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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

Big Sky UAV Offers Drones to Aid Wildfire Victims

Posted by Pepper Petersen on September 1, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Big Sky UAV Offers Drones to
Aid Wildfire Victims

 Big Sky UAV, a multi-state drone service company, is offering Montana victims of wildfires…


Quick fold Medium lift Quad.

Posted by Vince Hogg on September 1, 2015 at 5:13am 1 Comment

Hi everyone.

I would like to share my latest 7kg multicopter design with the DIY drones community.

Having designed and operated fixed wing, helicopter and multicopter camera systems for a number of years now I have learned what is important, at least to my operation, namely low vibration, endurance and ease of use.

The first two are…


Landing of a helicopter UAV on a mobile platform without GPS

Posted by Antidio Viguria on September 1, 2015 at 2:11am 4 Comments

The EC-SAFEMOBIL project, initiative that belongs to the VII Framework Programme for R&D of the European Commission led and coordinated by CATEC and the University of Seville in the field of unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) and robotics, continues advancing its research and has achieved…


ODROID + Flip32 Mini Quadcopter, Part II: Mounting and Flying the ODROID

Posted by Simon D. Levy on August 31, 2015 at 11:37pm 2 Comments

In my previous post I had built and flown this little 250mm quad with the Flip32 flight controller on board.  I was waiting for the arrival of a tiny …


Another good-looking APM-based crowdfunded drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2015 at 10:05pm 3 Comments

Just went live on Indiegogo:

Maneuverable and customisable

The ERIDA drone constantly tracks where you are and follows you automatically keeping the camera…


Automatic Woody crop and forest plantation inventory and statistic data extraction with GIS and drone (UAV) technology

Posted by Jesus A on August 31, 2015 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

Usage of small dimensions RPAS ( drones ) has a real and practical benefit on forest, environment and agriculture management. Drones can obtain Digital Surface Models and pseudo-NDVI orthomosaics that can be manipulated by Geographic Information Systems (hereinafter GIS) allowing professional and rigorous studies along with technically supported decisions.

We provide here an example of woody crop inventory done with our drones and GIS…


Seeking student and maker short film entries for FRiFF (drone film festival)

Posted by Eddie Codel on August 31, 2015 at 6:04pm 0 Comments

The Flying Robot international Film Festival, an open competitive film festival focused on drone-based cinema, is seeking short film submissions (<5 minutes). Of particular interest to the DIY Drones community, we're looking for more entries in the Student Film, I Made That and Drones for Good categories.

Student Film - If you're a student and have a drone related…


Pixhawk Prizes for Pronto Pair :- T3 Back to the Future Winners

Posted by Gary Mortimer on August 31, 2015 at 2:30pm 7 Comments

Back in 2009 we ran our first pylon style race in a figure eight pattern. It was won by an Easystar using a paparazzi autopilot in a fraction over 49 seconds for a single lap.

This time we asked contestants to complete 5 laps and Dawid Preller flew a blistering time of 221…

Continue Helps you price out your Multirotor Build and Share it with Others

Posted by WhiffleX on August 31, 2015 at 8:11am 2 Comments

RotorBuilds is a new application that allows multirotor DIYers to price out their build and share the finished product with others.  As you add each part to your build the total price is updated in real time to give you an idea of your…


An awesome day at CMAC

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on August 30, 2015 at 10:30pm 37 Comments

Anyone who has been involved in aeromodelling for a while dreams of having one of those days when everything works right. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it sure is nice!

CanberraUAV had one of those days yesterday. It was a…


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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

Locata Positioning will Underpin Future Unmanned Aerial System Research at NASA’s Famed Langley Research Center

Locata Positioning will Underpin Future Unmanned Aerial System Research at NASA’s Famed Langley Research Center

by Locata Corporation announced today that NASA plans to install a Locata network (LocataNet) as the core positioning technology for safety-critical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) research at its world-renowned Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. NASA Langley is tasked with performing…

Dickson drone pilots provide picture of future

Dickson drone pilots provide picture of future

by Josh Arntz, The Dickson Herald In the not so distant past, the angles and perspectives with hobby photography often were limited to the tallest structure the photographer could climb in the vicinity, unless he boarded some type of aircraft.…

Who’ll keep track of all those drones in flight?

Who’ll keep track of all those drones in flight?

by By Mark Pomerleau With the increased proliferation of smaller aircraft, or hobby drones, that are capable of flying under traditional radar, more unmanned aerial systems will be crowding the skies — and existing air traffic control systems won’t be…

Ventus and Renew Enter into Joint Development Blade Repairs

Ventus and Renew Enter into Joint Development Blade Repairs

by Ventus announced that it has entered into a joint blade repair program with Renewables Civil & Maintenance, located in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. RCM currently performs drone inspections as well as uptower rotor blade repairs using 100m boom cranes…

Naches Heights fire official sees drone use as a tool to help firefighters

Naches Heights fire official sees drone use as a tool to help firefighters

by By Donald W. Meyers After a suspicious brush fire in Naches Heights earlier this summer, Steven Mack decided to get a better look at the fire scene. Rather than walk the charred earth or seek out higher ground to…

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