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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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Happy Birthday NACA

Posted by Blucraft on March 3, 2015 at 5:53pm 0 Comments

NACA, the precursor to NASA, was founded 100 years ago today. NACA was instrumental in furthering fundamental knowledge of airfoil theory, and created well-known families of airfoils still widely used today.

To honor the NACA legacy, we've added the NACA 4-digit airfoil series to Mach-Up in high-resolution. That's 10,000 airfoils…


Storm32 BGC gimbal

Posted by Charles lakins on March 3, 2015 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

After combining my retracts from my previous blog post and my conversion plate to turn the 2-axis into a 3-axis gimbal

then also adding a mounting plate for the Storm32 BCG controller, further testing and setup goes great so far

Also did some tests using the spektrum sat option for the second operator to control the gimbal movements remotely (with…


Rapide Lite 200XL - 400mm Desktop Plus 3D Printer

Posted by Andreas on March 3, 2015 at 11:51am 0 Comments

For those of you, still looking for an affordable and high quality 3D printer - this one may be the one you are looking for:

Indiegogo: Rapide Lite 200XL - 400mm Desktop Plus 3D…


What to Know When Using Humanitarian UAVs for Transportation

Posted by Patrick Meier on March 3, 2015 at 7:38am 0 Comments

UAV payload unit

UAVs can support humanitarian action in a variety of ways. Perhaps the most common and well-documented use-case is data collection. There are several other use-cases, however, such as payload transportation, which I have blogged about here, …


New drone magazine from Discover

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 2, 2015 at 8:36pm 6 Comments

Looks pretty generic but the fact that they're launching a mag is probably a sign of the times...From Discover:

Whether you’re curious about the ethics of unmanned aerial vehicles in law enforcement or itching to break into the quadcopter hobby, Drone 360 is packed with ideas and information to help you get started!


iDroneCtrl 1.2.0: iPhone/iPad drone control app update

Posted by Andy Brown on March 2, 2015 at 2:32pm 4 Comments

We are pleased to announce the release of iDroneCtrl 1.2.0 for iPhone and iPad. The iDroneCtrl iOS app works with our iDroneLink™  lighting accessory for iPhone and iPad and allows long range control of your…


Skywriting! Just need to add more colors and use the GPIOs to toggle them based on position

Posted by Rhett "Wreck" Phillips on March 2, 2015 at 11:30am 5 Comments

Think of the things you could write or draw! It's a software project:

The next step will be to add multiple LEDs of different colors that can be toggled by the GPIO pins on your autopilot so you can draw amazing 3D…


Digital flight control research from the '80s

Posted by Andrew Rabbitt on March 2, 2015 at 4:25am 11 Comments

I tripped over this on my suggested links and thought it might be of interest to the DIYD crowd.  Fascinating to see an original Macintosh being used as a ground station!

"The Davos of Drones" - DroneApps & Expo 2015 - Switzerland

Posted by Patrick Meier on March 1, 2015 at 9:58pm 0 Comments

I am Chairing a panel on "Humanitarian UAVs" at the DroneApps & Expo 2015 in Lausanne,…


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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

High-tech drone crashes into Hialeah home

High-tech drone crashes into Hialeah home

BY THEODORE KARANTSALIS SPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALD Would the owner of a white, unmanned flying machine, last seen floating above east Hialeah, please come forward and collect your drone? A Hialeah man has a mystery on his hands after…

DCA lodges police report over prohibited flying drone near KLIA

DCA lodges police report over prohibited flying drone near KLIA

Haider Yutim,Astro Awani KUALA LUMPUR: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has lodged a police report following photographs of unauthorized flying vehicles or unmanned aerial vehicles in the vicinity of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)  had been uploaded on…

Paris drones: Al Jazeera journalist fined €1,000

Paris drones: Al Jazeera journalist fined €1,000

An Al Jazeera journalist has been fined €1,000 (£725;$1,120) for flying a drone in Paris last week in the midst of a security alert sparked by unexplained drone sightings across the city. A court also confiscated the drone from Al…

DJI has released new firmware v3.12 for Phantom 2 series quadcopter

DJI has released new firmware v3.12 for Phantom 2 series quadcopter

DJI has released a firmware update for the Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, and Phantom 2 Vision+ to help users comply with the FAA’s NOTAM 0/8326. This notice limits flights above Washington, DC. All Phantoms and other model aircraft are not…

Maiden flight for Vanilla Aircraft HALE platform

Maiden flight for Vanilla Aircraft HALE platform

Falls Church, Virginia,  On February 25, 2015 Vanilla Aircraft LLC successfully completed first flight of the VA001 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), a 36-ft wingspan Ultra-Long Endurance (ULE) aircraft designed to fly missions of up to 10 days. The aircraft (N240HR)…

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