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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
  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 27, 2016 at 8:48pm 27 Comments


The wait is over! We are proud to introduce the next generation 3DR autopilot, Pixhawk Mini. Pixhawk Mini is an upgraded Pixhawk designed in collaboration with HobbyKing and optimized to run the…


Future of On-Demand Urban Air Transportation

Posted by Patrick Poirier on October 27, 2016 at 10:24am 4 Comments

On-demand aviation has the potential to radically improve urban mobility, giving people back time lost in their daily commutes. Uber is close to the commute pain that citizens in cities around the world feel. We view…


Autonomous Boat to Cross the Atlantic Ocean

Posted by Andy Osusky on October 27, 2016 at 8:00am 14 Comments

Over the last few months, I have been busy building a fully autonomous sailboat that attempted to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

It was initially launched from Newfoundland heading towards Ireland. Although the initial attempt was not successful, I've gained a lot of extremely valuable…


Towards ROS-native drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 26, 2016 at 11:23pm 0 Comments

From Victor Mayoral:

Announcing alpha support for the PX4 flight stack in a path towards drones that speak ROS natively.

The drones field is an interesting one to analyze from a robotics perspective. While…


Why I Think the Prosumer Drone Will Never Die

Posted by Colin Snow on October 26, 2016 at 10:38am 1 Comment

Innovations will flourish on drones that target the prosumer market for a long time



Burning Man in 4K resolution (day) and 2.7K (sunset/night) from a HK Sky Eye with pixhawk and ardupilot

Posted by Marc MERLIN on October 26, 2016 at 10:30am 2 Comments

A lot of work went into building this plane, adding redundancies and safeties, as well as fitting 3 cameras, and the result was well worth it. Big thanks to the ardupilot team, nightghost for his OSD firmware, and all the other folks who wrote some of the software the 5 computer/microcontrollers that were in the plane (not counting those on the camera or VTX):

Day Video (4K): …


sUAS News Guide, Q3 update

Posted by Gary Mortimer on October 26, 2016 at 2:20am 0 Comments

Another quarter of the year has flown by (yes, I just did that) and there is no shortage of new drones milling about the skies of this blue marble.

Q3 Update – October 2016 –

Gary, Editor of sUAS News, recently mentioned that in his neck of…


An autonomous fixed-wing following another autonomous one

Posted by Hector Garcia de Marina on October 25, 2016 at 2:55pm 0 Comments

We have presented this video to the kids during our open days a couple of weeks ago at ENAC, Toulouse. It is just one application of a guidance algorithm that we have developed and later implemented in Paparazzi. I was actually surprised about the performance since the planes only exchange information once per second (even we allow some…


Parrot Bebop 2 RTK over WiFi using paparazzi uav

Posted by wvtud on October 25, 2016 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

Using Paparazzi UAV and a Stock Parrot Bebop 2 with its ublox M8N GNSS chip replace by a M8P we managed to stream the RTCM3 stream over WiFi to the drone from our groundstation. The groundstation was connected to a ublox M8P operating in base station mode. The video demonstrates the bebop doing a pure GPS navigation task, sonar nor optical-flow were…


Using Microsoft Azure cloud to make a face-finding, voice controlled drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 25, 2016 at 7:29am 4 Comments

Very nice use of the Microsoft Azure cloud AI APIs to make a AR.Drone do some pretty magic stuff. Excerpt from the full O'Reilly post, which has the…


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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 Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Sky-Futures launch Expanse, their drone-based industrial inspection software

skyfutures-expanse Sky-Futures, the leader in the drone-based industrial inspection market is making their in-house software called Expanse commercially available. Expanse, the drone-based industrial inspection platform, significantly enhances the way organisations view, understand and manage their assets. Having already been used by Sky-Futures clients for the last 12 months, the software has been built, designed and focused […]

Game-Changing: Thermal Mapping Using TeAx Technology.

potatoes_gps_rgba_high-gain-800 Finally on the market: Homogeneous stitching for thermal mapping TeAx Technology, an innovative drone tech company focusing also on thermal drone solutions, is now providing a smart way of stitching thermal images. Why this has been an issue so far – explained and made transparent in the following. The problem: Shutter events to perform flat-field-correction […]

Sentera Launches New UAS – the Omni

sentera-omni Sentera, LLC brings game-changing aerial data-capture capabilities to the industry with the revolutionary Omni™ Quad-Rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The Omni naturally partners with a gimbaled Sentera Double 4K Sensor – creating an easy-to-use, precise UAV package for the Inspection, Survey and Mapping, and Agriculture industries. Empowering users to collect precise data from obscure angles, […]

VStar Systems Inc. to Launch MA-X Signal Intelligence Product Line at Fraction of the Cost of Leading Competitors

vstarsquarebg VStar Systems Inc., a privately held aerospace and defense systems company, announced the launch of a modular Signal Intelligence Sensor Suite for use on small to large aircraft, including UAV’s. The product family, jointly named MA-X Modular Airborne Signal Intelligence System, is a scalable solution designed to provide critical intelligence at a more affordable price […]

Textron Systems Completes Inaugural Aerosonde™ HQ SUAS Customer Demonstration

aerosonde-hq Textron Systems Unmanned Systems , a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) business, announced today the completion of its inaugural customer demonstration of the Aerosonde™ HQ. The Aerosonde HQ combines the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities of a multi-rotor platform with the efficiency and speed of the Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) fixed-wing aircraft. The […]

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