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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, including:

  • PX4, a pro-quality copter, plane, rover and VTOL software stack from the Dronecode Foundation
  • 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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RTK Rover and Base Configuration Web Interface

Posted by Dror on June 27, 2017 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

When I first started to mess around with RTKLIB I've wanted to have a nice UI to do that, while researching it I came across a product from which already has a nice UI and I was glad to find its an open source (!!).…


Tricopter tail boom linkage

Posted by Bob Morley on June 26, 2017 at 10:41am 0 Comments

Here's a better photo showing the tail boom linkage - basically a pair of printed gears.

This design has fewer parts than a conventional linkage, less things to break so hopefully more reliable.

There's a 2:1 gearing ratio between the servo and the tail boom. The servo moves +/- 60…


ArduPilot, PX4 dominate AUVSI drone competition

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2017 at 10:28am 2 Comments

When we got started ten years ago, the annual AUVSI student drone competition was dominated by commercial autopilots, such as Piccolo. Now it's almost entirely open source autopilots, led by ArduPilot (15 of top 20) and Dronecode/PX4 (4 of top twenty, including #17 below). I'm super proud of this…


Tricopter assembly

Posted by Bob Morley on June 25, 2017 at 12:25pm 5 Comments

Dry assembly to make sure all parts fit, so far so good.

The distance between motors is 450mm so obviously the arms need to be cut down.

A PixFalcon goes on top, the GPS/Compass module will either go directly on top of the PixFalcon or have its own mount at the front of the drone.

Target weight…


Quadcopter ESC: Type, Firmware and Key parameters

Posted by Jack on June 25, 2017 at 7:32am 2 Comments

Before choosing the best esc for quadcopter or FPV, you should know some ESC knowledges (Type, Firmware and Key parameters) as below.

ESC type

A Brushed Motor has a rotating set of wound wire coils which acts as an electromagnet with two poles.

A Brushless Motor uses a permanent…



Posted by Bob Morley on June 24, 2017 at 8:44am 0 Comments

Printing almost complete 13 hours later.

Not sure about the 'lurid purple' colour, for some reason it was the only filament left at the shop.

This version doesn't have a camera gimbal, I want to see what the all up weight is without any 'extras' and have some fun flying it…


How to make a carbon fiber core balsa panel - tutorial - DIY

Posted by Hugues on June 24, 2017 at 6:26am 4 Comments

For RC/UAV uses, a balsa core laminated with carbon fiber makes an ultra light construction panel with very high stiffness. While you can buy ready made panels (usually expensive), this video shows how easily you can make it yourself with no special tools.

This video does not pretend to show the best way of doing these panels. It is…


Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - Pixhawk with ArduCopter firmware

Posted by Kristaps Brass on June 22, 2017 at 7:00am 5 Comments


We have reached the long-awaited episode in our autopilot precision series in which we finally test Pixhawk. All drones are tested by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS mission planning software. In this video Pixhawk was mounted on 3DR IRIS platform, the same…


Drone Pilots Are Buying Russian Software to Hack Their Way Past DJI's No Fly Zones

Posted by CrashingDutchman on June 22, 2017 at 4:30am 5 Comments

Should drone owners be able to fly their drones wherever and however they want to? This is the question increasingly asked by the consumer drone community as drone giant DJI tightens flying restrictions on its customers.

This was the…



Posted by Bob Morley on June 21, 2017 at 11:14am 0 Comments

Getting down to target weight has been challenging.

This version is lighter, stronger, and stiffer than its predecessors. Only airtime and hard landings will show if its good enough.

I'm printing in PLA with 60% infill, 0.2mm layers and slow print speeds which seems to give the strongest parts.

I'll post photos when its…



Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

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Microdrones® md4-1000 UAV added to Transport Canada’s list of compliant systems

microdrone Microdrones is excited to announce that their popular md4-1000 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been added to Transport Canada’s (TC) exclusive list of Compliant Unmanned Air Systems. One of only eight companies worldwide to earn this distinction, Microdrones’ accomplishment benefits clients across the globe – not just Canada. “This approval from Transport Canada (TC) for […]

Consortiq Flies onto the Battlefront with Transformers 5

consortiq As one of the most highly-anticipated films of the year, Transformers 5 is set to capture the imagination of moviegoers all over the world. But one company that is celebrating the release for a different reason is drone expert, Consortiq. As one of the most well-respected drone operators in the world, Consortiq was commissioned to […]

Rockwell Collins technologies to support General Atomics’ MQ-9B SkyGuardian

skyguardian Rockwell Collins avionics have been selected for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGuardian™. Rockwell Collins will support GA-ASI to efficiently upgrade the proven Predator B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system to simplify civil airspace access. GA-ASI has selected the capabilities of the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics system for this unmanned aerial […]

Leonardo to fly Drones As A Service (DAAS)

Leonardo has partnered with the certified air operator Heli Protection Europe (HPE) to offer surveillance and reconnaissance services via the operation of remotely piloted air vehicles (RPAS) on behalf of civil customers such as police and emergency responders. Leonardo aims to provide services that involve the gathering and management of data for missions such as […]

Oscar Myer introduces the WienerCycle and WienerDrone ahead of July 4th celebrations

weinercopter The WienerCycle and WienerDrone will join the iconic Wienermobile, WienerRover, and WienerMini to ensure hot dog fans everywhere have a chance to try the new Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs – now with no added nitrates or nitrites (except those naturally occurring in celery juice), and no artificial preservatives in their meat. With that mission in […]

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