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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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UAVSA Membership Problems

Posted by Jimmy Oliver on February 27, 2017 at 10:00am 0 Comments

I signed up to the UAVSA association a while back. I have not benefited by this resource and have tried to cancel for 6 months. I have not been successful.

Here is the membership page.…

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Microsoft AirSim demo at Dronecode leadership meeting

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2017 at 4:30pm 8 Comments

Here's the Microsoft AirSim team demonstrating their amazing Unreal-based open source drone simulator package at this week's Dronecode leadership meeting at Intel. Dronecode development is…

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Parrot's Disco flying with Paparazzi UAV system

Posted by Gautier Hattenberger on February 24, 2017 at 3:02pm 7 Comments

This is the video our first flight of the Disco from Parrot using the Paparazzi UAV system. Most of the drivers where already available, except for the PWM output on Linux-based autopilot. Many thanks to the ArduPilot community and especially Andrew Tridgell for his help and tips to…

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Maximized terrain awareness for drone pilots

Posted by Martin Rüedi on February 23, 2017 at 2:59pm 2 Comments

This is my first post in a series called "FlightZoomer 3 Feature Previews".

One of the coolest features for the next release of my FlightZoomer apps is a terrain elevation map and a vertical situation display. The look&feel of these features strongly borrow from the VSD (vertical situation display) and the TERRAIN display of the…

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ArduSub + Ardupilot is Official!

Posted by Olivier on February 22, 2017 at 2:46pm 0 Comments

From Rusty and Jacob of ArduSub:

Hello everyone, Rusty here at Blue Robotics. We're pleased to announce that the ArduSub project has merged with Ardupilot!This is a momentous occasion for the ArduSub…

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Event38 integrates Emlid Reach and starts providing ready-to-go PPK mapping solution.

Posted by Emlid on February 22, 2017 at 1:00pm 11 Comments

Event38 now offers Emlid Reach upgrade to its vast fleet of UAVs aimed on providing ready-to-go PPK mapping solution. Reach PPK enabled system is able to deliver centimeter-level accurate 3D models without use of ground control…

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Tilt rotor/SLT hybrid

Posted by Joe Renteria on February 21, 2017 at 10:46am 6 Comments

Separate lift/thrust systems are growing fast in popularity, to the point that there are already a variety of commercially available systems.  They seem to be the future and continually get better.  Thanks to our developers, Ardupilot has some great features like holding position with forward thrust and is becoming very…

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Lots of fun at the ArduPilot Developer Meetup in Canberra

Posted by Olivier on February 20, 2017 at 1:48pm 0 Comments

From Tridge at Ardupilot.org:

We just finished the ArduPilot Developer meetup in Canberra, Australia. Randy [Lead Arducopter developer] will be posting videos from the talks when he gets back to Japan, but meanwhile here is a nice video by Darrell Burkey of some of the activities over the…

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DIY LiDAR scanner using the LW20 and a digital servo

Posted by Laser Developer on February 20, 2017 at 6:23am 12 Comments

Making a small, low cost laser scanner for sense-and-avoid applications has been a objective of mine for several years. What makes this project challenging is the cost and complexity associated with motors and their drivers to provide the motion, position encoders to provide accurate aiming…

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Full rover simulation now added to Dronecode/PX4

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2017 at 4:37pm 0 Comments

The Dronecode/PX4 stack has supported rovers for a long time, but now it's getting a proper simulator for them, too. This addition adds a full rover simulation for SITL and Gazebo. The physical config will follow this week for a Traxxas…

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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 Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Eagle-Eye Drone Service successfully conducts Search & Recovery in shallow water using DSM!

Eagle-Eye Drone Service has achieved success in identifying submerged cultural artefacts underwater using mapping software. This is huge for the SAR industry to help minimise time in man-hours spent looking for a submerged body and documenting shallow water accident crime scenes. One of the co-owners of Eagle Eye Drone Service is a member of the […]

Transpower to conduct New Zealand’s first ‘beyond line of sight’ drone flight

Transpower today announced it will conduct New Zealand’s first ‘beyond line of sight’ flight using a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS or drone). Transpower will be the only NZ organisation to have undertaken this type of flight. This week, a drone will be used to conduct aerial inspections of transmission lines and towers in the […]

Web UI Engineer at Hivemapper

Hivemapper We are looking for an experienced Web UI Engineer to join our team of 8 engineers at Hivemapper. We have a growing web application, a large part of which is our 3D map viewer, called Flight View. Beyond fluency in Javascript, CSS, and HTML, experience working on large web applications (as opposed to web pages) […]

Skylogic Research Adds More Commercial Drone Market Experts for Increased Coverage and Analysis

skylogic Skylogic Research, LLC  (http://www.droneanalyst.com/) today announced that Christopher Korody and Will Tompkinson will join the Drone Analyst® network of Contributor / Advisors.  Each are specialized commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry experts and allow Skylogic Research to scale its market analysis to meet the growing demand of industry insights. “We are very excited to have […]

DJI Matrice 200 series truly professional inspection drones.

Matrice 200 In the Matrice 200, DJI has finally addressed their professional series of multirotors biggest issue. They can now look up. The reason all the world’s professional inspection companies until now used other aircraft. A pretty handy looking quad, if I could afford one, I would have one! I don’t think I will get that past […]

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