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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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Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

Blog Posts

SF 11 Laser altimeter, an useful tool for agriculture purpose

Posted by Cala on August 25, 2016 at 2:30pm 9 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…


FrkSky Telemetry To DroidPlanner Mavlink through external Bluetooth

Posted by Paulo Neves on August 25, 2016 at 9:30am 2 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 5 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 4 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

New anode doubles battery energy density - For "some drones" this November

Posted by Dale Greer on August 24, 2016 at 8:30pm 3 Comments

You may have seen reports about SolidEnergy's batteries that use a new type of Li-metal anode which enables a doubling of the energy density of lithium batteries. I looked into it some more and found their first market is going to be drone batteries, this November. The article says "some drones" will be able to use this battery…


INF Jupiter JM-1 Flight Controller

Posted by Ryan Vu on August 24, 2016 at 7:00pm 5 Comments

$799, available here


MAVLink Compatible Protocol

Can be used with Mission Planner, Qgroundcontrol, UgCS (v2.10)

Free 50 waypoint navigation…


DIY Drones at 80,000 members! Reflections on the evolution of DIY robotics and the next big things

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2016 at 7:30am 8 Comments

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's a 80,000! 

There has been a huge amount of change in the drone market since this started as a hobby scratchpad for me back in 2007. We helped…


How To Move The Entire Route In UgCS

Posted by Kristaps Brass on August 24, 2016 at 4:30am 2 Comments

Hey, DIYDrones community,

We've had the request to implement a feature that allows moving the entire UgCS route.

This feature is coming, however, in the meanwhile, we have developed a script that allows you to move the entire route with ease.

The script is…


The Thinnest 4K Drone In The World: A Film of Wingsland S6

Posted by Alansone on August 23, 2016 at 10:00pm 7 Comments

Wingsland just unveiled its new mini smart drone S6. This video is the official film of Wingsland S6. Only 26.8mm thick, it is the thinnest drone right now. Portable and light, it can be carried anywhere. Air battle, FLYING Emoji and search light! Check more features at …


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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

Parrot Disco and Sequioa multispectral camera

parrot-disco-drone-center I know for certain there is one fault in Henri Seydoux’s new flying wing launch video. It won’t attract girls, sorry its a fact of life! Something that has, well not quite been bothering me. But interesting me is the space behind the flight battery. It looks on first glance big enough to fit Parrot’s […]

GA-ASI UAS Flight Training Academy Graduates First Aircrews

predator B cert General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that the company’s new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Flight Training Academy graduated its first cadre of GA-ASI aircrews on August 12th. “Our first graduates have benefitted from safe, effective, cutting-edge […]

USAIG Launches Safety Program for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Performance_Vector_Unmanned_PC USAIG proudly introduces Performance Vector Unmanned, created specifically for policyholders who insure unmanned aircraft systems. It serves to keep safety at the forefront, which is especially critical considering that UAS outnumber registered manned aircraft. The program’s predecessor, Performance Vector, was established in 2011 to provide safety-supportive benefits to policyholders who insure turbine-powered manned aircraft. Likewise Performance […]

Propeller Aero launches AeroPoints: game-changing new hardware for accurate drone surveying

IMG_1400 World’s first smart ground control points make survey-grade accuracy simple Sydney, Australia  – Australian technology company Propeller Aero has announced the launch of AeroPoints: smart ground control points that make it easy for anyone to capture survey-accurate mapping using drones. AeroPoints’ patent-pending technology provides a simple solution to one of the major roadblocks to widespread […]

Middle Earth folk to receive drone pizza delivieries

flirtey-dominos-drone-rpas-uav-656 Other than drugs into prisons the delivery of Pizzas seems to be a worldwide favourite. We have seen attempts in England, Scotland, India, Greece the USA and now New Zealand. Fairplay Dominoes, you keep making this marketing work. Well done as well to Flirtey for jumping on the bandwagon. I think it is time to change […]

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