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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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Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 1, 2015 at 8:54am 1 Comment

I don't normally pass along anti-drone op-eds, but…


"hello drone" in the app store

Posted by Víctor Mayoral on March 1, 2015 at 6:56am 0 Comments


A few weeks ago we announced a partnership with Canonical to support the next generation of drones that will be connected to the internet, update automatically and will have access to an app store for drones. Following up with our passion for bringing Linux-based drones to the market we are happy to share that the first apps are starting to show up in the store and are freely…


MultiSpek Sensor Overview

Posted by MultiSpek on February 28, 2015 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

MultiSpekSensorOverview from MultiSpek on Vimeo.

The MultiSpek team is proud to announce our first product video release.  This video is an overview of the…

BrushedSparky - TauLabs integrated frame FPV brushed microquadcopter

Posted by James Cotton on February 28, 2015 at 5:27pm 1 Comment


OsoGrande got me into brushed microquadcopters recently. Sparky2 has some buffered outputs so at first I was just slapping it on frames and jury rigging things together. Very quickly, I wanted something more elegant.…


A Rather Enchanting Combination of Puppetry and Quadcoptery

Posted by Mark Harrison on February 28, 2015 at 2:28pm 0 Comments

I don't know any more than what 777BlueAngel notes on his Youtube page:

Showtime Nandlstadt 2015 - Harry Potter
Not only the kids loved Dietmar Metz's radio controlled Harry Potter.

A Microsoft Vision of the Future...

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on February 28, 2015 at 8:30am 4 Comments

Microsoft’s vision of the future: Everything is a screen, and thin is in

Redmond shows us a…


Drones flying at Oshkosh! Part of EAA AirVenture's Aviation Gateway Park

Posted by Dick Knapinski on February 27, 2015 at 2:34pm 1 Comment

Wanted to pass this along as an FYI.…


Pacificbots - Update

Posted by PacificBots on February 27, 2015 at 12:30pm 4 Comments

Finally was able to get one of the bots out onto the water. For this test, I chose an area of San Francisco Bay that is subject to strong currents during the tide changes. As the tide was going out, the current was about 3 knots. The bot did fine. There were plenty of settings to tweak and a few adjustments of the Pixhawk PID had things working smoothly.

Some takeaways from the test.

Turn radius: Once I threw the switch into autonomous mode, I notice some…



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

Drone companies entering Wild West phase

Drone companies entering Wild West phase

By Scott KirsnerGLOBE CORRESPONDENT Andrew Kehlenbeck pulls up a shirtsleeve and exposes a few linear scars on his forearm. They’re slashes from the plastic propeller of a small drone — a very modern sort of workplace injury. Kehlenbeck is cofounder and…

RTÉ Interactive Video: Drones in Ireland – The do’s and don’ts for hobbyists

RTÉ Interactive Video: Drones in Ireland – The do’s and don’ts for hobbyists

Patricia O’Callaghan There is something about drone footage. In the past few years, drone images have shown us the inside of volcanoes, a frozen Niagara Falls from above and new points of view of familiar lands. The Irish Aviation Authority has…

Ground rules needed as S.F. drone use skyrockets

Ground rules needed as S.F. drone use skyrockets

By C.W. Nevius San Francisco’s Dolores Park is known for many things: sunbathing, hipsters and weekend picnics. But lately it has a new designation — drone airport. “If you go to Dolores Park, there’s pretty much a drone overhead all the…

AdNear logging WiFi in LA

AdNear logging WiFi in LA

Not the first time this has happened but the first time a company has announced it on their blog. AdNear are a location based marketing firm from Singapore. They aim to deliver adverts to you as you walk past a…

NWUAV:- First Commercial UAV Propulsion System Approved For Export

NWUAV:- First Commercial UAV Propulsion System Approved For Export

NWUAV announced today the initial shipment of their NW-44cc Fuel Injected engine to an undisclosed foreign customer. This is the first of three customers that have signed up for the COTS 44cc Multi-fuel engine that has been in development for…

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