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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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INPUT NEEDED: Help Determine the UAV Research Agenda for Humanitarian Settings

Posted by Dan on March 28, 2017 at 4:45pm 0 Comments

On 20 April 2017, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Stony Brook University will host a one day meeting in Washington DC tentatively titled “Cross-learning to Accelerate the Humanitarian Use of Drones”.  In advance of that invitation-only conference, the organizers are surveying experts and thought leaders in the fields of aviation, aviation law and regulation, public policy, international development, supply chain logistics,…


Some Concept Behind The Drone Payload Market Trends

Posted by Pradnya Pand on March 28, 2017 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

The main objective behind the in-depth study is to analyze the drone payload market concept as well as to define, describe and forecast the market on the basis…


Bearingless Rotor for Variable Pitch Quadrotor

Posted by Randy Sonnicksen on March 28, 2017 at 8:12am 1 Comment

This video shows the fabrication of a prototype bearingless rotor hub/blade design.

The rotor diameter is 93 cm (36.6 in) and will operate at 1,410 rpm generating 2,000 g's of acceleration at the rotor tip, and developing 1,600 Lbs of tension in the flexelem rod due to centrifugal force.  The blade…


Mission Planner's Michael Oborne on rarely known features

Posted by Olivier on March 27, 2017 at 8:04pm 0 Comments

Ardupilot developer and Mission Planner author  Michael Oborne  gave a talk at the Ardupilot 2017 Unconference about little known features of Mission Planner. A video of the talk is available, with…


New UAV helidrone from Helipse the HE 220 E

Posted by HELIPSE on March 27, 2017 at 9:54am 4 Comments

• 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,…



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

FAA UAS Symposium (Fear & Loathing in DC)

FAA UAS During my drive to the site of the 2017 FAA UAS Symposium in Reston, Virginia today, I imagined many exciting announcements that would be made which would help foster a strong community and bring together thoughtful leaders who would impact the future of all mankind through the use of drones, which could ultimately save the […]

Kruger Park, South Africa, stops anti-poaching drone experiment

Speaking to South African website Defence Web  Mark McGill, technical operations manager at SANParks, said that the UAV test period was “very disappointing” as no poachers were seen and none apprehended. He said that UAVs need a lot of further development before they can be useful. This really comes as no surprise, anti-poaching patrols are one […]

A novel hybrid UAV U-Lion that may change the way people operate drones

U-Lion Two PhD students from the National University of Singapore, Unmanned System Research Group, spent four years in developing the novel hybrid unmanned aerial vehicles(UAV), U-Lion. U-Lion is a hybrid UAV which can take-off and land vertically like helicopter UAVs, and transit to cruise flight like normal aeroplanes. The wings can be fully retracted or extended, […]

DJI Spark, what’s in a name?

DJI Spark Earlier this month DJI filed for the trademark name SPARK, will it be a low-cost Mavic or racing drone? I guess we will find out August or September! My spider senses tell me something small and quick. We will find out as the images start getting leaked! No doubt that will happen if somebody else […]

Neva Aerospace project opens doors for development of aerial robots

neva Launch of first VTOL-optimised turbines proved technology behind patented distributed thrust approach, and Neva is ready for development of heavy-duty aerial robots. Heavy duty aerial robots have made a major leap from wish-tech to becoming next generation real tech innovation after the success of early aeronautical engineering development work by Neva Aerospace. Having secured essential […]

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