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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 autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, 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

Amazing Stanford work on adding cinematic camera control to APM-powered drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 3, 2015 at 6:48pm 1 Comment

An interactive tool for designing quadcopter camera shots

SIGGRAPH Asia 2015


Olympus AIR

Posted by Azhar T. Pangesti on October 2, 2015 at 10:30pm 8 Comments

Olympus AIR A01 Review -- Product image

I stumble upon this thing today.

Could be a good (great?) camera platform for UAV.

What do you guys think?


More: Google: Olympus Air


Olympus AIR A01 Review -- Product image



Matrixpilot Glider add-on: brakes and auto land demo

Posted by GliderUAV on October 2, 2015 at 10:28am 0 Comments


MatrixPilot got upgraded with the helical turn method. I changed my code to follow this development.

To add the auto land function, i needed better brake control. After that i created the auto landing script.

The codebase has moved to Git. My code is here:…


3DR's Iris+ selected as top drone of 2015 by GeekSnack

Posted by Daniel Iglesias on October 2, 2015 at 9:53am 3 Comments

Hi DIY drones community,

I just wanted to share this list of top five drones of 2015 made by the website

At the top of the list is 3DR's own and…


3DR SOLO approved by DGAC "french FAA"!

Posted by Nicolas on October 2, 2015 at 1:16am 4 Comments

A quick recap of what is allowed in france :

We have been working for a few months to demonstrate to the DGAC that the SOLO was safe enough to be used for commercial operations. We had previously gotten the first type certificates for …


Army researchers testing swarms of APM-powered drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 1, 2015 at 6:41pm 10 Comments

From Defense Systems:

The Army is experimenting with using swarms of small, inexpensive drones in battlefield missions—as much as anything because of the potential threat they could pose to U.S. forces.

Members of the Targets Management Office with Program Executive Office for Simulation Training and…


First 3DR Podcast: A conversation with Chris Anderson

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on October 1, 2015 at 2:45pm 0 Comments

This is the first episode of our new Life After Gravity podcast series. Every other week we’ll deliver conversations with leading thinkers and personalities from the drone world and beyond. We’ll start close to home: This week I speak with 3DR CEO Chris…


More than meets the eye: a bit about caution and credibility

Posted by MarioSpeedwagon on October 1, 2015 at 12:18pm 17 Comments

One reason I constantly check DIYdrones throughout the day is the tenancy to have well-written and informative blog posts on the front page, as opposed to some of the "hype machine news" found elsewhere, though we get our share as well. 

This blog post is really…


TankCopter on Indiegogo

Posted by Mielnikus on October 1, 2015 at 6:30am 5 Comments


I would like to ask you for little help in making this drone real, if you could support the project that would be amazing, if you cannot help financially, but you would still like to be part of it, please share the campaign!

Link to the campaign: …


Experiments in Autonomy

Posted by earthpatrol on September 30, 2015 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

Sometimes a flight experiment gone awry exposes a set of behaviors that directly correlate to previous design choices. It's a moment of validation based on developing systems with the expectation that they will fail. The video below is an example of one of these moments.

During one my daily…


DIY Drones Monthly


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

U.S. Open drone ‘crasher’ sentenced to community service

U.S. Open drone ‘crasher’ sentenced to community service
by BROOKLYN, NY (WABC) — The Brooklyn teacher who flew a drone into a U.S. Open match in September has been sentenced. Public school teacher Daniel Verley, whose model aircraft crashed into an unoccupied area of the tennis stadium, was…

Ag pilots learn about drone safety

Ag pilots learn about drone safety
by By Bette McFarren Pilots who spray crops are concerned for their safety in the presence of drone operations but appreciative of the accurate mapping of crops made by the drones. Constantin Diehl explained the safety measures that are taken…

CAMCOPTER® S-100 assisted in the rescue of over 8,800 refugees in the Mediterranean

CAMCOPTER® S-100 assisted in the rescue of over 8,800 refugees in the Mediterranean
by In five months of operation, the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) saved over 8.800 lives in the Mediterranean. By spotting and monitoring distressed vessels, Schiebel’s Unmanned Air System CAMCOPTER® S-100 assisted in the rescue and contributed significantly to…

ScanEagle to be delivered to Cameroon, Kenya and Pakistan

ScanEagle to be delivered to Cameroon, Kenya and Pakistan
by Insitu has received three export contracts for its ScanEagle unmanned air vehicle that will see it deliver the system to Cameroon, Kenya and Pakistan. Under the USA’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme, Cameroon and Kenya will receive one ScanEagle…

‘Coalition of UAS Professionals’ Created to Represent the Voice of Small Business within the Unmanned Aerial Systems Industry

‘Coalition of UAS Professionals’ Created to Represent the Voice of Small Business within the Unmanned Aerial Systems Industry
by Denver, CO – The Coalition of UAS Professionals (UAS Coalition) was founded to serve as the voice of small business within the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. Primed for dramatic growth, much of the multi-billion dollar UAS market will…

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