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Marco Robustini replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
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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

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

Man Creates Flying Hexacopter Drone With 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen

Posted by Bob on August 19, 2014 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

The body of DeRosa's first hexacopter (source: Plasticity Productions)

The body of DeRosa’s first hexacopter (source: Plasticity Productions)

When 3D printing pens burst onto the scene…


Complete Spanish Latin American translated documentation for APMCopter and APMPlane

Posted by enzo vinko criado on August 19, 2014 at 9:00pm 3 Comments

Dear Comunity, I am working in a complete!, Yes, a complete Spanish translate for apmcopter and apmplane web technical site.... this is my litle contribution to this journey together. In 30 day, I will…


First flight of ArduPilot on Linux

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on August 19, 2014 at 8:59pm 9 Comments

I'm delighted to announce that the effort to port ArduPilot to Linux reached an important milestone yesterday with the first flight of a fixed wing aircraft on a Linux based autopilot running ArduPilot.

As I mentioned in a…


Vulture 2 spaceplane hits 100km/h - strapped to a van roof

Posted by Lester Haines on August 19, 2014 at 7:18am 5 Comments

We're obliged to Linus Penzlien (seen above in boffin pipe mode) and Andrew Tridgell for all their hard work last week working on the custom APM:Plane parameters/commands for our Vulture 2…


Aerial Survey in Uganda

Posted by Luke Wijnberg on August 19, 2014 at 6:27am 7 Comments

Mark Wijnberg Land Surveyors recently completed an aerial survey of a river valley in a remote section of Western Uganda. The area is found on the Eastern slopes of the Rwenzori…


An AutoPilot in the Clouds - part 1

Posted by Jesper Andersen on August 19, 2014 at 12:01am 6 Comments

In our RC world, autopilots are typically some kind of software/hardware combination that is physically located on the craft flying/driving/sailing etc.. This has some disadvantages since autopilots are expensive and singular,…


My company is producing a ground station

Posted by Todd Urban on August 18, 2014 at 10:00pm 16 Comments

It Is a mini itx amd quadcore with a high bright lcd a solid state harddrive 2 front mounted usb built in 3dr radio dual video  RX with diversity video input for the onscreen HUD an additional 7" lcd with Output for your fpv googles it has 10ah of battery witch will run everything for around 3 hrs…


Coordinated docking of copter and rover

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 18, 2014 at 7:48pm 0 Comments

The two robots communicate their positions, converge to a common docking location and the dock successfully, both indoors and out.

From …


A Fully Automated Taranis OpenTX SAPI5 Voice Pack Generator

Posted by Luke Nyhof on August 18, 2014 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Hey fellow OpenTX users!…


Follow-Me Mode Test: Success!

Posted by Brennan Zelener on August 18, 2014 at 7:00pm 17 Comments

Hey guys, I just did my first test with Follow-Me mode on my quad. It worked really well.  Huge thanks to the 3DR team and DroidPlanner developers.  Rock and roll.

Frame: Lumenier QAV400G

Motors: Tiger 1100kv

ESCs: Lumenier SimonK 30A

Props: APC 8x4.5

Battery: Lumenier…

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

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS): A New Era of Aviation Activity in Ireland

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS): A New Era of Aviation Activity in Ireland

The IAA recently featured an article on Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in Flying in Ireland magazine. This article contains useful information on: - The definition of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems - Distinction from model aircraft - Current regulatory situation…

Researchers decry limits on drones

Researchers decry limits on drones

By Jessica Meyers WASHINGTON — A regulatory battle in Washington has compelled professors to ground their research drones, the tiny aircraft academics consider vital for archaeological surveys, river mapping, and countless other discoveries. The Federal Aviation Administration recently clarified that…

YouTube video shows drone buzzing Vancouver apartment

YouTube video shows drone buzzing Vancouver apartment

Meera Bains Conner Galway was pretty surprised to hear what sounded like a swarm of bees outside his apartment Sunday night, not least because even birds are usually few and far between outside the windows of his 36th floor condo.…

Legislature mulls curbs on use of aerial drones by paparazzi

Legislature mulls curbs on use of aerial drones by paparazzi

By PATRICK MCGREEVY When singer Miley Cyrus recently spotted a mysterious drone hovering over her Los Angeles home, she posted video of the aerial intruder on Instagram, complaining that it appeared to be a new tactic by the paparazzi. The incident,…

TASE500 – All HD Imaging Performance

TASE500 - All HD Imaging Performance

All-HD solution for improved image quality and clarity Full digital imaging enables advanced post processing and third party exploitation tools and no compression artifacts Fourth Generation HD-MWIR imager for superior IR imaging at long ranges Precision optics, shared aperture between…

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