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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 autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, 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

UAS Response to Amtrak Vermonter Derailment

Posted by Pedals2Paddles on October 13, 2015 at 11:57am 3 Comments

On Monday October 5, 2015, Amtrak's Vermonter train struck fallen rock and derailed just outside Northfield, VT.  The diesel locomotive and several passenger cars tumbled down an embankment.  There were many injuries, but thankfully no fatalities.  The location is "extremely rural", cut through dense forest, with very limited…


Using Computer Vision to Analyze Aerial Big Data from UAVs During Disasters

Posted by Patrick Meier on October 13, 2015 at 9:54am 1 Comment

Recent scientific research has shown that aerial imagery captured during a single 20-minute UAV flight can take more than…


3dr Solo Review from a Long Time DIYer

Posted by Toby Mills on October 12, 2015 at 5:26pm 13 Comments

I've been a long time DIY Droner right back to the APM 1, mainly on fixed wing platforms but more recently quad-copters.

There is surprisingly little info and discussion on DIY Drones about the 3dr Solo, despite the fact that it is ripe for hacking and modding.

The Solo…


How safe are you flying? New DPZ Safety Rating Estimator

Posted by Mitchell Valentine on October 12, 2015 at 11:04am 0 Comments

The debate is raging about how the 1 million drones sold this Christmas will fit into our lives and our society.  Rules and laws are being crafted left and right.  People are reacting, people are nervous, people are terribly uninformed. The consumer drones available today span a huge spectrum of…


FPV control over 3G celllular connection

Posted by David Janssens on October 12, 2015 at 11:00am 7 Comments

We developed a simple controller to pilot drones/cars/boats/etc. via 3G cellular connection, using a custom PCB on top of a Raspberry A+ with a camera.

Here is a video of test flight controlled via a 64Kbps cellular connection:

A view of the Raspberrry Pi "Hat":…


WebRTC video over internet hobby solution

Posted by Petr Hubacek on October 12, 2015 at 1:53am 5 Comments


I have prepared two simillar tools for fun and hobby real time video stream from an android phone or a PC supporting WebRTC and view it anywhere.  - a minimalist web page using…


$99 Drone Parachute on APM 3.3

Posted by Jimmy Oliver on October 11, 2015 at 10:30pm 9 Comments

The is the ninth and final test of an affordable parachute system designed with the Iris+ in mind. 42" chute with 3D printed parts, wires and servos. These are handmade.

MIT vision-based navigation with IRIS+

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 11, 2015 at 10:07pm 1 Comment

The IRIS is navigating by looking at the cones -- no GPS.  Nice job Squilter!

Using "generative design" to design a quadcopter frame the way nature would

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 11, 2015 at 8:58pm 5 Comments

Autodesk Research is doing work on "generative design", which creates shapes the way nature would. The software is given some simple constraints -- some physical attachment points and strength/weight targets -- and then it "evolves" a shape that is nothing like the one a human would design. See…


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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 Pylon Race, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

GA-ASI Flies Advanced Communications System Aboard Predator B

GA-ASI Flies Advanced Communications System Aboard Predator B
by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced the successful flight of a company-owned Predator® B integrated with a certified Rohde & Schwarz R&S MR6000A air traffic control radio. The flight lasted 48 minutes, launching from the company’s…

Post Crash Management A course for small Commercial UAS Operations

Post Crash Management A course for small Commercial UAS Operations
by AV8 have created a cost effective course with small UAS commercial operators in mind. “We have all written the requirements in our operations manuals and created the checklists required. We’ve even heard about it on courses during our qualification periods” This course aims to deliver you into a final ‘real world’ scenario based on…

Beauty in the Sky with Diamonds

Beauty in the Sky with Diamonds
by Frode Engelsen stood with nervous anticipation as the countdown to the launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drew closer to zero. Watching a UAV launch wasn’t new to him. Yet this launch, on a sparkling day in a field in British Columbia, marked the first of two steps towards flying the first joined…

Smithsonian Channel:- Air Warriors

Smithsonian Channel:- Air Warriors
by Look out for Patrick, he will on the show. Premiering on the Smithsonian Channel on Sunday, November 1st at 8pm and will repeat at 11pm.   Here is Smithsonian’s home page for the series: Drones: they watch, analyze, even kill without ever risking a pilot’s life. These unmanned aerial vehicles can be flown from anywhere on…

Siberian scientists design drone for extreme Arctic climate

Siberian scientists design drone for extreme Arctic climate
by TASS/. Scientists of the Omsk State Technical University have created an unmanned aircraft for the work in the extreme conditions of the Arctic region, head of the university’s Experimental Design Bureau Small Unmanned Vehicles Pavel Pogarsky told TASS on Tuesday. “This is the third generation of UAVs, which can operate in temperatures ranging from…

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