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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

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                   Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

Blog Posts

1st Drone in Nevada Test Program Crashes in Demo

Posted by Rob Dunbar on December 19, 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

http://youtu.be/lNtz3JHDd28

The FAA has given permission for Nevada to authorize unmanned aerial vehicles to fly. Today there was a ceremony to watch a demonstration flight. During the hand launch the craft did a wing tip stall and landed very rough on its nose a.k.a. crash. 

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Ardupilot.com Forums Temporarily Down

Posted by Rob_Lefebvre on December 19, 2014 at 12:30pm 5 Comments

This is just a quick note to say that the Ardupilot.com/forum/ was down temporarily due to server issues.  

UAVX Gravity Pilot

Posted by Radoslaw Kornicki on December 18, 2014 at 10:00pm 8 Comments

Hello Everyone! 
Some of You may remember an early prototype of a integrated remote that I built and posted here on DIY a couple of years ago. While the post has been taken down since, the work on this control never stopped but rather went "underground" while I worked on it with a couple of…
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Novadem unveils a new positioning technology for UAV

Posted by Rui Costa on December 18, 2014 at 2:10pm 6 Comments

The LPS technology of Novadem (Local Positioning System) allows for the first time to perform fully automatic inspection…

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Aerial Photogrammetry vs. Terrestrial Photogrammetry

Posted by UAV Data Processing on December 17, 2014 at 11:44pm 0 Comments

Photogrammetry is a technology that combines photography and geometry. The principle is very simple, yet it has a huge impact on current architectural works. What it does is something like this:

Photography gives 2D representations. The system generates 3D measurements of the surface and object from a photograph. Aerial and terrestrial are two major types of photogrammetry.

  • Aerial…
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UgCS 2.1 is out!

Posted by Janis Kuze on December 17, 2014 at 4:02am 8 Comments

Hi,

I am pleased to inform that UgCS 2.1 is out now. All versions including UgCS One are available.

There is of course UgCS Open which is free and will suit needs of most of hobby users who fly drones for fun.

With UgCS version 2.0 one has ability to search for locations via text search and…

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Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter

Posted by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2014 at 11:59pm 29 Comments

This one looks pretty…
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PX4 - Call for VTOL test pilots

Posted by PX4 on December 16, 2014 at 3:00pm 16 Comments

Call for VTOL test pilots! The PX4 standard firmware (master branch, downloadable via QGroundControl) supports first VTOL vehicle (duo-rotor, tail sitter). This video demonstrates the transition from hover - fixed wing - hover. Contact: …

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Google Earth API depricated

Posted by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2014 at 1:15pm 0 Comments

From the Google Earth blog. This doesn't have an effect on the mobile GCSs, such as Droidplanner, but could affect some desktop GCSs that use the Google Earth (rather than Google Maps)…

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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 Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

LORD MicroStrain Wins Manufacturing Leadership Award

LORD MicroStrain Wins Manufacturing Leadership Award

LORD Corporation MicroStrain® Sensing Systems – a global leader in developing embedded sensing systems for aerospace and industrial markets – was recently selected by Energy Harvesting Journal for having the “Best Technical Development of an Energy Harvesting Device.” LORD Microstrain…

Resource Group and CAA launch Christmas safety campaign

Resource Group and CAA launch Christmas safety campaign

Electronics retailer Maplins claims sales of more than 10,000 multirotor systems over this festive season in the UK. Some will be little more than toys but the Parrot Bebop and DJI Phantom can be used for more serious tasks and…

Americans skeptical benefits of commercial drones will outweigh privacy, safety risks

Americans skeptical benefits of commercial drones will outweigh privacy, safety risks

by: JOAN LOWY and JENNIFER AGIESTA , Associated Press WASHINGTON — Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for…

Crash into Tree: The Fascinating New Genre of Drone Flyaway Videos

Crash into Tree: The Fascinating New Genre of Drone Flyaway Videos

Rob Walker It’s been quite a year for unmanned aerial vehicles — or drones, to you and me. Forget the familiar military and business uses for the machines. In 2014 it’s been the hobbyist, the recreational user, the drone owner…

Unmanned aircraft officials meet with Hoeven to talk industry future

Unmanned aircraft officials meet with Hoeven to talk industry future

By Brandi Jewett Local leaders in the unmanned aerial systems industry met Thursday with U.S. Sen. John Hoeven in Grand Forks to discuss strategy for advancing UAS operations in the state. In a recent round of legislation, the Air Force’s Global…

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