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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 birthplace of ArduPilot, 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, including:

  • PX4, a pro-quality copter, plane, rover and VTOL software stack from the Dronecode Foundation
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Audi uses 1/8th scale autonomous rover to test full-size self-driving sofware

Posted by Chris Anderson on December 7, 2016 at 11:16pm 0 Comments

From The Verge:

Audi, like pretty much every other automaker under the sun, continues to introduce more and more automated driving features for its cars. The next step, says the company, will be machine…


1Bitsy & Black Magic Probe - open-source JTAG/SWD debugger with built in GDB server and STM32 eval board

Posted by Piotr Esden-Tempski on December 6, 2016 at 5:31pm 4 Comments

Some of you might be familiar with the Black Magic Probe, but some might not. As you know most UAV autopilots these days use one of the many STM32 microcontrollers. They are based on the ARM Cortex-M core family. Most of the boards also have either a JTAG or at least…


3D printed planes finally get practical

Posted by Chris Anderson on December 6, 2016 at 3:53pm 8 Comments

If Gary is convinced, so am I:

A while ago I thought that small 3D printed drones…


Parrot/Pix4D announce 2017 Climate Innovation Grant

Posted by John C. on December 6, 2016 at 10:37am 3 Comments

It is amazing to see how fast our industry is advancing. Reliable, repeatable data collection is no longer the challenge it once was. Through the efforts of many of you on this…


Hover Bike/Bicopter - New multirotor configuration

Posted by Joe Renteria on December 6, 2016 at 10:10am 4 Comments

Hello everyone.  I have been working on a "hoverbike" configuration, and got a small but decent prototype up and running recently.  Thought I would share.

It is 3d printed, about 6 inches long.  It is modified from the initial print, which didn't give the dual tail rotors enough leverage to…


Autonomous 60KM flight of the DeltaQuad VTOL

Posted by sander on December 5, 2016 at 1:00pm 6 Comments

We are currently on the 5th prototype of the DeltaQuad VTOL and today we have put it through its paces with a 60KM autonomous flight. Over at DronesLab we have been working on this machine for more than a year and are in the final stages before releasing it to market. Above is a sneak preview.

The 60KM flight was planned after settling on…


MIT simulation system allows you design any configuration of drone (and know it will work)

Posted by Chris Anderson on December 5, 2016 at 12:13pm 3 Comments

From MIT:

A new system from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is the first to allow users to design, simulate, and build their own custom drone. Users…


Nimbus racing drone – full body carbon fiber monocoque on INDIEGOGO

Posted by Alex on December 5, 2016 at 3:56am 6 Comments

Hi all!

We are glad to announce the start of crowdfunding campaign for Nimbus – racing drone with full carbon fiber monocoque body.

Please support us at: …


Skywalker X5-PRO Professional Mapping Survey FPV Plane

Posted by Ellen Zhu on December 4, 2016 at 11:30pm 20 Comments

Hello! I am sales from Skywalker Technology Co., Ltd. 

Recently, we launch new professional mapping survey aircraft, Skywalker X5-PRO. Now, let me take eye feast about this aircraft.…


Sony FDR X3000 4K Action Cam

Posted by Gary McCray on December 4, 2016 at 8:52pm 5 Comments

Hi All, Sony has actually given us something to think about.

The Sony FDR X3000 Action Cam has 4K resolution, but for our use, the BOSS…


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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 Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Blood products unaffected during drone transport, Johns Hopkins study shows

Johns Hopkins Chanapa Tantibanchachai In what is believed to be the first proof-of-concept study of its kind, Johns Hopkins researchers have determined that large bags of blood products, such as those transfused into patients every day, can maintain temperature and cellular integrity while transported by drones. In a report about the findings, published online last month in […]

HySpex SW developer position

You will be in charge of developing our next-generation software solutions for controlling and operating HySpex cameras for all application areas. The software will interface with different types of hardware, including sensors/cameras, electro-mechanical systems, gyro-stabilized mounts, radio links and various types of navigation solutions. Comprehensive documentation and strict version control (GIT) is also required. Responsibilities […]

DroneMapper RAPID for DJI

DroneMapper is very pleased to announce that RAPID for DJI is available for download and testing on limited imagery data sets at no cost to the end user. RAPID will provide scaled DEMs and Orthomosaics using up to 75 images for a scene. Results are available in near real time using modest computing hardware in […]

Byrd May Be The Word

The Byrd design is foldable, modular and comes in several configurations that include 1080p (plenty good for most web work). The model I tested was set up to carry a GoPro. Another available configuration is a 4K camera with the following specifications: 3840*2160P 24fps, 3840*2160P 30fps, 4096*2160P 24fps. An IR camera is also due out […]

AeroVironment and California State University, Begin Research to Identify Water Stress in Almond Production

aerovironment AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both military and commercial applications, today announced it has begun a year-long study with California State University, Fresno  to research how unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imagery and analytics could potentially detect varying levels of water stress in almond trees and give producers smarter […]

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