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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

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 

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FPV Racing

Posted by FPVRACING.TV on May 28, 2015 at 5:00am 0 Comments

I just want to let you know about our FPV racing community at https://fpvracing.tv FPV racing is a new sport that combines high-tech drones with high-speed racing. It's a lot of fun and extremely addictive.



On our website you can create a profile, join a…

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GoPro drone to launch in the first half of 2016

Posted by Greg Dronsky on May 28, 2015 at 1:48am 7 Comments

Not much info yet but at least we know the launch date:

Woodman also revealed the company is working on a quadcopter — or drone, as they’re more commonly known. He declined to share any details about its design and pricing, but it’s slated to launch in the first half of 2016 and will be aimed at…

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Drone highlights from Mary Meeker's famed 2015 "State of the Internet" presentation

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 27, 2015 at 11:17pm 1 Comment

Every year famed Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist Mary Meeker gives a "State of the Internet" presentation, which highlights stats and analysis on what she considers the most important technology trends of the year. This year,…

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Introducing the Sprite Payload Developer Kit (PDK)

Posted by Ascent AeroSystems on May 27, 2015 at 11:52am 0 Comments

We're not quite halfway through our campaign, and we are absolutely delighted by the enthusiasm Sprite is getting!  Thank you to ALL of you for your interest and support!



Today we're introducing a new Reward, the Sprite Payload Developer Kit, to make it easier for everyone to make Sprite do what you want it to do...whatever that is.  Want to…

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New drone funds to facilitate commercial development

Posted by Greg Crutsinger on May 27, 2015 at 8:53am 1 Comment

New startup funds SkyFund and Commercial Drone Fund are launching…

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Introducing CloudFoil: Full airfoil CFD simulations in the cloud

Posted by Blucraft on May 27, 2015 at 8:30am 3 Comments

This is an idea I've had for a long time and finally found time to build it. CloudFoil allows you to check your Xfoil results against high-fidelity full RANS CFD simulations in minutes. Because the simulations run in the cloud, simulations can be kicked off from any device including your laptop, tablet, or phone. I believe CloudFoil sports the best user…

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T3 Back to the Future

Posted by Gary Mortimer on May 27, 2015 at 8:00am 23 Comments

Remember back, way back in autopilot years probably about 20. The year 2009 and the first round of our gentlemens (ladies are allowed just none have ever entered) competition the T3 challenge.

Back then just flying way points was hard and all this gear was expensive.…

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Lokkisaari - gull island

Posted by Stefan Gofferje on May 27, 2015 at 7:57am 2 Comments

A friend asked me if I could help him and his fellow birders of Lokkisaari ry out and take some aerial images of a bird reserve they are maintaining. Of course, I was happy to help!

Those guys are doing an…

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New Buzzfeed lab will focus on drones, journalism (with 3DR)

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 26, 2015 at 10:30pm 1 Comment

From Buzzfeed, an announcement of an exciting new lab that will focus on technology (including drones) and journalism. I'm one of the advisors. 

Late this summer,…

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New to drone photography - A must see Infographic

Posted by Alexander Mora on May 26, 2015 at 7:00pm 4 Comments

A visual reference to all things drone photography

There are many different fields in which drone photography can be used. In one of our last posts we talk about some of those uses, you can check that post out here.…

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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 Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Forensic services takes to the air

Forensic services takes to the air

by Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller has announced the expansion of the Queensland Police Service’s suite of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs). The Photographic Section of the Forensic Services Group now have two operationally deployable RPAs (or drones)…

The GoPro drone meh…..

The GoPro drone meh…..

by Too little to late? Speaking at the Re/Code, Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. GoPro CEO Nick Woodman had this to say about RPAS. “It seemed natural to us that we’re in the GoPro enabling business and drones are…

Mary Meeker “State of the Internet”

Mary Meeker “State of the Internet”

by Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist Mary Meeker annual “State of the Internet” presentation mentions drones on 5 of 197 pages this year. Its still heavily biased by data from flawed surveys conducted by industry bodies with an interest in talking…

Toronto startup targets brands with ‘world’s first’ social drone

Toronto startup targets brands with ‘world’s first’ social drone

by ANWAR ALI Special to The Globe and Mail Drone technology, up until now, has mostly revolved around industrial applications like mine site mapping, farm field analytics and real estate. Then at the other end of the spectrum, are a few…

Airware Launches Commercial Drone Fund to Accelerate Innovation in Global Industry

Airware Launches Commercial Drone Fund to Accelerate Innovation in Global Industry

by With the goal of supporting the most promising commercial drone businesses around the world, Airware launched the Commercial Drone Fund today and announced the first two investment recipients. The fund is investing in companies that are developing technologies critical…

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