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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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A Foldable 3-D printed 250 Quad Designed By High School Students

Posted by Georgie xu on November 26, 2014 at 4:00am 3 Comments

This is a very compact and robust quad designed and built by me and another Chinese student that will fit snugly in a large pocket. Hasn't flown yet since the motors are still shipping, but it feels very sturdy and should be rigid enough to stay stable at high throttle, and don't worry about the joints, they'll be fastened with aluminum screws and bolts. The quad is designed to house a pixhawk with cover removed(there will be a protective roof) and carry a mobius or an HD19…


Great Stuff

Posted by Gary Mortimer on November 26, 2014 at 12:10am 2 Comments

A quadriplegic man who is confined to his bedroom has used his computing expertise to see the world from his bedroom, by flying a camera-mounted drone up to thousands of miles.

Stuart Turner could soon be looking round the Grand Canyon or Niagra Falls using…


GimBALL - 3D printed DIY Gimbal with closed hull - PART2 (assembly)

Posted by Adrián Nagy Hinst on November 25, 2014 at 11:29am 12 Comments

Hi again,

Hereby I'd like to continue my project. As I said earlier, all parts were printed using a Stratasys 3D printer, which uses FDM technology and support material too.…


Prototype Tiltrotor Development using APM 2.5

Posted by Team Tiltrotor on November 25, 2014 at 8:30am 2 Comments

We are a two-man team that just completed the first major phase of our yearlong APM 2.5 tiltrotor project. We wanted to keep things in the dark until we knew it had potential. Here is a quick summary, but if you’re interested in VTOL aircraft, we’d really like you to read our detailed project summary…


ArduCopter 3.2 Released

Posted by Randy on November 24, 2014 at 8:56pm 31 Comments

ArduCopter 3.2 (aka APM:Copter) has been released as the default version replacing AC3.1.5. This is the exact same version that we invited all users to test two weeks ago.  Users who wish continue using AC3.1.5 can find it under the "Pick…


APM:Plane 3.2.0 released

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on November 24, 2014 at 8:20pm 44 Comments

The ardupilot development team is proud to announce the release of version 3.2.0 of APM:Plane. This is a major release with a lot of new features.

The changes span a lot of different areas of the code, but arguably the most important changes are:…

MyGeekShow's Daily USA Trip Videos Start December 1st

Posted by Trent at MyGeekShow on November 24, 2014 at 4:20pm 9 Comments

Finally! Time to publish and share my USA Trip Videos. I'll be releasing one each day starting December 1st through December 8th.

You can watch in on:

MyGeekShow's Website:

YouTube Channel:…


GimBALL - 3D printed DIY Gimbal with closed hull - PART1 (design)

Posted by Adrián Nagy Hinst on November 24, 2014 at 11:09am 31 Comments

Hi guys, 

let me introduce my latest project, a 3D printed gimbal for MobiusHD camera. I call it GimBALL regarding of it's shape...

My goal was to make a closed, aerodynamic shaped gimbal, which can be used in the front of a plane (ie. X-UAV Talon), up to 100 km/h airspeed. So I tried to make thisthing  as…


Maiden drive of APM:Rover2 on Raspberry Pi with Navio

Posted by Emlid on November 24, 2014 at 8:30am 2 Comments

Hello guys!

We were fascinated by the idea of controlling a drone directly from Linux from the very beginning. Navio was created exactly with that purpose in mind. Your support let us finalize the hardware and get to…



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

Flight Global :- Airbus touts UAV-based surveillance package for disaster relief

Flight Global :- Airbus touts UAV-based surveillance package for disaster relief

By: BETH STEVENSON LONDON Airbus Defence & Space is planning to offer a high-altitude unmanned air vehicle-based surveillance capability for disaster relief, using a variety of systems that it is in the process of finalising. Speaking to media in London on 25 November, Steve…

Wyden Asks FAA to Stop Foot-Dragging on Drone Regulations

Wyden Asks FAA to Stop Foot-Dragging on Drone Regulations

Kirsten Nicolaisen, GoLocalPDX Digital Producer Senator Ron Wyden asked the FAA Tuesday Morning to stop foot-dragging on new regulations for unmanned drones. The uncertainty in rules governing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), could delay growth in Oregon’s drone industry, according to Wyden.…

Swedish Armed Forces to test CybAero RPAS from Visby corvette

Swedish Armed Forces to test CybAero RPAS from Visby corvette

First North-listed CybAero has been selected by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to conduct test and demonstration flights from Sweden’s world-leading Visby class corvette in Q3, 2015. Sweden-based CybAero was chosen ahead of other international competitors. It is estimated…

Indian Air Force UAV crashes near Bhuj, no casualties

Indian Air Force UAV crashes near Bhuj, no casualties

A Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of the Indian Air Force, used for surveillance, crashed today on the outskirts of a village near Bhuj town in Gujarat’s Kutch district. “IAF’s Heron UAV which was used for surveillance in the area, crashed near…

FUN ! :- Syma X12

FUN ! :- Syma X12

FUN ! This one word describes the Syma X12 from GearBest. Disclaimer – GearBest sent me , free of charge, two of the Syma X12 quad-copters for review. However, within the first day of opening of opening the package, and…

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