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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 from the Dronecode Foundation, 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

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My new book on UAV imaging systems is published by SPIE Press

Posted by Barbara Grant on July 29, 2016 at 5:52pm 6 Comments

Getting Started with UAV Imaging Sensors: a Radiometric Guide

This book should be very useful to those wishing to learn more about targets, sensors, platforms, and the underlying radiometric principles behind UAV imaging. Not a book on…


Work in progress : Indoor light track

Posted by Gotleg on July 29, 2016 at 4:30pm 5 Comments


I wanted to share with you our latest work in progress on lighting technologies for drone racing.

This is just the beginning but it look already amazing :)

I hope you'll enjoy it !

I've you're interested in such technologies feel free to contact me.

Swarming with Solos and ROS

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2016 at 11:30pm 4 Comments

I've posted a bunch of teaser videos of the Solo swarming we do often at 3DR, but have not yet posted instructions on how to do it yourself -- I was just waiting for the team to document the steps. Well good news: now they have!

The above video (sorry for the shaky camera -- we were excited) shows a fun exercise in in using the Solo drones…


FlightZoomer 2.1 is released! - Check out this top notch distributed avionics suite for drones!

Posted by Martin Rüedi on July 28, 2016 at 7:00am 7 Comments

In this post I show videos of two real flights, the first above for FlightZoomer version 2.0 and another below with the freshly released version 2.1. Both videos show the same automatic flight including an ILS approach. In the videos the replay feature is used to sync the recorded video…


AntennaTracker v1.0 on NAVIO2 with Bebop2

Posted by Randy on July 28, 2016 at 2:07am 22 Comments

ArduPilot's Antenna Tracker firmware has been making some quiet progress over the past few months.  They're all documented in the …


Ardupilot on a Raspberry Pi Zero with Escape board

Posted by Barry Getty on July 27, 2016 at 3:00pm 3 Comments

We've recently been pushing the low cost Raspberry Pi Zero to see what it can handle.

With a custom Raspbian linux build with real-time patches, Martin Evans ( @lostcaggy on Twitter ) has managed to get a slightly modified version of Ardupilot up and running on a Pi Zero…


"Formula Pi" self-driving car competition on Kickstarter

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 26, 2016 at 9:21pm 2 Comments

I've backed it. Similar concept to what we're doing at go-kart scale, but without the GPS and other big-car stuff. On Kickstarter now

Formula Pi is an exciting new race series…


Enterprise Drone Solutions announces Théa: the world’s first UAS to meet the high standards for an ​FAA Airworthiness Certificate

Posted by Enterprise Drone Solutions on July 26, 2016 at 9:00pm 35 Comments

Théa is the world’s first UAS to meet the high standards for an FAA Airworthiness Certificate, expanding its operational capabilities beyond those of any other commercial unmanned aircraft to allow legal flight over crowds, at night, and beyond. By providing unmatched aircraft-grade reliability (99.999 999 9%), Théa meets the stringent requirements necessary to go where consumer-grade systems can’t.…


Detection of Water Stress in Cereals Using the UAV Thermography (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)

Posted by Drone thermal camera on July 26, 2016 at 4:00pm 4 Comments

Availability of water for crops and their resistance to shortages during growth affect the overall yield, quality and profitability of field production in changing climate (Fig. 1). Plants affected by drought stress close their stomata, the process of transpiration that cools vegetation gets down and the surface…


iMavlink - iOS based arducopter ground control app - Looking for beta testers!

Posted by Tom on July 26, 2016 at 3:30pm 10 Comments

As some of you may know, I have been working on a GCS for iOS devices called iMavlink.

It is currently in its final stages before release, but I would really like to have some beta testers to squish the final bugs.

If you are interested, I am currently selling the BLE Device that accompanies the app for $60 on my store.

This device is required for the app to work, you can create your own,…


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Wingsland S6 — Total Recreational Drone with 4K camera

Wingsland S6 The reason crowdfunded drones fail frequently was neatly underlined this week by Wingsland. Unless you have been living under a rock you cannot have missed all the folding platforms being announced at the minute. On LinkedIn of all places Wingsland marketing type Antwan Rao teased a new platform. Entertainment should belong to all of us, pleasant moments […]

Embry-Riddle Worldwide Offers Online Professional Courses in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Beginning August 1

embryriddleaircraft Across the globe, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS; under 55 lbs.) are rapidly transforming businesses and industries as we know them. From individual enthusiasts to major corporations, sUAS users are harnessing the power of these systems, while striving to keep up with the industry’s ever-evolving technology and legal regulations. That is why Embry-Riddle Worldwide created […]

Mine Kafon landmine clearing robot

mapping detecting It’s a problem close to home here, well Mozambique to be precise. It took 22 years to clear 171,000 American and Russian mines laid during Mozambique’s revolution. In 1994 Human Rights Watch (HRW) said landmines had claimed between 10,000 and 15,000 victims in Mozambique. Mozambique was declared free of mines in 2015. Recently in Bosnia […]

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