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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)

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Our latest GCS build, The Beast

Posted by Azjeg on September 21, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

GCS build highlights

  • Intel Core i3-i7 PC hardware for Win7-8 or Linux operating systems, 2-328Gb RAM, 60-256GB SSD, Gigabit LAN, 4 external USB 2.0, optional 3.0, WLAN, etc..
  • Dual 10” 1920x1200 600nit IPS panels with low reflectance gloss or matte surfaces
  • 300-460Whs of fully managed LiFePO4 battery, balanced cells, protected against overcharge, overdischarge and short circuit,
  • external charge and power supply from…
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Arducopter Flies Gas Powered Helicopter

Posted by Rob_Lefebvre on September 20, 2014 at 11:20am 24 Comments

Now we're cooking with gas!

I have just completed a project to build a helicopter with a gasoline engine, controlled by Arducopter (of course!)  This helicopter serves as a test bed for future gas heli development work for a client of mine.  The goal was to prove out that it could be…

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Build configuration of my FX-61 Phantom Flying Wing (part 2)

Posted by Hamish on September 20, 2014 at 8:47am 5 Comments

Continuation of my FX-61 Phantom build configuration. (this part has the BoM at the end)

The other wing is just stock. Look at that horrible stock servo, it’s transparency only serves to taunt me by showing the horrible plastic gears that are dying to eat each other to bits. I would like to…

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Build configuration of my FX-61 Phantom Flying Wing (part 1)

Posted by Hamish on September 20, 2014 at 8:27am 0 Comments

This is a description of the configuration of my FX-61 Phantom FPV Flying Wing EPO Airplane 1550mm (PNF) V2

The whole reason…

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Announcing Aeriality Version 1.1

Posted by Taylor Glenn on September 19, 2014 at 12:30pm 17 Comments

Aeriality version 1.1 is out now, check it out at www.aeriality.io.

But, first things first, thanks everyone at DIYD for your support. I've had over 100 downloads of the Aeriality software so far, and lots of great interactions…

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3DR IRIS gets approved in France by DGAC (french FAA).

Posted by Nicolas on September 19, 2014 at 6:57am 18 Comments

After a few weeks of administrative processing it is finally here, the "Attestation de conception de type" (Type certificate) allows the 3DRobotics IRIS to fly legally in France in scenarios S1, S2 and S3. S3 meaning it can fly in urban areas as well !…



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Vulture 2 spaceplane launch hits Kickstarter target

Posted by Lester Haines on September 19, 2014 at 6:52am 8 Comments

Our £30k Kickstarter campaign to take our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission to Spaceport America…

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An Algorithm That Decodes the Surface of the Earth

Posted by Greg Dronsky on September 19, 2014 at 2:29am 0 Comments

...Study published last week in the Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, that describes an algorithm that can classify land cover types with minimal nudging from humans.

The problem, from a computational standpoint, is that…

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Simple set up for Turnigy 9XR (or similar) 6 position mode switching - No Hardware/Flashing Required

Posted by Ben Dellar on September 18, 2014 at 7:40pm 4 Comments

Until recently my main TX was a Turnigy 9X and I (like many others) was using a hacked in 6 position POT switch to select modes on my various aircraft. Unfortunately the 9X has died so has been replaced by a shiny new 9XR. Rather then hack apart the 9XR (too pretty) I wanted to experiment with using 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 Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

From Student Project to Startup Company

From Student Project to Startup Company

By Brian Sodoma While Greg Friesmuth’s drone was conceived in a UNLV engineering lab, his new company was incubated with help from across campus. Friesmuth showcased his prototype unmanned aerial system design in the College of Engineering’s 2013 senior design competition.…

Why The USAF’s Massive $10 Billion Global Hawk UAV Is Worth The Money

Why The USAF’s Massive $10 Billion Global Hawk UAV Is Worth The Money

Tyler Rogoway The Global Hawk has been flying for close to 15 years, and its development has been a twisting road filled with dead ends and wandering requirements. After over $10B spent and almost 50 airframes produced I ventured to Edwards AFB…

PrecisionHawk Raises $10M to Extend Lead in Aerial Data Collection, Processing and Analysis Across Civilian Industries

PrecisionHawk Raises $10M to Extend Lead in Aerial Data Collection, Processing and Analysis Across Civilian Industries

PrecisionHawk, an information delivery company that uses a small, lightweight UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] and cloud-based software to collect, process and analyze aerial data, today announced it has closed a Series B financing round of approximately $10 million led by…

DroneDeploy Raises $2m to launch to Cloud Control for Commercial Drones

DroneDeploy Raises $2m to launch to Cloud Control for Commercial Drones

DroneDeploy offers a Cloud platform to simplify commercial drones. They are enabling farmers, contractors and researchers to create aerial maps, and 3D models with just 2 taps on a smartphone. September, 18, 2014 (San Francisco, CA) DroneDeploy launches their 4G…

Hurricane Edouard Right Environment for Drone Test

Hurricane Edouard Right Environment for Drone Test

By JENNIFER KAY Associated Press Hurricane Edouard was the perfect environment to test new data-collecting drones because the storm was strong, had a well-defined eye and never threatened land, U.S. government scientists said Thursday. Four drones called Coyotes — shaped…

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