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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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Ranger EX 757-3 Auto Mode Test

Posted by Marc Halcomb on April 21, 2017 at 4:38pm 0 Comments

Completed a successful "Auto Mode" test today using a simple rectangular circuit.  From the "CTUN" graph you can see the roll and pitch response matches the demand.  The aircraft flew stable and as expected, I also repeated this test using 2 different altitudes verifying throttle, airspeed, and rate of climb in…


Sky Drone FPV 2 - Long Range 1080p FPV Video + Command & Control - now available for USD 299.-

Posted by on April 20, 2017 at 10:34pm 6 Comments

Optimizing our supply chain allowed us to make our Sky Drone FPV 2 system available at a dramatically reduced price, starting from USD…


Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - DJI Phantom 3

Posted by Kristaps Brass on April 20, 2017 at 8:10am 1 Comment

We have reached the sixth week in our autopilot precision series. In this series we test different drones and autopilots by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS.

So far we have analysed DJI Phantom 4, DJI Naza-M V2, Mikrokopter Quad XL, DJI A2 as well as PX4. This week we take a look…


More progress...

Posted by Bob Morley on April 19, 2017 at 4:00pm 7 Comments

Most of the parts have arrived so I've been able to get accurate measurements and start on the airframe, a small tricopter. Materials are carbon tubes & 3D printed PLA.

The laws here in Chile are restrictive. You need a license, drone registration, insurance and the drone has to pass inspection - apparently *very* hard to get.

If the drone weighs less than 700 grams its classed as a toy, which means no restrictions other than common sense and being…


Six of the Best and Most Unexpected Uses for a Drone

Posted by Rachael Murphey on April 17, 2017 at 1:44pm 0 Comments

The FAA predicts there will be 7 million drones registered in the US by 2020. While over half of the drones flying today belong to hobbyists, the rest are owned by private enterprise and various government agencies.


However, despite their popularity, drones are…


My XJ470 rebuilt

Posted by andre van calster on April 17, 2017 at 1:40pm 4 Comments

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This winter I rebuilt my XJ470: added a PiZero with a Picam. This PiZero functions as a companion computer with a python dronekit and a WiFi access point enabling a mavlinkbridge. Hence an android tablet, running Tower, can be connected to this WiFi access point for monitoring…


Overview of the 2017 SUSB Expo May 4-6

Posted by Patrick Egan on April 17, 2017 at 7:30am 0 Comments

The Small Business Unmanned Systems Exposition 2017 is one more week out May 4, 5th and 6th and this is your limited opportunity to get an edge on your competition in the volatile sUAS…


SmartAP Power Distribution Board

Posted by Kirill on April 17, 2017 at 3:23am 9 Comments

Sky-Drones has recently released SmartAP PDB - Power Distribution Board for professional aerial systems. It supports up to 14S Batteries (60V input), has integrated current sensor, transfers high power from the battery to ESCs / Motors and generates power supply for the flight controller and other peripherals…


DIY Drones at 84,000 members!

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 16, 2017 at 11:33am 0 Comments

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 84,000 members!

Thanks as always to all the community members who make this growth possible, and especially to the administrators and moderators who approve new members,…


Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - PX4

Posted by Kristaps Brass on April 13, 2017 at 9:00am 9 Comments

Hi, everyone, this is the fifth part of our autopilot precision series in which we test the different drones and autopilots by flying them on a photogrammetry route created in UgCS.

So far we have published the results for DJI Phantom 4, DJI Naza-M V2, Mikrokopter Quad XL and DJI A2. This week we finally…



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

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Mississippi State selected to lead Homeland Security UAS test site

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Facebook Tether-Tenna emergency communications helicopter drone

tether-tenna Facebook would like to quickly connect people in the event of an emergency. Yale Maguire has revealed that they have been experimenting with a helicopter lifting a hotspot. Making the internet reach parts other service providers just can’t reach. It’s not a new way of doing business, in 1901 Guglielmo Marconi received the letter S in morse […]

Environmental Data Collection & the Need for Speed

This year, Earth Day is Race Day! On Saturday, April 22, the Aerial and Aquatic Robot Research group (AARR) from the California State University Channel Islands is hosting the first ever Drone Data Race in Camarillo, CA. The event is sponsored by Pix4D, the industry leader in professional drone mapping and photogrammetric software solutions. Drone […]

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