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Forrest Frantz replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Building Copters with Round Tubes - Stronger, Lighter, Easier to Mount Motors than Square Tubes in the group ArduCopter User Group
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Andreas Gazis replied to turdsurfer's discussion Why no physically separate multicopter controllers and autopilots yet?
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Forrest Frantz replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Building Copters with Round Tubes - Stronger, Lighter, Easier to Mount Motors than Square Tubes in the group ArduCopter User Group
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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 (now known as APM), 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:

  • APM:Copter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • APM:Plane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • APM:Rover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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What to Know When Using Humanitarian UAVs for Transportation

Posted by Patrick Meier on March 3, 2015 at 7:38am 0 Comments

UAV payload unit

UAVs can support humanitarian action in a variety of ways. Perhaps the most common and well-documented use-case is data collection. There are several other use-cases, however, such as payload transportation, which I have blogged about here, …

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New drone magazine from Discover

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 2, 2015 at 8:36pm 4 Comments

Looks pretty generic but the fact that they're launching a mag is probably a sign of the times...From Discover:

Whether you’re curious about the ethics of unmanned aerial vehicles in law enforcement or itching to break into the quadcopter hobby, Drone 360 is packed with ideas and information to help you get started!

You'll…
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iDroneCtrl 1.2.0: iPhone/iPad drone control app update

Posted by Andy Brown on March 2, 2015 at 2:32pm 4 Comments

We are pleased to announce the release of iDroneCtrl 1.2.0 for iPhone and iPad. The iDroneCtrl iOS app works with our iDroneLink™  lighting accessory for iPhone and iPad and allows long range control of your…

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Skywriting! Just need to add more colors and use the GPIOs to toggle them based on position

Posted by Rhett "Wreck" Phillips on March 2, 2015 at 11:30am 5 Comments

Think of the things you could write or draw! It's a software project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/946052725/telaero-drone-flight-planner-for-precision-imagery

The next step will be to add multiple LEDs of different colors that can be toggled by the GPIO pins on your autopilot so you can draw amazing 3D…

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Digital flight control research from the '80s

Posted by Andrew Rabbitt on March 2, 2015 at 4:25am 10 Comments

I tripped over this on my suggested links and thought it might be of interest to the DIYD crowd.  Fascinating to see an original Macintosh being used as a ground station!

"The Davos of Drones" - DroneApps & Expo 2015 - Switzerland

Posted by Patrick Meier on March 1, 2015 at 9:58pm 0 Comments

I am Chairing a panel on "Humanitarian UAVs" at the DroneApps & Expo 2015 in Lausanne,…
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Precision Land ArduCopter

Posted by Daniel Nugent on March 1, 2015 at 9:09pm 11 Comments

Did some test flights this weekend for my precision landing program(A detailed explanation of this project can be found here.). They were short due to the cold conditions and battery life but beneficial. I was able to attempt the landing four times. All…

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Lynxmotion Quadrino Flight Controller (ex Flyingeinstein)

Posted by Bertrand Duchiron on March 1, 2015 at 1:44pm 8 Comments

  • ATmega2560, Arduino Compatible Microcontroller 
  • Very small size: 53x53mm (in case) 
  • Integrated Sensors (Gyroscope / Accelerometer / Magnetometer / Barometer) 
  • Built-in GPS Module with External Antenna 
  • Easy Connection for Motor Controller and Radio System 
  • Semi-transparent case to view LED status 
  • MultiWii software compatible 
  • Expansion ports for experimentation (I2C, UART, GPIO)…

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Thumbs up! Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines opens its doors to Philippine UAV operators.

Posted by Teejay on March 1, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Was glad to be part of this meeting. And here's the write-up about the recent event from one of the attendees.

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(Pasay City, Philippines) - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) recently opened its doors to a “UAV Industry Stakeholder” Conference with various…

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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

Maiden flight for Vanilla Aircraft HALE platform

Maiden flight for Vanilla Aircraft HALE platform

Falls Church, Virginia,  On February 25, 2015 Vanilla Aircraft LLC successfully completed first flight of the VA001 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), a 36-ft wingspan Ultra-Long Endurance (ULE) aircraft designed to fly missions of up to 10 days. The aircraft (N240HR)…

Recently Graduated and Passionate About Drones?

Recently Graduated and Passionate About Drones?

RMIT University’s UAS Research Team (RUASRT) is currently looking for enthusiastic and high achieving individuals interested in undertaking PhD level research in UAS. Applicants must hold a bachelors honours degree in aerospace, avionics, electronics, software, mechatronics, or systems engineering. Evidence of your…

Drone TV Oslo, The Extended Cut

Drone TV Oslo, The Extended Cut

This extended episode contains interviews with some of the participants from the Unmanned Systems Conference Norway 2014. I interview Antimedia’s Daniell Ashby, Joachim Holland from HoverTech and Feye de Zwort, Dutch Drone Co. I also speak with Jarl Straume of…

GA-ASI & SENER Team to Offer Predator B to Spain

GA-ASI & SENER Team to Offer Predator B to Spain

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, and SENER, a leading Spanish engineering company, today announced that they have signed a teaming agreement that…

Taking photos of the planes going by at KLIA.

Taking photos of the planes going by at KLIA.

I keep seeing RPAS flights that make me cringe, Instagram user @yengnasir (who has pulled his content) is my new winner. He flew his DJI Phantom Vision 2 at the landing end of the runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. According to…

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