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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, including:

  • PX4, a pro-quality copter, plane, rover and VTOL software stack from the Dronecode Foundation
  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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An autonomous fixed-wing following another autonomous one

Posted by Hector Garcia de Marina on October 25, 2016 at 2:55pm 0 Comments

We have presented this video to the kids during our open days a couple of weeks ago at ENAC, Toulouse. It is just one application of a guidance algorithm that we have developed and later implemented in Paparazzi. I was actually surprised about the performance since the planes only exchange information once per second (even we allow some…


Parrot Bebop 2 RTK over WiFi using paparazzi uav

Posted by wvtud on October 25, 2016 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Using Paparazzi UAV and a Stock Parrot Bebop 2 with its ublox M8N GNSS chip replace by a M8P we managed to stream the RTCM3 stream over WiFi to the drone from our groundstation. The groundstation was connected to a ublox M8P operating in base station mode. The video demonstrates the bebop doing a pure GPS navigation task, sonar nor optical-flow were…


Using Microsoft Azure cloud to make a face-finding, voice controlled drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 25, 2016 at 7:29am 4 Comments

Very nice use of the Microsoft Azure cloud AI APIs to make a AR.Drone do some pretty magic stuff. Excerpt from the full O'Reilly post, which has the…


Final Sparkfun AVC 2016 recap video -- Power Wheels and autonomous Power Wheels

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 24, 2016 at 10:02am 0 Comments

From Sparkfun:

Let’s savor our final look back at AVC 2016: It’s time for the final recap video for the Power Racing Series and Autonomous Power Racing Series events! If you enjoy watching full-grown adults in costumes strap themselves to souped-up Power Wheels…


The flying umbrella project

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 24, 2016 at 9:21am 2 Comments

That's a tough controls problem! From Popular Science:

The sight of flying umbrellas, changing altitude with a fluttering rhythm, looks more like an animated Disney scene than graduate work by a…


Autonomous mission and package delivery with RTK GPS AsteRx-m UAS

Posted by Stijn Debecker on October 24, 2016 at 7:37am 2 Comments

Hi all,

We are testing the RTK GPS receiver from Septentrio, the AsteRX-m UAS with ArduCopter 3.4. The GPS can be used to land accurate as shown in the first part of our video. The land location was logged and loaded into the waypoint file in Mission Planner. In the second part we show an autonomous transportation of a…


APM:Plane 3.7.1 released and 3.8.0 beta nearly ready for testing

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on October 23, 2016 at 1:37am 4 Comments

New plane releases from

Development is really hotting up for fixed wing and quadplanes! I've just released 3.7.1 and I plan on releasing the first beta of the major 3.8.0 release in the next…


Lightest, smallest, most affordable thermal camera for UAVs

Posted by Ivan Stamatovski on October 21, 2016 at 9:26am 7 Comments

Hi all, 

just wanted to show off our new thermal camera for UAVs. 

Lighter than a GoPro this dual thermal setup features Flir Lepton sensor and a reference RGB camera. It is the smallest and most affordable drone thermal camera made specifically for airborne use. Plug-and-play with any analog video…


SidePilot App - Version 1.1 (Formerly iMavlink)

Posted by Tom on October 20, 2016 at 10:00pm 5 Comments

Hi! Version 1.1 was just released of SidePilot, the iOS Groundstation app for Arducopter and PX4 (formerly called iMavlink).

New features include: 

  • New Name!
  • Easy PID Tuning using sliders
  • Calibrate Radio trims
  • Increased PX4 Support
  • Set Flight Modes
  • Arrow that points towards your drone for easily locating it

Other Features:

  • GPS Location of…

Seagull #MAP-X from Seagull UAV !

Posted by Rone Scholz-Nielsen on October 20, 2016 at 4:30pm 14 Comments



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UAV news from sUAS News

PrecisionHawk announces partnership with Ruralco and launch of Australia office

PrecisionHawk 5 PrecisionHawk, a leading provider of commercial drone and drone data platforms, continued its global expansion with the launch of its first office in Australia. Business development executive Nathaniel Hyde has been named director of Australia to lead the new Sydney office, which will provide industries including agriculture, environmental protection and energy with the full-stack, aerial […]

Sentera Unlocks the Power of Drone Data at Significantly Lower Price Points

setera-ontop-special Sentera is enabling every drone user to unlock the power of their data by offering AgVault™ and OnTop™ Software Platforms at affordably-priced tiered subscription levels. An annual subscription is now offered at 79% price reduction, unlocking the power of drone data management for an even larger market segment. Sentera is an industry-leading remote-sensing solution provider […]

FAA Issues Part 107 Waivers, Airspace Authorizations

FAA-Puma1 The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began issuing Part 107 waivers and airspace authorizations to drone operators starting August 29, 2016, the effective date of the new rule.  As of October 24, 2016, the agency has approved 81 authorizations for flights in Class D and E airspace, and has issued 36 waivers of Part 107 provisions […]

Airnest Launches the Simplest Flight Logging Tool for Drones Yet

airnestexample Today, drone pilots can begin logging their flights with Airnest, a simple, free cloud-based logbook platform. By uploading flight logs, or simply flying with the Airnest app pilots are able to: Playback flights in real time Receive moment-by-moment flight metrics including battery performance, orientation, GPS status, speed, location, altitude and more Share flights by linking […]

The cruelest cut

trevor-bauer-drone-injury-alcs Ken Long Baseball managers have long kept tabs on their star players to make sure they stay ready and rested for the big series. In addition to getting them to stay out of bars and dark alleys late at night, they now also have to make sure they don’t injure themselves by fiddling with a […]

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