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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

Lynx M: 3 Hour Mapping Endurance

Posted by Matthew - Swift Radioplanes on May 21, 2015 at 7:30pm 6 Comments

Greetings all. About a year ago, we introduced you to the Lynx. Lynx was our first system developed as an affordable, fixed-wing UAV for mapping. The Lynx design was…


Rover goes full size followme - actually its XL!

Posted by Grant Morphett on May 21, 2015 at 5:00pm 7 Comments

You're all having a lovely time with your little copters and planes.  Over on Rover - were going full size!!!!  Check out this tractor performing FollowMe!

NEW Drone Recovery Parachute System Looking For 20 Beta Testers!

Posted by Joshua Johnson on May 21, 2015 at 2:39pm 3 Comments

Hello Diy Drones Universe,

Here at CAD Drones LLC we are currently looking for 20 Beta Testers of the Drone Parachute System we are now currently selling. To get this affordable product to the Drone Industry we have to have video from people sharing their success with our product! Currently…


AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm 13 Comments

Sorry to see this notice from AirDroids, who had launched the PocketCopter on Kickstarter, but glad to see their list of "lessons learned". Manufacturing is really, really hard, and they were not the first or last Kickstarter project to get in over…


Cularis 7 Channel Glider With Crow Flaps and Washout Taranis Config EEPE

Posted by Marc MERLIN on May 21, 2015 at 12:07pm 0 Comments

Here is my pixhawk run Cularis Motor Glider with a very custom Taranis Setup.

Complex Taranis configuration can be time consuming, so I'm sharing my config so that others can re-use it.

Mine allows you to setup your flaps asymmetrically where they go down more than up, or only down. You decide how you want…


Multiplex Cularis FPV build with ardupilot

Posted by Marc MERLIN on May 21, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

After spending quite a while building a pixhawk based Multiplex Cularis with FPV, and lots of foam cutting to fit everything (including 3 cameras), here is the result:

Fitting all the APM and FPV gear in there is kind of tight, but it's…


2D LIDAR (Laser Range Finder) prototype working

Posted by FAKHRE ALAM on May 21, 2015 at 10:30am 1 Comment

2D LIDAR (Laser Range Finder) prototype working, measuring distance upto 50 meters with angle 0 to 359 degrees. Can be used in CAR to avoid rear and front ended bump, can be interface with UAV or Robot. It's done uisng UNO. Its not done yet.…


Belated pictorial AUVSI recap

Posted by Daniel McKinnon on May 20, 2015 at 5:00pm 5 Comments

Note: The image formatting is a little difficult and the number of images per post appears to be limited on DIYdrones, so I mirrored this whole post to my website where it looks a little nicer and the rest…


3DR Pixhawk- powered DJI S1000

Posted by matt.koestner on May 20, 2015 at 9:27am 7 Comments

For the past several months we have been working closely with an infrastructure inspection firm to develop a multirotor system for them.  There were…



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

ING Robotic Aviation partners with Ottawa Aviation Services to offer Professional UAV Operator’s Course

ING Robotic Aviation partners with Ottawa Aviation Services to offer Professional UAV Operator’s Course

by ING Robotic Aviation and Ottawa Aviation Services have partnered to offer a professional Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator’s Course.  This course combines the rigour of an accomplished flight training school with that of a highly experienced UAV operator.  The first…

Teen arrested over alleged plan to fly drone over shrine festival in Tokyo

Teen arrested over alleged plan to fly drone over shrine festival in Tokyo

by The Japan Times A 15-year-old boy known to police for flying drones in crowded places was arrested Thursday on suspicion of planning to fly one of the devices at a Tokyo festival. The boy, who lives in Yokohama, is…

Strat Aero PLC Enters UAV Commercial Market

Strat Aero PLC Enters UAV Commercial Market

by Strat Aero plc LON:AERO, an international aerospace services company focused on the provision of training solutions, management systems and consultancy services to the global aviation market, has today announced the launch of its product / website; WindSpect (, a…

The scramble for (South) Africa

The scramble for (South) Africa

by I was not going to write much more about our impending regulations here in South Africa. For me they are a good thing, I went to a meeting I heard the SACAA  being reasonable and I saw that a…

Unmanned aircraft used to survey ice for whalers

Unmanned aircraft used to survey ice for whalers

by Sue Mitchell UAF Researchers used an unmanned aircraft to map the sea ice north of Barrow in April as part of a cooperative effort between the Native community of Barrow and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Whaling captains want…

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