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"I used to use a Taranis X9D, now use a Taranis X9E.  "
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1 battery vs 2 batteries that equal the same mah?

G'day DIY Drones,I have a question about batteries, yes, I know this has been done to death, but I…See More
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Shinji Uemura replied to Mitsuru Enomoto's discussion ArduPlaneのコード編集について in the group Japan ArduCopter Group
"フライトモードを切り替えている部分は  control_mode.pde 内の read_control_switch()  となります. MP上の設定欄でフライトモードが見えない原因は不…"
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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 autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, including:

  • APM:Copter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
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3dr Solo Review from a Long Time DIYer

Posted by Toby Mills on October 12, 2015 at 5:26pm 6 Comments

I've been a long time DIY Droner right back to the APM 1, mainly on fixed wing platforms but more recently quad-copters.

There is surprisingly little info and discussion on DIY Drones about the 3dr Solo, despite the fact that it is ripe for hacking and modding.

The Solo…


How safe are you flying? New DPZ Safety Rating Estimator

Posted by Mitchell Valentine on October 12, 2015 at 11:04am 0 Comments

The debate is raging about how the 1 million drones sold this Christmas will fit into our lives and our society.  Rules and laws are being crafted left and right.  People are reacting, people are nervous, people are terribly uninformed. The consumer drones available today span a huge spectrum of…


FPV control over 3G celllular connection

Posted by David Janssens on October 12, 2015 at 11:00am 7 Comments

We developed a simple controller to pilot drones/cars/boats/etc. via 3G cellular connection, using a custom PCB on top of a Raspberry A+ with a camera.

Here is a video of test flight controlled via a 64Kbps cellular connection:

A view of the Raspberrry Pi "Hat":…


WebRTC video over internet hobby solution

Posted by Petr Hubacek on October 12, 2015 at 1:53am 5 Comments


I have prepared two simillar tools for fun and hobby real time video stream from an android phone or a PC supporting WebRTC and view it anywhere.  - a minimalist web page using…


$99 Drone Parachute on APM 3.3

Posted by Jimmy Oliver on October 11, 2015 at 10:30pm 9 Comments

The is the ninth and final test of an affordable parachute system designed with the Iris+ in mind. 42" chute with 3D printed parts, wires and servos. These are handmade.

MIT vision-based navigation with IRIS+

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 11, 2015 at 10:07pm 1 Comment

The IRIS is navigating by looking at the cones -- no GPS.  Nice job Squilter!

Using "generative design" to design a quadcopter frame the way nature would

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 11, 2015 at 8:58pm 4 Comments

Autodesk Research is doing work on "generative design", which creates shapes the way nature would. The software is given some simple constraints -- some physical attachment points and strength/weight targets -- and then it "evolves" a shape that is nothing like the one a human would design. See…


Drone crashes outside White House, existing laws applied, owner cited.

Posted by Pedals2Paddles on October 9, 2015 at 4:13am 11 Comments

Another unwitting newbie with their shiny new toy, totally oblivious to the rules.  I do not know what brand/model it was, although we can probably all make a rather educated guess.  The big take away here is existing laws were applied and the owner was cited appropriately by local police. Gloating politicians everywhere are in tears.  Finally,…


Copter-3.3 released!

Posted by Randy on October 8, 2015 at 9:58pm 28 Comments

After months of testing by the beta-testing team and no significant issue during the soft release, Copter-3.3 has been released.  You can load this version onto your vehicle using the…


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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 Pylon Race, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

‘This can be catastrophic’: Drone spotted at YVR

‘This can be catastrophic’: Drone spotted at YVR
by Vancouver airport officials are warning the public about using drones in restricted airspace after one was spotted flying near YVR’s north runway late Sunday afternoon. Officers searched for the person flying it, but were unable to identify who was responsible. “We work with our partners at Transportation Canada and at YVR constantly and take…

Fire crews use infrared drone to help tackle blaze

Fire crews use infrared drone to help tackle blaze
by By Keely Lockhart Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have put their Air Unit to the test to help tackle a large blaze in the city centre on Monday night. The Air Unit is a drone fitted with an infrared camera which the firefighters deployed to help them tackle the huge blaze. The blaze…

Flame Lives Up to Its Name, Joins ‘Trail by Fire’ Expedition

Flame Lives Up to Its Name, Joins ‘Trail by Fire’ Expedition
by Ocean Optics has sponsored a team of volcanologists on a mission to study volcanoes in the South American Andes, providing Flame miniature spectrometers and accessories. The‘Trail by Fire’ project, funded by a grant fromLand Rover and the Royal Geographical Society, will attempt to quantify the total amount of volatile chemical elements released by volcanoes…

Flightglobal:- Japan to introduce new UAV regulations

Flightglobal:- Japan to introduce new UAV regulations
by BY: BETH STEVENSON The Japanese government is to begin enforcing new regulations surrounding the use of unmanned air vehicles in national airspace in December, with its action having been prompted by a threat to its prime minister last April. A DJI Phantom UAV  carrying radiation landed on the rooftop of Shinzo Abe’s residence, triggering…

Drones buzz into use by businesses

Drones buzz into use by businesses
by Tad Sooter Fred Ford’s latest surveying tool looks a bit like a miniature stealth bomber. Standing once recent morning on a soccer field in Silverdale, Ford held the slender black drone by its wings and gave the machine three sharp jerks. The drone’s propeller whirred to life, emitting a high-pitched whine. Ford took a…

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