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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, 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:

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Ground/Air Drone Delivery

Posted by healthyfatboy on August 26, 2014 at 6:17pm 0 Comments

With all this talk about Amazon and other less serious drone delivery concepts out there, there has been a large amount of discussion regarding the feasibility of delivering a package via drone for same day delivery or general delivery. While I don't think this is really all that feasible from a logistical or safety point of view, the…


Bend boy’s drone among those cited as ‘emerging hazard’ for forest firefighters

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on August 26, 2014 at 4:00pm 18 Comments

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BEND — It cost a Bend teenager about $800 in revenue from chores, yard work and birthday gifts to buy a miniature aircraft and a camera he sent aloft to capture video of a forest fire this summer that was threatening…


FAA BVLOS Committee Formed

Posted by Patrick Egan on August 26, 2014 at 3:30pm 4 Comments

The FAA has formed a new committee with industry participation for end-users that want to fly Beyond-Visual-line-Of-Sight (BVLOS). RCAPA was included in the list of thirty-one different industry groups to give input to the current FAA…


Urban Mapping with a small APM 2.6 controlled quad drone

Posted by Walter Volkmann on August 26, 2014 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

Above is a video of a presentation we recently gave about the work we did for the World Bank in Albania. It shows that small drones are much more than toys - they have become productive tools for innovative surveyors. 

Should We Let the Drone Hype Run Its Course?

Posted by Tim Haynie on August 26, 2014 at 9:00am 5 Comments

The mere mention of “Autonomous Vehicles” conjures up visions of machines able to carry out complex tasks that have taken us a millennium to evolve or tasks we have yet to take on ourselves.  With national discussion (in this case, Unmanned Aerial Systems…

Community Drones : A Short (unprofessionally made) Clip

Posted by Rai on August 25, 2014 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

Dear all: Thanks lot for all the insights, time, information and most importantly is the spirit that you all share here in DIY Drones. It is just a quick post as I am still in Borneo and not having too good internet connection. We just want to share a short (unprofessionally made) clip that we (hardly) tried to make. I hope it will give you all some information on how far…


A clever design exercise in visualizing drone no-fly zones

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2014 at 8:24pm 4 Comments

From Mitchell Sipus, an urban planner doing doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon (scroll down for more good design examples of displaying drone legal and safety…

Get ready to gear up for Reno Air Races!... But wait, there is more!

Posted by Justin Martin on August 25, 2014 at 8:05pm 0 Comments

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Its that time of year Again! The time of year when grown men become antsy and giddy, as we did when we were young children during the holidays. Thats right, it is time to get in gear for Reno Air Races! As a long term spectator of the last remaining…



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

The League of Landowners and Drone Operators:- FAA myths who owns the airspace

The League of Landowners and Drone Operators:- FAA myths who owns the airspace

It appears there is more than one point of view on this subject.  One, the opinion of Chief Justice Douglas, and two, the FAA’s which was defined in the ‘Myth Buster’ paper they published, and is as follows: Myth 1.…

Afghan man developes unmanned aerial vehicles – drones

Afghan man developes unmanned aerial vehicles – drones

By GHANIZADA An Afghan engineer has developed different types of unmanned aerial vehicle – drone and another aircraft which can be flown by a pilot. The aircrafts developed by Engineer Zmarai Helali are operated with fuel and electricity energy, and have…

Drone helicopters versus ‘purple plague’: CSIRO takes on invasive biosecurity threat

Drone helicopters versus ‘purple plague’: CSIRO takes on invasive biosecurity threat

It is the invasive purple plague threatening to take over our land. Scientists are desperate to stop it before it completely gets out of control and have unveiled their latest robotic weapon in this massive biosecurity battle. The robot which…

Drone buzzes Panthers-Chiefs game and police pounce

Drone buzzes Panthers-Chiefs game and police pounce

By Mark Washburn Something besides a football was flying above the field during the Panthers-Chiefs game. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Tuesday that a camera-toting drone flew into Bank of America Stadium during Thursday’s exhibition game. Its operator was detained and, after…

SimActive Releases New GPU-Based Orthorectification Module

SimActive Releases New GPU-Based Orthorectification Module

Montreal, Canada, August 27th, 2014 – SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, is pleased to announce Correlator3D™ version 5.3, with significantly faster orthorectification. The process is now powered by GPU technology and multi-core CPUs, leading to a tenfold…

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