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Hello, I am new building drones, and I recently built my first quadcopter but there is a problem:…See More
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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
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New UAV helidrone from Helipse the HE 220 E

Posted by HELIPSE on March 27, 2017 at 9:54am 1 Comment

• Weight: 6.8 kg

• Total take off weight: 23 kg

• Autonomy: more than 1 hour

• Payload 4 to 12 kg (depending flytime)…


PixFalcon, Mega2560, Pi2 & S-Bus

Posted by Bob Morley on March 26, 2017 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Hi all,

Thought it about time I posted something about my new project, which is all about getting way too many sensors airborne on something interesting. I've flown fixed wing models before (many years ago), multirotors look like more fun.

So far I have a PixFalcon, a Pi2 and…


New FPV option - FPV HAT for Raspberry Pi

Posted by FernRF on March 26, 2017 at 1:28pm 13 Comments

Hi all,…


Scam warning: NEMORC.COM and DRONADA.COM

Posted by sander on March 26, 2017 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

To anyone considering a purchase from or i would like to warn you of the following.

The store is owned by Phillippe Cosyn from Moldova, someone who is known to scam and has previously done so under the name RCMOLD-STORE.COM. (

He now operates under

After transferring funds to him he…


BeagleBone Blue released, Linux-enabled autopilot for $80

Posted by Mirko Denecke on March 26, 2017 at 11:30am 11 Comments has released the BeagleBone Blue some days ago, a Linux-enabled computer for robotic applications.

The BeagleBone Blue is an open…


Basic Air Data 8mm Pitot Tested in Wind Tunnel

Posted by Jose.L.Jr on March 24, 2017 at 1:30pm 11 Comments

We've been told that the Basic Air Data, DIY oriented 8 mm probe performed well within a wind tunnel 

You can read the article…


Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - DJI Naza-M V2

Posted by Kristaps Brass on March 24, 2017 at 12:00am 2 Comments

This is the second instalment in a series in which we test the precision of different drones and autopilots by flying them on a standard photogrammetry mission created in UgCS.

Last week we published a test of DJI Phantom 4 where we tested the precision of this drone on our photogrammetry route. In…


Synthetic camera offers FPV purely as a software solution

Posted by Martin Rüedi on March 23, 2017 at 2:38pm 9 Comments

This is my second post in the series called "FlightZoomer 3 Innovation Previews". The first was this one: Maximized terrain awareness for drone pilots

The innovation highlight presented in the video…



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

Sky-Futures and Bristow conduct flight test trials between manned and unmanned aircraft

Sky-Futures Sky-Futures, a leader in drone-based technology, and Bristow Group successfully conducted their first interoperability test between a helicopter and an unmanned aircraft at Galliano, Louisiana, achieving a major milestone in the companies’ joint efforts to implement a complementary service to clients in the Americas Region.  The collaborative effort, which was the result of comprehensive planning […]

DJI Proposes Electronic Identification Framework For Small Drones

electronic March 27, 2017 – DJI, the world’s leading maker of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), Monday proposed an electronic identification framework for UAS that would allow authorities in the United States to identify drone owners when necessary while also respecting their privacy. “DJI understands that accountability is a key part of responsible drone use, and we […]

FAI signs agreement with Freedom Drone Sports

freedom class The FAI and Freedom Drone Sports have signed a memorandum of understanding, signalling a new step in the development of drone racing as a sport around the world. The two organisations have committed to working together to help develop drone racing in a responsible and safe way. That includes licensing pilots, developing rules of racing, […]

PrecisionPoint Hires sUAS Pilot to Enhance and Expand 3D Reality Capture Services

precisionpoint CARMEL, Indiana,  – PrecisionPoint Inc., a national provider of 3D reality capture laser scanning and SCAN-to-BIM Modeling solutions, is pleased to announce the hiring of Will Hirschfeld, an experienced Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) pilot. Hirschfeld will assist PrecisionPoint as it enhances existing 3D documentation capabilities and expands into new services areas using sUAS technology, including […]

Renowned Drone Photographer Elia Locardi Partners With DJI To Host Aerial Photography Workshop World Tour

Elia Locardi DJI, the world’s leading maker of personal and professional drones, is partnering with internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer and videographer Elia Locardi to kick off the DJI Drone Photography Workshop world tour in Lisbon, Portugal in May 2017. Elia will take participants to some of the most beautiful and picturesque destinations in the world to […]

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