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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

5 Ways Drones Could Affect the American Food Supply

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on January 27, 2015 at 5:42pm 1 Comment

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides.

When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National…


Review: DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ vs. 3DR IRIS+

Posted by drnes on January 27, 2015 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Compared key features of each drone, including flight time, technology features, ease of getting started, camera systems, and price. 

Full review here:…


New product is coming. We have produced AlienCopter Bee 450 Multi-Roter Frame.

Posted by Angie xue on January 27, 2015 at 2:00am 1 Comment

AlienCopter Bee 450 Multi-Roter Frame


AlienCopter have released their premiere FPV frame, the BEE. The first thing that stands out and sets this frame apart from any other in its class is it true 100% real multilayer carbon construction, folding capabilities and vibration isolation system. …


OpenMV Cam on KS

Posted by Bot Thoughts on January 26, 2015 at 12:30pm 13 Comments

Hey all, remember OpenMV Cam? It's the machine vision module that runs Python.

Well, we finally launched it on Kickstarter It does color tracking, object tracking, records movies and photos, too. All scriptable with Python. And…


Hover - #1 iOS App for Drone Enthusiasts Launches on Android!

Posted by Dan Held on January 26, 2015 at 11:06am 2 Comments

We've just launched on Android!  If you have an iPhone, we launched a few weeks ago on…


Percepto - computer vision for drones

Posted by Raviv Raz on January 26, 2015 at 8:00am 6 Comments



My name is Raviv Raz and I am a co-founder of a really cool startup called Percepto. I really hope you will like it since it pretty much grew out of reading and following this community.


Percepto is an add-on device, some may call a companion computer, that is designed to give almost any UAV computer vision…



Posted by Rui Costa on January 26, 2015 at 8:00am 5 Comments

Sometimes gear fails you! This was Cinecopter experience in Peru filming for animal planet!

Ground station survey

Posted by Gerard Toonstra on January 26, 2015 at 7:12am 3 Comments

Ground stations are the means you have available in the field to interact with your autonomous vehicle, so they're a very important part of the toolset to conduct your work or hobby. The ground station as we know it now is not just there to support your activities to plan or execute the flight, they also contain functions for initial setups,…


Two aircrafts in 3D

Posted by Little Smart Things on January 26, 2015 at 6:30am 2 Comments

Now have a closer look at our two aircrafts Cumulus One and Nimbo One, online!

Do feel free to take the time and enjoy every angle of our aircrafts…



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

New rules to be issued by UAE on use of drones

New rules to be issued by UAE on use of drones

Dubai: The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) will soon issue new rules to regulate the use of drones and curb the uncontrolled and misuse of unmanned aircraft and aerial vehicles in the country. The move comes after a recent incident…

Aerialtronics works with NLR on the Interceptor project to combat unlawful use of UAVs

Aerialtronics works with NLR on the Interceptor project to combat unlawful use of UAVs

Aerialtronics works with the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) on the Interceptor project aimed at protecting the public from the dangerous use of unmanned aerial systems, which is even more vital after a drone crashed on the lawn of the…

Cleveland Metroparks To Initiate Drone Program

Cleveland Metroparks To Initiate Drone Program

Brian Bull Small, unmanned aircraft – commonly called “drones” — are often used for military and commercial use. Now they’re going to serve as environmental surveillance…for Cleveland Metroparks. Officials with the parks and the Ohio-Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center…

Obama calls for drone rules after White House incident

Obama calls for drone rules after White House incident

By LUCY MCCALMONT President Barack Obama repeated calls for commercial drone regulation after what he called a “Radio Shack”-quality unmanned aircraft landed on White House grounds earlier this week. “The drone that landed in the White House you buy in Radio…

A Drone, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House

A Drone, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MICHAEL D. SHEAR WASHINGTON — A White House radar system designed to detect flying objects like planes, missiles and large drones failed to pick up a small drone that crashed into a tree on the South Lawn early…

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