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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

Simple 3D-printed CoG mount for Iris+ to carry a mapping camera

Posted by lianpinkoh on April 20, 2015 at 3:52pm 0 Comments

A simple, light weight and cheap 3D-printed camera mount for the 3DR Iris+ to carry a mapping camera at its Centre of Gravity. 

More images here: URAF

3D file available here: …


DIY Drones at 66,000 members!

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on April 20, 2015 at 6:30am 4 Comments

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 66,000!!!!

There were approximately 1.7 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 57,000 page views a day on average). It took us just 26 days to add…


Radical M carbon gimbal

Posted by jacekheli on April 20, 2015 at 6:18am 13 Comments

Radical M carbon gimbal


I would like to announce my newest project which was made during last few months.

Weight for 2 axis 520g

Weight for 3 axis 620g

Alex or other controller

All wires and pcb inside the frame



Space One FPV New Orbit One 250 Mini Drone Racer

Posted by on April 20, 2015 at 5:40am 0 Comments

The Orbit One 250

a new mini racer drone manufactured by California-based Space One FPV.

Space One FPV



World’s Most Beautiful Aerial Videos

Posted by on April 20, 2015 at 3:30am 5 Comments

We’ve searched far and wide for the very best aerial imagery from around the world.

Videos that feature amazing perspectives and scenery - and all filmed with the help of drones.

  Some of the most beautiful aerial videos in the world.…


A tribute to the hacker origins of MultiWii

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2015 at 8:34pm 2 Comments

Hackaday gives a well-deserved call-out to the creators of the MultiWii project:

With more than five years down the road in this successful hack, [Alexinparis] and his pioneering…


Navio+, Awsome flight controller from Emlid. Tested with 4G Cellular communications

Posted by Bernt Christian Egeland on April 19, 2015 at 10:30am 15 Comments

Hi Everyone.

I would like to share my experience using navio+ as flight controller.

At first when discovered navio i was a little skeptic if this board could really be as good as it looks. I read all the…


Make a IR camera from your FLIR TAU

Posted by Drone thermal camera on April 18, 2015 at 1:30pm 8 Comments

FLIR TAU cores are often used in our "drone" community as a very simple thermal imagers. But what about to make from FLIR TAU full value thermal camera with USB3 or GigE (Gigabite Ethernet) output?

USB3 and GigE modules are designed and manufactured by Workswell for easy and…


Autonomous Airborne Docking for Refueling or Recharging

Posted by Dan Wilson on April 18, 2015 at 12:03am 37 Comments

This video shows some recent flight test results from my PhD research on autonomous UAV docking, that was conducted with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at The University of Sydney. To the best of our knowledge, these experiments are the first time two UAVs have docked in mid-air.

Some of my other videos provide more specifics on the…



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

China’s high-flying drone maker DJI sees further big sales after talk of US$10 bln valuation

China’s high-flying drone maker DJI sees further big sales after talk of US$10 bln valuation

by Adrian Wan DJI, the Chinese maker of remote-controlled quadcopters that have been at the forefront of the consumer drone craze, sees sales growing at least three times this year over the last as lower-cost technology makes the devices more…

Drone used to drop beneficial bugs on corn crop

Drone used to drop beneficial bugs on corn crop

by  Erin Pearl University of Queensland agricultural science student Michael Godfrey has developed a drone that spreads beneficial insects onto crops, potentially saving farmers time and money. During his Summer Science Scholarship, Mr Godfrey investigated if drones could be used…

What is lacking in the traditional aerial thermographic inspections by UAVs?

What is lacking in the traditional aerial thermographic inspections by UAVs?

by Drones are strategic tools for technical inspections of energetic and industrial infrastructures. However, the quality of the survey results depends not only by the carrier itself but also by its eyes and by how it observes by them. Let’s take, for…

Flights diverted at Manchester airport as drone sighted over runway

Flights diverted at Manchester airport as drone sighted over runway

by By Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent An airport diverted flights and suspended one runway after a drone was sighted flying nearby. Manchester airport halted operations on its Runway One to allow police to investigate the sighting, a spokesman said. The runway was…

SDU will shape the future of drone technology with groundbreaking study programme

SDU will shape the future of drone technology with groundbreaking study programme

by SDU (University of Southern Denmark) is launching a Master of Science in Engineering study programme specialising in drone technology – the first of its kind in Europe. The engineers of tomorrow who will deliver solutions for the rapidly growing…

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