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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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Erle-brain, an open hardware Linux autopilot

Posted by Víctor Mayoral on December 21, 2014 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

Hi everyone,

Some of you might have heard about the work we did with BeaglePilot porting APM to Linux both in the hardware and software side. Work we presented at LibreCon 2014 last…

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A handy kit to control APM/Pixhawk vehicle systems

Posted by Azjeg on December 21, 2014 at 5:12pm 0 Comments

Dear All,

Thank you for your compliments and your general appraisal of our previous station builds. We've received dozens of e-mails and PMs both congratulating on our development in this field, but also asking for advice and help in DIY and semi-professional builds of similar field gear. There are no trade secrets here, we still know didley-squat, but we are always keen to learn, so please, feel free to contact us if you think we can help. 

As…

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Hover - Hottest New iOS App for Drone Enthusiasts

Posted by Dan Held on December 21, 2014 at 12:35pm 5 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I want to get your feedback on our early version of "Hover." Hover is an app for drone enthusiasts.We…

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Cheap (around 350$) FLIR dev kit for Arduino

Posted by Bertrand Duchiron on December 21, 2014 at 9:32am 4 Comments

The FLiR Dev Kit includes a breakout as well as a Lepton® longwave infrared (LWIR) imager. With this kit you will be able to be able to bring FLiR’s thermal imaging reliability and power to your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or any ARM based development tool all in an easy to access breadboard friendly package. All you need to do to get this kit set…

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3D Robotics Iris+ flying with a NDVI modified GoPro Hero3+ Camera

Posted by Iain Butler on December 20, 2014 at 8:15pm 0 Comments

3D Robotics Iris+ flying with a NDVI modified GoPro Hero3+ Camera…

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3D-printed Folding 250 Quad

Posted by Georgie xu on December 20, 2014 at 7:31pm 3 Comments



This is the final prototype for our 3D-printed folding 250 quad, based on corrections to the last version, seen below. Full frame is under 70 grams,…

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Brain FPV Flight Controller - Tau Labs - Full Graphic OSD - Made in USA - 36x36mm

Posted by BrainFPV on December 20, 2014 at 7:10am 12 Comments

We wanted to introduce you guys to something we have been working on over the past year.. Namely, the Brain FPV Flight Controller

The Brain is a next-generation flight controller that is specifically designed for first person view (FPV) flying and includes a…

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1st Drone in Nevada Test Program Crashes in Demo

Posted by Rob Dunbar on December 19, 2014 at 7:00pm 25 Comments

http://youtu.be/lNtz3JHDd28

The FAA has given permission for Nevada to authorize unmanned aerial vehicles to fly. Today there was a ceremony to watch a demonstration flight. During the hand launch the craft did a wing tip stall and landed very rough on its nose a.k.a. crash. 

For more see …

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Ardupilot.com Forums Temporarily Down

Posted by Rob_Lefebvre on December 19, 2014 at 12:30pm 8 Comments

This is just a quick note to say that the Ardupilot.com/forum/ was down temporarily due to server issues.  

UAVX Gravity Pilot

Posted by Radoslaw Kornicki on December 18, 2014 at 10:00pm 10 Comments

Hello Everyone! 
Some of You may remember an early prototype of a integrated remote that I built and posted here on DIY a couple of years ago. While the post has been taken down since, the work on this control never stopped but rather went "underground" while I worked on it with a couple of…
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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

Insitu scores $41 million Navy contract for three Blackjack drone systems

Insitu scores $41 million Navy contract for three Blackjack drone systems

Bingen, Wash.,-based Insitu Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing, has won a Navy contract valued at $41,076,746, the Pentagon said Thursday. That will pay for three of the company’s RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems, including launch and recovery equipment. The Blackjack is viewed…

Drones Open the Curtain on Smithfield’s Fetid Factories

Drones Open the Curtain on Smithfield’s Fetid Factories

Can you imagine living next door to a giant, stinking cesspool the size of four football fields? People who live near pig farms that supply Smithfield Foods can. These gigantic lakes of urine and feces were documented in a unique…

1st drone in Nevada test program crashes in demo

1st drone in Nevada test program crashes in demo

KEN RITTER, Associated Press BOULDER CITY, Nev. — A drone testing program in Nevada is off to a bumpy start after the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony in Boulder City.…

LORD MicroStrain Wins Manufacturing Leadership Award

LORD MicroStrain Wins Manufacturing Leadership Award

LORD Corporation MicroStrain® Sensing Systems – a global leader in developing embedded sensing systems for aerospace and industrial markets – was recently selected by Energy Harvesting Journal for having the “Best Technical Development of an Energy Harvesting Device.” LORD Microstrain…

Resource Group and CAA launch Christmas safety campaign

Resource Group and CAA launch Christmas safety campaign

Electronics retailer Maplins claims sales of more than 10,000 multirotor systems over this festive season in the UK. Some will be little more than toys but the Parrot Bebop and DJI Phantom can be used for more serious tasks and…

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