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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

Tattu 1800mah 4S 75C Battery review: long flight time for FPV drones

Posted by sarah lee on November 21, 2017 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

Today we’re going to find out how long it takes to charge the Tattu 4s 1800mah 75c and what the real world flight time is, in comparison to 1300 mAh batteries which are more common for racing drones.

When it comes to racing quadcopters, flight time is not as important as it is in the case of cruising drones. More important is the take-off weight and you need to keep it as low…


Pixhawk Mini now just $139

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 21, 2017 at 5:30pm 0 Comments


Last year, we introduced the Pixhawk Mini, a small, efficient autopilot designed in collaboration with HobbyKing specifically for the Dronecode PX4 1.6 stack. It’s been put to work on a variety of projects, and many of you use it to build DIY quads, planes,…


Preview of upcoming Dronecode/PX4 multi-camera VIO feature

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2017 at 5:47pm 6 Comments

Visual Inertial Odometry (VIO) is a way to do position estimation and navigation without GPS, which is both useful for drones inside and for self-driving cars. Coming to the next release of the Dronecode/PX4 stack. 

Skywalker Titan 2160mm FPV Aircraft Model

Posted by Ellen Zhu on November 20, 2017 at 1:06am 4 Comments

    Skywalker Titan is first V-tail aircraft with twin-motor from skywalker. Skywalker Naja is the first V-tail of Skywalker that is equipped with good and steady flying function.



Great YouTube channel on using Dronekit, APM

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 19, 2017 at 4:02pm 1 Comment

Tiziano Fiorenzani, an Italian engineer now working in the US, has one of the best YouTube channels on using open source drone software, especially, APM, Dronekit and Python. Above is just one example, on Drone Delivery with Python:

We are going to write a script that connects with the vehicle and waits for the operator…


Defiance PRO - OpenSource

Posted by Dragan on November 19, 2017 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Now Open Sourced at your disposal!

You can download the part files in part section. Enjoy :)

Special thanks to Chris and Natasha from Armattan…


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.…



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

UMS SKELDAR launches new R-350 VTOL platform as part of ‘dynamic duo’ line up with flagship SKELDAR V-200

R350 World-class provider of rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions UMS SKELDAR is using the Dubai Airshow, one of the largest aerospace events in the world, as the launchpad for its new enhanced R-350 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) platform. This ITAR-free light tactical high-performance UAV is unique in its class, not only including an ability to carry payloads of […]

DJI Introduces Racing Edition Goggles to Enable the Thrill of Drone Racing and FPV Experience

External Video Transmission and Camera Module Allows for Expanded Creative Uses Beyond DJI Drones DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today launched an enhanced version of the DJI Goggles targeted at drone racers, aerial enthusiasts and RC hobbyists. The new DJI Goggles RE (Racing Edition) take on a completely new […]

The first solar logistics transport drone to cross the Atlantic in 2018

The various tsunamis, hurricanes and recent earthquakes that are affecting more and more populations have all deeply affected us by their violence and their steady regularity. How can we intervene quickly and provide first aid to populations in need where traditional vehicles are no longer efficient? Our own response: the Inti Solace – The first […]

Black Swift Technologies’ SwiftCore™ Flight Management System Plays Critical Role in NOAA and University of Tennessee Space Institute Joint Research Project

With a legacy of delivering reliable, robust, and highly accurate small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), NOAA Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (ATDD) of the Air Resources Laboratory has selected Black Swift Technologies (BST), a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder, CO, to integrate their SwiftCore Flight Management System with a UAV Factory Penguin BE UAV […]

Anemoment LLC Now Shipping the Industry’s Smallest and Lightest 3D Ultrasonic Anemometer

TriSonica Anemoment LLC, a specialized meteorological instrument design firm located in Longmont, CO, announced today the availability of the TriSonica™ line of “whisper-weight” 3-dimensional wind sensors: the TriSonica Mini, and the TriSonica Mini Weather Station. The devices—which have no moving parts to wear out or replace—weigh only 50 grams, and are quite small in size (Figure […]

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