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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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Pixhawk + ODROID + MAVLinkAutoPylot

Posted by Simon D. Levy on July 26, 2015 at 2:31pm 4 Comments

After we demoed a little five-channel "AutoPylot" program on a Naze32 with ODROID companion board, our friends at A2USA, Inc . asked us whether we could do the same for the Pixhawk that they use for flying their big birds.  We started modifying…


3D FPV camera The BlackBird 2 and FPV goggles

Posted by Egor_FPV3DCam on July 26, 2015 at 1:17pm 2 Comments

Today I want to publish a series of pictures on how you can obtain stereoscopic video 3D FPV flight camera The…


JALC Boat educational platform to develop aquatic drones

Posted by Jose Antonio Luceño on July 26, 2015 at 5:28am 0 Comments

Hello everyone,

I present one of my latest projects, which aims to create an educational platform to develop aquatic robots/drones. Most pieces are designed and printed with 3D Printer.

You can download all parts Thingiverse. …


Automatically spotting endangered chimpanzee nests by drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 25, 2015 at 7:07pm 1 Comment

Congrats to our friends at Conservation Drones, whose collaboration with International Union for Conservation for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Liverpool John Moores University on using computer vision to spot chimpanzee nests from the air (using APM-powered drones) has now been published in the …


APM Planner 2.0.18 Released

Posted by Bill Bonney on July 25, 2015 at 2:30pm 14 Comments


The latest release of APM Planner 2.0.18 is out, which has a number of bug fixes and features added.

  • Google Maps API Update
  • Qt 5.4.2 used for OSX version (fixes some UI issues(
  • Camera Config supports up to 16…

RTK DGPS GPS Comparison

Posted by Oliver Huang on July 25, 2015 at 9:34am 3 Comments

We were running some tests on RTK / DGPS / GPS these two weeks. Thought it might be interesting to share our results in image format, although the accuracy numbers are already well known.

Test setup is as below:…


Visually-Guided Return to Base

Posted by Simon D. Levy on July 24, 2015 at 7:49pm 6 Comments

This video shows work done this summer by Washington and Lee student Conan Zhao '16. Conan used the PyQuadSim and OpenCV Python packages to create a realistic V-REP…


HABLEG (High Altitude Balloon Launched Experimental Glider)

Posted by Gary Mortimer on July 23, 2015 at 10:21pm 14 Comments


This is the sort of thing T3 entrants get up to, well done!

HABLEG has a mass of 7kg, a wingspan of 3m and can carry an additional payload of up to 3kg. The flight was conducted at the rocket base ESRANGE in northern Sweden, where the glider was lifted to an altitude of 20km by means of a helium balloon. Upon release in the low density atmosphere,…


GoPro Hero4 Session not ideal for drone use

Posted by MultiSpek on July 23, 2015 at 3:14pm 12 Comments

The team at MultiSpek was excited by the…


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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 Pylon Race, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

sUAS News Podcast Series Hits 300,000 Listens

sUAS News Podcast Series Hits 300,000 Listens

by The podcast officially launched on May 9th of 2012 with a ‘Search and Rescue’ episode, featuring our as not yet selected co-host, Gene Robinson. Since then we have produced and recorded 90 episodes, with the latest installment, ‘2015 US…

Drones boom ‘puts insurers at risk of multi-million bill’

Drones boom ‘puts insurers at risk of multi-million bill’

by JAMIE DUNKLEY The rise of drone technology could leave manufacturers and operators of the unmanned aerial vehicles facing multi-million pound claims, insurance experts have warned. The number of drones flying in British airspace has soared in recent years with…

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: $75,000 in rewards could be offered in drone incidents

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: $75,000 in rewards could be offered in drone incidents

by BY RICHARD BROOKS Bounties totaling $75,000 could be paid to tipsters who help convict whoever flew drones that interfered with firefighting aircraft during three recent blazes in San Bernardino County, under action that county supervisors are scheduled to consider.…

RT LTA to Unveil an Enhanced version of the Skystar 180

RT LTA to Unveil an Enhanced version of the Skystar 180

by RT LTA Systems Ltd., a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of the Skystar™ family of aerostats for use in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and communications applications, introduces new enhanced version of the Skystar 180 system. The enhanced system includes a…

Drone Technology Used To Train Texas Flooding Responders

Drone Technology Used To Train Texas Flooding Responders

by BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Drone technology will be part of a Texas A&M University seminar for emergency responders dealing with deadly flooding like the disastrous May storms. The 2015 Summer Institute on Flooding runs Sunday through Tuesday at A&M’s Riverside…

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