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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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First 480 size heli drone designed for FPV and aerial purposes - LOOKING FOR SPONSORS

Posted by Adrián Nagy Hinst on July 31, 2014 at 12:31pm 0 Comments

Hi, it's me again from Hungary. Let me show my next design, a 480 sizde heli built for FPV and aerial shooting.

First of all, let me tell the origin of my idea. I saw a video from 2012 about a 480 size T-rex sport, with 32…

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Humanitarian UAV Network Invites Contributions to UAV Evaluation

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on July 31, 2014 at 8:00am 1 Comment

Patrick Meier and the worldwide Humanitarian UAV Network, “UAViators,” have undertaken a fairly comprehensive review of UAVs for humanitarian use.…

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CAD Drones Cloud - Open Source - Powered By Autodesk Fusion 360!

Posted by Joshua Johnson on July 30, 2014 at 10:47pm 3 Comments

Hello Diy Drones Universe,

This is Joshua Johnson here to discuss CAD Drones, LLC's long term project that will be the heart and soul of our Drone company that began a little over 5 months ago!  Right away we saw the potential in Cloud Computing related to the storage and Open Source collaboration of CAD Files and Autopilot Code related to Drones.  The future of…

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Martha Stewart: Why I Love My Drone

Posted by Scott Penrose on July 30, 2014 at 8:30pm 15 Comments

Because it's a useful tool. And imagine what Louis XIV could have accomplished at Versailles if he'd had one

There’s been a lot of discussion and a tremendous amount of speculation lately about the nature of drones and their role in our society as useful tools and hobbyist toys.

Last year, while celebrating my birthday in…

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Our multicopter flight controller has been chosen

Posted by UASys on July 30, 2014 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

 

Hi everyone!

It's the team from UASys again. We just wanted to give everyone an update on how we are going with our safe, practical and affordable multicopter design.  We’ve been looking at some pretty cool options with flight…

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Terminator Was Not Open-source: How 3D printing and DIY drone community are changing perceptions.

Posted by Annelie Koller on July 30, 2014 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

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DJI Phantom 1.5 - 24mm Battery Door by BrianSelfDesign

My blog post below is probably  preaching to the converted in this forum, but I am a female, creative technologist and new UAV enthusiast,  and I have been doing some research on the subject of UAV.  For myself and to a lot of…

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A Simpler Option for Aerial Imagery

Posted by Taylor Glenn on July 30, 2014 at 12:00pm 19 Comments

Hello. As a long time lurker here, I'd like to share my latest project with the DIY Drones community.

In working with orthophoto generation from UAV imagery using the current crop of still-photo stitching based programs, I have found the process to be complicated and…

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Congratulate us! QuadCam.ch website launched their own videos Map (created by MoviesOnMap)

Posted by MoviesOnMap on July 30, 2014 at 11:15am 0 Comments

MoviesOnMap.com is very happy to announce the first "outdoor" implementation of the map from MoviesOnMap.com on the website of video's owner. Map on the QuadCam.ch contains only videos of QuadCam.

You can see all the videos by QuadCam.ch here:…

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The Techstation

Posted by wayne garris on July 30, 2014 at 8:30am 13 Comments

Hey everyone,

 I have to admit, I am a little fed up with the "ground stations" available on the market today. First off, good luck seeing most laptops or tablets at all outdoors. Second, good luck modifying or repairing your laptop / tablet. It can be done but its usually a major pain with a good chance of breaking something.…

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A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Leading First Person View companies form FPV Trade Association “FPVTA”

Leading First Person View companies form FPV Trade Association "FPVTA"

Today, a group of leading companies in the first-person-view (“FPV”) industry are proud to announce the formation of the FPV Trade Association (“FPVTA”). For over a decade, first-person-view control of model aircraft has been an exciting, rewarding, and safe aspect…

Kickstarter: Mapping with Drones

Kickstarter: Mapping with Drones

We are bringing mapping to the masses. Our site will provide users with the capability to easily create current, high-resolution maps. Let your drone do drone things. Drones Made Easy is the creator of Maps Made Easy, a new aerial imagery creation, hosting and…

Drone Flew Over Hollywood Police Dept. — Cops, Prosecutors Stumped Over Drones

Drone Flew Over Hollywood Police Dept. -- Cops, Prosecutors Stumped Over Drones

Hollywood cops and prosecutors want to go after a guy who flew a drone over the Hollywood police dept., but we’ve learned they’re stumped. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … several people have become a thorn in the side of…

One arrest after drone carrying phones, marijuana, other contraband crashes at US prison

One arrest after drone carrying phones, marijuana, other contraband crashes at US prison

By Cheryl K. Chumley COLUMBIA, S.C. – A drone carrying cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a U.S. maximum-security prison never made it inside the razor wire fence, and authorities said Wednesday they are looking for one of two people accused…

CAD Drones Cloud

CAD Drones Cloud

CAD Drones, LLC collaborating with Verizon, HP Helion, Works Computing hopes to bring 3D drone design to the cloud. Joshua Johnson of CAD Drones, says that it will be fun to be a part of and watch the growth of…

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