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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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New product is coming. We have produced AlienCopter Bee 450 Multi-Roter Frame.

Posted by Angie xue on January 27, 2015 at 2:00am 0 Comments

AlienCopter Bee 450 Multi-Roter Frame


AlienCopter have released their premiere FPV frame, the BEE. The first thing that stands out and sets this frame apart from any other in its class is it true 100% real multilayer carbon construction, folding capabilities and vibration isolation system. …


OpenMV Cam on KS

Posted by Bot Thoughts on January 26, 2015 at 12:30pm 13 Comments

Hey all, remember OpenMV Cam? It's the machine vision module that runs Python.

Well, we finally launched it on Kickstarter It does color tracking, object tracking, records movies and photos, too. All scriptable with Python. And…


Hover - #1 iOS App for Drone Enthusiasts Launches on Android!

Posted by Dan Held on January 26, 2015 at 11:06am 2 Comments

We've just launched on Android!  If you have an iPhone, we launched a few weeks ago on…


Percepto - computer vision for drones

Posted by Raviv Raz on January 26, 2015 at 8:00am 6 Comments



My name is Raviv Raz and I am a co-founder of a really cool startup called Percepto. I really hope you will like it since it pretty much grew out of reading and following this community.


Percepto is an add-on device, some may call a companion computer, that is designed to give almost any UAV computer vision…



Posted by Rui Costa on January 26, 2015 at 8:00am 5 Comments

Sometimes gear fails you! This was Cinecopter experience in Peru filming for animal planet!

Ground station survey

Posted by Gerard Toonstra on January 26, 2015 at 7:12am 3 Comments

Ground stations are the means you have available in the field to interact with your autonomous vehicle, so they're a very important part of the toolset to conduct your work or hobby. The ground station as we know it now is not just there to support your activities to plan or execute the flight, they also contain functions for initial setups,…


Two aircrafts in 3D

Posted by Little Smart Things on January 26, 2015 at 6:30am 2 Comments

Now have a closer look at our two aircrafts Cumulus One and Nimbo One, online!

Do feel free to take the time and enjoy every angle of our aircrafts…


Siemens contest winner uses IRIS for smart parking lot assistant demo

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 8:00pm 3 Comments

From Fast Company:

The next time you spend 20 minutes circling a…


Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 6:30pm 16 Comments

Back in June 2013, I shared some pictures from the then-new 3D Robotics Tijuana factory.  Here's another batch, showing the growth and progress there. It's buzzing and…

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

New rules to be issued by UAE on use of drones

New rules to be issued by UAE on use of drones

Dubai: The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) will soon issue new rules to regulate the use of drones and curb the uncontrolled and misuse of unmanned aircraft and aerial vehicles in the country. The move comes after a recent incident…

Aerialtronics works with NLR on the Interceptor project to combat unlawful use of UAVs

Aerialtronics works with NLR on the Interceptor project to combat unlawful use of UAVs

Aerialtronics works with the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) on the Interceptor project aimed at protecting the public from the dangerous use of unmanned aerial systems, which is even more vital after a drone crashed on the lawn of the…

Cleveland Metroparks To Initiate Drone Program

Cleveland Metroparks To Initiate Drone Program

Brian Bull Small, unmanned aircraft – commonly called “drones” — are often used for military and commercial use. Now they’re going to serve as environmental surveillance…for Cleveland Metroparks. Officials with the parks and the Ohio-Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center…

Obama calls for drone rules after White House incident

Obama calls for drone rules after White House incident

By LUCY MCCALMONT President Barack Obama repeated calls for commercial drone regulation after what he called a “Radio Shack”-quality unmanned aircraft landed on White House grounds earlier this week. “The drone that landed in the White House you buy in Radio…

A Drone, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House

A Drone, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MICHAEL D. SHEAR WASHINGTON — A White House radar system designed to detect flying objects like planes, missiles and large drones failed to pick up a small drone that crashed into a tree on the South Lawn early…

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