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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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DIY Drones now at 86,000 users

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 20, 2017 at 1:20pm 0 Comments

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 86,000 members! We're also more than ten years old!

Rather than simply give the usual monthly traffic snapshot, I thought I'd give the data…


Drawing Colored Trajectories in the Sky

Posted by Artyom Maxim on October 20, 2017 at 7:07am 0 Comments

Hi! I'd like to share something i did about a year ago as a part of my master thesis about aerial construction.

This quick experiment used a Leica MS60 Total Station - an instrument often used for positioning machines on a construction site, to guide a quadrotor along a pre planned trajectory, drawn in a CAD…


DIY: How to assemble a drone from everyday's material

Posted by Robert Cowell on October 19, 2017 at 1:30am 0 Comments

Have you ever dreamed of assembling a drone with your own hands? Now you have such an opportunity. Like all writers on PaperHelps, we love to fantasize. And soon we are going to build on the drones in order to arrange a…


Connecting the Sky Viper v2450 GPS to Mission Planner

Posted by Gary Mortimer on October 18, 2017 at 11:33pm 0 Comments

I am sure most folks here would know how to do this, the more I play with the Sky Viper the more impressed I am with its potential as a lead into the world of Ardupilot and yesterday even UTM's

The official hacking thread is here.…


30X EO/IR drone zoom camera with object tracking and geotagging

Posted by yangdaonline on October 18, 2017 at 9:00pm 10 Comments

Eagle Eye-30IE is a 3-axis high stabilized gimbal with EO(electro-optical) and IR(infrared) sensors for drone inspection,surveillance,search and rescue applications.The SONY 30X zoom camera provides 1080P 60FPS full HD video streaming and up to 360X zoom capability,which enable you to see every detail you need in the air even you are…


6S4P 22.2V 17Ah 60A Panasonic NCR20700B - CMEC battery pack for UAV

Posted by Cristian Miuta on October 16, 2017 at 10:24am 0 Comments

Design, dimensions and technical specifications.

  • Cell count: 24 (same rank cells)…

Open source underwater glider

Posted by Alex Williams on October 15, 2017 at 5:30am 9 Comments

I thought people here might be interested in a project that I’ve been working on for a while.

There are no affordable extended duration underwater exploration projects and I’ve developed a hardware platform to provide this capability. The glider uses a mixture of 3D…


Generator on the drone, kickstarter project, test flight and new sketch of the gas generator

Posted by Nicolai Valenti on October 13, 2017 at 12:23pm 11 Comments

Okay, there is so much stuff in the title so let's start with the generator on the prototype 

This is the prototype, the generator is only for demonstration purpose because the generator at the moment is made from a nitro engine with all the connected problems (vibration and fuel consumption). A good thing…


What is the key to designing a High-Performance UAV?

Posted by Cristian Miuta on October 13, 2017 at 4:30am 0 Comments

Which is the key to designing a High-Performance UAV?

Answer: Extreme customization of the battery pack with high-energy density cylindrical cells!

We can maximize the performance through engineering a very custom battery pack. This is the key to develop a…



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 Look Up Advantage – Drone Inspection of Bridges & Overhead Piping Structures

Non-destructive inspection of engineering equipment, products and installations has always received support from inventors through offering remote vision gadgets / instruments that help in close and detailed examination of the object under inspection. Almost 100 years back, first industrial borescope was invented (in 1921) which allowed inspectors to examine places that were otherwise inaccessible or […]

Resolving pain points on the path to efficiently achieving highly accurate mapping outcomes from any drone

UAV mapping projects require reliable, repeatable accuracy before they can be used and trusted by professional clients. The most common method of achieving this has been placing ground control points (GCPs) which must be spread across the entire site. Whether traditional surveyed targets or the various smart GCPs with built-in GPS, GCPs require site access […]

FAA approval for CNN to fly drones over crowds sets an important milestone for the industry, says Virginia Tech expert

The unprecedented waiver granted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow CNN to fly a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) over crowds represents an important milestone for the future use of commercial drones. The waiver applies to the provision of the federal regulations for commercial operations of small UAS, known as Part 107, that […]

Pioneer Aerial Surveys Commences Largest UAV-MAG(tm) Survey to date for SSR Mining Inc.

novaerial Vancouver, BC / TheNewswire / October 18, 2017 – Global UAV Technologies Ltd. (cse:UAV) YRLLF, +2.67% (YAB2) (the “Company” or “Global UAV”) announces that its wholly owned subsidiary Pioneer Aerial Surveys Ltd. has been contracted to perform additional UAV-MAGTM survey work for SSR Mining Inc. (formerly Silver Standard Resources Inc.) (“SSRM”). On July 25, 2017, Global UAV announced […]

Phase One Industrial and Lufthansa Aerial Services Sign Cooperation Agreement for UAV-based Aerial Imaging

Phase One Industrial and Lufthansa Aerial Services announced that they have signed an agreement to explore collaborative development and deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for a range of specialized industrial surveying and inspection projects. Under terms of the agreement, Phase One Industrial and Lufthansa Aerial Services are testing and evaluating scenarios for UAV-based aerial equipment featuring Phase […]

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