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3DR x8+ octocopter, Pixhawk controller, and DJI Lightbridge module........

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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 from the Dronecode Foundation, including:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
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WestCoastUAV at the 2016 UAV Challenge - short write up

Posted by Stephen Gloor on September 29, 2016 at 2:51am 0 Comments

The UAV Outback Challenge medical express mission was set in 2014 to send a drone out to a stranded farmer, retrieve a blood sample…


PX4-based "aggressive quadcopter" navigates gaps with pure autonomy

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 28, 2016 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

From IEEE Spectrum:

Just a few weeks ago, we posted about some incredible research from Vijay Kumar’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania …


Parrot Disco Teardown

Posted by Fredrik Falkman on September 28, 2016 at 5:30am 10 Comments

After flying the Disco a bit too low at sea in a bit too gusty weather (to see if I could intercept it from a boat), it ended up on the water. This gave me the perfect excuse to take the seemingly dry and fully functional plane apart. Enjoy!…


From Hackaday: A history of drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 26, 2016 at 9:00pm 3 Comments

Out of respect for a great job, a verbatim history on drones from Hackaday:

In the early 1930s, Reginald Denny, an English actor living in Los Angeles, stumbled upon a young boy flying a rubber band-powered airplane. After attempting to help the boy by adjusting the rubber and control surfaces, the plane spun into the ground. Denny promised he…


Skysense Wins NASA WorldWind Europa Challenge 2016

Posted by Michele Dallachiesa on September 26, 2016 at 5:00pm 5 Comments

I'm thrilled to announce that Skysense was awarded the 1st prize in the "business" section of the NASA WorldWind Europa Challenge 2016, offering an innovative Open Source remote control of drones, with multiple commercial applications.



Using GPIO pin for power OFF on Raspberry Pi

Posted by Radioelf on September 25, 2016 at 11:30pm 0 Comments


You can use GPIO pin to perform a shutdown, using python code and interruptions, such as:

# sudo nano /etc/rc.local

# python /home/pi/PiSupply/…


Space Invaders with drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 25, 2016 at 10:29pm 0 Comments

The seat-on-rails alone looks super fun…


Antenna Tracking - Initial Testing

Posted by DroneRanger on September 25, 2016 at 8:00pm 3 Comments

I know that antenna tracking is nothing new, but I had to share my excitement in getting mine built and working!  My inner-nerd celebrated at the sound of the servo motors coming to life for the first time and I have been trying to perfect the pointing ever since.

My basic approach was to designate a position in the software…


DEF CON 23 - Robinson and Mitchell - Knocking my neighbors kids cruddy drone offline

Posted by Stefan Gofferje on September 25, 2016 at 12:19pm 1 Comment

Very interesting talk from the DefCon conference about attacking drones.

190 size FPV racer build & review from GEP

Posted by Hugues on September 24, 2016 at 10:52am 2 Comments


A 190 size FPV racer kit review from the GEP brand (so called ZX5 model). What's different about the previous FPV racers build I did before is a X frame while my former builds were always made with a classical H frame.

X frames have an advantage over H frames in that they are more symetrical (useful in FPV racing) and they twist…


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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 Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

European MALE RPAS (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) Programme takes off

SKYY Manching, Germany. Since beginning of September the development of a common European drone has entered a new phase. The contract for the Definition Study of the European MALE RPAS (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) Programme, assigned to Airbus, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo-Finmeccanica has been launched by a kick-off meeting chaired by the […]

Rise Above Selected to Resell Sentera Solutions Throughout Australia

sentera-australia Sentera, LLC, a global provider of remote sensing hardware and data management solutions signs a reseller agreement with Rise Above Custom Drone Solutions, Australia’s leading provider of custom drone systems to the aerial agriculture, mining, cinematography, and industrial industries. With the signing of the agreement, Australia’s agriculture industry gains access to Sentera’s proven end-to-end normalized […]

SkySkopes and Robot Aviation partner to collect long-endurance UAS test data

robot-fx-20 SkySkopes, one of the top unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flight operators in the United States, is partnering with Robot Aviation, a major Norwegian UAS manufacturer, for global operations.   The two companies will be using the Robot Aviation FX20 delta-wing aircraft for high-endurance missions to collect thermal and infrared data in a series of test […]

As the skies open up to drones, Aussie start-up partners with global giants

propeller-investment CASA (The Civil Aviation Safety Authority) has made changes to Australian law that come into effect tomorrow (Sep 29 2016) which will allow people to fly drones in most common commercial situations without a license. For Sydney-based drone mapping start-up, Propeller Aero, this is welcome news and coincides with US $3.1m worth of new investment […]

100%: Unmanned Experts’ Students ACE First Part 107 Academy Course

unmannedexperts-part-107 Unmanned Experts (UMEX), a provider of unmanned aircraft managed services, consulting and training, announced a 100% exam pass rate for the students who attended its first week-long course preparing individuals to pass the new FAA ‘Remote Pilot Airman Certificate with Small UAS Rating’ exam and readying them for commercial drone operations. UMEX’s Part 107 Academy […]

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