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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

LA Times: Drones set to transform agriculture

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 14, 2014 at 8:28pm 0 Comments

Congrats to Ryan Kunde of DRNK Wines, whose agricultural research with drones made the LA Times this weekend. He's using 3DR Y6s and Aeros:…


Review of John Cale concert with drones: Cale more interesting than the drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 14, 2014 at 11:25am 0 Comments

From the Guardian:

Striped tin cans buzz through the air like android wasps. A cube draped in tube lights – part jellyfish, part…


PX34-A refit (update 2)

Posted by CliffN on September 14, 2014 at 7:30am 0 Comments

OK Got the New Armin style wing on.

Compare to the Original EPS wing core thats 80g the Armin style wing is 130g , its 50g heavier for a wing of equivalent

but the results is better stiffer than the EPS wing core resulting in more Responsive Flying and stability . even on moderate winds.

First flight with the new wing.

Note: done 1 day before the Storm and the winds are picking up. .…


The First Low Orbit Atmospheric Satellite ever Built in the World

Posted by Miguel Angelo on September 14, 2014 at 1:24am 5 Comments

In a tiny country, with very limited resources at Quarkson we have just built the first SkyOrbiter (Extreme Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) capable of flying around the world and who knows in the near future spread internet access to two thirds of the world's population that currently are not…


Drones Get Waiver to Search for Missing Texas Woman Christina Morris

Posted by Gary Mortimer on September 13, 2014 at 11:00pm 3 Comments

Well done to Gene Robinson one of the first DIYD members. He has been pushing for this for years and it looks like the sun is rising on SAR RPAS in the USA.

Missing woman’s family hopeful as drones take to the sky

Brittany Feagans



Oculus Rift DK2 with MavLink head tracking and HUD, first steps (OVRPilot part 1)

Posted by Nils Högberg on September 13, 2014 at 3:56pm 5 Comments

This is the first post in what I hope to be a series of posts on exploring the possibilities in using the Oculus Rift alongside a UAV. The plan in the long run is to create a GCS for the Oculus Rift or other HMDs that gives you a feeling of actually sitting up in the air being able to look…


Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 13, 2014 at 12:20pm 35 Comments

It looks like they've still got a lot of work to do to make this Pocketcopter a reality, but it's a cool idea (I've backed it):

How does the Pocketcopter work?



Seawalker- A Student-Built Heavily Modified Skywalker-Seaplane

Posted by Georgie xu on September 13, 2014 at 4:30am 3 Comments

Water wasn't supposed to have touched the lenses- we had a nice little retract built in, but that's all useless when you forget to use it:) Take-off was fully manual to prevent FBWA from attempting to correct the roll and cause uneven drag on the floats leading to out-of-control spins. The current camera is a HD19+ from Boscam, and will be converted to support NIR…


The IMU drone in Connected Rider: telemetry system for Motocross by Red Bull

Posted by Roberto Navoni on September 12, 2014 at 3:00pm 9 Comments

Now that Tony Cairoli can fully enjoy about the newly conquered eighth world title in Motocross, Red Bull can reveal some details that have contributed to the success. Here's one: about a year ago, the team of the hugely popular energy drink has involved our Team to create a…

Two invites available to the Vulture 2 spaceplane New Mexico launch

Posted by Lester Haines on September 12, 2014 at 12:26pm 4 Comments

Thanks to our magnificent US allies at Edge Research Lab, we're able to offer a couple of exclusive ringside seats to the forthcoming launch of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator…

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

More drones, more jobs for Northern Nevada

More drones, more jobs for Northern Nevada

Yvonne Beasley, RGJ Brush up on your video-game skills. Drone jobs are coming to Reno. “Our society has built a ready-made workforce with video games,” said Don Cunningham, business operations manager for the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems. “It’s the same types…

3D Pocketcopter – the flying camera

3D Pocketcopter – the flying camera

We want to present you our new little Fun Gadget for smartphones. This is a small helicopter in pen form which allows pictures or videos to be taken from a height of up to 10 metres in HD format from…

Drone owner located after device lands in family’s backyard

Drone owner located after device lands in family’s backyard

Jonathan Carlson (WXYZ) Allen Park, Mich. - Update: Allen Park Police say the owner of the Drone came forward Friday morning, after seeing this report. The device has been returned to him. Officers say the owner is from Lincoln Park,…

CSAIL’s Nick Roy helms Google’s delivery-drone project

CSAIL’s Nick Roy helms Google’s delivery-drone project

Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL Friends and colleagues were aware, at some level, that Nick Roy, a researcher in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), had been using his sabbatical to take on some sort of robotics-related role at Google.…

Drones Get Waiver to Search for Missing Texas Woman Christina Morris

Drones Get Waiver to Search for Missing Texas Woman Christina Morris

A Texas search group has been given special permission to use drones to help find a woman who disappeared almost two weeks ago. The first drone was launched Thursday over north Texas and was used to scour open fields for…

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