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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

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

New drone funds to facilitate commercial development

Posted by Greg Crutsinger on May 27, 2015 at 8:53am 0 Comments

New startup funds SkyFund and Commercial Drone Fund are launching…


Introducing CloudFoil: Full airfoil CFD simulations in the cloud

Posted by Blucraft on May 27, 2015 at 8:30am 0 Comments

This is an idea I've had for a long time and finally found time to build it. CloudFoil allows you to check your Xfoil results against high-fidelity full RANS CFD simulations in minutes. Because the simulations run in the cloud, simulations can be kicked off from any device including your laptop, tablet, or phone. I believe CloudFoil sports the best user…


T3 Back to the Future

Posted by Gary Mortimer on May 27, 2015 at 8:16am 0 Comments

Remember back, way back in autopilot years probably about 20. The year 2009 and the first round of our first gentlemens (ladies are allowed just none have ever entered) competition the T3 challenge.

Back then just flying way points was hard and all this gear was expensive.…


Lokkisaari - gull island

Posted by Stefan Gofferje on May 27, 2015 at 7:57am 0 Comments

A friend asked me if I could help him and his fellow birders of Lokkisaari ry out and take some aerial images of a bird reserve they are maintaining. Of course, I was happy to help!

Those guys are doing an…


New Buzzfeed lab will focus on drones, journalism (with 3DR)

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 26, 2015 at 10:30pm 1 Comment

From Buzzfeed, an announcement of an exciting new lab that will focus on technology (including drones) and journalism. I'm one of the advisors. 

Late this summer,…


New to drone photography - A must see Infographic

Posted by Alexander Mora on May 26, 2015 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

A visual reference to all things drone photography

There are many different fields in which drone photography can be used. In one of our last posts we talk about some of those uses, you can check that post out here.…


Using the Intel Edison as a Smart Camera Controller

Posted by Jaime Machuca on May 26, 2015 at 5:00pm 17 Comments

For the past few weeks I have been working on a way to integrate better cameras into our mapping platforms. Our platforms are based around the APM: Copter and APM: Plane software and use 3DRs Pixhawk autopilots to control the vehicles. While the Pixhawk provides for a sime way to…

FLIR just added a new imager in the line up, ten times less expensive than traditional thermal cameras.

Posted by Edgar Scott on May 26, 2015 at 12:00pm 12 Comments

FLIR just added a new imager in the line up ten times less expensive than traditional thermal cameras.

Resolution is  80 × 60 active pixels so I guess its to low res for a pilot camera at night.  At least prices are coming down

FLIR Lepton® is a revolutionary longwave infrared…


Final LOHAN spaceplane test mission codenamed PRATCHETT

Posted by Lester Haines on May 26, 2015 at 1:39am 2 Comments

We're gearing up for the final avionics test flight of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project, and have dubbed the mission PRATCHETT ("Planes Reactive Airborne Tests Checking Heuristically for Extreme Technological Tantrums") in…



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

Service-Drone announce multirotor UAS with up to 90 minutes flight time

Service-Drone announce multirotor UAS with up to 90 minutes flight time

by Once again, an industry-first, MULTIROTOR service-drone announces the upcoming availability of its Recon One multirotor Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). Specifically developed for reliable, autonomous long-duration flights of up to 90 minutes, the Recon One is capable of carrying payloads…

My Picnic Was Interrupted by Drones

My Picnic Was Interrupted by Drones

by by Kathleen Richards On a recent, beautifully glorious Sunday in Seattle, my boyfriend and I decided to enjoy the day by having a picnic at Magnuson Park. We weren’t the only ones who had that idea. Soon, we were joined…

Mystery drone drops cash on downtown lunch crowd

Mystery drone drops cash on downtown lunch crowd

by By Todd Chance GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A mystery drone operator dropped cash on people at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, prompting people to scream with excitement while scurrying to grab bills from the ground. MLive creative…

Unmanned aircraft are the future for air cargo – ‘but we need time to get it right’

Unmanned aircraft are the future for air cargo – ‘but we need time to get it right’

by By Alex Lennane More than 30 mostly European organisations are pressing for the development of unmanned cargo aircraft (UCA). Forwarders, shippers, universities and aircraft manufacturers, grouped under the name Platform for UCA (PUCA), are researching technological and regulatory issues…



by Sampling of atmospheric phenomena is an important component for research and modeling in the climate and atmospheric sciences, and as such, methods for obtaining high resolution atmospheric data have become an increasingly important and relevant engineering challenge. This data…

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