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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

Pictures: Humanitarian UAV Mission to Vanuatu in Response to Cyclone Pam

Posted by Patrick Meier on March 29, 2015 at 7:33pm 0 Comments


Above: Aéroport de Port Vila - Bauerfield International Airport. As we land, thousands of uprooted trees could be seen in almost every direction. Below:Massive roots were not enough to save these trees from Cyclone Pam. The devastation reminds us how powerful nature is.




After getting clearance from the Australian Defense Force (ADF), we pack up our UAVs and head over to…


Photos from the Ferrara Drone Show

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 28, 2015 at 5:30pm 7 Comments

Congrats to Marco Robustini and his team/colleagues for a fantastic first Ferrara Drone Show, in the lovely northern Italian town of Ferrara (between Bologna and Venice). Most of the drones on display were using Pixhawk or another APM…


ESC with FOC and sensor - why not

Posted by Jure M on March 28, 2015 at 1:10pm 5 Comments

So for a while I was thinking of creating a big ass tilt rotor tricopter with a X8 as a base frame. All good, but which ESC to use? After deciding that I don't really like anything on HobbyKing, I started working on my own. It had to have good quality components, rated for automotive applications (don't want my ESC to fail when flying...), FOC…


Iris+ Mapping Tutorial and Data Set

Posted by MultiSpek on March 28, 2015 at 12:37pm 5 Comments

MultiSpek Data Processing Overview from MultiSpek on Vimeo.

UAV mapping is getting easier by the day.  From agriculture to mining and construction, companies are looking for real time mapping to increase…


Europe agrees on regulatory drone framework to move industry forward

Posted by IKE on March 28, 2015 at 7:32am 0 Comments

During a two-day conference in Riga, the European aviation community found broad…


First flight of Linux APM on Raspberry Pi 2 with Navio+

Posted by Emlid on March 28, 2015 at 7:16am 12 Comments

Hey guys!

Today we’ve made the first flight of Linux APM on Raspberry Pi 2 with Navio+.

Navio+ is an autopilot HAT…


Latest Festo robo-butterflies now capable of swarming, autonomous flight

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 27, 2015 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

Every time Festo puts out a new video, my jaw ends up on the floor. Their robo-butterflies can now navigate with "indoor GPS", which I think means motion capture cameras. Also: check out that ant! (20x+ as big as a real ant, but still!)

From …



GeoUAV Workshop, 1-2 October 2015, La Grande Motte, France

Posted by Thorsten on March 27, 2015 at 1:46pm 1 Comment

GeoUAV is a specialized Workshop in the frame of the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2015. Dedicated to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), it will bring the…


Steel out of feather: the new version of Raptor e1

Posted by RaptorUAS MD on March 27, 2015 at 11:30am 5 Comments

Just got the new version of the raptor off the scales. It came better than we expected and it now weighs a mere 2,700gr without motor and battery. This means we can fly 3kg of useful payload with 16000mah for 1hour 20 minutes. or 1kg pf payload for 3hours plus. 

Excited also to see…



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

DJI Games, Austria June 21st 2015

DJI Games, Austria June 21st 2015

Think you are handy with your DJI Phantom, best sign up and try to out fly the rest of the world! WE’RE LOOKING FOR THE BEST PHANTOM PILOTS IN THE WORLD. Come compete in the only dedicated aerial skill test…

Event 38 and Dronecenter Tecnologia Bring Drones to Brazil

Event 38 and Dronecenter Tecnologia Bring Drones to Brazil

Akron, Ohio – Event 38, a leading manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles for business announced a key partnership with Dronecenter Tecnologia, a supplier of unmanned aerial systems in Brazil.  Under this agreement, Dronecenter will offer Event 38’s flagship E384 drone and…

India turns to ‘satellite god’ for crop mapping

India turns to ‘satellite god’ for crop mapping

(Reuters) – Sher Singh, a farmer from India’s desert state of Rajasthan, prays to Varuna, the Hindu god of water, for a bountiful harvest. Now, he is also looking to the heavens for satellite imaging to boost his crop. Prime…

Birds’ Foldable Wings Could Inspire Nimble Drones

Birds’ Foldable Wings Could Inspire Nimble Drones

By Edd Gent, Live Science Contributor A drone that mimics the way birds fold and flap their wings could improve the design of future unmanned autonomous vehicles, and could even help the machines withstand midair collisions. Most winged animals have…

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.…

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