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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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Blog Posts

Tattu 30A BLHeli_S ESC Review

Posted by sarah lee on July 19, 2017 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Gens Ace and the Tattu brand has a strong reputation in high-performance batteries. Recently, they expanded into speed controllers with the Tattu 30A BLHeli_S ESC, and sent us a set to review.

What's Included

An ESC is a basic component, and often sold in nothing more than a static bag. These Tattu ESCs aim for a higher standard and are supplied in a sleek black box. Inside are the ESCs, of course, as…


Y4 Copter modification

Posted by Jonas LISIMA on July 19, 2017 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

Hello everyone !!!

I started three months ago in the realization of a Y4Copter completely modify homemade. 

I realized the chassis of my wooden quadcopter of 18mm by 18mm that one finds in the stores of do-it-yourself for the sum of 3 euros, I used aluminum chair seats for assembly and 4mm plywood .

I chose to change the location of the rear engines on my Y4, instead of…


Hanley Innovations Upgrades Stallion 3D to Version 5.0

Posted by Patrick Hanley on July 19, 2017 at 7:50am 6 Comments

Stallion 3D is a 3D aerodynamics analysis software package developed by Dr. Patrick Hanley of Hanley Innovations (a Florida business that develops aerodynamics software for education and small businesses). Starting with only the STL file, Stallion 3D is an all-in-one Windows software tool that rapidly…


Best support Canadians

Posted by Gary Mortimer on July 19, 2017 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Some pretty awful proposed regulations have reared their ugly head. Should there be a comment period folks from around the world ought to chip in!

Accessing UgCS Video Stream

Posted by Kristaps Brass on July 19, 2017 at 2:10am 0 Comments

When doing custom integration projects with UgCS, sometimes it might not be enough to only have the video stream window displayed in UgCS client. In this article we will explain in a few steps the simple process of accessing the stream.

The Video streamer component is located in UgCS…


Cyclone Hybrid Vehicle (Tailsitter)

Posted by Ewoud Smeur on July 19, 2017 at 2:00am 2 Comments

Together, the Dronelab at ENAC in Toulouse and the MAVLab at TU Delft have developed the Cyclone. It is a hybrid drone of the tailsitter type, with just 4 actuators. In the video, we show autonomous flight, ranging…


New frame for my cargo drone and upcoming 4KG PAYLOAD test

Posted by Nicolai Valenti on July 17, 2017 at 12:30pm 2 Comments

In these days, while waiting for the waypoint navigation hardware, I'm working on the new frame for my cargo drone, and on the new box, I'm also planning for 4KG PAYLOAD test, after the first of 2kg, I've now got 580kv motors so I have better a thrust, if you want to stay informed on this project please subscribe to the newsletter:  or take a look at my site: …


A little laugh - DIY Chickens

Posted by Hugues on July 15, 2017 at 12:16pm 9 Comments

A little laugh with a joke  starring my chickens, Penny and Pepsi :)

 Oh yes, even chickens may benefit from Arduino tech.

Next step : make ardurover find the path to the chickens house, then recognize if eggs are layed and pick up them up Can DEVs take care of that in a next release ? :)

Flying over sea with H2 hybrid powered drone

Posted by zhangqi on July 14, 2017 at 7:30am 10 Comments

H2 Hybrid powered multirotor drone flying over sea from Penglai to Chang island in Shandong province, China.

H2 Hybrid powersystem introduction:

core weight:4kg;

output power:1.8kw/continuous,2kw/peak;



[URUS TEST] - First test Urus Protocol

Posted by hiroshi takey on July 13, 2017 at 11:27pm 8 Comments

Hello Dev! great news!

finally after 9 month testing and developing the all Urus ecosystem, we have the first test video using the Urus Protocol - Urus System and running with Ardupilot master scheduler for this time on Arduino board and on Android app.

I'm sorry for the late support the community at the proposed time about 18 month…



Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Aviation minister Lord Callanan launches new UK drone regulations at Sky-Futures Training Academy

sky futures Lord Callanan the UK Aviation Minister from the Department for Transport today launched the new proposals for drone legislation in the UK. Launching the proposals from the Sky-Futures Training Academy in Morton-In-Marsh, Gloucester with support from Sky-Futures and Mid and West Wales FRS (MAWWFRS), the key message from Lord Callanan was that “Our measures prioritise […]

UK – Drones and manned aircraft collisions: test results

So here it is, the study that is going to cause so much trouble in the UK. The Department for Transport, the Military Aviation Authority and British Airline Pilots’ Association commissioned a study into the effects of a mid-air collision between small remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS, commonly known as a drones) and manned aircraft. […]

ARPAS-UK Supports the Safe Use of Drones in the UK

ARPAS-UK welcomes the Department for Transport’s publication released on 22nd July 2017, and is pleased to have participated in the consultation process directly, with its own response and consolidated members’ views, as well as through its membership of the UK Drone Industry Action Group. ARPAS-UK believes that the report address the major issues facing the […]

Paul Rigby CEO Consortiq UK drone registration scheme

We hope the registration system is managed appropriately to ensure there is enforcement of the regulations for those who continue to fly recklessly, negligently and contrary to the very simple guidance that the CAA promote. We hope both the model flyer community and over 4000 responsible commercial drone operators don’t become needlessly burdened by more […]

UK to introduce safety test and registration for drone owners

Registration will be mandated for owners of drones 250 grams or larger after research funded by the Department for Transport, the British Airline Pilots Association and Military regulator the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) found drones weighing 400g could damage the windscreen of a helicopter. They also concluded that it would take drones larger than 2kg in […]

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