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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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Intel Edison-based educational drone kit on Kickstarter

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2015 at 7:32am 5 Comments

I know we've all been a bit Kickstartered-out of late, but this latest oneseems more interesting than most since it's…

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Quattro 4 in one ESC set up Pix Hawk issues ! Easy Fix!

Posted by OG on June 3, 2015 at 7:02am 0 Comments

Hello,

found this issue that may cause some DYI builders some issues . My 4 in one ESC Beeping at me will not go thru ESC motor collaboration successfully. This works for OEM flashed Hobby Wing ESC and Favourate ESC not flashed with Bl heli firmware. Turn off the arming switch during setup of…

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NAVIO+ Linux board with APM:Copter 3.3

Posted by Randy on June 3, 2015 at 12:00am 10 Comments

Click here to skip the commentary and just see the vehicle flying.

The video above shows my first attempt (which was successful) to fly APM:Copter using a Linux board (…

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Hoovy the Future of Drone Advertising

Posted by Eugene Stark on June 2, 2015 at 3:44pm 17 Comments

Santa Monica, California – Hoovy, the leading UAV advertising company, is launching the Advatar, a new type of UAV aimed for advertising. The…

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Humanitarian Drone Missions: Towards Best Practices

Posted by Patrick Meier on June 2, 2015 at 9:48am 5 Comments

The purpose of the handbook below is to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs in a wide range of humanitarian settings. The handbook draws on lessons learned during recent humanitarian UAV missions in Vanuatu…

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High altitude flight test: ground3400m,flight altitude 7000m.

Posted by ZHAOFENG on June 2, 2015 at 7:20am 8 Comments

 High altitude flight test: ground3400m,flight altitude 7000m.

ground3400m,flight altitude 7000m.…

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Quanum DIY FPV Goggle V2 with 5 inch LCD Monitor

Posted by CrashingDutchman on June 2, 2015 at 3:00am 14 Comments

Remember the first version of the Quanum Goggles (see blog post here)? they were quit popular and now they are even better, according to HobbyKing.

This new version features a 5” TFT monitor with 3X-magnifying lens and…

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The Drone / Horror Movie trailer

Posted by Jordan on June 1, 2015 at 9:00pm 14 Comments

I thought you guys might enjoy this one


CAD Drones is seeking Beta Testers and Devs who want to help finish experimental Pixhawk Parachute Feature

Posted by Joshua Johnson on June 1, 2015 at 8:45pm 1 Comment

Hello DIY Drones Universe,

Last week we announced that we are searching for 20 Beta Testers for our NEW Drone Recovery Parachute System (Link to Beta Testers Blog Post). We've received a few dozen emails from folks interested in…

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Everything you need to know about the Solo controller, a controller smarter than most drones

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on June 1, 2015 at 3:00pm 20 Comments

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There’s probably no better visual representation of the progression of drone technology over the last three years than this side-by-side comparison of controllers.

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One is visibly hard to use, with a complicated arrangement of mysterious sticks and switches in a schematic best describable as “porcupine slapdash.” The other is substantially simpler, cleaner and smoother. And the purpose is more clear, too: This button turns it on;…

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UAV news from sUAS News

FAA to name adviser to handle ‘crush’ of industry drone queries

FAA to name adviser to handle ‘crush’ of industry drone queries

by By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday that it would place a higher priority on integrating drones into the national air space by appointing a senior adviser to coordinate relations with industry and…

CybAero successfully performs factory acceptance tests

CybAero successfully performs factory acceptance tests

by CybAero, which develops and manufactures remotely piloted helicopter systems, received an order in January 2014 for three systems to China Customs. The systems will be based on three new ships and used for applications such as customs control, port…

Japan government eyes urban drone ban

Japan government eyes urban drone ban

by Tokyo (AFP) – Japan plans to ban the public from flying drones above residential areas and at night, as it scrambles to legislate after a device was found on top of the prime minister’s office in April. According to…

VirtualAirBoss, NASA UTM and CAW to Coordinate UAS Flights at Coastal Trident exercise

VirtualAirBoss, NASA UTM and CAW to Coordinate UAS Flights at Coastal Trident exercise

by  Grand Forks, ND – June 2, 2015 — SmartC2 Inc. announces that the VirtualAirBoss™ integrated with the NASA UTM system will participate in an experiment with the Center for Asymmetric Warfare (CAW) to coordinate flights of unmanned aircraft systems…

SPH Engineering offers a hands-on introduction course to unmanned vehicles

SPH Engineering offers a hands-on introduction course to unmanned vehicles

by With many new businesses entering the field of UAV technology and the industry growing rapidly, it could be hard for someone new to quickly get a grasp of this new technology. This is why SPH Engineering has developed this…

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