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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, including:

  • PX4, a pro-quality copter, plane, rover and VTOL software stack from the Dronecode Foundation
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Microsoft AirSim demo at Dronecode leadership meeting

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2017 at 4:30pm 4 Comments

Here's the Microsoft AirSim team demonstrating their amazing Unreal-based open source drone simulator package at this week's Dronecode leadership meeting at Intel. Dronecode development is…


Parrot's Disco flying with Paparazzi UAV system

Posted by Gautier Hattenberger on February 24, 2017 at 3:02pm 3 Comments

This is the video our first flight of the Disco from Parrot using the Paparazzi UAV system. Most of the drivers where already available, except for the PWM output on Linux-based autopilot. Many thanks to the ArduPilot community and especially Andrew Tridgell for his help and tips to…


Maximized terrain awareness for drone pilots

Posted by Martin Rüedi on February 23, 2017 at 2:59pm 2 Comments

This is my first post in a series called "FlightZoomer 3 Feature Previews".

One of the coolest features for the next release of my FlightZoomer apps is a terrain elevation map and a vertical situation display. The look&feel of these features strongly borrow from the VSD (vertical situation display) and the TERRAIN display of the…


ArduSub + Ardupilot is Official!

Posted by Olivier on February 22, 2017 at 2:46pm 0 Comments

From Rusty and Jacob of ArduSub:

Hello everyone, Rusty here at Blue Robotics. We're pleased to announce that the ArduSub project has merged with Ardupilot!This is a momentous occasion for the ArduSub…


Event38 integrates Emlid Reach and starts providing ready-to-go PPK mapping solution.

Posted by Emlid on February 22, 2017 at 1:00pm 11 Comments

Event38 now offers Emlid Reach upgrade to its vast fleet of UAVs aimed on providing ready-to-go PPK mapping solution. Reach PPK enabled system is able to deliver centimeter-level accurate 3D models without use of ground control…


Tilt rotor/SLT hybrid

Posted by Joe Renteria on February 21, 2017 at 10:46am 6 Comments

Separate lift/thrust systems are growing fast in popularity, to the point that there are already a variety of commercially available systems.  They seem to be the future and continually get better.  Thanks to our developers, Ardupilot has some great features like holding position with forward thrust and is becoming very…


Lots of fun at the ArduPilot Developer Meetup in Canberra

Posted by Olivier on February 20, 2017 at 1:48pm 0 Comments

From Tridge at

We just finished the ArduPilot Developer meetup in Canberra, Australia. Randy [Lead Arducopter developer] will be posting videos from the talks when he gets back to Japan, but meanwhile here is a nice video by Darrell Burkey of some of the activities over the…


DIY LiDAR scanner using the LW20 and a digital servo

Posted by Laser Developer on February 20, 2017 at 6:23am 11 Comments

Making a small, low cost laser scanner for sense-and-avoid applications has been a objective of mine for several years. What makes this project challenging is the cost and complexity associated with motors and their drivers to provide the motion, position encoders to provide accurate aiming…


Full rover simulation now added to Dronecode/PX4

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2017 at 4:37pm 0 Comments

The Dronecode/PX4 stack has supported rovers for a long time, but now it's getting a proper simulator for them, too. This addition adds a full rover simulation for SITL and Gazebo. The physical config will follow this week for a Traxxas…


Circle formations of fixed-wings in Paparazzi

Posted by Hector Garcia de Marina on February 19, 2017 at 4:00pm 6 Comments

We have recently developed and tested a formation control algorithm for fixed-wings in Paparazzi. The position of an arbitrary number of vehicles can be controlled in a circular path. In fact, we are not restricting ourselves to circles but to any closed orbit, such as ellipses, thanks to the …



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

Lynx FarScight – Avalon AirShow 2017 Launch

Lynx FarScight ScientificAerospace are proudly launching their Lynx FarScight at Avalon Airshow on the 3rd of March 2017. Lynx FarScight is ScientificAerospace’s next generation, long endurance, high precision surveying solution. Capable of flying missions in excess of 2.5 hours and performing direct georeferencing of the photo locations with centimetre accuracy, employing ScientificAerospace’s proprietary PPK GNSS correction software 4Precision. For […]

Beyond Visual Line of Sight Operations for UAS Authorised – A Canadian Milestone

Canadian Unmanned Systems Canada is pleased to announce a milestone in Canadian aviation history, with the commencement on 24 February 2017 of regular Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flights in civil airspace. Ventus Geospatial of Lethbridge/Calgary, Alberta is the first company to meet the stringent criteria required to fly a […]

Use the LostMyDrone app to help recover your missing drone with help from the community

LostMyDrone AIS (Arctic Innovative Solutions) have now released a new drone app called LostMyDrone , where users can post theire lost drone in the app and hopfully by doing this it can be found at the earliest stage. Each year disappears drones around the world due to interference, pilot mistake or equipment failure. Many drones can […]

In defense of desktop: why desktop is essential for drone mapping in agriculture

desktop If you want an NDVI map while you’re still in the field, cut out a potentially long upload to the cloud and start processing directly in Pix4Dag desktop. Part 1: How quickly can you go from landing to processing? With a predicted population jump to 9 billion by 2050, and therefore a corresponding 70% increase in […]

Achieving Widespread Drone Usage in Agriculture

agriculture Agriculture once seemed to be the most promising industry for drones to disrupt, but slow adoption has forced many drone companies to look elsewhere for faster returns. While drones have so far not made extensive headway onto farms, it is clear to me that they perfectly complement the precision agriculture technology that is steadily taking […]

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