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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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OneShot125 latency testing

Posted by James Cotton on February 1, 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments

I thought you guys might find this interesting. Support for OneShot ESCs was recently written for Tau Labs (http://taulabs.org) and it seems like most of the claims that it is good are largely subjective (which is…

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Gizmodo: "The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl is Absurd"

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2015 at 9:24pm 11 Comments

The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl Is Absurd

From Gizmodo:

You may have heard about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quietly declaring that this year's Super Bowl will be a "no drone zone." You may not have heard just how big that no drone zone will be. …

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Small Drones accelerate and improve stockpile reporting for mines and earth work supervision.

Posted by Walter Volkmann on January 31, 2015 at 8:30am 6 Comments

Not only are they the safest, quickest method of quickly taking a snapshot of an entire highly dynamic site, they significantly reduce surveying costs. Adding powerful structure from motion (SfM) software and virtual survey tools to the equation means no boots on the ground and no need for interrupting any operations.

What happened at the AMA Expo?

Posted by Iain Butler on January 31, 2015 at 1:36am 0 Comments

I’ve been a card carrying member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) for over a decade, when my first plane was a 2-channel toy with a turning radius of Texas from a hobby store. Today that humble start has grown into a whole collection of Warbirds, 3D planes, EDF jets, Helicopters and of course the…

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Navio+ and Odroid-C1: the most powerful Linux autopilot

Posted by Emlid on January 30, 2015 at 8:30am 20 Comments

Greetings!

 

Some time ago we’ve released a new version of our Linux autopilot - Navio+. Main new feature is that Navio+ supports HAT…

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Angle of Attack Wind Vanes

Posted by Jose.L.Jr on January 30, 2015 at 8:30am 5 Comments

 BasicAirData Air Data Boom
Triggered by some chat around the net I post here some material about mechanical wind vanes design. 
Angle of attack measurement by means of wind vanes will be…
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FPV of the Hornet Drone Just for Fun

Posted by Richard Burd on January 29, 2015 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Some FPV footage of the Hornet Drone from a chase plane, just for fun

 

Photogrammetry by Habitat-Serea thanks to APM 2.6 and Pikhawk

Posted by Habitat Estudios Ambientales s.l on January 29, 2015 at 12:00pm 7 Comments

Results photogrammetric flight fixed wing UAV and multicopter with APM2.6 And PIKHAWK Agisoft processed and later work with GIS.

Habitat team fixed wing, rotary wing, ground station, traker pach antenna for video and Moxon antenna for telemetry.…

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Sony shows smartwatch drone control

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2015 at 11:53am 3 Comments

From Postcapes:

The combination of sensors and inputs in many smart wearable devices leads to some interesting possibilities for intuitive and immersive gesture-based user interfaces. A trio…
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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 Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Nevada Senate Democrats Visit Skyworks AS Lab

Nevada Senate Democrats Visit Skyworks AS Lab

Skyworks Aerial Systems opened its doors this month to the Nevada Senate Democrats. Senators Aaron D. Ford, Joyce Woodhouse, David Parks, and Kelvin Atkinson toured our lab and discussed with the team the importance of creating and maintaining talent within the state…

Rheinmetall Technical Publications get 4th NQE status in the UK

Rheinmetall Technical Publications get 4th NQE status in the UK

Rheinmetall has been the fourth company to be awarded National Qualified Entity status in the United Kingdom. This means that when a student graduates from the Rheinmetall Unmanned Systems Training Academy or RUSTA they will have a recognised qualification that…

Drone test flight a success in Cape

Drone test flight a success in Cape

By RICHARD DEGENER CAPE MAY — It may have looked like a model airplane on steroids but officials here saw more than an expensive toy as a gas-powered drone took off from the U.S. Coast Guard base Thursday afternoon. As they…

Drones Spotted, but Not Halted, Raise Concerns “Operation Foul Ball”

Drones Spotted, but Not Halted, Raise Concerns “Operation Foul Ball”

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MICHAEL D. SHEAR WASHINGTON — As Major League Baseball’s top players took the field at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis in July, a covert radar system scanned the sky above the 40,000-seat stadium for what security experts said…

First drone approved for NC skies takes flight in Raleigh

First drone approved for NC skies takes flight in Raleigh

Bryan Mims RALEIGH, N.C. — The only drone permitted to fly in North Carolina took to the skies Thursday in Raleigh, where a team of researchers will use the unmanned aircraft for agricultural and environmental research. Lake Wheeler Farm is one…

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