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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 and APM 2.6 autopilots run a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, 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

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Blog Posts

remote shutter for sony nex 5n cam

Posted by alain on March 5, 2015 at 6:00am 3 Comments

After many problems with my the infrared trigger to fix sony nex decided not to have problems with my orthophotos.

I modified the trigger of the camera soldering two wires as this website says.

(I'm not having pictures of my installation sorry)

then later connect the two wires to solder on my trigger and connect the…


Rover Release 2.49 is OUT!

Posted by Grant Morphett on March 4, 2015 at 2:30pm 3 Comments

Rover Release 2.49 is OUT!

We know you love Rovers the most.  They don't randomly fly off, they don't fall out of the sky and they don't have nasty spinning props to cut fingers.  You can RELY ON A ROVER.  Follow the link to…


Low Cost Crazyflie Clone Nano Quadcopter Kit for Android

Posted by Vincent Wilson on March 4, 2015 at 11:00am 3 Comments

Found this Crazyflie clone while doing a Google image search on nano quadcopter controller boards. Has anyone played with this particular unit?

NEJE Gravity Sensor Operated Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter Kit for Android Cellphone - Black $58.25…


Ten more drones have been spotted flying over Paris

Posted by Katrina Rosen on March 4, 2015 at 9:00am 8 Comments

Ten more drones have been spotted flying over Paris and reports say police are searching for four men after a chase in the east of the city. The latest drones were seen hovering near the Eiffel Tower and several other areas further away from the center.…


Vulcan UAV Frames from CreativeFlyers

Posted by David Barclay on March 3, 2015 at 11:30pm 20 Comments

We have just started to use these fantastic frames at Creative Flyers, and are looking for some feed back on them. The Z Arm design is fascinating, it really gives the camera a clear field of…


This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 3, 2015 at 11:07pm 13 Comments

I showed a tour group of 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with the Tower app today. After they flew a mission, I checked the logs on…


New DIY drone build

Posted by Daniel Lukonis on March 3, 2015 at 7:58pm 5 Comments

Hi All! I've been busy building this new experimental screened-in drone.

It's built out of many DIY style components. 3D printed motor mounts, rain gutter screen "finger protector rings", some spare foam, rubber damping balls, random bits of carbon fiber cut up, epoxy, hot glue and a…


Happy Birthday NACA

Posted by Blucraft on March 3, 2015 at 5:53pm 5 Comments

NACA, the precursor to NASA, was founded 100 years ago today. NACA was instrumental in furthering fundamental knowledge of airfoil theory, and created well-known families of airfoils still widely used today.

To honor the NACA legacy, we've added the NACA 4-digit airfoil series to Mach-Up in high-resolution. That's 10,000 airfoils…


Aerial Camera from the 1941-1945.

Posted by Paul on March 3, 2015 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

Found this for sale on my local Canada Kijiji Classifieds, call Ebay Classifieds in the US.

WW2 Fairchild K-20 Aerial Camera RARE 


The Fairchild K-20 was an aerial camera made by the Folmer-Graflex Corporation during World War…


Storm32 BGC gimbal

Posted by Charles lakins on March 3, 2015 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

After combining my retracts from my previous blog post and my conversion plate to turn the 2-axis into a 3-axis gimbal

then also adding a mounting plate for the Storm32 BCG controller, further testing and setup goes great so far

Also did some tests using the spektrum sat option for the second operator to control the gimbal movements remotely (with…



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

Just one ‘disastrous accident’ could set drone industry back, warn Lords

Just one ‘disastrous accident’ could set drone industry back, warn Lords

Frances Perraudin The drone industry could create 150,000 jobs across the European Union by 2050, but it would take “just one disastrous accident” to destroy public confidence and set the sector back, a group of peers has warned. A report…

Now hiring: Thousands of drone pilots to fly the skies of Europe

Now hiring: Thousands of drone pilots to fly the skies of Europe

WRITTEN BY Cassie Werber There could be as many as 150,000 drone jobs in Europe by the year 2050, says a report out today from the EU Committee of Britain’s House of Lords. Those jobs include piloting as well as manufacturing and…

Illinois Tech and ComEd Partner Together on Drone Project

Illinois Tech and ComEd Partner Together on Drone Project

Illinois Institute of Technology and ComEd have partnered on a project to use unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone technology, to inspect ComEd’s utility lines. The UAS’s will be used on a trial basis to inspect and assess conditions of…

Lone Star UAS Center Flights to Test Sense-and-Avoid Technology

Lone Star UAS Center Flights to Test Sense-and-Avoid Technology

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (LSUASC) is planning test flights the week of March 2-6 with a company that has a ground-based sense-and-avoid technology designed to identify small UAS above a…

Kalashnikov to produce drones

Kalashnikov to produce drones

Tatyana Rusakova, RIR Kalashnikov Concern has decided to create a joint venture producing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the company’s CEO Alexei Krivoruchko said on at the International Defence Exhibition IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi. The Russian weapons manufacturer has decided to purchase a controlling…

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