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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 birthplace of ArduPilot, the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, 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

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PX4 flying fully autonomous delta quad VTOL

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2016 at 11:35am 6 Comments

The PX4 Pro flight control stack offers fully autonomous control of VTOL airframes including delta quads and planes, tail sitters and tilt rotors. Special thanks go to Droneslab for the airframe and UAVenture for the ongoing software development collaboration.

In the USA.... Be careful after Monday

Posted by Gary Mortimer on August 26, 2016 at 11:05pm 6 Comments

Of course, you are always careful you are a DIYD member.

We are all aware of Part 107 coming in next Monday. The very simple test that will allow folks to fly commercially. Less is being said about Part 101, the bit that affects all other model aircraft fliers. If after Monday you don't…


Compass Calibration Redesign

Posted by Barbara Prestes on August 26, 2016 at 6:38pm 5 Comments

Hello, everyone,

My team had been working on improvements on UX and interface of GCSs. You can read about our research on Beatriz Palmeiro's blog.

We would like to share with you some of the work we've…


VR Rover : ArduRover + VR Brain 5.2 + Companion Computer + Velodyne Puck Lite. Outdoor autonomous navigation without GPS.

Posted by Roberto Navoni on August 26, 2016 at 12:30pm 6 Comments

VR Rover :

APM Rover on VR Brain 5.2 + Companion Computer + ROS and Slam mapping the navigation in outdoor done without GPS but the feedback is aligned with Geo Map because we use the GPS offset and Mag offset as starting point ...

Today was our first test without gps and it work fine ... The rover need some hardware patch and fine…


Raspberry PI 0 as DVB-S encoder and trasmitter no additional hardware. RPIDATV by F5OEO Evariste

Posted by Roberto Navoni on August 26, 2016 at 5:30am 8 Comments

Interesting OpenSource project that use only a simple RaspberryPI 0 as DVB-S transmitter + RTL-SDR dongle  as receiver. 

This is less expensive DVB-S trasmitter ever developed. 

All the project is by Evariste he is a great developer and member of HAM Radio community ... now we are working togheter to a…


SF 11 Laser altimeter, an useful tool for agriculture purpose

Posted by Cala on August 25, 2016 at 2:30pm 21 Comments

Last year I was searching how to fly at safe low altitude to take the higher resolution photos that possible, to identify weeds and insects in crops and trying to know if a laser altimeter can do the task, first I bought a Lidar lite but looks unstable over rought terrain perhaps bad installed or configured and no more support to ask, but, in the…


FrSky Telemetry To DroidPlanner Mavlink through external Bluetooth

Posted by Paulo Neves on August 25, 2016 at 9:30am 4 Comments

Here at Airborne Projects we have been hard at work with new ways to bring MAVLink telemetry to the ground without extra parts. Specifically we are working on an Antenna Tracker that needs information about the whereabouts of the Drone, but this is for another post.…


AeroPoints: new smart ground control points for easy survey grade drone data

Posted by Rory San Miguel on August 24, 2016 at 10:30pm 8 Comments

Hi all,

At PropellerAero we think it is too hard and expensive for commercial drone operators to capture survey grade data - we needed a solution which was separate from drone or camera, and didn't require expensive GNSS rovers out on site.

Today we are launching our new AeroPoints - easy to identify ground control targets with built-in PPK to capture very accurate (~2cm in X,Y, 3cm in Z) positions to georeference your aerial surveys.…

AeroPoint ground control point by Propeller


PX4 running on Parrot Bebop

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2016 at 10:25pm 5 Comments

Support for the Parrot Bebop has been added by the ETH team so it can be used more in research and testing. More details here


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Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Modal jet powered container lifter

modal2 I recently had to remove a fence to get a container placed in a field. It was a bit of pain. A new kid on the block wants to make that pain go away. Charles Bombardier and Tom Hobbs have released concept renderings of a jet powered multirotor. This quadcopter designed to move shipping containers […]

Iran unveils VTOL sort of

iran vtol It is another glorious picture fail from FARS. This time, a claimed VTOL, the Roham. A pretty cool design as it has absolutely no rotors or tail sitting encumbrances if it is the platform in the image.  So quite how they are making it VTOL onto the shown skids I just don’t know. I suspect […]

DJI Expects New FAA Drone Rule Will Spur American Innovation

DJI_Innovations_logo DJI, the world’s leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles, expects new streamlined drone regulations taking effect Monday will lead to rapid innovation as American businesses, farmers, government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofits use drones to make their operations safer, less expensive and more efficient. “The new federal drone rule unlocks the potential of drone technology […]

Section 333 vs. Part 107: What Works for You?

FAA-Puma1 The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new small drone rule – formally known as Part 107 – is effective on August 29. You may also be wondering what happens to your Section 333 exemption grant or petition for exemption. The biggest question is whether you are better off flying under the provisions of Part 107, or […]

Freedom Class -Giant Drone Racing

freedomclassracer Tasmania, home to the world’s largest multirotor racers! I am torn between thinking this giant drone racing idea is work of genius or lunacy. I get that we will all be able to see and hear them from the sidelines. They will be able to lift all sorts of exotic HD video hardware. Including VR 360 […]

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