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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

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                   Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

Blog Posts

PixHawk Fire cape crowdfunding campaign

Posted by Víctor Mayoral on March 26, 2015 at 10:44am 24 Comments

Here it is! Finally, the PixHawk Fire Cape (PXF) is ready for a wider audience and we've launched a crowdfunding campaign so that everyone can get theirs. We've been iterating through…


3DR announces DroneKit, a full-featured SDK for drones, mobile and cloud

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 9:00am 11 Comments

We’re thrilled to announce the release of DroneKit, an open platform for drone app development. DroneKit packages years of 3DR’s flight control R&D into a single robust and extensible platform which developers can use to create web-based…

Create waypoint path/missions with Maya, KML, Autodesk, more

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 7:36am 1 Comment

Ospheric has just released a beta of its new cloud-based flight planning service, which allows you to import paths from Maya, Collada, Autodesk and Google Earth and export them as APM waypoint files. As Ospheric's Jon Farat…


First look at Ascent coaxial pocketcopter

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 5:30am 6 Comments

Interesting coaxial design coming from Ascent Aerosystems. In general coaxial designs have limited speed and maneuverability, but for the "aerial selfie" application this is designed for, that may be fine.  I don't see a stabilizing gimbal, so I imagine this is mostly for still photos. Very portable and…


Uploading telemetry from UgCS to Droneshare (UgCS Integration with DroneShare)

Posted by Janis Kuze on March 26, 2015 at 5:21am 2 Comments

We have added new functionality to UgCS. Integration with DroneShare to ease sharing and "bookkeeping" of your flights.

In this article we are going to show you how to fly a mission in UgCS, replay the mission in the telemetry player in UgCS and then upload the telemetry…


BrushedSparky v0.2

Posted by James Cotton on March 25, 2015 at 4:00pm 3 Comments

This is an update on the BrushedSparky that I posted about a month ago.

I got…


OpenFC: a new Autoquad software compatible Open-Hardware Flight-Controller

Posted by Olli on March 25, 2015 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

OpenFC is a new Open-Hardware Flight-Controller:

  • Standard-Size: 50x50mm (45x45mm holes) 
  • CPU: STM32F405 @ 168MHZ
  • Gyro/ACC: MPU6000 (SPI)
  • Compass: HMC5983 (SPI)
  • Baro: MS5611 (SPI)
  • Serial-Ports for GPS, Telemetry and SBUS
  • 8 PWM-ESC-Connectors + CAN-Bus
  • PPM and SBUS inputs
  • microSD…

25° Thermal Camera Cores for Drones

Posted by Melih Karakelle on March 25, 2015 at 12:32pm 8 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Good news for small drones, New FLIR Lepton 25° camera cores just arrived. 

If you have read this post before , I have tested our new camera design with 50° version of Lepton and…


Google producing low-cost ADSB transponders for drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 25, 2015 at 1:30am 17 Comments

(representative DIY version shown, not Google's)

"Google’s quest to introduce small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into low altitude airspace within a “few years” has driven the company to launch an unexpected foray into the avionics market, says Dave Vos, head of the Internet…



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

Big Island rancher says helicopter hijacked his drone

Big Island rancher says helicopter hijacked his drone

MOUNTAIN VIEW, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Daryl Soares lives on a five-acre ranch in Mountain View on the Big Island. He tends to a 30-acre spread next door. His Phantom 2 drone was his security camera and eye in the sky.…

Police investigate complaints of drone following Eagle River children

Police investigate complaints of drone following Eagle River children

Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer ANCHORAGE - Parents in Eagle River have complained to police about a small drone aircraft that they say has been spotted this week following school children and hovering near homes. The reports highlight growing concern…

York County working on drone restrictions after Carowinds flyby

York County working on drone restrictions after Carowinds flyby

Dustin Wilson, WCNC YORK CO., S.C. — A frightening run-in at hundreds of feet in the air is exactly why Carowinds is pushing York County lawmakers to create drone restrictions. Recently a drone weaved through a coaster at the theme…

Amazon in talks to start drone deliveries in the UK

Amazon in talks to start drone deliveries in the UK

By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor Amazon is investigating starting trials of its drone delivery service in the UK because regulations in the US are too onerous. The online retailing giant approached the Government about test flights of its Prime Air service which…

3D Robotics releases a free and open-source drone application development platform

3D Robotics releases a free and open-source drone application development platform

3D Robotics (3DR) wants to make it easy for developers to add custom features or create applications for their drones. The company has unveiled a free and open-source drone app development platform. DroneKit is the company’s API for drone app…

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