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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
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Blog Posts

How was your weekend?

Posted by Ascent AeroSystems on April 27, 2015 at 5:00am 2 Comments

We're launching our all-new website later this week!

In the meantime, here's a video of some of our weekend...

Perceptiv Labs image-tracking upgrade for IRIS+ now taking preorders

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 26, 2015 at 11:30am 6 Comments

Perceptive Labs is now taking pre-orders for SHIFT, which uses computer vision to do optical tracking. It supports Pixhawk, the IRIS+ and the DJI Phantom.…


Really moving BBC video on the Syria Airlift project, using APM drones to deliver aid

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 25, 2015 at 10:00am 9 Comments

Regardless of your views on Middle East conflict, everyone in this community should feel very proud after watching this video, showing APM-powered planes used for humanitarian aid. Mark Jacobsen at the Syria Airlift Project is inspiring, and I personally will be backing his work.  

The power to…


3D printed week-end goodie: Adjustable COG battery mount

Posted by Hugues on April 25, 2015 at 9:00am 2 Comments


To make center of gravity (COG) 's tuning easier when attaching your battery on its ship, here is a quick and simple 3D printed…


3DR Aero Intro and Flight Demo

Posted by AKRCGUY on April 25, 2015 at 7:00am 3 Comments

All the craze is with multirotors these days but fixed wing aircraft have capabilities that rotorcraft do not.  There aren't many videos of the 3DR Aero in action so we put this video introduction together.  Hope you enjoy it.

It’s the perfect platform for regularly acquiring highly detailed and actionable data for large-scale operations such as…


Presenting the Vertex Hybrid VTOL Kickstarter Campaign

Posted by ComQuestVentures on April 24, 2015 at 8:21pm 23 Comments

In a nutshell, the Vertex is a tilt-rotor UAV that combines the flight time, range and speed of an airplane with the hovering, vertical takeoff and landing capabilities of a multicopter. The Vertex is designed to be a versatile platform that can be adapted to various performance levels by using interchangeable wing sections and flying with one or two batteries…


Drones delivering aid in Syria [BBC]

Posted by Jay Bryon on April 24, 2015 at 8:00pm 5 Comments

Children watching on the airfield

Interesting idea, small deliveries adding up where large ones would be shot down.  These are Pixhawk-powered fixed-wing UAVs.

From the BBC:

How do you deliver food and medicine to people in an area where a cargo plane would be shot down? It was a question that kept US Air Force pilot Mark Jacobsen awake at night after he met Syrian…



Posted by Zubax Robotics on April 24, 2015 at 6:00pm 2 Comments

Since UAVCAN is now supported in the most recent versions of APM, it is now possible to use Zubax GNSS with ArduCopter and ArduPlane. We prepared a…


Tilt Rotor Aircraft - The Flying Battenberg

Posted by Aldo Vargas on April 24, 2015 at 3:30pm 2 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 


The iMechE set out a competition…


And they say smoking is bad - part 2

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



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

Increase unmanned/manned buffer: AOPA

Increase unmanned/manned buffer: AOPA

by by Aimee Turner AOPA is asking the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to close gaps in the agency’s proposed rules governing small commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The association made the recommendations in formal comments filed April 22 in response…

Man arrested for landing drone on Shinzo Abe’s office in nuclear protest

Man arrested for landing drone on Shinzo Abe’s office in nuclear protest

by A Japanese man has been arrested for landing a drone on the prime minister’s office with a minuscule amount of radiation in an apparent protest against the use of nuclear power, four years after the Fukushima disaster. Unemployed Yasuo Yamamoto, 40,…

Close call between drone and plane landing at Dulles airport

Close call between drone and plane landing at Dulles airport

by DULLES, Va. (WJLA/ABC News) – The Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating a close call Thursday between a drone and a plane landing at Dulles International Airport. The crew of a jetliner reported seeing an unmanned aircraft while…

Drone Ready For Fisheries Fight

Drone Ready For Fisheries Fight

by ONE YEAR after the late agriculture minister Roger Clarke announced the acquisition of two drones to bolster surveillance and monitoring of vast marine space, and to increase safety at sea, the Ministry of Agriculture is reporting that the aircraft…

First Multi-Rotor UAS Type Certification Filed By Aero Kinetics With the FAA

First Multi-Rotor UAS Type Certification Filed By Aero Kinetics With the FAA

by Aero Kinetics has initiated a radical effort that will change the commercial use of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS). In March 2015, the agile Aerospace and Defense firm Aero Kinetics applied for Type Certification…

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