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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

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

Humanitarian UAV Network Invites Contributions to UAV Evaluation

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on July 31, 2014 at 8:00am 1 Comment

Patrick Meier and the worldwide Humanitarian UAV Network, “UAViators,” have undertaken a fairly comprehensive review of UAVs for humanitarian use.…

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CAD Drones Cloud - Open Source - Powered By Autodesk Fusion 360!

Posted by Joshua Johnson on July 30, 2014 at 10:47pm 2 Comments

Hello Diy Drones Universe,

This is Joshua Johnson here to discuss CAD Drones, LLC's long term project that will be the heart and soul of our Drone company that began a little over 5 months ago!  Right away we saw the potential in Cloud Computing related to the storage and Open Source collaboration of CAD Files and Autopilot Code related to Drones.  The future of…

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Martha Stewart: Why I Love My Drone

Posted by Scott Penrose on July 30, 2014 at 8:30pm 10 Comments

Because it's a useful tool. And imagine what Louis XIV could have accomplished at Versailles if he'd had one

There’s been a lot of discussion and a tremendous amount of speculation lately about the nature of drones and their role in our society as useful tools and hobbyist toys.

Last year, while celebrating my birthday in…

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Our multicopter flight controller has been chosen

Posted by UASys on July 30, 2014 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

 

Hi everyone!

It's the team from UASys again. We just wanted to give everyone an update on how we are going with our safe, practical and affordable multicopter design.  We’ve been looking at some pretty cool options with flight…

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Terminator Was Not Open-source: How 3D printing and DIY drone community are changing perceptions.

Posted by Annelie Koller on July 30, 2014 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

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DJI Phantom 1.5 - 24mm Battery Door by BrianSelfDesign

My blog post below is probably  preaching to the converted in this forum, but I am a female, creative technologist and new UAV enthusiast,  and I have been doing some research on the subject of UAV.  For myself and to a lot of…

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A Simpler Option for Aerial Imagery

Posted by Taylor Glenn on July 30, 2014 at 12:00pm 18 Comments

Hello. As a long time lurker here, I'd like to share my latest project with the DIY Drones community.

In working with orthophoto generation from UAV imagery using the current crop of still-photo stitching based programs, I have found the process to be complicated and…

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Congratulate us! QuadCam.ch website launched their own videos Map (created by MoviesOnMap)

Posted by MoviesOnMap on July 30, 2014 at 11:15am 0 Comments

MoviesOnMap.com is very happy to announce the first "outdoor" implementation of the map from MoviesOnMap.com on the website of video's owner. Map on the QuadCam.ch contains only videos of QuadCam.

You can see all the videos by QuadCam.ch here:…

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The Techstation

Posted by wayne garris on July 30, 2014 at 8:30am 12 Comments

Hey everyone,

 I have to admit, I am a little fed up with the "ground stations" available on the market today. First off, good luck seeing most laptops or tablets at all outdoors. Second, good luck modifying or repairing your laptop / tablet. It can be done but its usually a major pain with a good chance of breaking something.…

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ODROID-W Raspberry Pi Clone

Posted by Tilman Griesel on July 30, 2014 at 6:09am 6 Comments

I saw this Raspberry Pi clone today the first time and will definitely try it in september. A lighter, smaller alternative to the rpi.

From the description:

ODROID-W is a miniature computing module which is fully compatible with all software…

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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

Drone Flew Over Hollywood Police Dept. — Cops, Prosecutors Stumped Over Drones

Drone Flew Over Hollywood Police Dept. -- Cops, Prosecutors Stumped Over Drones

Hollywood cops and prosecutors want to go after a guy who flew a drone over the Hollywood police dept., but we’ve learned they’re stumped. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … several people have become a thorn in the side of…

One arrest after drone carrying phones, marijuana, other contraband crashes at US prison

One arrest after drone carrying phones, marijuana, other contraband crashes at US prison

By Cheryl K. Chumley COLUMBIA, S.C. – A drone carrying cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a U.S. maximum-security prison never made it inside the razor wire fence, and authorities said Wednesday they are looking for one of two people accused…

CAD Drones Cloud

CAD Drones Cloud

CAD Drones, LLC collaborating with Verizon, HP Helion, Works Computing hopes to bring 3D drone design to the cloud. Joshua Johnson of CAD Drones, says that it will be fun to be a part of and watch the growth of…

Search for missing man marks Texas group’s resumption of drone use following court ruling

Search for missing man marks Texas group's resumption of drone use following court ruling

HOUSTON — A Texas-based group that had been embroiled in a legal fight over its use of drones in its searches for missing persons has resumed utilizing the unmanned aircraft. Texas Equuearch began using a drone Wednesday in its search…

3D Robotics buys interactive-toy maker Sifteo for undisclosed sum

3D Robotics buys interactive-toy maker Sifteo for undisclosed sum

Edie Sellers Leading consumer and hobbyist drone manufacturer 3D Robotics of Berkeley announced Tuesday that it has acquired San Francisco-based electronic-toy maker Sifteo for an undisclosed sum. According to a press release, the focus of the newly combined companies will…

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