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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

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                   Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

Blog Posts

Navio+ and Odroid-C1: the most powerful Linux autopilot

Posted by Emlid on January 30, 2015 at 8:30am 15 Comments



Some time ago we’ve released a new version of our Linux autopilot - Navio+. Main new feature is that Navio+ supports HAT…


Angle of Attack Wind Vanes

Posted by Jose.L.Jr on January 30, 2015 at 8:30am 2 Comments

 BasicAirData Air Data Boom
Triggered by some chat around the net I post here some material about mechanical wind vanes design. 
Angle of attack measurement by means of wind vanes will be…

FPV of the Hornet Drone Just for Fun

Posted by Richard Burd on January 29, 2015 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Some FPV footage of the Hornet Drone from a chase plane, just for fun


Photogrammetry by Habitat-Serea thanks to APM 2.6 and Pikhawk

Posted by Habitat Estudios Ambientales s.l on January 29, 2015 at 12:00pm 6 Comments

Results photogrammetric flight fixed wing UAV and multicopter with APM2.6 And PIKHAWK Agisoft processed and later work with GIS.

Habitat team fixed wing, rotary wing, ground station, traker pach antenna for video and Moxon antenna for telemetry.…


Sony shows smartwatch drone control

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2015 at 11:53am 3 Comments

From Postcapes:

The combination of sensors and inputs in many smart wearable devices leads to some interesting possibilities for intuitive and immersive gesture-based user interfaces. A trio…

New T-motor air gear 350 & Naza light upgrade trick

Posted by OG on January 29, 2015 at 10:23am 4 Comments

Hello all,
I like to introduce propulsion system from T-motor
air gear 350  T-Motor Air Gear 350 Power Combo with 2213 920KV Motor & T9545 Propeller responsible pricing from T-Motor …

Global UAV Market (2014-2020)

Posted by Steve Stark on January 29, 2015 at 5:21am 5 Comments

The global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market is valued at $6,762 million in 2014 and is expected to show a robust growth to reach $10,573 million in 2020, registering a CAGR of 7.73%, till 2020. The market is being driven by the rise in demand for non defense applications and the increased UAV functionality to perform complex operations which…


FPV + Oculus Rift Kickstarter

Posted by Fly Like a Bird Team on January 28, 2015 at 10:46pm 17 Comments

Hey all, keen on Full HD, head tracking FPV with a wide FOV?

We are currently working on a project for a Raspberry Pi + Oculus Rift based FPV solution. Here are some of the advantages:

  • Full HD video feed
  • Head tracking built in from day one
  • Wide…

IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 28, 2015 at 10:00pm 22 Comments

A very good piece in IEEE Spectrum reports on the research on the risks small/med bird strikes in aviation. Short conclusion: it rarely…


Is it a hobby or not?

Posted by Jake Wells on January 28, 2015 at 7:27pm 18 Comments

I have been posting here for a couple years. Back when it consisted of a lot less drone and a lot more DIY. So please refrain from making silly comments like,"Do you know the name of the site you just posted on?"

Now that that's taken care of. You may have noticed the Commander in Chief told the FAA yesterday to do their job. That made me  think. Not that I don't have this thought at least once a week. What happens if we lose our hobby what will I do?




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

Nevada Senate Democrats Visit Skyworks AS Lab

Nevada Senate Democrats Visit Skyworks AS Lab

Skyworks Aerial Systems opened its doors this month to the Nevada Senate Democrats. Senators Aaron D. Ford, Joyce Woodhouse, David Parks, and Kelvin Atkinson toured our lab and discussed with the team the importance of creating and maintaining talent within the state…

Rheinmetall Technical Publications get 4th NQE status in the UK

Rheinmetall Technical Publications get 4th NQE status in the UK

Rheinmetall has been the fourth company to be awarded National Qualified Entity status in the United Kingdom. This means that when a student graduates from the Rheinmetall Unmanned Systems Training Academy or RUSTA they will have a recognised qualification that…

Drone test flight a success in Cape

Drone test flight a success in Cape

By RICHARD DEGENER CAPE MAY — It may have looked like a model airplane on steroids but officials here saw more than an expensive toy as a gas-powered drone took off from the U.S. Coast Guard base Thursday afternoon. As they…

Drones Spotted, but Not Halted, Raise Concerns “Operation Foul Ball”

Drones Spotted, but Not Halted, Raise Concerns “Operation Foul Ball”

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MICHAEL D. SHEAR WASHINGTON — As Major League Baseball’s top players took the field at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis in July, a covert radar system scanned the sky above the 40,000-seat stadium for what security experts said…

First drone approved for NC skies takes flight in Raleigh

First drone approved for NC skies takes flight in Raleigh

Bryan Mims RALEIGH, N.C. — The only drone permitted to fly in North Carolina took to the skies Thursday in Raleigh, where a team of researchers will use the unmanned aircraft for agricultural and environmental research. Lake Wheeler Farm is one…

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