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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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Blog Posts

Drones in Archaeology: UAV Reveals Ancient, Invisible History

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on April 18, 2014 at 12:16pm 0 Comments

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This summer Jesse Casana will fly a drone over northern Iraq—in the name of archaeology. “It’s definitely not something a lot of civilians do,” he acknowledged with a laugh.

Casana, a professor and researcher with the University of Arkansas Department of Anthroplogy, recently made news after using a drone to reveal a buried prehistoric Puebloan community in New Mexico. The…


First APM controlled aerial photography flight

Posted by Mark Williams on April 18, 2014 at 11:00am 2 Comments

I finally getting the APM installed in my Bixler 2 this week. After a bit of tuning and configuration I ran my first aerial photography mission.

The image below shows the composite image overlaid in satellite imagery in Google Earth.

This image shows the difference in quality between Google Earth's satelite imagery and my render…


Prop testing on a 'copter

Posted by Graham Dyer on April 18, 2014 at 9:43am 4 Comments

I wanted to do a few real world hover tests with different prop sizes to satisfy my curiosity.

I tested 3 sizes of some commonly used props, the RCTimer Carbon 10x4.7, 11x4.7 and 12x3.8, all carefully balanced. There are other very similar props branded differently.

The 'copter is a carbon…


New Taranis 6 Position Switch

Posted by Mark on April 18, 2014 at 6:00am 1 Comment

Frsky have finally delivered on a 6 position mode switch for the Taranis.  Unfortunately info is scant at this stage. What I can say is we start to ship these late next week. Installation instructions will be available around…


The Coanda Effect and a cool UAV using it.

Posted by Monroe Lee King Jr. on April 18, 2014 at 4:22am 39 Comments

I have not seen this posted on DIY Drones yet so I thought I'd throw it out as interesting.

Somewhat safer than a quadrotor I imagine but somewhat less maneuverable.

Still interesting though :)

Tech-savvy criminals now using heat-seeking drones to target cannabis farms

Posted by Vindolin on April 18, 2014 at 3:14am 4 Comments

FLYING drones fitted with heat-seeking cameras are being used by criminals to find cannabis farms in Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Oldbury so they can steal the crops.

The explosion in the number of cannabis farms has led to countless violent robberies as the intruders know the victim will not call the police.

However, the use of drones in…


SparkFun AVC 2014 Course Preview

Posted by Arthur Benemann on April 17, 2014 at 1:58pm 8 Comments

For Sparkfun full post go to :

Flight with My First Quadcopter

Posted by Thanh Nguyen on April 17, 2014 at 10:00am 6 Comments

Hi everyone,

As I promised, I've made a video to show the result of new flight control board.

Log data

Gyro&accel (fluctuate around -1 and 1)

Closer look:…


Tricopters and Flying Wings for Forest and Island Mapping in Borneo

Posted by Rai on April 17, 2014 at 8:56am 11 Comments

Hi All

We would like to share some pictures and stories from our work in Borneo using DIY Tricopter and flying wing with APM for mapping community forest (village forest and customary forest) purpose. We also aim at mapping the land use change at certain areas due to the establishment of…


First flight with APM complete

Posted by Mark Williams on April 17, 2014 at 6:11am 2 Comments

I finally got around to testing out Ardupilot on a real flight. It was far too windy for a test flight and so was short and untidy. I'm now waiting for a calm day to get it tuned. I have an APM 2.5 installed in a HobbyKing Bixler 2.

There was some bad "porpoising"…



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UAV news from sUAS News

An Environmental Use for Drones

An Environmental Use for Drones

By Julian Mark The use of drones for aerial surveillance by some law enforcement agencies has come under intense criticism from civil libertarians and privacy advocates of late. But some scientists, environmentalists, and techies contend that drones can have practical and…

Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers

Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers

ADAM WITHNALL Criminals in Shropshire have reportedly started using unmanned drones fitted with heat-seeking cameras to steal from and extort illegal cannabis farms. Apparently taking a leaf out of the book of the police themselves, violent robbers said that the…

‘They’re Playing God’: The Federal Drone Ban Is Thwarting Rescue Missions

'They're Playing God': The Federal Drone Ban Is Thwarting Rescue Missions

JASON KOEBLER A week after University of Indiana student Lauren Spierer went missing, Gene Robinson packed up his Spectra Flying Wing drone and got on a plane bound for Bloomington. When he got off the plane, his cell phone rang.…

Montana GOP candidate shoots at government drone in ad

Montana GOP candidate shoots at government drone in ad

A Republican congressional candidate is expressing his displeasure with government spying and the use of drones — with a rifle. Matt Rosendale, who is running for Montana’s lone House seat, is out with a campaign ad in which he appears…

UAV production to remain profitable

UAV production to remain profitable

NEWTOWN, Conn., April 17 (UPI) – Manufacturers of unmanned aerial systems will benefit from relatively higher price tags for the systems over the next 10 years, according to a market study. Forecast International, a market analysis firm, said about 1,000 unmanned…

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