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Richard Kennedy replied to Jim Powell's discussion Throttle setting for the Pixhawk in the group PIXHAWK
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Andrew Gaiennie replied to Edgar Scott's discussion Auto mode flying the wrong direction...something weird happened. in the group ArduCopter User Group
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Jim Powell replied to Jim Powell's discussion Throttle setting for the Pixhawk in the group PIXHAWK
"Hi Richard; I have not flown this platform. I have designed it to be a heavy lifter Canon 40D. But…"
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Edgar Scott replied to Edgar Scott's discussion Auto mode flying the wrong direction...something weird happened. in the group ArduCopter User Group
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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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Aerial thermal environmental monitoring with drone

Posted by Drone thermal camera on March 31, 2015 at 10:04am 2 Comments

With all the emphases today on energy conservation and the impact of human activities on the environment, we need efficient tools for monitoring such impacts becomes more important than ever. One of that tools is thermal imaging system. Especially then in cooperation with the drone or UAV.

There are a lot of applications of thermal imaging in the area of…


Erle-Brain v1.1: The most complete Linux autopilot

Posted by Víctor Mayoral on March 31, 2015 at 8:56am 4 Comments

I’m delighted to introduce Erle-Brain v1.1 as the most complete Linux autopilot:


Raspiolt : yet Another Rpi cape flight controller WIP, designed in China

Posted by Jerry Giant on March 31, 2015 at 8:32am 2 Comments

 Hi, dear Diydrones members, today I’m happy to demo yet another raspberry based Ardupilot compatible flight controller expansinon board design.



  • Pixhawk compatible Power/GPS module interface
  • Integrated ublox m8n GNSS module
  • CSI camera ribbon compatible…

Duplex mode digital radio algorithmic search system

Posted by Eduard on March 31, 2015 at 6:00am 8 Comments

Hi folks!

I would like to post some autonomous algorithmic bidirectional radio search system production design approximation stuff here.

Please, you are welcome…


Worlds first Drone Sheepdog

Posted by Dave Giles on March 30, 2015 at 7:06pm 5 Comments

SHEP the Drone - Worlds first Drone Sheepdog…


Syrian Airlift trials use of drones to deliver supplies to conflict zones

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2015 at 6:00pm 4 Comments

Congrats to our friends at the Syria Airlift Project, who conducted an experimental project this weekend in Sacramento to train refugees to use Pixhawk-powered fixed-wing drones to deliver supplies into conflict zones. From the video description:

On March 28-29, 2015, Uplift Aeronautics…


Xiaomi Yi: Mobius Killer?

Posted by benbojangles on March 30, 2015 at 2:57pm 13 Comments

This week we see the release of a new low-cost action cam. Some think it is the next progression of the trusty Mobius camera. I am in the process of performing a written account of the camera and it's features, abilities and performance; also showing how to update the app & firmware to allow…


11 Drones t-shirts

Posted by drnes on March 30, 2015 at 1:55pm 1 Comment

We had a fun time creating 11 new drones t-shirts and wanted to share them with you all. You can see the new designs here:

(here are two examples:…


Quadrotor automatically recovers from failure or aggressive launch, without GPS

Posted by IKE on March 30, 2015 at 11:48am 4 Comments

Researchers from the Robotics and Perception Group from the University of Zurich, developed a new technology that allows a quadrotor to automatically recover and stabilize from any initial condition without relying…


Precision Landing w/ Pixhawk Quads: Update and Preview

Posted by Thomas Stone on March 30, 2015 at 11:13am 21 Comments

IR-LOCK has been testing the latest version of our sensor/beacon hardware for precision landing, and the results are great! With an IRIS+, we achieve reliable landings at around 5-30cm from the target beacon.

Our development focus is on the reliability and accuracy of the sensor/beacon hardware, and optimal integration with control systems. One feature of the new beacon design…



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

Automatic Re-Initialization and Failure Recovery

Automatic Re-Initialization and Failure Recovery

M. Faessler, F. Fontana, C. Forster, D. Scaramuzza With drones becoming more and more popular, safety is a big concern. A critical situation occurs when a drone temporarily loses its GPS position information, which might lead it to crash. This…

Flying-Swimmer (Flimmer) UAV/UUV

Flying-Swimmer (Flimmer) UAV/UUV

NRL is merging two separate research areas — unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) and unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) — to significantly improve tactical availability of UUVs in time critical situations. Common across the services, autonomous vehicles are being seen as an…

CybAero receives first call-off order from Chinese AVIC

CybAero receives first call-off order from Chinese AVIC

First North-listed CybAero, which develops and manufactures remotely piloted helicopters with associated sensor systems, received its first call-off order for five systems from Chinese AVIC today. In July 2014, CybAero announced that it received an order with a guaranteed minimum value…

Trade Me helps test rescue drone

Trade Me helps test rescue drone

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER Trade Me does not believe drones will be widely used to deliver shopping any time soon, but it has helped Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) see if they could save lives. LandSAR put a delivery drone made by…

How DroneDeploy’s app is about to make farming more efficient

How DroneDeploy’s app is about to make farming more efficient

By Matt McFarland DroneDeploy, a start-up poised to make farms and other businesses significantly more efficient, launched its mobile app Tuesday and announced it will be compatible with one of the world’s most popular drones. DroneDeploy’s software, which automates drone flights,…

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