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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

Flying Wing for Search and Rescue

Posted by Karan Chawla on October 25, 2014 at 5:30am 13 Comments

Flying Wing for Search and Rescue

Hey Guys,

I've been working on designing a flying wing UAV since 2 months now. Human search and rescue using an autonomous drone is the prime objective of this project.

First Prototype.

One of the major aim of our project is to show how a visual human detection system that uses images from a normal camera can be implemented in software. The system would fit into the larger context of disaster…

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Conservation Drones Recycling Bin

Posted by lianpinkoh on October 24, 2014 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

Recycle drone

ConservationDrones.org has benefited tremendously from the generous support of many groups. We are launching a new initiative to pay this forward.

If you have 'preloved' drone equipment in working order that are just lying around gathering dust and rust, why not donate them to needy users, especially student groups, around the world who might be struggling to build their first  drone for…

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Testing a small thermal imaging camera (Version 2) for UAVs

Posted by Felix Meissner on October 24, 2014 at 3:20pm 7 Comments

This is some footage shot with the second version of the thermal imaging camera which I tested earlier on (http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/testing-a-small-thermal-imaging-camera).

The second version of…

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Clemson through the Eyes of a Red Epic and Scalett

Posted by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on October 24, 2014 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

Clemson University / www.OspreyHD.com from Lee Dashiell | Osprey Production on Vimeo.

Not to long ago my father who is not what I would describe as technology savvy forwarded me a email that he had received from Clemson University we we both had attended…

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An Autopilot in the clouds - part 4

Posted by Jesper Andersen on October 24, 2014 at 1:58am 0 Comments

This article is part four in a series, describing some of the inner workings of an autopilot system - even though the description is specific for this particular system, a lot of principles are generic and can be used to describe a…

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Food Fight: In Syria, Drones with a New Mission

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on October 23, 2014 at 6:39pm 26 Comments

Cross-posted from the 3DR blog.

This past March, Mark Jacobsen (pictured above holding an Ed Ansley Peace Drone prototype), a PhD candidate in Political Science at…

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WARNING :FTDI Drivers Are Killing Fake Chips(windows update)

Posted by Dez Socks on October 23, 2014 at 5:00pm 24 Comments

I was reading back through the posts on Hackaday.com today and discovered this article.

From the page:

The FTDI FT232 chip is found in thousands of electronic baubles, from Arduinos to test equipment, and more than a few bits of…

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Tecscorp announces two online courses on Drones

Posted by Ronald Messino on October 23, 2014 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

On Oct 10th,   Tecscorp™ and FIA Foundation announced that they have teamed up to offer the firsts two Online course on design, development and deploy of Drones, that students can earn exclusively through the  Online Course delivery format and and completely in Spanish.

 “The…

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New VR Gimbal 4 is coming New Hardware design and a lot of new feature: STM32F4, Nuttx , SD Card , Mavlink support , imu and potentiometer managment.

Posted by Roberto Navoni on October 23, 2014 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

Dear Friend ,

after a lot of month to work and 1 year of experience on VR Gimbal firmware now we are at release 1.20 I'm very happy to present a new revision of product. 

VR micro Gimbal 4.0

In the video you can see the early preview of new product . VR micro Gimbal 4 derived from Brain 5 platform , it's based on Nuttx 7 O.S. support SD card for real…

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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 Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Vic emergency services to use drones as ‘eyes in the sky’

Vic emergency services to use drones as ‘eyes in the sky’

By Paris Cowan The Victorian Government’s ten-year plan for emergency communications forsees a day when first responders can live stream a birds-eye view of a natural disaster filmed by an overhead drone straight to their tablet. Just over a month out from…

E-GO and Blue Bear work on unmanned aircraft

E-GO and Blue Bear work on unmanned aircraft

Plans to provide an unmanned version of e-Go aeroplanes’ microlight aircraft has been launched through a new partnership between the Cambridge company and Bedford UK neighbour Blue Bear Systems Research. The pilot-free option would meet growing market demand in new…

HyUAV, a new step up in the Aerial Environmental Monitoring

HyUAV, a new step up in the Aerial Environmental Monitoring

Environmental monitoring has been revolutionized by a drone of 7kg capable of flying at 5 km/h speed and “observing”. Observing what? All that is necessary for a solid environmental monitoring: forests, lakes, glaciers, and other often inaccessible places up to…

Menlo Park Fire district gets green light to buy a drone

Menlo Park Fire district gets green light to buy a drone

by Dave Boyce / Almanac A hand-held aerial drone, probably one with four helicopter blades, will likely take up residence soon in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to help survey the scene of a fire from above. With no comment…

Drone deployed in Brunswick battle over rail facility: Watch its video

Drone deployed in Brunswick battle over rail facility: Watch its video

BY TOM BELL STAFF WRITER Supporters of Amtrak’s plan to build a $12.7 million layover facility in Brunswick have enlisted a drone to counter neighbors’ opposition to the project, but residents who live nearby say the aerial video footage shot from the drone is…

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