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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, 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:

  • 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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MoviesOnMap.com - interactive map of videos of all the places of the world

Posted by MoviesOnMap on July 27, 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments

We're creating interactive map of videos of all the places of the world http://moviesonmap.com. This will allow to see any places of the Earth or help the tourists to better plan their routes.

Anyone can add videos to the map. After approval, it will appear on the map.

Many drones owners from Germany, Sweden, France, China, USA, Holland, Ukraine are adding awesome HD video of beaches, mountains, deserts, towns,…

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Its time for a little drone humor

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on July 27, 2014 at 6:30am 0 Comments

It looks like even parents are getting in on the drone phenomenon to see what their kids are up to!

Regards,

TCIII ArduRover2…

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First UAV Near Miss with Ag Aircraft Reported in Pacific Northwest

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm 32 Comments

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From the SUAS Feed

Earlier this week a pilot from Idaho was preparing to begin a spray run through a field. Barely visible ahead of him was a small stationary object. He decided it must be a kite since a bird would not remain motionless. As he neared the object, it rapidly shot straight up.…

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Capturing Images With Film Not a Digital Camera, A Pioneer of UAS

Posted by Rob Thompson on July 25, 2014 at 8:49am 2 Comments

We like to think what we are doing is new, however some folks have been pioneering the way for us for a long time. People like Bert Wagner of Advanced Aerials can remember a time he would use film to capture images and then run to the 1 hour photo to have them developed. Only when the film was developed did they find out if they got the shot or if they had to go back and re-shoot. This article I am linking to is from 1998 Rotary Modeler Magazine…

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Nymbus 650 Kickstarter Project Endorsed by Gary Gress

Posted by Tom Ciesielka on July 25, 2014 at 6:30am 3 Comments

The Nymbus 650 Kickstarter Project was the result of a licensing agreement between CUVR and Gary Gress of Gress Aerospace and the…

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DroTek releases DroPix flight controller

Posted by sixtimesseven on July 25, 2014 at 4:00am 20 Comments

Just received the newsletter that DroTek is finally ready to release it`s Pixhawk compatible flight controller made in France! So no more NSA style regulation from our "friends" and no more DF-13 connectors ;-) They release a hole bunch of modules as well, for example a neo-7 GPS... …

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Seattle's Komo News does Tame Story about Drone Buzzing Space Needle

Posted by Timothy Clemans on July 25, 2014 at 12:30am 21 Comments

Seattle's Komo News did an excellent piece about a drone buzzing the Space Needle this week. The video is at http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Police-investigate-drone-strike-on-Space-Needle-268518072.html?tab=video&c=y I was…

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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

Protecting Endangered Species with UAS

Protecting Endangered Species with UAS

The second largest land mammal on earth, the majestic white rhino is under siege by poachers looking to make big money selling its highly coveted tusks, which in many parts of Asia are thought to contain almost magical medicinal properties.…

Video-seeking drone ordered out of fire area

Video-seeking drone ordered out of fire area

PLYMOUTH, Calif. — Cal Fire confirmed Sunday evening that a drone being flown over the Sand Fire nearly caused air-attack operations to be stopped because of the potential danger to firefighting planes. The unidentified person flying the drone was apparently trying to…

Fafinski Mark & Johnson Adds Unmanned Aircraft Systems Practice Group

Fafinski Mark & Johnson Adds Unmanned Aircraft Systems Practice Group

Fafinski Mark & Johnson, P.A. reported that it has added an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice group that will be led by the firm’s aviation group of legal advisors and litigators. In its release, Fafinski Mark & Johnson said its…

Duran of SteadiDrone makes South Africa’s Top 200 young South Africans.

Duran of SteadiDrone makes South Africa's Top 200 young South Africans.

Congratulations to Duran from Steadidrone for making South Africa’s Mail and Guardian Newspapers top 200 young South Africans. Plaudits must also be sent in the direction of the rest of the team in Knysna. Well done Steadidrone! “Don’t wait –…

Flight Tech receives African contract.

Flight Tech receives African contract.

Flight Tech company has been contracted for supplying Horus FT-100 Mini-UAV and associated logistics support to a country in Africa. The first units will be delivered by the second half 2014, with the possibility for new orders in 2015. The…

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