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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 from the Dronecode Foundation, including:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
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Blog Posts

Swarming with Solos and ROS

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2016 at 11:30pm 1 Comment

I've posted a bunch of teaser videos of the Solo swarming we do often at 3DR, but have not yet posted instructions on how to do it yourself -- I was just waiting for the team to document the steps. Well good news: now they have!

The above video (sorry for the shaky camera -- we were excited) shows a fun exercise in in using the Solo drones…


FlightZoomer 2.1 is released! - Check out this top notch distributed avionics suite for drones!

Posted by Martin Rüedi on July 28, 2016 at 7:00am 2 Comments

In this post I show videos of two real flights, the first above for FlightZoomer version 2.0 and another below with the freshly released version 2.1. Both videos show the same automatic flight including an ILS approach. In the videos the replay feature is used to sync the recorded video…


AntennaTracker v1.0 on NAVIO2 with Bebop2

Posted by Randy on July 28, 2016 at 2:07am 12 Comments

ArduPilot's Antenna Tracker firmware has been making some quiet progress over the past few months.  They're all documented in the …


Ardupilot on a Raspberry Pi Zero with Escape board

Posted by Barry Getty on July 27, 2016 at 3:00pm 3 Comments

We've recently been pushing the low cost Raspberry Pi Zero to see what it can handle.

With a custom Raspbian linux build with real-time patches, Martin Evans ( @lostcaggy on Twitter ) has managed to get a slightly modified version of Ardupilot up and running on a Pi Zero…


"Formula Pi" self-driving car competition on Kickstarter

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 26, 2016 at 9:21pm 2 Comments

I've backed it. Similar concept to what we're doing at go-kart scale, but without the GPS and other big-car stuff. On Kickstarter now

Formula Pi is an exciting new race series…


Enterprise Drone Solutions announces Théa: the world’s first UAS to meet the high standards for an ​FAA Airworthiness Certificate

Posted by Enterprise Drone Solutions on July 26, 2016 at 9:00pm 34 Comments

Théa is the world’s first UAS to meet the high standards for an FAA Airworthiness Certificate, expanding its operational capabilities beyond those of any other commercial unmanned aircraft to allow legal flight over crowds, at night, and beyond. By providing unmatched aircraft-grade reliability (99.999 999 9%), Théa meets the stringent requirements necessary to go where consumer-grade systems can’t.…


Detection of Water Stress in Cereals Using the UAV Thermography (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)

Posted by Drone thermal camera on July 26, 2016 at 4:00pm 4 Comments

Availability of water for crops and their resistance to shortages during growth affect the overall yield, quality and profitability of field production in changing climate (Fig. 1). Plants affected by drought stress close their stomata, the process of transpiration that cools vegetation gets down and the surface…


iMavlink - iOS based arducopter ground control app - Looking for beta testers!

Posted by Tom on July 26, 2016 at 3:30pm 10 Comments

As some of you may know, I have been working on a GCS for iOS devices called iMavlink.

It is currently in its final stages before release, but I would really like to have some beta testers to squish the final bugs.

If you are interested, I am currently selling the BLE Device that accompanies the app for $60 on my store.

This device is required for the app to work, you can create your own,…


Silkopter FC Done

Posted by JeanLeFlambeur on July 26, 2016 at 3:29pm 3 Comments


(You can check the progress (and a copy of this post) on my blog.)

Finally, after some DHL delivery trouble the boards arrived.

After watching a few tutorials I immediately tried soldering the most difficult part –…


Game Boy + Paparazzi UAS = Back to the Future

Posted by earthpatrol on July 26, 2016 at 3:04pm 1 Comment

Demonstration of a UAV (Parrot ARDrone2) running Paparazzi UAS remotely piloted from a Nintendo Game Boy Classic. A fun little summer hack for your Paparazzi powered aircraft. Enjoy!…


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UAV news from sUAS News

Mine Kafon land mine clearing robot

mapping detecting It’s a problem close to home here, well Mozambique to be precise. It took 22 years to clear 171,000 American and Russian mines laid during Mozambique’s revolution. In 1994 Human Rights Watch (HRW) said landmines had claimed between 10,000 and 15,000 victims in Mozambique. Mozambique was declared free of mines in 2015. Recently in Bosnia […]

DJI And uAvionix To Release ADS-B Collision Avoidance Developer Kit

DJI-uAvionix DJI, the world’s leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles, and uAvionix Corporation, manufacturer of drone and aircraft collision avoidance technology, announced Wednesday they will collaborate on an ADS-B based collision avoidance developer kit to help integrate drones into the national airspace system and help keep America’s skies safe. “DJI and uAvionix share a passion for safety […]

Latitude Engineering Partners with Robotic Skies for Global Maintenance

HQ60-gimbal-JIFX-crop Latitude Engineering, LLC, ( and Robotic Skies, LLC ( announced today that they have partnered to develop and implement a global maintenance plan for the Latitude Engineering line of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) products. As part of the agreement, Robotic Skies will provide warranty program and field support management for Latitude Engineering customers through its […]

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