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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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Le Poste in France, and Deutsche Post in Germany using Drones!

Posted by Josiah on December 26, 2014 at 11:00am 1 Comment

No hard to see Europe is far ahead in their small Drone programs for Civilian use! 

The French post office has launched a programme to use drones to deliver parcels in all weathers up to 12 miles away.

La Poste, as France's public postal service is called, said a series of test flights over the past three months by its subsidiary, Express Internationale GeoPost, has been a success.…

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Design feedback needed

Posted by Aleksei Ivanov on December 26, 2014 at 10:30am 2 Comments

Hello everyone. I need your opinion about my drone concept.…

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Announcing the Vertex VTOL UAV, Coming in 2015

Posted by ComQuestVentures on December 25, 2014 at 8:36pm 5 Comments

ComQuest Ventures LLC is proud to announce the Vertex VTOL UAV: a practical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for enthusiasts and professionals.  

 

 

The Vertex UAV is a hybrid between a…

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How to Crash your Drone in 30 Seconds…….Or hopefully not with a little bit of information.

Posted by Iain Butler on December 25, 2014 at 6:51pm 5 Comments

 

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So if you’ve got a RC plane, Helicopter or Multirotor for Christmas congratulations, I’m sure you’re going to really enjoy it. I’m hopefully going to give you some pointers so you don’t crash your new drone. It should also make your flying more enjoyable and less stressful.…

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Safety Above All

Posted by Seph Bay on December 25, 2014 at 11:24am 0 Comments

Happy Holidays to everyone!

SAFETY ABOVE ALL!

Flying Christmas Tree

Posted by RocketMan on December 24, 2014 at 3:00pm 2 Comments

Did you guy's see this? Merry Christmas to ALL!

Good job guy's!

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LOHAN team touches down at Spaceport America

Posted by Lester Haines on December 24, 2014 at 1:59am 1 Comment

A couple of weeks back, myself, David Patterson of EDGE Research Laboratory and our plucky Playmonaut went to check the lie of the land at Spaceport America.…

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EastBay RC joins FAA in encouraging new flyers to operate safely, responsibly

Posted by Mark Harrison on December 23, 2014 at 3:57pm 0 Comments

I dusted off theNoodle Copter last night for a quick flight with reporter Joe Vazquez of KPIX news.  They had a story based on the new  …

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Merry Christmas

Posted by Jan Urbanski on December 23, 2014 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

AVC 2015 announced

Posted by Chris Anderson on December 23, 2014 at 1:30pm 6 Comments

Sparkfun just announced some details on the 2015 Autononomous Vehicle Competition. Key details

  • Sat, June 20
  • At the new Sparkfun HQ, not the reservoir where it was held for the past two years
  • Aerial is copter-only -- no planes
  • There will be a "no GPS" bonus, because GPS…
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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

Speedy, Agile UAS envisioned for troops in urban missions

Speedy, Agile UAS envisioned for troops in urban missions

Military teams patrolling dangerous urban environments overseas and rescue teams responding to disasters such as earthquakes or floods currently rely on remotely piloted unmanned aerial vehicles to provide a bird’s-eye view of the situation and spot threats that can’t be…

Vertex VTOL UAV

Vertex VTOL UAV

The Vertex UAV is a hybrid between a quadcopter and an airplane, able to take off vertically like a multicopter and transition to efficient and fast forward flight like an airplane.  The Vertex was carefully engineered to capture the best…

US Navy’s MQ-8C Fire UAV completes maiden flight on USS Jason Dunham

US Navy’s MQ-8C Fire UAV completes maiden flight on USS Jason Dunham

The US Navy and Northrop Grumman have successfully completed the debut flight of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter on the navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109). The latest flight, held off the Virginia coast, follows a year…

Maiden flight of wheeled-version of UAV Panchi successful: DRDO

Maiden flight of wheeled-version of UAV Panchi successful: DRDO

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday conducted the maiden flight of Panchi, the wheeled version of India’s proven unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Nishant. The maiden flight, which lasted for about 20 minutes, was held at the testing…

Sensurion Aerospace receives FAA certification for its MAGPIE MP-1 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

Sensurion Aerospace receives FAA certification for its MAGPIE MP-1 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

Sensurion Aerospace became the first manufacturer to receive a Special Airworthiness Certificate (SAC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under its new procedures, which designate authority to the Test Range for SAC review and guidance.  With the issuance of this…

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