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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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Blog Posts

DIY LiDAR scanner using the LW20 and a digital servo

Posted by Laser Developer on February 20, 2017 at 6:23am 0 Comments

Making a small, low cost laser scanner for sense-and-avoid applications has been a objective of mine for several years. What makes this project challenging is the cost and complexity associated with motors and their drivers to provide the motion, position encoders to provide accurate aiming…


Full rover simulation now added to Dronecode/PX4

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2017 at 4:37pm 0 Comments

The Dronecode/PX4 stack has supported rovers for a long time, but now it's getting a proper simulator for them, too. This addition adds a full rover simulation for SITL and Gazebo. The physical config will follow this week for a Traxxas…


Circle formations of fixed-wings in Paparazzi

Posted by Hector Garcia de Marina on February 19, 2017 at 4:00pm 3 Comments

We have recently developed and tested a formation control algorithm for fixed-wings in Paparazzi. The position of an arbitrary number of vehicles can be controlled in a circular path. In fact, we are not restricting ourselves to circles but to any closed orbit, such as ellipses, thanks to the …


Search and Rescue Smart Drone Project

Posted by Isabella Domi on February 18, 2017 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

I am currently working on a search and rescue drone for National Parks that uses machine learning to detect missing people from a 3DR Solo.  If you are interested, please check out our website, I would love to hear feedback from fellow drone enthusiasts!  ARI is an unmanned aerial…


Miniature "stealth" phone GCS, maybe the smallest usable ever...

Posted by Azjeg on February 18, 2017 at 8:43am 5 Comments

I promised a while ago that we're going to show you some simpler gear than our high-end client builds or series production stations. Well, this is one of them.…


Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 17, 2017 at 1:03pm 6 Comments

This seems very doable -- indeed, I think an off-the-shelf product from PrecisionHawk or Agribotix can already do all of this. Am I missing something?

Challenge Overview

Land O’Lakes, Inc.…


Zero-baseline test of GNSS receivers

Posted by Tersus GNSS on February 15, 2017 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

A zero-baseline test of 4 GNSS receivers (Precis-BX305 incl.) was conducted by Daniel Tampubolon from Institute Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia. …


Montana joins states with drone hysteria by promoting bad drone law

Posted by Pepper Petersen on February 15, 2017 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

The Montana Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony on a bill that would apply a civil fine against anyone flying a drone less than 500 ft over private property.
It's a dangerous step towards outlawing drones altogether, and could hobble our growing UAS industry in Montana.
Here's the text of the bill…

Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 15, 2017 at 1:30pm 11 Comments

Very cool! From the project repo:

AirSim is a simulator for drones (and soon other vehicles) built on Unreal Engine. It is open-source, cross platform and supports hardware-in-loop with popular flight controllers such as Pixhawk for physically and visually…



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

UAV news from sUAS News

Vigilant Aerospace NASA BVLOS trials

Vigilant Vigilant Aerospace has completed beyond line-of-sight flight testing of its new FlightHorizon collision avoidance system for drones at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in the Mojave desert. FlightHorizon is flight safety software that provides drone pilots with the ability to detect-and-avoid other aircraft. It is based on a NASA patent and prototype exclusively licensed by […]

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) best practices for the use of sUAS by the Electric Utility Industry

ORNL A weighty and informative report from ORNL penned by Richard Lusk and William Monday. The report is crammed with information useful for any commercial UAS operator. It includes checklists as well. Always good to see other people’s thinking on that subject. The introduction is bang on as well, top notch, if you are a serious […]

Mesquite, Nevada – A Desert Oasis for Testing Big UAS

Mesquite The UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) industry includes a variety of aircraft and platforms necessary to accomplish a growing number of mission profiles and applications. There is a lot of interest in small (under 55 lbs.) platforms for commercial applications and for hobbyist, but there is also a growing demand for larger aircraft that carry larger […]

Hamdan honors winners of UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI/ Robotics Award for Good

UAE Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, honoured the winners of UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI/ Robotics Award for Good. Sheikh Hamdan was briefed on a number of hi-tech projects presented by the participating teams that offer applied innovative solutions in economy, humanitarian and scientific […]

Senator Greg Baca New Mexico, Ban Drones Flying Near Critical Facilities

Senator Greg Baca Santa Fe– To protect facilities that are critical to the public’s welfare,  it would be unlawful to fly an unmanned aircraft- commonly referred to as drones- within 500 feet of these installations. Drones would be banned from around facilities such as power plants, chemical storage facilities, and petroleum refineries under SB 348. The bill also […]

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