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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 autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, 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

Copter-3.3 released!

Posted by Randy on October 8, 2015 at 9:58pm 2 Comments

After months of testing by the beta-testing team and no significant issue during the soft release, Copter-3.3 has been released.  You can load this version onto your vehicle using the…


Solo firmware update brings major performance improvements, much more coming soon

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 8, 2015 at 3:31pm 1 Comment

Solo is now available with gimbal included, and the latest 1.2 firmware update (automatically loaded by the app) has made major improvements to its wireless range, video…


Courtship of the drone fireflies: A short movie with flying robots and lights

Posted by AdrienB on October 8, 2015 at 7:51am 2 Comments

Drones, lights and nature combine in Drone Courtship, a short movie about a magical encounter between two flying robots set in a forest of centennial trees. A collaboration between Atelier D. Schlaepfer and …


Long range Laser Altimeter for commercial Drones and Light Aircraft

Posted by Laser Developer on October 8, 2015 at 5:43am 9 Comments

The SF00 long range laser altimeter

Measurements of the height above ground up to and beyond 250m (820 feet) provide important information to many different types of aircraft. For commercial and military drones…


Crawl around our offices with Erle-Spider

Posted by Víctor Mayoral on October 8, 2015 at 2:00am 4 Comments

As some of you may know, we’ve designed Erle-Spider to deliver an open, low cost and Linux-based robot powered by ROS that hopes to bring robotics to many. To show it to the world…

Nocturnal Flying Robots Emerge

Posted by earthpatrol on October 7, 2015 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

The passing of the autumnal equinox provides more opportunity to test luminary robots. Over the last few years, at about this time, I find myself deep in lighting experiments for upcoming projects. It's important to test any candidate lighting systems to understand how they might…


Utility for merging mapped areas in Google Earth

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 7, 2015 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

One of the great things about using drones to map areas is that you can do the same mapping mission many times, showing change over time. But it's sometimes hard to merge that data into Google Earth for viewing. Thankfully, the team at the Google Earth blog…


A new board?

Posted by Alican Kurutepe on October 7, 2015 at 1:43pm 0 Comments

Hello after a long time,

I have been working about my previous post in my spare time and i have decided to work on new board to expand my playground.

Now i am working on a sensor board that includes inemo imu module, gps receiver, pressure, humudity and temperature sensors. as…


In Nepal, a model for using drones for humanitarianism emerges

Posted by Patrick Meier on October 7, 2015 at 11:30am 0 Comments

The Humanitarian UAV Mission I spearheaded in Nepal a couple weeks ago was just…


DIY Mimic - Or how to have fun with IMU and Arduino on ground

Posted by Benoît Courty on October 7, 2015 at 7:32am 8 Comments

I had this idea in mind for a long time now, and when I heard about the Mimic from Freefly, I decided to do it for real. This is also part of some small projects I did about all the ways you can connect an Arduino to your radio transmitter to extend his capabilities.

So let's start with the Mimic, you can see here in action:…


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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

Drone bursts into flames on quiet Hamptons street

Drone bursts into flames on quiet Hamptons street
by By David K. Li   A drone crashed and exploded into flames this week on a quiet Hamptons street. The flying object slammed into the top of the Sag Harbor Variety Store in Sag Harbor shortly after 6 p.m.…

Singapore: World’s first drone postal delivery takes place on Pulau Ubin island

Singapore: World’s first drone postal delivery takes place on Pulau Ubin island
by By Mary-Ann Russon Singapore has successfully performed the world’s first delivery of mail by drone, conducting a test flight carrying a letter and a parcel with a T-shirt, which crossing from one island to another. While there have been…

Stuff:- Man denies illegal drone flying in NZ test case

Stuff:- Man denies illegal drone flying in NZ test case
by DEIDRE MUSSEN AND DAVID CLARKSON The Civil Aviation Authority has launched its first prosecution against a drone operator, in what could prove a test case. Simon Roy Reeve appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday, where he denied…

Alleged drone pilot arrested on eve of Albania v Serbia Euro 2016 qualifier

Alleged drone pilot arrested on eve of Albania v Serbia Euro 2016 qualifier
by Police in Albania have arrested a man who claimed to have flown a drone carrying a nationalist banner over a stadium in Serbia last year during a European qualifier, in an incident that prompted fan violence and a diplomatic…

Drones are providing film and TV viewers a new perspective on the action

Drones are providing film and TV viewers a new perspective on the action
by Richard Verrier A dazed and bloodied student who had just been mugged stumbled down a darkened alleyway in a slum. He lifted his shirt, revealing a gaping wound, before collapsing on the ground as curious onlookers gathered around. Buzzing…

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