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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, 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:

  • 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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3DR Announces Acquisition of Sifteo: Cutting-Edge Electronics, Cutting-Edge Drones

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on July 29, 2014 at 3:28pm 5 Comments

3D Robotics is very happy to announce our acquisition of consumer electronics pioneers, Sifteo.

Sifteo brings to 3DR valuable and unique expertise in developing fun and engaging high-tech consumer products. With their groundbreaking Sifteo Cubes (which The New York Times …

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3D Prints of work

Posted by Gary Mortimer on July 29, 2014 at 8:36am 1 Comment

I thought this was pretty cute, well done to boot

Shooting by the company Photos aériennes / post processing and 3D printing by Drones Imaging.

This…

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seL4 Secure Micro kernel

Posted by Chris Norris on July 28, 2014 at 6:11am 11 Comments

"A nippy microkernel mathematically proven to be bug free*, and used to protect drones from hacking, will be released as open source tomorrow."

Has anyone heard about or seen this? How applicable is this to the Pixhawk, Pi or BeagleBone flight controller efforts? The best bit is that it seems to assure that all user mode code…

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V-Map precise aerial mapping

Posted by Nuno on July 28, 2014 at 4:30am 8 Comments

New product, seems fine to making mapping, but don't know the cost, and whats the advantages/disadvantages comparing to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/swiftnav/piksi-the-rtk-gps-receiver     

The standard V-Map system now features the…

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MoviesOnMap.com - interactive map of videos of all the places of the world

Posted by MoviesOnMap on July 27, 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments

We're creating interactive map of videos of all the places of the world http://moviesonmap.com. This will allow to see any places of the Earth or help the tourists to better plan their routes.

Anyone can add videos to the map. After approval, it will appear on the map.

Many drones owners from Germany, Sweden, France, China, USA, Holland, Ukraine are adding awesome HD video of beaches, mountains, deserts, towns,…

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Its time for a little drone humor

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on July 27, 2014 at 6:30am 0 Comments

It looks like even parents are getting in on the drone phenomenon to see what their kids are up to!

Regards,

TCIII ArduRover2…

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First UAV Near Miss with Ag Aircraft Reported in Pacific Northwest

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm 40 Comments

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From the SUAS Feed

Earlier this week a pilot from Idaho was preparing to begin a spray run through a field. Barely visible ahead of him was a small stationary object. He decided it must be a kite since a bird would not remain motionless. As he neared the object, it rapidly shot straight up.…

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Capturing Images With Film Not a Digital Camera, A Pioneer of UAS

Posted by Rob Thompson on July 25, 2014 at 8:49am 2 Comments

We like to think what we are doing is new, however some folks have been pioneering the way for us for a long time. People like Bert Wagner of Advanced Aerials can remember a time he would use film to capture images and then run to the 1 hour photo to have them developed. Only when the film was developed did they find out if they got the shot or if they had to go back and re-shoot. This article I am linking to is from 1998 Rotary Modeler Magazine…

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A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

A Drone That Finds Survivors Through Their Phones

A Drone That Finds Survivors Through Their Phones

During his semester project in Computer Science, Jonathan Cheseaux developed a system for locating a person via his or her mobile phone with a drone. This device could be used to find victims in natural disasters. A drone makes large…

Common sense from CASA

Common sense from CASA

Australian aviation regulator have updated their drone page and what’s not to like. Plenty of useful links and information. http://www.casa.gov.au/scripts/nc.dll?WCMS:STANDARD::pc=PC_100374 What are RPA? The term RPA refers to remotely piloted aircraft, but these aircraft are also known as unmanned aerial…

OSHKOSH: UAV fears may prompt LSA expansion, LAMA says

OSHKOSH: UAV fears may prompt LSA expansion, LAMA says

By: STEPHEN TRIMBLE MILWAUKEE The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has requested a survey of light sport aircraft (LSA) employed for commercial services in foreign countries, a possible step towards expanding the sector’s application in the USA a decade after the regulated category…

Secrets in our sky

Secrets in our sky

Dizzying aerial shots of wide, sweeping landscapes used to be the exclusive domain of big-budget film productions with a helicopter, but not any more. The rise of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems — “drone” is something of a dirty word in…

Martha Stewart: Why I Love My Drone

Martha Stewart: Why I Love My Drone

Because it’s a useful tool. And imagine what Louis XIV could have accomplished at Versailles if he’d had one. There’s been a lot of discussion and a tremendous amount of speculation lately about the nature of drones and their role…

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