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One GPS/Compass for Pixhawk & APM?

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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
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Fun with collision-resistant drones

Posted by AdrienB on July 28, 2015 at 3:41am 1 Comment

We wanted to share a fun video we made recently. Our drones can interact with obstacles and humans, which is opening amazing new applications, be it for accessing hard-to-reach places or for having fun with them. 

We achieve that through a passively rotating protective cage an control algorithms that keep the drone stable at all times. More than just a…


PID Gains explained like never before!

Posted by Alexandre Mainardi on July 27, 2015 at 6:30pm 2 Comments

[IEEE CSS Video Clip Contest 2015 Submission]

This is a video introduction to controlling self-driving cars, specifically using PID-control. Special emphasis is placed on how the proportional, integral, and derivative gains affect the performance of the vehicle.



Pixhawk + ODROID + MAVLinkAutoPylot

Posted by Simon D. Levy on July 26, 2015 at 2:31pm 4 Comments

After we demoed a little five-channel "AutoPylot" program on a Naze32 with ODROID companion board, our friends at A2USA, Inc . asked us whether we could do the same for the Pixhawk that they use for flying their big birds.  We started modifying…


3D FPV camera The BlackBird 2 and FPV goggles

Posted by Egor_FPV3DCam on July 26, 2015 at 1:17pm 2 Comments

Today I want to publish a series of pictures on how you can obtain stereoscopic video 3D FPV flight camera The…


JALC Boat educational platform to develop aquatic drones

Posted by Jose Antonio Luceño on July 26, 2015 at 5:28am 0 Comments

Hello everyone,

I present one of my latest projects, which aims to create an educational platform to develop aquatic robots/drones. Most pieces are designed and printed with 3D Printer.

You can download all parts Thingiverse. …


Automatically spotting endangered chimpanzee nests by drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 25, 2015 at 7:07pm 2 Comments

Congrats to our friends at Conservation Drones, whose collaboration with International Union for Conservation for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Liverpool John Moores University on using computer vision to spot chimpanzee nests from the air (using APM-powered drones) has now been published in the …


APM Planner 2.0.18 Released

Posted by Bill Bonney on July 25, 2015 at 2:30pm 14 Comments


The latest release of APM Planner 2.0.18 is out, which has a number of bug fixes and features added.

  • Google Maps API Update
  • Qt 5.4.2 used for OSX version (fixes some UI issues(
  • Camera Config supports up to 16…

RTK DGPS GPS Comparison

Posted by Oliver Huang on July 25, 2015 at 9:34am 3 Comments

We were running some tests on RTK / DGPS / GPS these two weeks. Thought it might be interesting to share our results in image format, although the accuracy numbers are already well known.

Test setup is as below:…


Visually-Guided Return to Base

Posted by Simon D. Levy on July 24, 2015 at 7:49pm 6 Comments

This video shows work done this summer by Washington and Lee student Conan Zhao '16. Conan used the PyQuadSim and OpenCV Python packages to create a realistic V-REP…


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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

Hold the phone, Samsung selfie drone.

Hold the phone, Samsung selfie drone.

by Many many Samsung to build a selfie drone stories popping up this morning. Trouble is we sort of already know. If true I doubt very much it will look like the already flying quad the Samsung Techwin, Cube Copter.…

Indian Army does not want Raven

Indian Army does not want Raven

by According to the Times of India the Raven RQ-11 does not meet the technical parameters or GSQRs (general staff qualitative requirements) laid down by the Army for the hand-launched spy drones to equip all its 382 infantry battalions, as also…

NZ:- New drone rules ‘criminalise a hobby’

NZ:- New drone rules ‘criminalise a hobby’

by BRUCE SIMPSON As a young boy in the 1960s I spent many hours down at the local park or schoolyard, flying my carefully hand-built model aircraft. It was such a buzz to see them take to the air –…

Drone racers put their machines to the test at farm’s ‘hidden valley’

Drone racers put their machines to the test at farm’s ‘hidden valley’

by Adrian Imms DRONE racers competed in an obstacle course-style event in a new craze. Enthusiasts gathered on the J & P Carr Farms estate near Balsdean, Brighton to compete over three courses in the “Hidden Valley” and put their…

Drone racing – 2015′s answer to Scalextric

Drone racing – 2015′s answer to Scalextric

by BY CHARLOTTE DOBSON It’s the new ‘Star Wars’ hobby taking the model flying world by storm. And this weekend spectators turned out to watch competitors zip round the woods of a Prestwich park in what could soon be an official sport: drone…

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