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Rana replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Follow-me telemetry log from Droidplanner 2 beta."
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Randy replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Martin, Thor, I'm not sure which version Marco saw it in but I believe it was an early version…"
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Rana replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Telemetry Log from the Droidplanner of the full auto mission using Arducopter 3.2_RC5, APM2.6,…"
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Chris Jarrett replied to Chris Jarrett's discussion Adding navigation controllers
"will do, thanks again for your help!"
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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

SteadiDrone MAVRIK - Video

Posted by Duran - SteadiDrone on September 2, 2014 at 11:30am 4 Comments

We've spent a long time developing the MAVRIK to be the most affordable high quality medium lift drone available today, or tomorrow. With an all new fully adjustable rail supported front mounted brushless gimbal that will fly hundreds of different cameras with the ability to point straight up, to our well known 'Rapid Deploy' folding air frame design, a new airframe hatch that allows…


Droneshare Update

Posted by Ramon Roche on September 2, 2014 at 8:30am 1 Comment

We have been working hard to get Droneshare out of beta, and are pleased to share that we are almost ready to call it V1. We are wrapping up a few things including mission discovery, filtered searches, and making flight uploads easier.

Interesting milestones since our last update:

  • Over 15,000 flights uploaded (a combination of public and private flights)
  • Upload support is now built into…

Need to Know - Export Controls

Posted by Quadzimodo on September 1, 2014 at 9:00pm 8 Comments

As outlined in this early post by Hai Tran, it has been…


Micro Aerial Vehicle GPS denied navigation

Posted by Austin H on September 1, 2014 at 11:00am 10 Comments

Davide Scaramuzza and pals in the Robotics and Perception Group at University of Zurich have devised a new method called  Semi-Direct Monocular Visual Odometry for autonomous gps denied micro areal vehicle navigation. Using only …


UgCS 2.0 Teaser video

Posted by Janis Kuze on September 1, 2014 at 8:30am 5 Comments

Hello the DIYDrones community!

Thank you very much for your interest in our software. Since last news about support of DJI Phantom 2 our ranks of Beta testers have exploded!

Here we would like to present to you teaser of upcoming version of UgCS 2.0.

To those who have stumbled upon us for the first time we support not just DJI, but…


ETH drone shows real-time 3D scanning and coordination with a ground rover

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 1, 2014 at 7:01am 3 Comments

David Scaramuzza from ETH writes: "In this video, we show our autonomous quadrotor acting as a flying 3D scanner. At the end of the video, the quadrotor guides a ground robot to grasp an object."

Vulture 2 spaceplane flies into X-Plane, tops £18k on Kickstarter

Posted by Lester Haines on September 1, 2014 at 3:41am 8 Comments

It's a big round of applause today for Billy Bargaliotti, who's wrapped our Vulture 2 spaceplane X-Plane models just as we've topped £18,000 on our Kickstarter…


Quarry wall 3D Photomesh

Posted by WallyJas on August 31, 2014 at 8:30pm 1 Comment

Hi guys, Here is my latest experiment using my QR X350 Pro, SJ4000 and Autodesk ReCap to create a 3D photomesh of a nearby quarry wall. For more info on the mission visit my blog



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

Forfeiture of UAV equipment to Australian customs

Forfeiture of UAV equipment to Australian customs

Cyber Technology (WA) Pty. Ltd. has been in an enduring process with Australians Customs over incorrect paper work relating to the export of parent company equipment. UAV technology, due to it’s proprietary dual-use nature is a controlled export technology. This…

Aerialtronics improves safety by incorporating sense and avoid.

Aerialtronics improves safety by incorporating sense and avoid.

The Hague, September 2nd, 2014 – Aerialtronics has announced today that it will be incorporating the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) in its new Collision Avoidance System (CAS). Developed by NXP in cooperation with the automotive industry ITS gives vehicles and…

UNR to conduct drone research with Australian company

UNR to conduct drone research with Australian company

Lenita Powers, RGJ Flirtey, an Australian firm that uses drones to deliver textbooks to customers, announced today it is partnering with the University of Nevada, Reno to help develop a commercial drone delivery service. Matthew Sweeny, Flirtey’s chief executive officer, said the…

Pentagon set to open second drone base in Niger as it expands operations in Africa

Pentagon set to open second drone base in Niger as it expands operations in Africa

By Craig Whitlock The Pentagon is preparing to open a drone base in one of the remotest places on Earth: an ancient caravan crossroads in the middle of the Sahara. After months of negotiations, the government of Niger, a landlocked West…

It’s Coming: Air Traffic Control for Drones

It’s Coming: Air Traffic Control for Drones

Liz Klimas With so many instances of amateur or commercial unmanned aerial vehicles causing concern for traditional airplanes, the government is in the process of creating an air traffic control system specifically for drones. While the Federal Aviation Administration is…

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