirmWare

The ZTW Spider series of ESCs are a great choice for any size of multi-rotor.

Designed from the ground up for simple installation and easy setup and pre-flashed with SimonK OneShot 125 firmware to give a fast, super-smooth,…


OpenCV Installation and Camera Calibration

Posted by Tiziano Fiorenzani on January 21, 2018 at 11:30am 4 Comments

A few years ago I struggled a lot to study and understand OpenCV, especially the calibration process

Now that I have just a little bit more the hang of it, I thought It might be helpful for people that are going to approach this incredible computer vision library starting from…


Nano Hyperespectral sensor now supported for Aeromapper 300

Posted by Mauricio on January 21, 2018 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Aeromao Inc, has delivered an Aeromapper 300 customized and ready for the Nano-Hyperespectral camera from Headwell Photonics to the University of Brasilia, in Brazil.

Since the initial approval was granted the custom integration was performed in a record time of only a few weeks.

When it comes to find a UA­­­V dependable enough to trust such an expensive sensor, the Aeromappers are the obvious choice thanks to its affordability, dependability, ease of use,…


30X EO/IR drone zoom camera with 360 degree rotation,tracking and geotagging

Posted by yangdaonline on January 20, 2018 at 9:51pm 1 Comment

Eagle Eye-30IE-360 is the new version of Eagle Eye-30IE,there are 2 features for this new 30X EO/IR zoom camera:the first one is its 360 degree rotation,that means the gimbal has…


L1/L2 GNSS RTK Kit for Drone DIY

Posted by Tersus GNSS on January 17, 2018 at 7:48pm 1 Comment

Get the centimeter-accurate multi-GNSS L1/L2 GNSS kit for your drone DIY projects. Standard 433/915 MHz and high-end radio versions are available.

Standard radio versions are 915 MHz (US) and 433 MHz (Europe). The two radio transmitters in an RTK system need to be able to pass RTCM data…


ZTW Flash 30A OPTO For Multirotor

Posted by ZTW Brushless ESC on January 17, 2018 at 7:30pm 0 Comments


Brand Name: ZTW

Item Name: ZTW Flash Series 30A BLHeli OPTO ESC 2-4S

Model: Flash 30A

Input Voltage: 2-4S…



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

UAV news from sUAS News

Health Map: process aerial crop images in real time

We are excited to announce the official launch of AgroHelper’s platform for processing of aerial images and its new feature: The Health Map. Remote crop stress detection has never been faster. The Health Map pinpoints areas with potential crop health issues in real time, seconds after the moment your drone captured farm field images are uploaded […]

Flymotion – Social Media and Web Content Manager

We are seeking a talented Web Content & Social Media Manager to be responsible for guiding content optimization across various marketing platforms. This position is responsible for promoting the organization’s core messages online, increasing user engagement and traffic, and developing and maintaining a consistent format and tone for all components of our website. This role […]

DJI Introduces Mavic Air For Limitless Exploration Wherever Adventure Takes You

mavic air The Most Portable 3-Axis Gimbal 4K Camera Drone Features SmartCapture, FlightAutonomy 2.0 and Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has introduced the Mavic Air, an ultra-portable, foldable camera drone that delivers higher performance, more intelligent features and greater creative possibilities than any other consumer drone. Developed […]

The National Council on Public Safety UAS

By Charles L. Werner Chair, National Council on Public Safety UAS In early 2017, public safety had an awakening of the value that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) brings to enhance the safety and effectiveness of emergency operations.  This of course, resulted after the changes and more realistic FAA regulations in 2017 which previously were much […]

Nano Hyperspectral sensor now supported for Aeromapper 300 and Aeromapper Talon.

Aeromao Inc, has delivered an Aeromapper 300 customized and ready for the Nano-Hyperspectral camera from Headwell Photonics to the University of Brasilia, in Brazil. Since the initial approval was granted the custom integration was performed in a record time of only a few weeks. When it comes to finding a UA­­­V dependable enough to trust such an […]

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