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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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Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

Blog Posts

Using ROS Gazebo simulator with ArduCopter

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm 2 Comments

The future of robotics development, including drones, is powerful simulation, which makes it possible to achieve faster development and better performance by reducing the "trial and error" process of testing everything with physical machines. The Dronecode projects have long used a number of…


Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm 6 Comments

I'd like to take a moment and call out Hamish Willee and the rest of the documentation team, who every day make scores of improvements to the wikis and other documentation for the APM and other Dronecode project wikis. To give just one example, you may have noticed the new sidebar/menu system, which…


Call for members

Posted by Matt Wallhead on August 27, 2015 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Consider joining the High Plains and Mountain States UAV Users Group (HP&MS UAV-UG). This group was created to facilitate networking among UAV users/enthusiasts located in the High Plains and…


Screen shot of our new iPad app

Posted by Ted Morgan on August 27, 2015 at 11:59am 8 Comments

We flew our remote hexacopter on Cape Cod from over 60 miles away over a cellular connection using only this iPad interface. Beautiful day for a flight. Actual screen shot from the flight.…


Erle Robotics in the top 30 robotic startups worldwide

Posted by Iñigo Muguruza on August 27, 2015 at 8:02am 0 Comments

Hello everyone,

Erle Robotics is happy to announce that has been selected by RoboHub as one of the 30 most…


Fotokite Phi Tethered Quadrotor on IndieGoGo

Posted by healthyfatboy on August 27, 2015 at 5:37am 4 Comments

Looks really interesting! I like the fact that it gives accountability as to who is using it, seems relatively safe given the prop guards and the flexible props, and at least there won't be any flyaways! This was done by some guys that worked in ETH Zurich's lab.

Here's the IndieGoGo link.…


Theoretical analysis of obstacle detection using LIDAR

Posted by Laser Developer on August 27, 2015 at 4:42am 3 Comments

Small LIDAR (scanning laser) systems can be used for obstacle detection and SLAM from a moving drone. Whilst more work is still needed on the integration of the data from these sensors into the flight software, the theoretical performance can be evaluated based on the specifications of the…


First in the line.

Posted by Aaron Chadd on August 27, 2015 at 3:42am 4 Comments

Over the past few years my company has been experimenting with various types of UAV hardware. We have developed six versions of drones using off the shelf air frames and have tested several types of flight controllers.

 Each has had its pro's and cons and a lot of data has been collected in the past 24 months. We have built UAV's for customers providing custom built aircraft for everything from professional…


Raptor UAS setting records to support Search & Rescue

Posted by NOCO Search and Rescue on August 27, 2015 at 1:00am 3 Comments

Raptor UAS has partnered with Horizon Energy Systems and Northern Colorado Search & Rescue to attempt to set loiter endurance and a distance record using commercially available fuel cell and a small UAV to fly over the North Sea powered by hydrogen gas. Raptor UAS has started a Kick Starter campaign to help fund this Project. We will be using a Raptor E1 and a Horizon Energy Systems fuel cell to fly from Scotland to Norway. A portion of the funds raised will be…


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UAV news from sUAS News

Loss of operator control involving an Aeronavics SkyJib 8

Loss of operator control involving an Aeronavics SkyJib 8

by On 29 March 2015, an Aeronavics SkyJib 8 remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) was being used to assist with media coverage of the International Cricket Council World Cup Final, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, Victoria. The operating team…

Graphical drone briefing developed

Graphical drone briefing developed

by By Jim Moore With more than 1,000 operators already approved to fly unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System and thousands more expected, Lockheed Martin has developed new tools to keep manned and unmanned aircraft safely separated. The first components…

LCS Fort Worth Integrates Fire Scout UAV, RHIBs Into Bilateral Exercises For First Time

LCS Fort Worth Integrates Fire Scout UAV, RHIBs Into Bilateral Exercises For First Time

by By: Megan Eckstein The Navy’s summer series of bilateral exercises in the Pacific gave the Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) a chance to demonstrate emerging capabilities of the new platform, using its rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the…

Sampling CO2 and methane over Ascension Island using UAVs

Sampling CO2 and methane over Ascension Island using UAVs

by A team of scientists and engineers have been able to sample methane and CO2 gases in the remote South Atlantic thanks to the redesign of an autonomous UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) octocopter. Researchers from the universities of Bristol and…

Drone’s crash-landing on Lexington’s tallest building prompts concern

Drone’s crash-landing on Lexington’s tallest building prompts concern

by Richard Moloney LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - At-Large Urban County Councilman Richard Moloney said he was surprised to learn that a drone crash-landed on top of the Fifth Third building this weekend. However, Moloney said he was more concerned about the…

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