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Marco Robustini replied to Ken Nelson's discussion Solo Crash on Camera Flash in the group 3DR SOLO
"There's simulator with Solo, is a good starting point... :p"
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"Per the page you linked: "RTL_ALT_FINAL: The altitude the copter will move to at the…"
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jean-luc replied to Seppo's discussion RFD900, RFD900+ - New long range radio modem
"Hi Seppo, I receive my RFD868+ bundle. But when i'm connecting the modem with RFDtools 1.5, i…"
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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
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DIY RC Gimbal Part 2

Posted by Jonathan Hair on July 5, 2015 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

Hi all,

A few months back I posted about making my own RC controller:

I finally got around to making it work. I am very happy with the results! I ended up using code posted on RCgroups to format the PPM signal:…


AEROMAPPERS UAVs mapping drone updates

Posted by Mauricio on July 5, 2015 at 1:00am 2 Comments

Aeromao Inc. A leading edge UAV manufacturer from Canada has recently made several updates to its Aeromappers family of drones as well as additions to its payload offerings.


The Aeromapper family of UAVs consist of three different drones aimed for mapping and survey applications with…


Database of FAA drone exemptions

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 4, 2015 at 2:58pm 8 Comments

From the excellent Center of the Study of the Drone, a searchable spreadsheet with all the current FAA Section 333 exemptions for commercial use:



Latest on Pixhawk-powered ducted fan drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 4, 2015 at 2:39pm 6 Comments

From Hackaday:

A while back, we wrote about the ducted fan, single rotor, VTOL drone that [Armin Strobel] was working on. It wasn’t quite finished then, and hadn’t got off the ground yet. He’s posted an update, and from the looks of it, he’s made tons of progress,…


Hackaday Wings, Wheels and Propellers contest

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 4, 2015 at 2:11pm 0 Comments

From Hackaday:

Have a project that moves? Then get it entered this week for your chance at one of 15 quadcopters. …


MyGeekShow - Building the Solar UAV Prototype

Posted by Trent at MyGeekShow on July 4, 2015 at 2:57am 18 Comments

MyGeekShow is back! This week I finalized the design and built the 50% scale solar airplane prototype. I'll complete it's first flight next week!

My current mission is to build an RC airplane capable of indefinite flight, where solar panels installed on the wings power the airplane and charge the batteries by day, and then those same batteries power…


Experiments with an industrial USB webcam

Posted by Gerard Toonstra on July 3, 2015 at 3:51pm 5 Comments

Above is a fullsize image of a 5MP webcam. A webcam usually has a CMOS sensor and commercial ones support up to 720p resolution. 720p is a result of the usb bus bandwidth available to stream the images and since many computers still use USB 2.0, this is the maximum resolution for reasonable framerates of 25fps…


What happens when you bump into a drone ?

Posted by Laurent Eschenauer on July 3, 2015 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

Last month I shared with you our 'spherical drone' concept and promised to come back with more technical content. Well, I have just published a…


1 hours 43 minutes Flight with 2S NCR18650B Batteries

Posted by Melih Karakelle on July 3, 2015 at 8:51am 7 Comments

Hi Everyone

Last weekend I've tested Panasonic NCR18650B batteries on my maiden PolyClub EPP airplane. 

I was expecting ~40 minutes flight but I landed after 103 minutes 24 seconds! (1h43m24s)

This batteries are definitely working!

Only disadvantage of the batteries are low discharge rate. It is max. 2C.

So, discharge current should be less than 7A…


Steampunk Tricopter project

Posted by Skyview Creative1 on July 2, 2015 at 1:00pm 4 Comments

I am finally about finished with my Steampunk Tricopter. I have been working on this design since last December on and off. After crashing last fall I decided to completely rebuild as a steampunk airship. I looked extensively on line to get some ideas and to see what was out there but I couldn't find anything that inspired me. Using my electronic components from my existing tricopter, I completely redesigned every part. I mean, the only parts I used from my old frame was…


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

UAV news from sUAS News

Operation of unmanned aircraft systems prohibited: Delhi Police

Operation of unmanned aircraft systems prohibited: Delhi Police

by New Delhi: Amid fears that drones could be used to stage a terrorist attack, Delhi Policeon Thursday issued a notification saying operation of any unmanned aircraft systems by public is prohibited and anybody violating it will be strictly dealt with.…

Unmanned aircraft test at Griffiss ‘went really well’

Unmanned aircraft test at Griffiss ‘went really well’

by Elizabeth Cooper The successful first test of an unmanned large aircraft at Griffiss International Airport last month may help solidify the area’s future in that field. The twin engine general aviation-style aircraft recently was flown through the Northeast UAS…

Students to get hands-on training in drone technology

Students to get hands-on training in drone technology

by Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press A California-based nonprofit is planning to invest up to $1 million to bring a high-tech learning lab to the Coleman A. Young International Airport, where Detroit students and the public can get hands-on training in…

Drone supporters say ban around Georgia Capitol goes too far

Drone supporters say ban around Georgia Capitol goes too far

by By Kathleen Foody Associated Press ATLANTA — Drone enthusiasts are calling a ban on the unmanned vehicles within five miles of Georgia’s Capitol an overreach of authority by state officials, while agency officials argue the change is necessary and follows…

Man busted for flying drone over Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Man busted for flying drone over Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

by BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA , BEN KOCHMAN  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS He wanted a better view of hot-dog history – but ended up with a summons. A 40-year-old man was busted Saturday for flying a drone over the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating…

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