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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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Blog Posts

Tilt Rotor Aircraft - The Flying Battenberg

Posted by Aldo Vargas on April 24, 2015 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

I would like to share this design made by a group of undergraduate students in the course called "Aerospace Systems Design Project". 

Tilt rotor aircraft - The Flying Battenberg 

Summary:

The iMechE set out a competition…

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And they say smoking is bad - part 2

Posted by Jesper Andersen on April 24, 2015 at 5:30am 2 Comments

And they say smoking is bad - Part 2

Last time I looked at a set of 18650 batteries that had some nice specs, but in the end proved to give me less flying time than my half capacity LI-PO.

I got a lot of…

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TwoDee EVO NG brushless dslr gimbal

Posted by Ozan Özkök on April 23, 2015 at 10:48am 8 Comments

We did not build that, but you can!

 I would like to introduce TwoDee Evo Ng.It is a dslr sized ( it can be discussed if you notice the photo ) brushless diy gimbal.You can define the size of your gimbal with 4 pieces carbon…

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"How it is made" 3DR Pixhawk and Sagetech ADS-B integration

Posted by Janis Kuze on April 23, 2015 at 4:26am 6 Comments

In January we published news that we completed test integration of 3DR copter with Sagetech XPS-TR transponder.…

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DIY Ghetto Mapping Project

Posted by benbojangles on April 23, 2015 at 3:30am 13 Comments

(my image: 2015)

Yesterday, I finally felt happy enough with my first mapping experiments to share my ideas, experiences and results with you. I was a little bit apprehensive at first; the prospect of adding gps location information to a non-gps camera seemed too daunting a task for…

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Test Flight - Autonomous Landing Attempt #1

Posted by CUAIR on April 22, 2015 at 12:43pm 9 Comments

Hey everyone,

Just to introduce ourselves, we're CUAir, Cornell's Autonomous Aerial Vehicle team. We've been working with the ArduPilot for the year, switching over from a commericial autopilot. Most of our work is going into designing a new web based ground station (which will be available at the end of this year). I'll be mostly talking about our work so far with the ArduPilot, what we've learned, and what it's like to try to perform a full autonomous mission with…

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New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2015 at 11:57am 63 Comments

It's like the best of both worlds! APM software with a familiar white GPS puck and nice wasp-waist controller box. Just $98 at…

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Fully-automated Precision Landing Mission

Posted by Thomas Stone on April 22, 2015 at 8:15am 4 Comments



I finally got around to editing the footage of this fully-automated Precision Landing mission. The purpose of this mission is to demonstrate how vision-assisted Precision Landing can be a solution to the 'last 100 ft' problem, where traditional GPS is not sufficiently accurate to navigate to a precise location (RTK GPS systems are another possible solution).…

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Its every drone owner’s worst nightmare — the batteries going flat over the ocean.

Posted by Simon on April 22, 2015 at 4:30am 20 Comments

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