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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, 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:

  • 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

Micro Aerial Vehicle GPS denied navigation

Posted by Austin H on September 1, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Davide Scaramuzza and pals in the Robotics and Perception Group at University of Zurich have devised a new method called  Semi-Direct Monocular Visual Odometry for autonomous gps denied micro areal vehicle navigation. Using only …


UgCS 2.0 Teaser video

Posted by Janis Kuze on September 1, 2014 at 8:30am 1 Comment

Hello the DIYDrones community!

Thank you very much for your interest in our software. Since last news about support of DJI Phantom 2 our ranks of Beta testers have exploded!

Here we would like to present to you teaser of upcoming version of UgCS 2.0.

To those who have stumbled upon us for the first time we support not just DJI, but…


ETH drone shows real-time 3D scanning and coordination with a ground rover

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 1, 2014 at 7:01am 1 Comment

David Scaramuzza from ETH writes: "In this video, we show our autonomous quadrotor acting as a flying 3D scanner. At the end of the video, the quadrotor guides a ground robot to grasp an object."

Vulture 2 spaceplane flies into X-Plane, tops £18k on Kickstarter

Posted by Lester Haines on September 1, 2014 at 3:41am 7 Comments

It's a big round of applause today for Billy Bargaliotti, who's wrapped our Vulture 2 spaceplane X-Plane models just as we've topped £18,000 on our Kickstarter…


Quarry wall 3D Photomesh

Posted by WallyJas on August 31, 2014 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Hi guys, Here is my latest experiment using my QR X350 Pro, SJ4000 and Autodesk ReCap to create a 3D photomesh of a nearby quarry wall. For more info on the mission visit my blog

MIT algorithim allows delivery drones to monitor their health in real time

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2014 at 8:17pm 0 Comments

From Gizmag:

The prospect of delivery drones brings with it a few notable issues. Beyond…


Parrot Bebop drone with head-tracking Oculus Rift

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2014 at 7:57pm 3 Comments

From the Parrot blog:

oculus-bebop Few weeks ago, we were talking about this german developer who created a software to …


PyQuadSim: A Multi-platform, open-source quadrotor simulator in Python

Posted by Simon D. Levy on August 31, 2014 at 3:30pm 4 Comments

PyQuadSim is a Python program that allows you to fly a simulated quadrotor miniature aerial vehicle (MAV) from a variety of controllers (joystick, R/C transmitter, PS3 controller).

You can modify the source code to add new sensors and other features, as well as…

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

UAV course at Chattahoochee Tech this fall

UAV course at Chattahoochee Tech this fall

Marietta-based Chattahoochee Technical College will be taking to the skies this fall with its first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology class. A hot topic in today’s technology field, the UAV class will be held over two and a half days and…

Despite controversy, one ABQ drone business is booming

Despite controversy, one ABQ drone business is booming

By Katherine Mozzone ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Two Albuquerque men are making big bucks from their drone business. “A drone, technically is an unmanned vehicle with an imaging sensor so, we have the unmanned vehicle and then we have, our imaging sensor today…

Customs seizes $80k worth of unauthorised drones

Customs seizes $80k worth of unauthorised drones

By Paris Cowan A magistrate’s court in Perth has prosecuted WA drone manufacturer Cyber Technology for attempting to export thousands of dollars worth of sophisticated aircraft without approval. Last Friday the company was ordered to forfeit drones and other unspecified electronics…

A new player in the civilian-drone market, GLLD presents its miniature cargo hook.

A new player in the civilian-drone market, GLLD presents its miniature cargo hook.

The development of civilian drones is not confined to the field of imagery, with GLLD intending to create a whole range of products aimed at the air transport industry. GLLD, a new, autoentrepreneur-founded brand: develops and manufactures equipment for drone…

How flying robots can increase your yields?

How flying robots can increase your yields?

Tomasz Maik, CEO of Trigger Composites, manufacturer of Pteryx UAV Recent years brought a dynamic development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, commonly called drones. Everyday press races in descriptions of newly appearing, not only military, applications of these appliances. This year…

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