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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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Lake and sea bottom scanning with ArduBoat

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2015 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

From Hackaday. Reminds me of work Harold Molle was doing five years ago here!

[Geir] has created a pretty neat device, it’s actually his second version of an autonomous boat…


A 3D printed UAV prototype which makes use of the advantages of 3D printing

Posted by Armin Strobel on May 25, 2015 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

Though Ducted Fans UAVs as of now are not very common, my personal opinion is that this will change in the future, since they have certain advantages over other concepts. Just one single engine is necessary which makes the use of internal combustion engine more viable than for multi-rotors. Also a transition into a very efficient horizontal flight is possible (with modifications).…


ObliX argo - airship-drone

Posted by Daniel Wibbing on May 25, 2015 at 11:46am 4 Comments

Hey DIY enthusiasts!

Today I am proudly presenting to you ObliX argo, the new concept for our airship-drone. 

ObliX argo can be operated in two flight modes:

1. Airplane mode:…


Overhead power line detection at 60km/h using the SF30 laser

Posted by Laser Developer on May 25, 2015 at 8:00am 1 Comment

The SF30 laser range finder module has been designed to detect all kinds of different obstacles from a moving UAV. The most difficult obstacle to detect is an overhead power line because of its small diameter and dark color giving it a very small "laser cross-section". Add into this mix the issue of…


New ROS release paving the road to full drone support

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 24, 2015 at 10:00pm 3 Comments

As you can see from the logo from today's release of the Robot Operating System "Jade Turtle" version, drones are a big part of ROS's future.  Although ROS started with robot arms and research robots,…


Controling a copter by image recognition

Posted by Kai Yan on May 24, 2015 at 7:30pm 7 Comments

Hi all, here we would like to share a recent progress on our image recognition based copter controller.

The system uses a tablet and a transmitter. The tablet detects the copter's position by recognizing the red circle marker painted on the copter, and try to maintain the copter's position within the center of the tablet's display (Green circled area on…


Anatomy of a DJI Flyaway

Posted by Olivier on May 24, 2015 at 2:00pm 9 Comments


A very interesting post over at the Phantom Pilot forum.

From ianwood:

I had my first ever bonafide flyaway about 6 weeks ago. I had my theories, bought $1,000 in replacement parts, rebuilt and moved on. Then it happened again.

This time, however, I had a data logger attached to the Phantom, a custom made miniature "black box"…


Pixhawk packaging?

Posted by Teejay on May 23, 2015 at 12:50am 12 Comments

I'm used to getting Pixhawks from the 3DR store and resellers - and it comes in the nice grey box. And it's the first time I've seen it packaged in the 3DR branded "white" Pixhawk box. The white Pixhawk was purchased somewhere in China. Is this an older (or newer) batch? Or is it a…


MQ9 camera housing

Posted by Clint K. Campbell on May 22, 2015 at 11:30pm 13 Comments

I've read a lot about the NitroPlanes/ProJet MQ-9 Reaper, and mostly about how to outfit it with a camera.  Before I received my plane from some ignoramus who packaged it like a 2-year-old might do, I thought that I could cram a GoPro camera into the "ball".  And yes, a GoPro will fit inside the "ball"... but not the way one might like.

The 3D rendering above shows how badly the GoPro fits into the stock MQ-9 camera housing.  The lens is far left and high...…


Transport Canada to investigate ''Roman Candle Attack''

Posted by Charles Blouin on May 22, 2015 at 8:46pm 18 Comments

Transport Canada will investigate the use of a Quadcopter for shooting fireworks. It is again people giving unmanned vehicles a bad reputation. Shooting fireworks on someone is plain stupid, I think we can agree. However, should Transport Canada be handling this case? What if they were shooting from a radio-contolled boat or car? The danger is from…



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

Frankenphone: Creech Airman improves RPA communications

Frankenphone: Creech Airman improves RPA communications

by In a crowded room of remotely piloted aircraft sensor operators, it would be easy to overlook him, yet his accomplishments scream for attention. His peers have labeled him a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ and after getting past his quiet first impression, it’s…

Dronelaw US launches web portal for legal news

Dronelaw US launches web portal for legal news

by We are proud to announce the launch of DRONELAW.US The FAA recently released its Notice of Proposed Rules for small UAS, but until the Proposed Rule becomes a finalized, a Certificate of Waiver of Authorization and/or Section 333 Grant of…

Drone racers compete in East Grinstead

Drone racers compete in East Grinstead

by MOST drone pilots are used to flying in open fields but a group of skilled pilots gathered in the woods surrounding Wealden House, just off Lewes Road, in East Grinstead yesterday to fly their toys three-feet off the ground…

Local UAV company lifts off

Local UAV company lifts off

by By Amanda Bohman  FAIRBANKS — When a wildfire broke out in Michael Cook’s neighborhood off the Richardson Highway a couple of weeks ago, he decided to help. Cook flies unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, for a living.…

DOJ Issues Guidelines for Unmanned Aircraft

DOJ Issues Guidelines for Unmanned Aircraft

by BY PAUL PELUSO The Department of Justice on Friday released its first written guidelines for the domestic use of unmanned aircraft. The policy highlights the growing importance of Unmanned Aerial System — referred to at times as “drones” by the…

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