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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
  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
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  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Tilt rotor/SLT hybrid

Posted by Joe Renteria on February 21, 2017 at 10:46am 2 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 7 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 …


Search and Rescue Smart Drone Project

Posted by Isabella Domi on February 18, 2017 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

I am currently working on a search and rescue drone for National Parks that uses machine learning to detect missing people from a 3DR Solo.  If you are interested, please check out our website, I would love to hear feedback from fellow drone enthusiasts!  ARI is an unmanned aerial…


Miniature "stealth" phone GCS, maybe the smallest usable ever...

Posted by Azjeg on February 18, 2017 at 8:43am 5 Comments

I promised a while ago that we're going to show you some simpler gear than our high-end client builds or series production stations. Well, this is one of them.…


Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 17, 2017 at 1:03pm 6 Comments

This seems very doable -- indeed, I think an off-the-shelf product from PrecisionHawk or Agribotix can already do all of this. Am I missing something?

Challenge Overview

Land O’Lakes, Inc.…


Zero-baseline test of GNSS receivers

Posted by Tersus GNSS on February 15, 2017 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

A zero-baseline test of 4 GNSS receivers (Precis-BX305 incl.) was conducted by Daniel Tampubolon from Institute Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia. …



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

QuestUAV – Drone Girls versus Drone Boys

drone girls Enter the Drone Girls. A new breed and welcome force in the rapidly changing fashions of the Drone industry. The face of the Drone industry is changing.  Girl power is taking an increasingly important role in the Drone industry.  And not before time. It has long been proven that women have skill sets in engineering, […]

How Can I Make Money with a Drone?

Skyward At Skyward, we make operations management software for companies that use drones, so business managers and drone operators often ask us questions regarding safety, workflow, best practices, and business efficiency. These are great questions that most businesses are focused on—and that our software specifically addresses. We also receive dozens of questions each week about something […]

Executive Director, UND Institute for Unmanned and Autonomous Systems

UND The University of North Dakota (UND) has newly created the UND Institute for Unmanned and Autonomous Systems and is seeking a founding Executive Director for the Institute who will be an energetic leader and passionate proponent for Unmanned and Autonomous research, education and economic development. Why UND and North Dakota? Over the past decade, UND and […]

Drone Stuff This Week 21st February 2017

drone stuff The one with, AtlantikSolar and their 81-hour solar assisted flight as told by Philipp Oettershagen. A truly amazing accomplishment achieved with relatively low-cost solar cells. We will certainly be getting him back to tell us more on Drone Stuff This Week. Rob Swynnerton from and his separate lift thrust (SLT) electric flying wing the […]

AOPA announces drone membership options.

AOPA FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) announced a new line of membership options created for drone pilots, a key part of an ongoing effort to unite manned and unmanned pilots for the common purpose of safe integration of all users. Having long been recognized for leadership in aviation safety and advocacy, […]

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