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Step 10 in Mission Planner??

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HELP! analyse the reason behind crash

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I2C Lidar Lite v3 Pixhawk

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Not connecting: 3DR telemetry radios

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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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New Emlid Raspbian for Raspberry Pi and Navio+/Navio2

Posted by Emlid on May 19, 2017 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Hovering Navio2-powered hexa to keep you reading

We’ve recently released a …


No more $5 FAA fee, John Taylor wins his case.

Posted by Gary Mortimer on May 19, 2017 at 11:19am 11 Comments

Should you be in America and come across this man you should probably buy him a beer. He fought the FAA and won. Their mucking about with 336 was not viewed well by the courts,…


Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - Lockheed Martin Indago

Posted by Kristaps Brass on May 18, 2017 at 11:37pm 1 Comment


This is the eighth part of our autopilot precision series in which we test the different drones and autopilots by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS mission planning software.

This week it’s finally time to put the Lockheed Martin Indago professional drone to…


Pneumatic catapult launcher for 40+ kg drones

Posted by Jacob Cereteli on May 18, 2017 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

I know some people have been keeping an eye on our progress. Now we would like to announce something new. Pneumatic catapult launcher for drones 40+ kg. Its been something new to us and took some time, but we are super happy with what we achieved. Now our PD-1 UAS has even more cool features. :) 

Follow-me with dynamic obstacle avoidance

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 18, 2017 at 1:16pm 0 Comments

From New Atlas, a writeup on new research from ETH and MIT:

Thanks to new research from MIT and ETH Zurich, however, it may soon be possible for drones to autonomously follow along with an actor, keeping their face framed "just right" the whole time –…


Are Drones Safe? Here's 5 Things to Think About

Posted by Rachael Murphey on May 18, 2017 at 10:49am 5 Comments

There is no question that we are living in the midst of a drone revolution. Consumers around the world are being captivated by the prospect of controlling these high-tech flying machines, and questions about their safety are beginning to emerge. An early 2017…


Aeromapper Talon surveys a whole island in a single flight

Posted by Mauricio on May 17, 2017 at 9:00am 1 Comment

Takeoff from a nearby island, survey another one, then come back and land autonomously... No problem!


On December of 2016 Aeromao Inc. in collaboration with Foresight Surveyors completed a full photogrammetric survey mission with an Aeromapper Talon over one of the most…


Intel Edison and Drone: 5 Cool Things You Should Do

Posted by Prasad Tambekar on May 17, 2017 at 2:28am 1 Comment

Companion computers have enabled development of powerful applications on drones. One such companion computer is Intel Edison. Its small and compact size makes it a perfect device for powering all your custom drone…


OpenAi created a robotics system, trained entirely in simulation, which can learn a new task after seeing it done once

Posted by Greg Dronsky on May 16, 2017 at 9:50pm 0 Comments

Robots that Learn

We’ve created a robotics system, trained entirely in simulation and deployed on a physical robot, which can learn a new task after seeing it done once.…


TECHBOY TB-802-First Budget Motion Controlling RC Quadcopter

Posted by torben on May 16, 2017 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

TECHBOY may be a new RC quadcopter brand for some users. It is normal we can see new brand frequently. It is good news for users to enjoy different kinds of brands, design, and more competitive price. Techboy is no exception. It has released a TECHBOY TB-802 RC Quadcopter with very novel design, especially its motion controller, different from other common…



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

The Inter-Galactic UTM Association And Beyond

utm It almost seems that a new UTM association springs forth from the Internet on a regular basis.  Usually the newer ones need titles more grandiose than the one before, as well as purport to have even bigger, more holistic aspirations for the fledgling UAS/RPAS drone community. The leaders are true renaissance and don’t get bogged […]

Drone mapping saves lives: Canadian RescUAV team helps 4000 people return home after fatal landslide in Colombia

rescUAV The Colombian governmental agency coordinating the response, Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres (UNGRD) sent an international call for help. Canadian-based GlobalMedic’s RescUAV team partnered up with Aeryon Labs Inc and went to Mocoa to join forces with local emergency response organizations. In emergency situations, GlobalMedic’s RescUAV provides imagery and 3D mapping […]

AUVSI Statement on U.S. Court of Appeals Decision on UAS Registration

Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement on the U.S. Court of Appeals decision striking down the FAA’s rule for registering recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS): “AUVSI is disappointed with the decision today by the U.S. Court of Appeals to reject the FAA’s […]

DroneShield appoints US CTO Appointment

droneshield DroneShield is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan M. Vervack as the Chief Technology Officer of its US subsidiary DroneShield, LLC. Further detail has been provided in today’s ASX announcement and is as follows. Mr. Vervack is a highly experienced technology leader in the defence sector, with his most recent role as the Chief […]

intelliSky Studio single capture analytics

intellisky The major constraint for effective use of UAS in agriculture is the time and complexity of data processing. With current solutions, it can take hours of processing or data upload just to visualise even a small area of a farm, research plot, or golf course. We at intelliSky sought to find a solution. intelliSky is […]

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