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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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Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

Blog Posts

Drone Maker 3D Robotics Raises $50 Million In Latest Round

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on February 26, 2015 at 3:34pm 7 Comments


By Frank Bi and Ryan Mac

Less than two weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled its proposed regulations for commercial drones, one California-based drone company sealed its latest…


DAS LAB using 3D printer technology on making rapid UAV prototyping

Posted by DAS Lab on February 26, 2015 at 6:00am 3 Comments


We started to make a lightweight, high performance, long endurance UAV airplane for multiple purposes. The features will be, live monitoring, 3D aerial mapping, thermal monitoring ect. To make an extra challenge for our self we planned to  make the air plane weight less than 1 kg and see how quickly we can make the plane.

3D print is that it allows us to print very…


FPV Racer X8 Quadcopter

Posted by Peter Gulin on February 26, 2015 at 4:01am 7 Comments


Ive recently crashed my FPV Racer (Pictures below).

The problem was I lost contact with the transmitter on my end and ended up falling from a 30 Meter Height onto hard concrete. Thought it would have completely destroyed the drone, but as i panicked and came to my…


Drones used to monitor Koala population

Posted by Quadzimodo on February 25, 2015 at 10:35pm 0 Comments

The Queensland University of Technology are employing drones to assist in monitoring Koala population and distribution. This is important work that could help to improve our understanding of this…


Kickstarter : Low cost 2G/3G board with cheap plan (1$/month for 1Mb)

Posted by Bertrand Duchiron on February 25, 2015 at 9:31pm 5 Comments

The Electron is a tiny development kit for creating cellular-connected electronics projects and products. It comes with a SIM card and an affordable data plan for low-bandwidth things.

Imagine a cellular-connected Arduino, but with a…


FPV Gimbal For Zoom Camera - First Week of Tests

Posted by Greg Dronsky on February 25, 2015 at 6:30pm 10 Comments

Hi guys, 

First i'd like to thank all of you for your comments regarding our first post ( Your comments helped us with technical issues and got us really positively…


Using smartphone for the brain of a drone

Posted by Kai Yan on February 24, 2015 at 9:01pm 25 Comments

Hi DIY Drones, we are happy to write here about our drone that use smartphone as the brain, and phone's display for its face! We are trying to build an API set that runs on Android, which send commands in MAVLINK over USB serial to Pixhawk.

We were researchers of optimization problems at Stanford univ. and the…


An Autopilot in the clouds - part 6.5

Posted by Jesper Andersen on February 23, 2015 at 9:30pm 4 Comments

An Autopilot in the clouds - part 6.

The loooong wait...

Weather here in Denmark is optimal right now, if you’re either a fish or create 110% waterproof hardware. So while waiting to get a decent chance for the UTV1 to…


Grandma flies a drone

Posted by Eduardo Romero on February 23, 2015 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

Those GoPro people are running out of ideas at this point.... If you look closely im pretty sure someone just gave her a DJI controller that was non operational. l



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

MHS students learn to operate drones in unmanned aircraft systems class

MHS students learn to operate drones in unmanned aircraft systems class

By Matthew Brown│Press Gazette As part of an dual enrollment program with Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, Milton High School students are learning to pilot and operate drone-like crafts in the first year of unmanned aircraft systems. “We have basically learned about…

‘Unmanned’ aircraft focus of foundation gala

‘Unmanned’ aircraft focus of foundation gala

By Drew C. Wilson, Havelock News Capt. Guy R. Nelson would like people to remember that man is very much still at the help of unmanned aerial vehicles. Nelson is an unmanned aviation commander instructor with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle…

Unmanned aircraft could track Hawaii hurricanes, help marine life

Unmanned aircraft could track Hawaii hurricanes, help marine life

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor Could the next Hurricane or waterspout near Hawaii be tracked by an unmanned aircraft? NOAA’S Office of National Marine Sanctuaries launched a test to investigate whether that could be the future for the islands. Officials tested…

Automated system enables unmanned aircraft to land

Automated system enables unmanned aircraft to land

Rose Trapnell QUT unmanned aircraft researchers have made what’s believed to be a world-first breakthrough for small unmanned aircraft (UA) under 20 kilograms, developing an automated emergency landing system (AELS) that has enabled the aircraft to land on its its…

SkyWard and Robotic Skies partner to provide turn-key solution for UAS maintenance and compliance

SkyWard and Robotic Skies partner to provide turn-key solution for UAS maintenance and compliance

PORTLAND, OREGON, Feb. 25, 2015 - SkyWard and Robotic Skies have announced a partnership that teams the aviation expertise of each company to provide safety, compliance, and maintenance solutions to the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) community. Through SkyWard’s digital system of record and Robotic Skies’ global…

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