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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, 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:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                    Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms

Blog Posts

40" RC Manta Ray

Posted by Rory on August 1, 2014 at 7:00am 2 Comments

"Looking for Feed Back from all of you" (Thanks in advance)

Commercial Grade Design (40" Manta-ray Series)

Custom Design and Manufacture of UAV to suite application


40" Manta-Ray Spec.…


BEHS Technology and Engineering Club Needs Your Support!

Posted by Tim V on July 31, 2014 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

Hello DIY Droners!


My Name is Tim Vrakas, and I'm a student at Brookfield East High School. I'm working with my friends raise money for…


Drone InstaFinder - Filter through all the different drones

Posted by NIck Dragolea on July 31, 2014 at 6:03pm 3 Comments

Hi everyone,

The team at have just launched what we believe to be the first instant drone search and filter page - The Drone…


ROS enabled Quadcopter

Posted by Rohan Bhargava on July 31, 2014 at 4:21pm 0 Comments

We are a Canadian robotics start-up company working to develop a fully programmable flying robot with Linux and ROS. Our robot, "Spiri", will release this fall.

We'd love to get feedback from the community on the features that matter…


First 480 size heli drone designed for FPV and aerial purposes - LOOKING FOR SPONSORS

Posted by Adrián Nagy Hinst on July 31, 2014 at 12:31pm 3 Comments

Hi, it's me again from Hungary. Let me show my next design, a 480 sizde heli built for FPV and aerial shooting.

First of all, let me tell the origin of my idea. I saw a video from 2012 about a 480 size T-rex sport, with 32…


Humanitarian UAV Network Invites Contributions to UAV Evaluation

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on July 31, 2014 at 8:00am 2 Comments

Patrick Meier and the worldwide Humanitarian UAV Network, “UAViators,” have undertaken a fairly comprehensive review of UAVs for humanitarian use.…


CAD Drones Cloud - Open Source - Powered By Autodesk Fusion 360!

Posted by Joshua Johnson on July 30, 2014 at 10:47pm 6 Comments

Hello Diy Drones Universe,

This is Joshua Johnson here to discuss CAD Drones, LLC's long term project that will be the heart and soul of our Drone company that began a little over 5 months ago!  Right away we saw the potential in Cloud Computing related to the storage and Open Source collaboration of CAD Files and Autopilot Code related to Drones.  The future of…


Martha Stewart: Why I Love My Drone

Posted by Scott Penrose on July 30, 2014 at 8:30pm 16 Comments

Because it's a useful tool. And imagine what Louis XIV could have accomplished at Versailles if he'd had one

There’s been a lot of discussion and a tremendous amount of speculation lately about the nature of drones and their role in our society as useful tools and hobbyist toys.

Last year, while celebrating my birthday in…


Our multicopter flight controller has been chosen

Posted by UASys on July 30, 2014 at 7:00pm 2 Comments


Hi everyone!

It's the team from UASys again. We just wanted to give everyone an update on how we are going with our safe, practical and affordable multicopter design.  We’ve been looking at some pretty cool options with flight…


Terminator Was Not Open-source: How 3D printing and DIY drone community are changing perceptions.

Posted by Annelie Koller on July 30, 2014 at 12:00pm 3 Comments


DJI Phantom 1.5 - 24mm Battery Door by BrianSelfDesign

My blog post below is probably  preaching to the converted in this forum, but I am a female, creative technologist and new UAV enthusiast,  and I have been doing some research on the subject of UAV.  For myself and to 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

UAS center partners with Wilmington Air Park

UAS center partners with Wilmington Air Park

Tristan Navera In another expansion of unmanned aerial systems efforts, the state’s UAS center is partnering with one of its most active ranges for flying drones. The Ohio/Indiana UAS Center has formalized a partnership with Wilmington Air Park to support…

First phase nearly done at UAS range

First phase nearly done at UAS range

Antonio Sierra / East Oregonian East Oregonian As the Pendleton Unmanned Aerial Systems Range is nearing the end of its first phase of construction, local officials are saying they may be close to phasing out local funding for the project.…

FAA regulations keep UND unmanned aircraft grounded

FAA regulations keep UND unmanned aircraft grounded

By Mellaney Moore Federal Aviation Administration regulations are keeping unmanned aircraft grounded at the University of North Dakota. UND has one of only a handful of four-year unmanned aircraft pilot programs in the country.”This is the INSITU ScanEagle,” says UND…

BBC Life in the clouds

BBC Life in the clouds

If you are in the UK be sure to catch a new BBC series. It includes cut aways and other shots filmed by Wiltshire based commercial operator Skypower in the Brecon Beacons. The series begins on August 4th. Interesting…

Leading First Person View companies form FPV Trade Association “FPVTA”

Leading First Person View companies form FPV Trade Association "FPVTA"

Today, a group of leading companies in the first-person-view (“FPV”) industry are proud to announce the formation of the FPV Trade Association (“FPVTA”). For over a decade, first-person-view control of model aircraft has been an exciting, rewarding, and safe aspect…

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