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Will Snodgrass replied to Cala's discussion Load a Mission planner mission in Tower it's possible? Yeeessss!!!! in the group Tower (Droidplanner)
"I think maybe your over complicated things. If you load the mission to APM (or pix) at your house…"
8 minutes ago
Will Snodgrass replied to amirhossein eshtiaghi's discussion APM 2.6 Calibration in the group ArduCopter User Group
"ID say about 90% or more of knockoffs work just fine. And 3DR has made there money and doesnt…"
17 minutes ago

Hugues commented on Silvio's blog post 4Gmetry II
"Where is the 4G modem hardware on the picture? I only see the odroid XU4 (which costs 74$, so what…"
24 minutes ago

Hugues replied to Hugues's discussion Is there an easy way to retrieve the timestamp of each .bin log record in a csv or excel file ? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"You probably mean the log file timestamp is the tab name. "
28 minutes ago


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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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4Gmetry II

Posted by Silvio on September 3, 2015 at 4:02pm 5 Comments

A new version of 4Gmetry is now available on store: 4Gmetry II (504 €…


From Zero to Fifty Planes in Twenty-Seven Minutes

Posted by Mike Clement on September 3, 2015 at 12:30pm 9 Comments

Last week, the Advanced Robotic Systems Engineering Laboratory (ARSENL) team at the Naval Postgraduate School, based in Monterey, California, successfully launched and flew 50 aircraft…

Over 60 Deliverable 1 documents received for the 2016 Outback Challange

Posted by Mark Omo on September 3, 2015 at 8:01am 2 Comments

The deadline has now passed for submitting Deliverable 1 documents to the 2016 UAV Challenge Medical Express. We received 64 D1 documents from teams from all over the world. The Technical Committee will now get to work reading through the documents and assessing teams for the Go/No-Go decision. This process is likely to take 2-3 weeks.…


RC Electric Calculator App for Android

Posted by Graham Dyer on September 3, 2015 at 12:54am 16 Comments

RC Electric Calculator App for Android - version 3.0 is coming out shortly with many improvements and some calculations…


1800mm Largescale ultralight (Metal rebuild)

Posted by CliffN on September 2, 2015 at 11:00pm 4 Comments

ok , for hobby grade seems few guys here does aluminum

after several months of procrastination its time to get this bird to finally fly

1.3KG AUW in only 850kv 3s the maiden was on Aug15,15 then reflown on Aug 31,15

should be my first metal build aircraft, and it should be scale able. the original design been feature , the guys at our field have several concern of being underpower for having a tiny motor for such a big plane. my reason is its what I've…



Posted by lianpinkoh on September 2, 2015 at 5:00pm 5 Comments

One of the major challenges encountered bynatural resource management agencies is the lack of information on the occupancy, distribution and population trends of species of concern, many of which are cryptic, small bodied, and idiosyncratic in habitat selection over large extents of remote areas. And yet these same species are the most threatened due…



Posted by EngineerX on September 2, 2015 at 2:00pm 5 Comments

Dan Edwards of the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory is the principle investigator of Flimmer - a flying, swimming unmanned air vehicle (UAV)/unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). Flimmer can operate in the air and underwater to significantly improve tactical…


AC 91-57 be gone, welcome AC 91-57A

Posted by Gary Mortimer on September 2, 2015 at 12:13pm 13 Comments

Just promulgated by the FAA

1. PURPOSE. This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance to persons operating Unmanned Aircraft (UA) for hobby or recreation purposes meeting the statutory definition of “model aircraft” contained in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. This AC describes means by which model…


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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 Pylon Race, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Supporting Blasting Operations with UAS

Supporting Blasting Operations with UAS

by Using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) imagery and mapping software Pix4Dmapper, the Explosives Risk Managers company supported quarries in Virginia and Ohio: accurately measuring stockpile volumes and excavated materials, measuring borehole locations, and monitoring blast sites, all at a low…

Crashed drone interrupts Pennetta-Niculescu match at U.S. Open

Crashed drone interrupts Pennetta-Niculescu match at U.S. Open

by Ava Wallace, The drone flew over Grandstand before it flew into Armstrong Stadium. “I was a little bit scared, I have to say,” Pennetta said. “I mean, with all the things that happen now in the world, I’m imagining, ‘OK, it’s…

RPAS Autopilot Validation Tool (RAVT) Initiative

RPAS Autopilot Validation Tool (RAVT) Initiative

by UVS International has constituted the RAVT Working Group. This Working Group will develop a document describing the desired functional capabilities of an algorithm that is to evaluate the capabilities, software stability & maturity of an RPAS autopilot (runtime verification).…

An Akron startup, Event 38, is bringing drone technology down on the farm

An Akron startup, Event 38, is bringing drone technology down on the farm

by By Robert L. Smith, The Plain Dealer AKRON, Ohio–Drinking in the scene as you drive through Ohio farm country these days, you might guess that the corn is about as high as an elephant’s eye, as the oldsong goes. Farmers, it…

Lockheed Martin Indago support in UgCS

Lockheed Martin Indago support in UgCS

by We’re proud and very excited to announce Lockheed Martin Indago support in the upcoming version of UgCS. With it now you will be able to control one of the most sophisticated UAVs on the market with ease through UgCS.…

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