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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
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PrecisionHawk gets first FAA waiver to fly beyond visual line of sight using LATAS system

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2016 at 9:07am 7 Comments

From PrecisionHawk's post on its milestone FAA approval to fly beyond visual line of sight, in which they describe their interesting LATAS system:

To further mitigate risk, PrecisionHawk uses an airspace display…


New minidrones from Parrot: A VTOL and a new quad with powered accessories

Posted by Greg Crutsinger on August 30, 2016 at 6:30am 1 Comment

Parrot launched some fun new mini drones this morning that are about to make your drone educational programs even more awesome, particularly access to the Parrot SDK for app development.  Here is a nice writeup in …


The world's first commercial drone with collision avoidance LiDAR

Posted by Laser Developer on August 30, 2016 at 3:07am 3 Comments

SUAS News posted an article today about the Kespry Drone 2.0, a commercial drone that is advertised as requiring minimal human input during a mission. It has a forward looking LiDAR sensor specifically for obstacle sensing and collision avoidance. This might be that first commercially available drone to…


Zubax Babel - an advanced USB-CAN and UART-CAN adapter

Posted by Zubax Robotics on August 30, 2016 at 2:00am 0 Comments

Hi everyone,

We're announcing Zubax Babel - an advanced USB-CAN and UART-CAN adapter designed for use with UAVCAN and other CAN bus protocols. It can be used either as a complete standalone tool, as a development platform for UAVCAN-centered applications, or as an…


Pi0Plane: A $150 smart fixed wing drone with the Pi Zero

Posted by Iker Zubizarreta on August 29, 2016 at 11:00pm 1 Comment


We have published a new tutorial in hackster !

This tutorial demonstrates how to build a low cost Linux drone with the Raspberry Pi Zero and the PXFmini autopilot.

The PXFmini is…


Insitu's Inexa Control Released August 29th!

Posted by Greer Carper on August 29, 2016 at 8:30pm 5 Comments

Coinciding with FAA's Part 107 going into effect we at insitu are releasing Inexa Control, our ground control station software with the Unmanned Vehicle Plugin for ArduCopter which enables control of all Arducopter / APM:Copter based quadcopters.  This is very exciting for us at Insitu bringing professional aviation tools…


3D-printable gimbal for RaspberryPi camera

Posted by JeanLeFlambeur on August 29, 2016 at 2:30pm 3 Comments

I ordered …


Android App: Real-Time Airspace Map/Weather, Easy Checklist System, Team/Equipment Management

Posted by Kevin Mukai on August 29, 2016 at 9:44am 0 Comments

Hi all,

NVdrones just released our mobile app…


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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

More UK near hits

ukairproxdrone I have a feeling at least one of the now numerous reported near misses (yes I know near hits) must be for real. I cannot imagine for one moment gentle sUAS News reader that you would fly so irresponsibly. This one, in particular, does sound like a flying wing. AIRPROX REPORT No 2016095 THE A319 […]

Airobotics Receives Approval from the FAA to Operate Commercial Drones in the US

airrobotics team Airobotics, manufacturing the world’s first fully automatic drone system, announces that it has received a Certificate of Waiver to operate its automatic drone system commercially and at night, in accordance with the rules of Part 107 to the Federal Aviation Regulations on August 29th, 2016. With this announcement, Airobotics has been established as a safe […]

Part 107 Out Of the Shadows

cracker barrel ted A long time ago we published The SFAR Part 107 Shades of Things to Come… at that time many of the current experts and advocates had no idea what the heck a drone was. Even the visionaries that owned drone companies said we would never be regulated (and investment in advocacy was not needed), while […]

Drone Fleet Management Startup Releases Software to Synchronize Drone Teams and Businesses

dronefleet management NVdrones, a start-up that provides cloud-based software solutions for drone fleet management, today launched its mobile application, NVDash, that promises to bring drone management into the digital age. New commercial drone regulations, titled Part 107, are effective as of today. With the new regulations, many expect a massive increase in U.S. commercial drone activity. Among other rule […]

DroneDeploy welcomes Part 107 commercial drone regulations

hero-teamdronedeploy It’s all about growth and saving money, according to Mike Winn, DroneDeploy’s co-founder and CEO. DroneDeploy take images from drones and turns them into maps and actionable data.   “We had already seen remarkable growth in the commercial drone industry the last few months, and before the Part 107 implementation, the amount of data generated by our users […]

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