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I am upgrading from a DJI 550 naza lite to a RCT800.  I am not happy with the naza lite, and want…See More
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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

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                    Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms

Blog Posts

ODROID-W Raspberry Pi Clone

Posted by Tilman Griesel on July 30, 2014 at 6:09am 0 Comments

I saw this Raspberry Pi clone today the first time and will definitely try it in september. A lighter, smaller alternative to the rpi.

From the description:

ODROID-W is a miniature computing module which is fully compatible with all software…


HobbyKing Releases the Bixler 3!

Posted by Dave Smith on July 30, 2014 at 6:00am 1 Comment

HobbyKing™ Bix3 Trainer/FPV EPO 1550mm (PNF)

Bixler 3 

A few nice improvements, including a (slightly) larger wingspan, a plywood tray for the canopy, wheels, and flaps.

HobbyKing™ Bix3 Trainer/FPV EPO 1550mm (PNF)  

HobbyKing™ Bix3 Trainer/FPV EPO 1550mm (PNF)


• Easy and fun to fly

• Plug and Fly -…


3DR Announces Acquisition of Sifteo: Cutting-Edge Electronics, Cutting-Edge Drones

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on July 29, 2014 at 3:28pm 9 Comments

3D Robotics is very happy to announce our acquisition of consumer electronics pioneers, Sifteo.

Sifteo brings to 3DR valuable and unique expertise in developing fun and engaging high-tech consumer products. With their groundbreaking Sifteo Cubes (which The New York Times …


3D Prints of work

Posted by Gary Mortimer on July 29, 2014 at 8:36am 1 Comment

I thought this was pretty cute, well done to boot

Shooting by the company Photos aériennes / post processing and 3D printing by Drones Imaging.



seL4 Secure Micro kernel

Posted by Chris Norris on July 28, 2014 at 6:11am 11 Comments

"A nippy microkernel mathematically proven to be bug free*, and used to protect drones from hacking, will be released as open source tomorrow."

Has anyone heard about or seen this? How applicable is this to the Pixhawk, Pi or BeagleBone flight controller efforts? The best bit is that it seems to assure that all user mode code…


V-Map precise aerial mapping

Posted by Nuno on July 28, 2014 at 4:30am 8 Comments

New product, seems fine to making mapping, but don't know the cost, and whats the advantages/disadvantages comparing to     

The standard V-Map system now features the…

Continue - interactive map of videos of all the places of the world

Posted by MoviesOnMap on July 27, 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments

We're creating interactive map of videos of all the places of the world This will allow to see any places of the Earth or help the tourists to better plan their routes.

Anyone can add videos to the map. After approval, it will appear on the map.

Many drones owners from Germany, Sweden, France, China, USA, Holland, Ukraine are adding awesome HD video of beaches, mountains, deserts, towns,…


Its time for a little drone humor

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on July 27, 2014 at 6:30am 0 Comments

It looks like even parents are getting in on the drone phenomenon to see what their kids are up to!


TCIII ArduRover2…


First UAV Near Miss with Ag Aircraft Reported in Pacific Northwest

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm 42 Comments


From the SUAS Feed

Earlier this week a pilot from Idaho was preparing to begin a spray run through a field. Barely visible ahead of him was a small stationary object. He decided it must be a kite since a bird would not remain motionless. As he neared the object, it rapidly shot straight up.…



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

Hello Peggy and Jim, new FOIA’s reveal DoD vendor agenda

Hello Peggy and Jim, new FOIA's reveal DoD vendor agenda

Sent last week to Peggy Gilligan  Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety. Hello Peggy, Just reading over the response to Mr. Musgrave’s FOIA reply for the current UAS ARC agenda. The agendas only validate years of apprehension and dismay in the lack…

AP Manager: Dual autopilots

AP Manager: Dual autopilots

GIZMOtec GmbH, a dynamic acting, and young entrepreneurs company announced today the debut of their new, reliable, flexible and future-orientated electronic-board, the AP-Manager. Designed for the maximum on safety and therefore redundancy the AP-Manager is the intelligent bridge between two…

HeliDirect Increases Focus on Prosumer Multi-Rotor UAV Market Solutions

HeliDirect Increases Focus on Prosumer Multi-Rotor UAV Market Solutions

HeliDirect, a premier hobby-class e-retailer focused on high performance RC helicopters, parts, and accessories is expanding its product offerings and support services for the rapidly growing prosumer multi-rotor UAV market, including products from DJI, Aerial Freaks, Tarot and XPS. “Scores…

Largest drone prepares to go to sea

Largest drone prepares to go to sea

BY WILLIAM D’URSO It can spy on enemy targets while lingering at 40,000 feet for more than a day. But at a typical price of $78 million, the massive 32,250 pound Global Hawk is not just the largest drone in…

A Drone That Finds Survivors Through Their Phones

A Drone That Finds Survivors Through Their Phones

During his semester project in Computer Science, Jonathan Cheseaux developed a system for locating a person via his or her mobile phone with a drone. This device could be used to find victims in natural disasters. A drone makes large…

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