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Sanjiv added a discussion to the group Arducopter Y6 Owners

flying 3dr Y6 still flying in Katy

Does any one have a flying Dr3 Y6 in Katy ?ThanksSee More
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Nitesh Agrawal commented on Dmitry Skotnikov's blog post Our next significant step to build wireless power network for unlimited drone delivery
"@Dmitry your answer does not completely answer Charles question. If a drone has easily replaceable…"
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Jan Holthusen posted a discussion

DJI Spark as a SAR drone

What do you think of the idea of employing a modded DJI Spark as SAR drone? My mod of a DJI Spark…See More
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Bill Salopek replied to Bill Salopek's discussion Using Pixhawk with a Fatshark headtracker
"OK...what I did was use a y-cable from the SBUS out port on the X8R...sent one to the Pixhawk of…"
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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, including:

  • PX4, a pro-quality copter, plane, rover and VTOL software stack from the Dronecode Foundation
  • 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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Blog Posts

3D printed tricopter - latest version.

Posted by Bob Morley on November 17, 2017 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Thought I'd share some pics of my latest tricopter, it'll be the 10th version and the second 'flying prototype' (with any luck).

The design has come a long way, I suspect its still over target weight but I *really* want to get this thing flying.

Its all printed in…


Tersus Announces Precis Board Firmware V1.15 Release

Posted by Tersus GNSS on November 15, 2017 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

We are glad to release the latest firmware update to Precis OEM boards, the 1.15 version. Firmware V1.15 provides users with more robust RTK fix solution and accuracy. It provides other improved performance such as RTK solution of long baseline. Some known issues have been fixed as well. All update improves RTK positioning performance and high-precision navigation in more challenging…


Condition surveying with UAVs and Sputnik GIS

Posted by Shevelev Ilya on November 15, 2017 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Spuntik GIS is widely used in condition surveying. Hi-definition 3D-models of buildings and constructions allows specialist to detect defects and deformations, more than, it is available to vectorize and save such areas using *.kml editor.  Therefore, the result of inspection is 3D-map of defects and deformations.…


DroneePlotter-in Browser Flight Log Analiser Tool got Privacy and many other cool features.

Posted by Tomi Piriyev on November 13, 2017 at 4:00am 2 Comments

Last time i introduced DroneePlotter which is completely free  in browser flight log analiser tool for Ardupilot and PX4 log files.

After many feebdacks we have added many features to DroneePlotter .

1.we added lz4 compression support for upload and download of the files.Lz4 compresses binary files around 50%, Which means you…


DIY Air Data Computer Asgard

Posted by Jose.L.Jr on November 9, 2017 at 12:15pm 6 Comments

The air data computer Asgard is out. It is a unit designed for DIYers, size and weight are compatible (fixation tabs have the same dimensions of standards servo tabs) with low-cost RC applications.  Some aspects will be changed as per users feedback. Be sure to checkout the project…


Evaluating the efficiency of a sensorless propeller drive using UAVCAN GUI Tool

Posted by Zubax Robotics on November 7, 2017 at 8:15am 3 Comments

So we were testing certain stuff in our lab yesterday, and I thought, why don't we share our approach? That would be such a great way to show off the capabilities of the UAVCAN GUI Tool. Check this out:

The video features the following products and instruments:…


Getting Started with FlytBase Cloud - Setup a Virtual Drone

Posted by Achal Negi on November 7, 2017 at 5:00am 0 Comments

Hey Everyone, we are creating this tutorial series to help you connect your drones to Cloud. (You can use your existing setup with a CC and 4G/LTE dongle)

FlytBase Cloud helps you connect your drones to the cloud. Set UAV missions, get telemetry and payload…


A Drone by Aero-hawk so cleverly named the Field Hawk

Posted by Aero Hawk on November 6, 2017 at 2:54pm 8 Comments

Aero-Hawk  announces the arrival of Field Hawk. A new to the market Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. With the Field Hawk Farmers get a drone capable of providing useful information using Wavelength Specific Filters to Notice Chlorophyll…


Autonomous boat to sail across the Atlantic – Proof of concept

Posted by Andy Osusky on November 6, 2017 at 7:30am 13 Comments

One year has passed since I launched the autonomous boat OpenTransat that has attempted to cross the Atlantic Ocean and I wrote an article about it. The boat is lost in the ocean after being hit by crazy storms, but I didn't give up. Currently, I am working on the next sailboat with improved hardware and software and a more robust construction.…



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

Understanding DJI’s AeroScope Solution

Last month DJI introduced AeroScope, its ready-to-use system to identify, track and monitor airborne drones while protecting the privacy of drone operators and imposing no costs upon them. Law enforcement, national security and aviation safety officials have been pleased to see AeroScope address their legitimate concerns about drone safety and security. However, some “counter-drone” companies […]

ICE – Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) likely providing U.S. Critical Infrastructure and Law Enforcement Data to Chinese Government

Here we go again, a document purporting to be from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations SAC Intelligence Program Los Angeles dated the 9th of August 2017,  has landed in my inbox. I am just not sure if this is the real deal or not, and will let you decide dear reader. I will […]

The Drone Racing League (DRL) and MultiGP Drone Racing Announce Simulator Partnership Surrounding the 2018 Swatch DRL Tryouts

DRL MultiGP Drone Racing, the world’s largest drone racing organization with more than 20,000 registered pilots around the globe, and the Drone Racing League (DRL), the only professional Drone Racing circuit on the planet, announced their partnership to offer exclusive prizes for MultiGP participants in DRL’s second annual simulator challenge, the 2018 Swatch DRL Tryouts. Aimed […]

Drone Delivery Canada Flies in Canadian Northern Communities of Moose Factory and Moosonee, Ontario

DDC Drone Delivery Canada ‘DDC or the Company’ (CSE:FLT OTC:TAKOF), is pleased to announce it was granted permission from Transport Canada to test its drone delivery technology in the northern regions of Canada.  DDC tested its drone delivery platform in the Moose Factory and Moosonee communities where it completed a series of successful flights comprising of distances of up to 2.12km […]

Workhorse to fly SureFly™ Electric Hybrid Octocopter at CES

surefly Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial electric transportation sector, today announced it will conduct the first manned flight of its SureFly™ personal hybrid octocopter on January 8 in Las Vegasprior to the start of the 2018 CES.  The date is dependent on several factors, including […]

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