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Mark Parker commented on Jerry Giant's blog post P9X autopilot, a revised pixhawk
"@Jerry - I must admit,  you had my interest peaked with the P9X.   But honestly - after…"
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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

Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 10, 2016 at 10:11pm 0 Comments

From Fast Company, an interesting application of APM:Copter powered drones:

Distributed energy systems are a good idea for…


Redundancy for your autopilot

Posted by Robert Hoermann on February 9, 2016 at 9:41pm 11 Comments

Hello flight-buddys,

it has been quiet for a while from GIZMOtec and the AP-Manager.

But meanwhile the project is finished and we are happy to present the AP-Manager with even more features and flexibility as a redundancy-board between two parallel running (different)…


Watch Easy Drone defy gravity on Discovery Channel

Posted by Ivan Stamatovski on February 9, 2016 at 7:03pm 3 Comments

Hello Drone Lovers!

Ivan here from Easy Aerial Inc.

I am super-excited to invite you to watch my appearance on a Science Channel show called …


Autopilot assisted thermalling exploitation

Posted by Riccardo Kuebler on February 9, 2016 at 3:30pm 6 Comments

Hello ensemble,

this is a flight done with the Proxima II, using a UAVDevBoard v4 for autopilot assisted thermal exploitation.

Telemetry on screen is done with DashWare. I had to create a profile for UDB to use the telemetry file with that program and had to adapt a few gauges also. The profile is attached, in the case someone needs…


ADS-B on DJI M100

Posted by clearskiesph on February 9, 2016 at 12:16pm 3 Comments

After typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban and areas around it, a lot of UAV's have been utilized to do damage assessments. And some pilots complained that they saw UAV's flying in the area during the relief operations. 

As a POC, we have fitted an ADS-B receiver on the DJI M100. The ADS-B…


New Research on Drone Buying Experience

Posted by Colin Snow on February 9, 2016 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

We just launched a new research survey exploring your drone-buying experiences, where you bought, what seller services matter, and where you intend to buy drones and/or small unmanned aerial systems. As a short 13-question survey, it’s designed for those who have bought or will buy a drone for either…


Sand Casting Rotor Tip Weights

Posted by Randy Sonnicksen on February 9, 2016 at 8:00am 1 Comment

This is an "exploded" view of my rotor design.  Leading and trailing edge foam cores moved out of position to show internal details.

This design features a cylindrical bearingless rotor root, with droop stop.  Airfoil shaped pieces on inboard and outboard ends of rotor airfoil…


UgCS 2.8 Is Now Live!

Posted by Kristaps Brass on February 9, 2016 at 6:11am 4 Comments

We're very excited to announce the release of UgCS 2.8.

Visually the first thing you will notice is that the new version features an improved user interface – you are now able to change the visual theme yourself. By default it now comes with a new…


Converting a video to georeferenced 3D model tutorial (Agisoft PhotoScan, Sputnik GIS)

Posted by Petr Pletnyakov on February 9, 2016 at 5:30am 2 Comments

Nowadays, amateur drones have an amazing range of applications. You may wonder: “Can I use my drone for photogrammetry?” and the answer is “Yes”.

Source video (4k / 2160p):

3D Model created using Agisoft…


P9X autopilot, a revised pixhawk

Posted by Jerry Giant on February 9, 2016 at 3:00am 62 Comments

Pixhawk is a great autopilot, we love its robustness and rich sets of features. Nowadays it is a de-facto to low cost autonomous vehicle application.

There’re always some changes you want to make in an open source design, this rule also applies to Pixhawk. First, I want to make it smaller, to fit it into a f5B glider fuselage, with built-in dampers and a plastic shell could survive a hard crash. Then I want to make the sensors to be replaceable, so I can test new…


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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 Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

3D Measurement Without Software

3D Measurement Without Software

Did you know you can measure in 3D without any software? 4DMapper’s measurement tools enable points, lines, areas and volumes to be measured with a simple browser interface. Drag, drop and upload your 3D data to 4DMapper and you’re away. Your cumbersome files (DTMs, orthophotos, pointclouds, shapefiles & asset data) become immediately accessible, streaming in…

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Drones, Citizen Science, and El Niño Monitoring of California’s Coastline

Drones, Citizen Science, and El Niño Monitoring of California’s Coastline

Eric Cheng I’m writing about an exciting citizen science project that fits strongly into the “Drones Are Good” message—an idea many of us in the drone industry share as widely as possible in order to highlight the great things that drones can do for the world. The Nature Conservancy’s “Phones and Drones” project gives casual volunteers the opportunity…

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One thousand new business start ups in Stockton-on-Tees!

One thousand new business start ups in Stockton-on-Tees!

STOCKTON Borough became home to 1,000 new start-up businesses in 2015, figures published by Tees Valley Unlimited show. Last year saw 1,000 private sector businesses in Stockton-on-Tees register with Companies House – up from 822 newly registered businesses in 2014. Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council provides a range of specialist services to start-up companies. This includes employment…

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Robot Warfare: New Russian Battlestation Can Control 10 Drones at Once

Robot Warfare: New Russian Battlestation Can Control 10 Drones at Once

A state-of-the art system capable of simultaneously controlling ten drones and ground-based robots has reportedly been unveiled in Russia. Russia’s Vega Radio Engineering Corporation has presented a modernized system capable of simultaneously controlling ten unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and ground-based robots, Leonid Khozin, spokesman for Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation, was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying. The system…

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PowerEgg – The Flying Robot by PowerVision

PowerEgg – The Flying Robot by PowerVision

Just in time for Easter. I must admit I quite like the look of this one. I expect pundits will have much to say about its flight performance. It looks to me very complicated which is another word for heavy. I like that the motors push the arms up into place in flight. It seems…

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