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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, 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:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Announcing The UAV Guide

Posted by The UAV Guide on April 20, 2014 at 10:54am 0 Comments

DIY Drones community,

We are proud to announce the launch of The UAV Guide, a centralized source…


Russian Heavy-LIft Hexacopter Breakthrough!

Posted by Oliver on April 20, 2014 at 9:30am 1 Comment

The Russian approach to aircraft design has always been famous for robustness and extreme simplicity, and this now extends to multicopters! Here's their latest, with these features: moving part count, zero;…


Speed Racer's Drone

Posted by Monroe Lee King Jr. on April 20, 2014 at 7:06am 0 Comments

Just some drone trivia the first flying "Drone" in a cartoon.  Named "Gizmo" was activated by pressing the big "G" in the middle of the Steering wheel.…


Angry goose takes down my UAV

Posted by Pedals2Paddles on April 20, 2014 at 7:00am 2 Comments

Preface: My fault, I should know better.  I've flown over to these geese on numerous occasions without incident. But this time I was controlling from further away and therefore my depth perception wasn't as keen.  I don't blame the goose all, however…


FPV intiation of my 11 yrs old son on a Pixhawk trainer quadcopter

Posted by Hugues on April 20, 2014 at 5:11am 7 Comments

If you're old enough, do you remember in the late 80's how we surpassed our own parents when first personal computers, commodore 64 and other Atari computers came out ? Well I feel…


Announcing the T4 Mini 250 Quadcopter

Posted by Brendan22 on April 20, 2014 at 12:30am 2 Comments

Joining the T6 hexacopter and very popular T4 quadcopter, the newest addition to the 3D printed "T"ubular family of multi-copters is the…


"Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2014 at 9:47pm 6 Comments

From Quartz

Last October, Ridley Scott and more than a…


Pew Research Poll: Americans Pessimistic About Personal Drones

Posted by Jonathan Price on April 19, 2014 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

A new Pew Research Internet Project poll on U.S. Views of Technology and the Future has found that most respondents were pessimistic about the benefits of personal and commercial drone technology.

Among the findings:

  • 63% think it would be a change for the worse if personal and commercial drones are given…

FireFLY6 Demonstrates Half Hour Flight Time

Posted by BirdsEyeView Aerobotics on April 19, 2014 at 11:30am 3 Comments

Read the whole story here.

Today we loaded down the FireFLY6 with double the "normal" battery load.  In addition, it carried a full suite of avionics, including a Naza M…


Guess what was seen at the NMAM in Muncie, IN?

Posted by R. D. Starwalt on April 19, 2014 at 10:30am 7 Comments

This week I visited the National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie, Indiana. If you have never been, put it on your short list of 'to-do' items - seriously. Just inside the main front door, to the right is a double set of doors, with glass windows, that lead into the Claude…



Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here.

UAV news from sUAS News

An Environmental Use for Drones

An Environmental Use for Drones

By Julian Mark The use of drones for aerial surveillance by some law enforcement agencies has come under intense criticism from civil libertarians and privacy advocates of late. But some scientists, environmentalists, and techies contend that drones can have practical and…

Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers

Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers

ADAM WITHNALL Criminals in Shropshire have reportedly started using unmanned drones fitted with heat-seeking cameras to steal from and extort illegal cannabis farms. Apparently taking a leaf out of the book of the police themselves, violent robbers said that the…

‘They’re Playing God’: The Federal Drone Ban Is Thwarting Rescue Missions

'They're Playing God': The Federal Drone Ban Is Thwarting Rescue Missions

JASON KOEBLER A week after University of Indiana student Lauren Spierer went missing, Gene Robinson packed up his Spectra Flying Wing drone and got on a plane bound for Bloomington. When he got off the plane, his cell phone rang.…

Montana GOP candidate shoots at government drone in ad

Montana GOP candidate shoots at government drone in ad

A Republican congressional candidate is expressing his displeasure with government spying and the use of drones — with a rifle. Matt Rosendale, who is running for Montana’s lone House seat, is out with a campaign ad in which he appears…

UAV production to remain profitable

UAV production to remain profitable

NEWTOWN, Conn., April 17 (UPI) – Manufacturers of unmanned aerial systems will benefit from relatively higher price tags for the systems over the next 10 years, according to a market study. Forecast International, a market analysis firm, said about 1,000 unmanned…

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