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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, 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:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Droneshare now has No-fly Zones

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2014 at 6:09pm 0 Comments

Check out this cool new Droneshare feature, out in beta (beta.droneshare.com): No-Fly Zones! Just select the "Restricted Areas" view from the little icon at the top right of the map (this is only in beta.droneshare.com now, but will be in…

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Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2014 at 5:45pm 1 Comment

From Politico

President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO…

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Even Burning Man has drone regs

Posted by Cliff-E on July 23, 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

From free spirits to regulated r/c:



http://88nv.burningman.com/drones-rc/

Introduction:

The rising popularity of remote control (RC) aircraft including: fixed wing planes, helicopters, multicopters aka…

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Letter to my Congressman

Posted by James Daniel on July 23, 2014 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

This is my very first post here, so forgive me if this isn't the most appropriate place to share this.

I live in rural south GA, and have been tinkering with RC planes and homemade UAVs for a…

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Our Vulture 2 spaceplane roars into X-Plane

Posted by Lester Haines on July 23, 2014 at 3:16am 1 Comment

We're very much obliged to Billy Bargagliotti of Memphis, Tennessee, for putting together an X-Plane model of our Vulture 2 spaceplane.…

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Amateur drone pilot finds man missing for three days

Posted by Bob on July 23, 2014 at 2:00am 21 Comments

Apparel-company owner David Lesh found a missing elderly man in a bean field Saturday using a camera-equipped drone.

http://www.examiner.com/article/amateur-drone-pilot-finds-man-missing-for-three-days

When Virginia resident Guillermo DeVenecia went missing last Wednesday, police and searchers were dispatched to find the 82-year-old man, who suffers from dementia and hearing…

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Kickstarter project for quadcopter-based hoverbike

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 10:46pm 14 Comments

Gizmag reports on the launch of a new Kickstarter project that uses quadcopter design to lift humans. (me, I think if men were meant to fly they'd have wings. That's what robots are for!)

Having revealed its …

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Drone Pilots Association launches for small commercial fliers

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 10:42pm 1 Comment

Forbes reports on the launch of this new organization. 

If you are involved…

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Yet another Flight Control Board

Posted by Alex Zarenin on July 22, 2014 at 9:30pm 12 Comments

Encouraged by the success of my previous custom board (Version 2), which happily carries my quad in the air (maiden flight) with some advanced features like self-stabilization, course lock, control loop operating at 400 Hz, etc., I decided to jump on a more ambitious project - the board with more sensors, more ports, etc.

In summary, the new board (Version 3) has the following…

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The issues with current multirotors and how we want to fix them

Posted by UASys on July 22, 2014 at 7:30pm 9 Comments

Hi everyone! My name is Jonathan Parrott, and I’m with Stephen Dade and James Pattison. We are all members of the CanberraUAV non for profit organisation from Australia and between us have been involved with “drones” for over 13 years between us.



We love multirotors, and have bought and/or built A LOT of them between us, only to be let down by one thing or another. Lazy and unsafe design compromises, poor build quality,…

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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

SBG Systems inertial sensor selected by Headwall for a full-featured UAV-based remote sensing solution.

SBG Systems inertial sensor selected by Headwall for a full-featured UAV-based remote sensing solution.

Headwall is known as the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of high performance hyperspectral imaging sensors for harsh environments. As a pioneer for remote sensing applications, Headwall is the first mover to put to the market a fully integrated remote…

AbelCine is hosting an Aerial Cinematography Conference in Burbank

AbelCine is hosting an Aerial Cinematography Conference in Burbank

AbelCine is proud to host this quarter’s Aerial Cinematography Production Conference! This event is for everyone from the enthusiast just starting out up to the established aerial cinematographer committed to evolve their knowledge, skills and set themselves apart from the…

Introducing the DJI DropSafe

Introducing the DJI DropSafe

Watch the new DJI DropSafe in action, as it deploys in less than 0.5 seconds to help your S800 or S1000 aerial system descend at a reduced speed in the event of an emergency. Learn more about the DropSafe at…

UAV Enthusiasts: Drone Photography Is Not A Crime

UAV Enthusiasts: Drone Photography Is Not A Crime

By Katie Rucke David Beesmer was arrested by a New York state trooper on Tuesday and charged with a felony — unlawful surveillance in the second degree — for recording aerial video footage of the Mid Hudson Medical Group building in Ulster, New…

A Congressman’s Drone Disobedience

A Congressman's Drone Disobedience

June 21 was a lovely day for the wedding of Sean Maloney, a Democratic member of Congress from upstate New York. The ceremony was held at the historic Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands, with the Hudson River in the background. The day…

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