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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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Blog Posts

How drones and UAVs are already affecting construction jobstites

Posted by Scott Penrose on September 16, 2014 at 4:18pm 0 Comments

While liberating them from school, summer vacation also presents children with a challenge: finding something to do all day. For Richard Evans, that was never the case.

On most of those balmy summer days growing up on Merrit Island, Florida, Evans and his older brother found their way to the private airport a half-mile…


ABDIAS : Autonomous Blimp Drone for Indoor Air Services

Posted by Henri Bernard on September 16, 2014 at 5:32am 0 Comments

I present you ABDIAS, an indoor blimp drone project.

ABDIAS came from the need to create an indoor drone, able to move autonomously,…


Automated touchdown navigation without GPS

Posted by Juraj Kolesar on September 16, 2014 at 5:00am 7 Comments

We are developing a technology for automated landing navigation without GPS or better to say with higher accuracy than standard GPS signal. I think, there can be a lot of various utilisations of such technology in dyidrones world. After a year of development, when we tried many different…



Posted by Georgie xu on September 16, 2014 at 4:30am 6 Comments

So today me and some other students were sitting in the workshop with nothing to do- bad weather canceled our routine flight. Seeing all the Lego mindstorm pieces sitting around, we decided to do something fun:…


AirbotServices fixed wing - wing extensions testing

Posted by Hugues on September 16, 2014 at 12:30am 11 Comments

AirbotServices fixed wing is based on the well known XUAV Talon EPO frame. This plane has a standard wingspan of 1720mm . Although its wings are quite wide (total wing surface is 60 dm2 -…


Disaster aid drone project wins $10,000 award

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 15, 2014 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

Congrats to APM:Plane user Charles Devaney, who just shared the Drone Social Innovation Award! From Robohub:

The first winners of the…


Reno Air Races - Drone Zone

Posted by Rob Dunbar on September 15, 2014 at 3:21pm 1 Comment

This past week I was luckily involved with the first ever Drone Zone/UAV Challenge that was part of the annual National Championship Air Races in Reno Nevada. The contestants where flying quads and hexacopters raging from micro to around 700mm in size. There were three events. Weight lifting, obstacle…


Payloader max has its first public demo

Posted by Euan Ramsay on September 15, 2014 at 10:30am 29 Comments

Good news!

Got the "Payloader Max" out for a public demo at the weekend, and it worked well! This is it dropping a 2.5kg load in a Swisspost box. Unfortunately, the full ramp up to a 5kg load run was halted when...

Bad news!



Our sincere thannks to UgCS Beta testers

Posted by Janis Kuze on September 15, 2014 at 5:41am 0 Comments

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all who have registered and downloaded our software for Beta testing!

This month we have more than 550 guys who have downloaded our Beta version of software.

Majority of you are from DIYDrones community!

Thank you and keep…


The astounding athletic power of quadcopters on TED

Posted by Johann van de Venter on September 15, 2014 at 4:08am 6 Comments

I saw this on TED way back when and found it astonishing. Amazing what you can do with the right code. The 3 quads working together catching a ball and returning it to the narrator is quite stunning.  




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

Surf Lifesaving UAV wins innovation award

Surf Lifesaving UAV wins innovation award

by Simon Chester Two students from University of Wollongong have won an innovation award for using a quadcopter UAV to quickly deliver a floatation device to a distressed swimmer. The UAV, designed by Nicolas Roach and Leo Stevens, uses magnets to carry a…

OSCE to use Austrian-made drones to monitor Ukraine conflict

OSCE to use Austrian-made drones to monitor Ukraine conflict

VIENNA – The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has Friday confirmed it will use Austrian-made drones for observational purposes in eastern Ukraine. The Vienna-based organization told the Austria Press Agency (APA) the unmanned and unarmed Camcopter drones…

Unmanned hurricane plane based on Delmarva

Unmanned hurricane plane based on Delmarva

Molly Murray, The News Journal A mass of clouds – a weather system likely to become a tropical storm or hurricane – swirled just off the Cape Verde Islands near Africa. Thursday afternoon, it was called Invest 91 L but eventually, if…

SGA proposes resolution to change OU policy for unmanned aircraft

SGA proposes resolution to change OU policy for unmanned aircraft

Mike Brestovansky, Assistant Campus Editor A remote-controlled helicopter seems like a fun gadget for hobbyists and bored students alike, but budding aerial photographers and RC pilots should be cautious: they might need a pilot’s license for that. That’s what happened…

Orbital delivers First Engine to Insitu subsidiary of Boeing

Orbital delivers First Engine to Insitu subsidiary of Boeing

Orbital Corporation Limited (Orbital) has delivered the first purpose-built ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) propulsion system to Insitu Inc, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company, for in-house testing and development. Designed specifically for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) class UAVs,…

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