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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 (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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Simple set up for Turnigy 9XR (or similar) 6 position mode switching - No Hardware/Flashing Required

Posted by Ben Dellar on September 18, 2014 at 7:40pm 1 Comment

Until recently my main TX was a Turnigy 9X and I (like many others) was using a hacked in 6 position POT switch to select modes on my various aircraft. Unfortunately the 9X has died so has been replaced by a shiny new 9XR. Rather then hack apart the 9XR (too pretty) I wanted to experiment with using the…


Humanoid robot learns to fly a flight simulator!

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 18, 2014 at 3:34pm 0 Comments

This is both adorable and really cool. From IEEE Spectrum:

As much trouble as humanoid robots are to build and control, we keep on trying to make it work because it's easiest to operate in a human environment if you can…


Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops

Posted by Matthew Schroyer on September 18, 2014 at 2:30pm 3 Comments

Many of us recreational, semi-pro, and pro RPAS operators here on are fortunate enough to have had great dialogue with the public, sometimes even taking time off from our normal schedules or responsibilities to show others the wonders of robotic flight. Still, we are all to familiar with those few stories where the public has become confrontational with civilian and commercial…


Google Glass, civilian drones, and space for reflection

Posted by John Githens on September 18, 2014 at 12:14pm 1 Comment

A friend outside of DIYD passed on a link to a thought-provoking post by Michael Sacasas. His observations are around people and Google Glass. However as I read…


An Autopilot in the clouds - part 3

Posted by Jesper Andersen on September 18, 2014 at 2:00am 0 Comments

This article is part three in a series, describing some of the inner workings of an autopilot system - even though the description is specific for this particular system, a lot of principles are generic and can be used to describe a variety of auto…


How 3DR tests camera gimbals

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 17, 2014 at 9:09pm 15 Comments

With our partners AES. This is a great way to really quantify performance!

Screamy: A durable lost UAV alarm

Posted by Kelly Miller on September 17, 2014 at 10:30am 26 Comments

Hello pilots!

I'd like to introduce you all to Screamy, our lost aircraft alarm. We launched a kickstarter campaign today to get this special product into your hands:

Put this on your valued multirotor or model aircraft and make sure you never lose it!



What a simple orthomosaic and DEM can do

Posted by keeyen pang on September 17, 2014 at 2:00am 14 Comments

Using Orthomosaic and Digital Elevation Model to create 3 D model is nothing new. But normally it will require lots of computing power and knowledge. Skyline's TerraBuilder and TerraExplorer make it easy for the average people to make 3D video from an orthomosaic…


ArduCopter RSSI voltage modification

Posted by Babis HatziIoannou on September 17, 2014 at 12:30am 10 Comments

i am flying a long range quadcopter with APM 2.6 external compass question is how can i modify RSSI voltage reading of the APM since my RX at maximum signal is 1.5volts..? and in full parameters list it seems to have only 3.3V and 5.0V ..

It ll needs to have buffer…


ABDIAS testing video

Posted by Henri Bernard on September 17, 2014 at 12:13am 0 Comments

We tested ABDIAS before and while a concert. 

The goal was to test altitude autopilot (with a lot of people below and draft air) and autonomy, but also wireless control (using xbee modules) from my laptop.

  • Autopilot worked well,…


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

Despite FAA dithering, a drone economy sprouts on the farm

Despite FAA dithering, a drone economy sprouts on the farm

Clay Dillow Commercial use of unmanned aircraft remains prohibited in the U.S., but a marketplace for small drones is developing among American farmers. In June, the oil and gas giant BP  BP  began flying drones over an oil field in Prudhoe Bay,…

CAD Drones design service

CAD Drones design service

At CAD Drones we design and engineer custom drones for customers who have unique payloads. Whether you need a 24 inch aerial drone to carry a GoPro or a 60 inch Quadcopter to carry a $5,000 camera system we can…

Google wants to test drone wireless Internet in New Mexico

Google wants to test drone wireless Internet in New Mexico

Martyn Williams Google is planning to test Internet delivery by drone high above New Mexico, according to a government filing. On Friday, the company asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to use two blocks of frequencies for the tests,…

First company authorized to fly unmanned aircraft out of Griffiss International Airport

First company authorized to fly unmanned aircraft out of Griffiss International Airport

Logos Technologies has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin flight-testing of the unmanned Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP) unmanned aerial system (UAS). Testing will be conducted at the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) FAA…

UAV Panchi Warms Up for Maiden Flight

UAV Panchi Warms Up for Maiden Flight

By Anantha Krishnan M BANGALORE: Defence scientists are all set to unveil the wheeled-version of India’s homegrown unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Nishant. The UAV named Panchi, means bird, and it will be capable of taking off and landing from semi-prepared runways,…

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