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David C Phillips replied to David C Phillips's discussion Drone goes up, doesn't come down.
"It is from the ground station. Written by qgroundcontrol running on Linux. Mission planner will…"
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Simon D. Levy commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Cable-free flight simulator with Spektrum DSM satellite + Arduino
"@Harry: Thank you! It's also nice to meet a fellow hacker using MSP and Android.  My MSP…"
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Harry commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Cable-free flight simulator with Spektrum DSM satellite + Arduino
"Wicked !  You sir, are clever!  I'm struggling with MSP.  I can get USB…"
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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

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Key features of Droiko

Posted by Cactus Robotics on January 22, 2017 at 5:46pm 0 Comments

  • Ready to use gaming drone, just take it out of the box and start playing. No assembly no soldering required.
  • Laser + IR marker and proximity weapons.
  • Double coaxial propellers for higher stability and longer flight times.
  • Swashplate mechanism to allow for movements in every…

Drone Mistakes, Mishaps and Misfortunes: We Always Break our Toys

Posted by Nate Sinisgalli on January 22, 2017 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

We’re making drone mistakes everywhere. We’ve only had our grubby little paws on drones for a short amount of time and we’re already royally F-ing it up! Like a monkey being handed an Xbox, people are in awe of their flying eye in the…


Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top

Posted by Jacob Cereteli on January 21, 2017 at 3:48pm 5 Comments

Hello everyone! 

For the past few months we were looking for a more convenient way to launch our PD-1 fixed-wing UAV (MTOW is 40 kg). Since runway takeoff and landing requires pretty serious and long training for the operator and any pneumatic launchers that will work with our UAV are expensive (from $30000 USD (actually we couldn't…


Cable-free flight simulator with Spektrum DSM satellite + Arduino

Posted by Simon D. Levy on January 19, 2017 at 2:30pm 3 Comments

This video shows me flying our homebrew "Hackflight Sim" quadcopter flight simulator using a Spektrum DX8 receiver without a cable. The DX8 is talking to a…


Call for members!

Posted by Matt Wallhead on January 19, 2017 at 1:16pm 0 Comments

The Great Lakes UAS user group is seeking members! The purpose of the Great Lakes UAS user group is to facilitate communication among individuals and businesses in the…


Mapping solution with low cost fixed wing airframe

Posted by Eric on January 19, 2017 at 11:44am 14 Comments


I offer for sale a low cost solution to do mapping with different camera that can be easily placed in the airframe thanks to the battery front cover. The other advantages are easy connections between the airframe and the wings or the elevator for quick and safe assembly / disassembly.

I hope…


Hack/Race DIY Robocars this weekend in Oakland

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 19, 2017 at 11:37am 1 Comment

Join us for our first hack/race day at the new Oakland warehouse location for DIY Robocar events.

There are three tracks:

1) A RGB lane track, modeled after the FormulaPi track:…


Droiko checkpoint smart mesh

Posted by Cactus Robotics on January 19, 2017 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Link to our Droiko on Kickstarter: …


Multi-UAV flights for simultaneous meteorological measurements

Posted by Gautier Hattenberger on January 19, 2017 at 3:30am 9 Comments

At the end of 2015, our UAV research lab at the French Civil Aviation University took part to an atmospheric research project with Meteo-France (CNRS-GAME and ENM) teams at the Atmospheric Research Center of Lannemezan…


Flight Envelope Protection System with Pixhawk and Odroid

Posted by Ofer Eldad on January 18, 2017 at 1:00pm 9 Comments

Our research group (Ofer Eldad, Andrew Alexander, and Christian Claudel) at the University of Texas at Austin  has implemented a supervisory control algorithm we developed to protect the flight envelope with either human control or autopilot. 

Our test platform is the Bormatec Maja shown below:…



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

Plexidrone delays delivery news once again

plexidrone Indigogo funded on the 1st of December 2014 Canadian Plexidrone from DreamQii is late, very late! They raised $2,269,158 USD, or 1002% of what they were after during the campaign. The first iteration of Plexidrone was supposed to hit the streets, Spring of 2015. The design has been radically changed from what was offered in the […]

Dedrone supplies drone countermeasures at World Economic Forum in Davos

dedrone From January 17th to 20th, 2017, the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum took place in Davos, Switzerland. To protect against drones, forces responsible for security put their trust in a drone defense system from the market leader, Dedrone. The company, which is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, thus made an important contribution […]

Drone paints anti Trump slogan has it got a future?

paint drone trump Graffiti painting drones are not a new thing. The maker of the first graffiti drone, Leif Johnson has created another KATSU “Icarus Two”. This one can write letters that have been entered on a keyboard. It, “holds”, a spray paint can in an articulated arm. It is not a particularly elegant solution, the DJI Phantom simply […]

Find my drone, there is a website for that

find Christmas day 2017 saw peak drone loss spread across the world as presents were unwrapped, charged and lost. It was interesting to watch it unfold on Google Trends. A friend told me today that there was a pre-existing website on which lost and found drones were posted! I must admit I had never heard of it. […]

Virginia Tech launching business engagement center

Virginia Tech is creating a business engagement centre as part of a major push to expand and integrate its partnerships with leading companies. A national search is underway for an executive director to head the centre. The executive director will build a team of business development directors who can serve as primary points of contact […]

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