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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 

Blog Posts

GoPro drone to launch in the first half of 2016

Posted by Greg Dronsky on May 28, 2015 at 1:48am 0 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 0 Comments

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 2 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 8:16am 14 Comments

Remember back, way back in autopilot years probably about 20. The year 2009 and the first round of our first 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 3 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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Using the Intel Edison as a Smart Camera Controller

Posted by Jaime Machuca on May 26, 2015 at 5:00pm 27 Comments

 
For the past few weeks I have been working on a way to integrate better cameras into our mapping platforms. Our platforms are based around the APM: Copter and APM: Plane software and use 3DRs Pixhawk autopilots to control the vehicles. While the Pixhawk provides for a sime way to…
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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

Enlisted airmen might fly drones — and manned aircraft

Enlisted airmen might fly drones — and manned aircraft

by By Jeff Schogol Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh will make a decision in November on whether enlisted airmen can fly remotely piloted aircraft, commonly known as drones. What’s more, Welsh opened the door to considering enlisted pilots in…

Roundtable highlights unmanned aircraft business potential in North Dakota

Roundtable highlights unmanned aircraft business potential in North Dakota

by By Brandi Jewett  Encouraging unmanned aircraft systems-related businesses to settle in North Dakota was among priorities discussed Tuesday at a Chamber of Commerce roundtable in Grand Forks. Grand Sky, hailed as the nation’s first UAS business park, has its anchor…

Monarch, Inc. Receives FAA 333 Waiver to Fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Precision Agriculture

Monarch, Inc. Receives FAA 333 Waiver to Fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Precision Agriculture

by The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have granted Monarch, Inc. Inc. a 333 Waiver which provides permission to pioneer a new method of conducting aerial agricultural surveys by flying specially-equipped unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) within the National Airspace System. Monarch,…

Paradise Valley prepares drone ordinance proposal

Paradise Valley prepares drone ordinance proposal

by By Jill Monier, FOX 10 News PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - The Town of Paradise Valley is looking into regulations for drones after someone was recently charged by police for using his drone. The proposal could cost violators up to…

Service-Drone announce multirotor UAS with up to 90 minutes flight time

Service-Drone announce multirotor UAS with up to 90 minutes flight time

by Once again, an industry-first, MULTIROTOR service-drone announces the upcoming availability of its Recon One multirotor Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). Specifically developed for reliable, autonomous long-duration flights of up to 90 minutes, the Recon One is capable of carrying payloads…

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