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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 (now known as APM), 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:

  • APM:Copter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • APM:Plane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • APM:Rover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Blog Posts

APM/Pixhawk compact GCS build

Posted by Azjeg on September 23, 2014 at 10:24am 5 Comments

This is one of our earlier designs, however, we've built this very version for our APM/Pixhawk user clients. Notable differences are the customary rotary flight mode switch and the aerial video/stills specific line-up of the toggle switches. All direct remote camera functions from zoom, focus/shutter, video start/stop, etc. can be implemented by using the very same line of toggles, which include 2-3 position, SP-DP spring loaded and lopsided spring versions.…


UgCS operates two DJI Phantom2 simultaneously

Posted by Janis Kuze on September 23, 2014 at 6:57am 2 Comments


Here we filmed some of our test flights staring two DJI Phantom2s. It is bit lengthy but includes both mission setup and full run of it.

Let us know if you have ideas we could test out with our software and fleet of drones!


UgCS Team

Small Electric Helicopter 108km/h Auto Flight

Posted by Rob_Lefebvre on September 22, 2014 at 4:13pm 24 Comments

Another recent accomplishment with the Helicopter version of Arducopter was this full auto speed run which achieved a top speed of 30 m/s or 108 km/h.  This was done using 3.2 which features improvements to the helicopter flight dynamics code, as well as Spline Waypoints which is a general…


"Sparked" short film: The dance between human and machine never looked quite like this

Posted by IKE on September 22, 2014 at 9:00am 5 Comments

This 5-minute short film featuring quadrotors was produced in collaboration between the entertainment company Cirque du Soleil, researchers at ETH Zurich’s Flying Machine Arena, and their spin-off company Verity Studios. Everything you see is real — no CGI, wires, or speed-ups/slow-downs were used in the production of the film.

Read the …


Small UAV Market by Application expected to worth $1.9 Billion by 2020

Posted by Steve Stark on September 22, 2014 at 3:44am 2 Comments

According to market research "Small UAV Market by Application (Military, Commercial & Civil, Homeland Security), by Payloads (EO, LiDAR, Laser Designator, Meteorological sensors, Cameras, Telemetry, Autopilot, and NBC detection), by Propulsion System (Hybrid, Hydrogen cell, Solar, Lithium-ion battery), by Geography - Market Forecast and Analysis to 2014…


Carpe Noctem and Fly the Calm Skies

Posted by earthpatrol on September 21, 2014 at 8:50pm 2 Comments

With the arrival of the autumnal equinox here in the Pacific Northwest, it triggers, once again, thoughts about how to keep those flying skills on point. As the amount of daylight decreases and the weather shifts to a cooler/wetter pattern, the window of opportunity for outdoor flight is…


Techwing update and maiden

Posted by wayne garris on September 21, 2014 at 3:25pm 6 Comments

Hey everyone,

 The newly updated techwing design has achieved its maiden flight.…


Our latest GCS build, The Beast

Posted by Azjeg on September 21, 2014 at 12:30pm 10 Comments

GCS build highlights

  • Intel Core i3-i7 PC hardware for Win7-8 or Linux operating systems, 2-328Gb RAM, 60-256GB SSD, Gigabit LAN, 4 external USB 2.0, optional 3.0, WLAN, etc..
  • Dual 10” 1920x1200 600nit IPS panels with low reflectance gloss or matte surfaces
  • 300-460Whs of fully managed LiFePO4 battery, balanced cells, protected against overcharge, overdischarge and short circuit,
  • external charge and power supply from…

Arducopter Flies Gas Powered Helicopter

Posted by Rob_Lefebvre on September 20, 2014 at 11:20am 51 Comments

Now we're cooking with gas!

I have just completed a project to build a helicopter with a gasoline engine, controlled by Arducopter (of course!)  This helicopter serves as a test bed for future gas heli development work for a client of mine.  The goal was to prove out that it could be…



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

JARUS New Appointments & Announcement of Secretariat

JARUS New Appointments & Announcement of Secretariat

JARUS (Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems) is a global grouping of national aviation authorities developing and proposing regulations for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). Several important decisions were taken at the JARUS plenary meeting, which took place in…

MosaicMill releases EnsoMOSAIC Cropdrone UAS for agriculture mapping

MosaicMill releases EnsoMOSAIC Cropdrone UAS for agriculture mapping

MosaicMill Ltd., developer of EnsoMOSAIC aerial survey tools, has released integrated UAS for precision agriculture. The system includes a quadcopter by Videodrone, calibrated NDVI camera and EnsoMOSAIC UAV orthomosaicking software. Videodrone is fully autonomous with Google Earth based flight planning.…

Remote Pilot Qualification – small (RPQ-s) reaches 300 student milestone

Remote Pilot Qualification – small (RPQ-s) reaches 300 student milestone

Resource Group’s Unmanned Aviation Services division, based in Cwmbran, South Wales, has reached a significant milestone with the attendance of the 300th student on the RPQ-s Ground School since the award of UK CAA National Qualified Entity (NQE) status in…

Two Taiwan Nationals Plead Guilty to International Drug Trafficking, Attempting to Export United States Military Drone Technology to People’s Republic of China

Two Taiwan Nationals Plead Guilty to International Drug Trafficking, Attempting to Export United States Military Drone Technology to People’s Republic of China

U.S. Attorney’s Office September 22, 2014 District of New Jersey NEWARK, NJ—Two Taiwan nationals today admitted their roles in an international scheme to import narcotics and attempting to export sensitive United States’ military technology, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.…

Cirque du Soleil’s Drone Video, ‘Sparked,’ Is Pure Magic

Cirque du Soleil’s Drone Video, ‘Sparked,’ Is Pure Magic

Seems like Cirque du Soleil can turn just about anything into a mesmerizing performance — even drones. A new collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich and Verity Studios features 10 quadcopters carrying out the kinds of complex synchronized dance maneuvers we usually…

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